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Sterling and Laporte benched as Guardiola rings changes

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) has been benched for the third time this season as Pep Guardiola rang the changes for Manchester City’s trip to Watford.

That will be of huge frustration to those who have signed him off the back of his recent incredible form.

However, the England international was not the only important player left on the bench by Guardiola with ever-present Aymeric Laporte (£6.1m) named there for the first time this season.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) were the two that came in for them.

Elsewhere in the side there was a return for Kyle Walker (£6.5m) and Fabian Delph (£5.3m) at full-back and David Silva (£8.7m) in midfield.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) and Leroy Sané (£9.4m) kept their places in the attacking line.

Opponents Watford made just one change to the side that lost to Leicester with the suspended Etienne Capoue (£5.1m) replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m).

In the earlier kick-offs David Brooks (£5.1m) returned to the Bournemouth side while Laurent Depoitre (£5.2m) replaced the suspended Steve Mounié (£5.8m) for Huddersfield.

Crystal Palace named an unchanged side from the one which beat Burnley while Glenn Murray (£6.7m) came back in for Brighton.

Finally, Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) was named on the bench for West Ham while Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) and Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m) both start.

The Line-Ups

Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Daniels, Aké, S Cook, Francis; Fraser, Lerma, L Cook, Brooks; King, Wilson

Huddersfield XI: Lossl, Kongolo, Billing, Zanka, Schindler, Hogg, Hadergjonaj, Durm, Mooy, Pritchard, Depoitre.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Pröpper, Bissouma, Izquierdo; Groß; Murray.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, Meyer; Townsend, Zaha.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Felipe Anderson; Chicharito, Arnautovic.

Cardiff City XI: Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson; Camarasa, Ralls, Arter, Hoilett; Paterson.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, D. Silva, B. Silva, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney, Success.

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2,957 Comments Post a Comment
  1. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Any ideas on who to replace Arnie with??

    Have Auba and Wilson..

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Kane

    2. Rustin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I'm lucky I got enough cash to get in laca, gonna double up with auba

    3. Moorinho
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I did Arnie to Kane.

      In his price point I'd look at maybe Mitro?

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Is he injured or just irritating? Missed it.

      1. Rustin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Injured yellow card and gave away pen I believe

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 17 days ago

          Why would you sell that! Multiple loss of baps avenues.

  2. Earwicker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling C fail. Arnie VC fail. At least I got 1 from Laporte! Can't wait for the Pool no-shows tomorrow...should be quite a GW.

    1. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Ouch

    2. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Oof

    3. TomSaints
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Same as me. I was pretty happy pre kick off

  3. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    What to do with Duffy and Arnie?
    Take one out for free or both for a hit?

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      If Duffy ban is just one game might as well hold him, if it's three I'd swap both.

  4. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Think Sane will start against Chelsea?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Zero chance

      1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 17 days ago

        lool

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Zero

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Not zero chance.

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yes not sure who else unless Sterling moves wing and Mahrez plays. And big game for big players

  5. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone else just lose 9 points in the space of a minute?

    Fabianski, Walker, Anderson all getting banged down thanks to meaningless goals. Absolute garbage.

    1. Park the bus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yup like Digne and Richarlison on Sunday all over again

    2. Totally !rre!evant
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yep 10 lost 🙁 Fab, Diop, Anderson, Sane

      1. FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Brutal. Ugh.

  6. Sancidino
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Dilva owners, are you keeping? I don't think he is worth 8.7 right now...

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I'm an owner, and not sure what you're talking about. Three goals in his three starts before tonight. If you want explosive go for sane or raheem (I have all three), but David will tick along nicely until kdb is back for me.

  7. Stoic
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Arnie out for minimum ?

    1. Neevesy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Minimum 2 - 3 weeks I reckon

  8. Park the bus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    How did Ederson not get a save for the gray effort before the goal?

  9. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Well it’s not a blank but no BPS for Sane means I’m behind the sofa tomorrow.

  10. F4L
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    how did King play today?

    1. fr3d
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Involved in both celebrations

  11. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    what have i missed ?

    1. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Oh boy....

    2. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Everything
      Best night ever
      Really funny

  12. BenDavies
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Is Sane really going to only end on 7 points tonight?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    2. boc610
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yup.

    3. Blind Ghost
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah I think that Kompany sub prevented him from nicking a BAP

    4. Vinyl78LP
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Looks like it, Doucoures 1 yard thunderbolt put paid to that.

  13. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    People replacing Arnie right now?

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

      1. Beatle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Who with?

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yess

  14. rowdog24
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 17 days ago

    2 questions:

    1) Is Sané going up in price tonight?

    2) Is it silly to have Kane, Auba and Laca as front 3?

    1. Vinyl78LP
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Back to back 90 mins must cast doubt on Sane starting with Pep in full on rotation mode.

    2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      No
      Yes

    3. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      1 no
      2 no, best front 3 for the currrent period but will require plenty of sacrifice in the midfield

  15. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Pages was flying, quick little repost RMWC:

    Kepa / Hamer
    Robertson - Alonso - Laporte - AWB
    Hazard - Eriksen - Martial - Richarlison - Stephens
    Auba - Arnautovic - Wilson

    To this:

    Kepa / Hamer
    TAA - BELLERIN - Laporte - AWB
    SANE - SON - FANDERSON - Richarlison - Stephens
    Auba - KANE - Wilson

    Not too kneejerky?

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Keep Alonso for now

      1. MGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Hogging so much cash, not ideal fixtures and have Kepa :/

        Feels wrong but i think i need to let him go for now

        Thanks tho!

  16. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Wilson 🙂
    Fraser 🙂
    Duffy 🙁
    Murray 😐
    Arnie 🙁
    Sterling 🙁

    1. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      ha

  17. Beatle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    What happened to Arnautovic??

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Hammy

  18. Ould Onion Bagger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    A) Arnie, Hughes, Salah -> FAnderson, Auba, Siggy (-4), 0.6 ITB

    B) Arnie, Ederson, Salah -> Fab, Auba, DSilva (-4), 2.6 ITB; Have Sterling/Sane already

    C) Arnie, Salah -> Auba, Mane, 0.4 ITB

  19. UnitedFan
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    What happened to Arnie?

  20. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Score checks?

    35 (-4) from 6 after BPS and autosubs so far

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      29(-4) from 5 (including captain). Expecting a red arrow by tomorrow having wasted the armband on Sané.

    2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      29 from 6 (24 from 2..)

    3. Samwise the Brave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      6 points from 5

    4. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      17 net from Four.

    5. Park the bus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      How?!

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Only need a double Kane hatty to save my season

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Lol

  22. Crouching Tiger
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Doh. Did someone genuinely do worse than me? 5 points total from 5 players. Looking at a biiiig red arrow.

    1. Nascimento
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      4 from 6

    2. Samwise the Brave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      6 from 5

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      You win

  23. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Want to wc tonight to get rid of Arni before he goes down but guess ill wait til games tomz

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Thanks

  24. New Post
  25. UpAndAway
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    25 from two after bonus.

  26. Moorinho
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Folks who captained Sterling, who's your vice?

    Auba here

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Hazard

    2. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Auba

    3. SHUTUPHEATHER
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Arnie

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Sane

  27. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Lots of ups and downs today, but overall gotta be happy with 20ish from the value half of the team

  28. Lyonnais
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Would you play the wildcard or wait?

    Fabianski / Foster
    Alonso, Robertson, Keane / Schindler, Wan-Bissaka
    Salah, Hazard, Richarlison, Fraser, Paterson
    Kane, Arnautovic / Kamara

    Team looks ok but if Salah/Hazard don't deliver tomorrow I'm tempted to sell.

  29. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Arnie + Richa -> Laca + Fraser

  30. Foozeball
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Any suggested defenders up to 5.4m to replace Duffy?

    Currently looking at Digne, Mina, or Kolasinac

    1. InTommyWeTrust
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Bellerin?

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      TAA

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 17 days ago

      TAA

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Taa or an arsenal player if you prefer a punt.