Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2018/19 campaign are now available for the price of just £15.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 130+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A FANTASY FOOTBALL SCOUT MEMBER

2,957 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Liegitty
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Must remember to captain Wilson one of these days What A Player !

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      GW 18 vs (BRI) looks good

      1. Liegitty
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        True absolute plum fixture, Brighton are awful away

    2. andywalks5300
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Tonight for me, hoping for another or assist but even with this goal I'm happy after last couple of captaincy clangers I chose 🙂

  2. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Wilson is killing me

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Softly, I hope

  3. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Fab (Foster)
    Alonso-Robbo-Doherty-Keane-AWB
    Salah-Richa-Fraser-Hazard-Martial
    Kun-Arni-Kamara
    2FT btw, 0.0m INB

    How are these moves for free:
    A) Kun+Salah to Kane+Sterling
    B) Kun+Salah to Auba+Sterling

  4. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    God I love my Bournemouth duo. Season keepers.

  5. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Wilson Fraser owners unite \o/

    1. J T
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Nice.

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 13 days ago

      \o/

    3. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      High fives all round.

    4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Aye

    5. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      o/
      Don't know how long I will keep em though

    6. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      \o/

    7. Typo
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      season keepers

    8. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      \o/

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Happy to own him and Fraser though. Might be Arnie or Jimenez to Auba yet.

  6. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Mark's team?

  7. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Morata to bourn and Wilson to Chelsea in January please

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Make it happen Chucky

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      I will gladly accept him. Morata is terrible

  8. Pinball Wizard
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Help I am a Wilson/Fraser seller -----------------------> 🙁

    1. J T
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Before a Huddersfield??

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Sold both on WC to get Brools

    3. 420king
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Before HUD? Why man? I even bought Wilson.

    4. Pinball Wizard
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Actually I sold them 2 GWs ago. They had thought fixtures they said

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        You can’t check the fixtures yourself?

        1. Pinball Wizard
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          I did, they were really bad.

  9. J T
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Well that hit paid pretty quick! Fraser in for martial to allow Kane 😀

    1. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Nice

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Not if Martial and the other striker you sold do well?

  10. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Mitrovic over Wilson all those weeks ago didn't turn out too well

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Mitro wasn't that bad with that brace too

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        Blanked a million times before that though

        1. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          He has 15 goals in him

  11. Silecro
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Scottish dynamite,i might just keep you even over upcoming nasty fixtures...

  12. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Your turn Arnie

  13. TAT
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Jiménez>Wilson for a -4?

  14. Unai Emery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Salah if you want a rest tomorrow then you can have it! Wilson(vc) 😉

    1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      You’d take 1 goal ....

  15. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 13 days ago

    ML captained Wilson... gg to him and scary night for me

  16. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Wilson almost once more

  17. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Any chance of Wilson YC?

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Need a Wilson YC sooo much!

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Fraser caught offside. -bps

  18. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Morrison denies FAnderson, all West Ham!

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      How's Arnie looking?

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        holding his hamstring...

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        Clutching left hamstring after 8 mins, seemed ok after though

  19. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Brooks looking good or no?

  20. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    You reckon Laporte will stay on the bench? Will get Mitrovic in in that case

    1. J T
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      80% chance

  21. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Come on Arnie!!!

    1. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Saucy

  22. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Wilson/Frayza double up = FPL Gold

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Not this weekend they won't be.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        Good job the other 37 GW’s count so 😉

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          Indeed 😀

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Having double Bournemouth from the start is probs one of my best ever decisions in fpl

  23. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    What’s better to have next 2 GW:
    A) Sterling Kane
    B) Sterling Auba

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      B at this rate

    2. Effe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      I prefer B

  24. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    West Ham are playing some really nice football.

    1. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks to Antonio, right?

  25. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    FfS still don't have Wilson. Going to have to get rid of Murray or Arnie for Wilson

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      kun

    2. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Bit too late

  26. Federico
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Ok, guess I finally need to get Wilson...

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Nah

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      When he goes to chelsea in jan he’ll be even better

  27. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Why does Jesus always look so sad?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Very, very cold.

    2. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      he is ugly?

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        Blasphemous.

  28. KneejerkJoe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Next gw I have 7/11 players in 2 games..

    1. Ady87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Hate it when that happens!

  29. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 13 days ago

    Gonna be a scary gw for me.

    Leading all my MLs and every rival in it brought in Kane and put armband on him.

    I brought in Auba and capt Salah...

    1. Meltens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Good luck, I bought in Auba and Felipe Anderson (C)...

      Stroke of madness or genius, we’ll see. Hope it ends well for us!

    2. Ruth_NZ
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      I brought in Kane and captained Salah. Just like his fixture more.