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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. InTommyWeTrust
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Just checked Kun net transfer figure. 950k out I don’t think I’ve ever seen before

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Umm, says 20,000 here...

  2. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A couple of goals from Patricio will sort out this GW for me nicely - no need to panic yet.

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Could be some very nice green arrows from me... 22 from 4 with Capt Kane, Salah, Haz, VVD, alonso, Rich and Jimenez left. So much potential but who knows

  4. New post
  5. Frank Black
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I'm glad i switched from Arnautovic to Felipe Anderson. I've upgraded to someone actually plays 90 minutes and bring those two points home.

  6. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is Fraser injured? Just before he got subbed he pulled up during a sprint and was holding his back thigh! Hamstring??

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Really hope so. He has hurt me enough

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Nooooooo.... I really wish he is fit.. don't mind him being rested next week as long as he is back for GW17

    2. UpAndAway
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Noticed that too. He seemed ok afterwards though. He did get subbed so it may have been tactical regardless. Hoping so anyway.

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah hope so true... is an absolute gem at that price!!

  7. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Why did Snodgrass get subbed?

  8. SB007
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I am not happy.

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Few are

  9. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Whats the WC template. I need to copy you guys

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      2 Keepers
      5 defenders
      5 mids
      3 strikers

  10. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Who do we think we Price Rise tonight? On WC. FPLstats seems to be changing a bit

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I'm Wcing tonight too. Tonight I'll get the risers on FPL stats. Later in the week I can fine tune the squad. Here's what I'm looking at

      Fab 4.0
      Alonso Laporte Trent AWB 3.8
      Sterling Sane Fraser Anderson 4.5
      Kane Laca Wilson

      I could swap Laca/Alonso to Auba/5.5 def but unsure. Will get Auba for tonight though. Son also on the radar

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        planning similar team.Good luck

  11. Kszaq
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Ederson... can that boy save something at last? Time to say goodbye.

  12. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    If Armstrong scores tomorrow, I'll regret my 1-pointer from Laporte...

  13. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    13 -4 from 4, good night lol

    1. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      0 -8 from 5, beat that!

      1. YourMum
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        LOL

  14. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    It could be worse. My ML rival transferred out Wilson for a hit to Arnie!

  15. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Got the cash to do Arnie -> Auba and might just go for it now.

    Looked like a hammy for Arnie

  16. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A. Sell Arnie
    B. Keep Arnie

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      C. Get a restraining order banning him for coming anywhere near your team again

  17. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Ok, let’s get a HT on Arnie replacements, mods.

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Kane - end of story if you can afford
      Wilson - if you don't have already
      Auba - if you don't have the 2 above
      Aguero

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Laca

      2. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Easier saif than done. One is a 7m striker the others are 11m+ except for Wilson who most people already have

  18. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Bring in Fraser or Anderson?
    I have Wilson

    Anderson's fixtures look amazing and with Arnie out presumably will be beneficiary of that?

  19. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A) D Silva, Balbuena/Diop and Lloris
    Or
    B) B Silva, Trippier and Fab

  20. NeverLucky
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Need some help deciding due to the messed up game weeks of late. 2 free transfers, so -4 to -8 max hit.

    Current
    Midfield: Sterling, Hazard, Anderson, Martial and Kenedy
    Attack: Aguero, Wilson, Arnie.

    New
    Midfield: Sterling, Sane, Siggy, Anderson and Kenedy
    Attack: Auber, Wilson, Chicharito

    or

    New 2

    Midfield: Hazard, Sterling, Sane, Anderson and Kenedy
    Attack: Auber, Wilson and Ings (5.4m exactly left)

    Or just keep with Aguero and ride out the storm? 🙁 Help!

    1. wolvesmad
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      New 1

      1. NeverLucky
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks, i have alternative 3 as well

        Midfield: Sterling, Random 5.7m , Anderson, Martial and Kenedy
        Attack: Auber, Wilson, Kane

        Still New 1?

  21. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Which one to keep?

    A) Martial
    B) Richarlison

    1. TerryVenables
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Martial home to Fulham next

    2. Woody01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Keep Rich

  22. TerryVenables
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Salah + Arnie > FAnderson + Lacazette?

    1. The Big Fella
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Wait until Laca and Salah play first. One may get injured or haul or whatever

  23. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Arnie to Wilson? Got Mitro.

  24. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mid-priced striker options are quite thin on the ground! Who are people looking at for Arnie? I was going to go Murray and then spotted he was off too. Already have Wilson.

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Get Mitro

  25. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Just wondering:
    Arnie + Hazard -> Son + Laca / Maddison + Auba worth a hit?

  26. NeverLucky
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Kane & Auber & 5.7mf replacement IN (maybe Gundogan or March)

    Hazard & Aguero & Arnie out

    Yes or No?

  27. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    wc activated .Got all bighitters for now and need to make a decision on who to keep /get rid

  28. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Can't see Auba getting past a backline of Dalot, Jones, McTominay and Rojo 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  29. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Nice to get points tonight from Wilson (c) and Fabianski. However my team does not contain Salah, Richarlison, Aub or Kane so I have some major bullets to dodge tomorrow. Highly likely that 2 or more of those players will wipe out tonight's points.

  30. Deulofeu
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Given the lineup yesterday... which 2 wingers are likely to play against chelsea?

    Sterling, Sane and Mahrez

    1. Moorinho
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sterling & Mahrez imo

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I think all 3 will play. Sterling as a false 9

    3. Deulofeu
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Thanks