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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
    9 months, 18 days 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
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Umm, says 20,000 here...

  2. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

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

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days 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
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days 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
    9 months, 18 days 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
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Really hope so. He has hurt me enough

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days 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
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days 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
        9 months, 18 days ago

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

  7. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Why did Snodgrass get subbed?

  8. SHUTUPHEATHER
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    I am not happy.

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Few are

  9. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Whats the WC template. I need to copy you guys

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      2 Keepers
      5 defenders
      5 mids
      3 strikers

  10. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days 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
      9 months, 18 days 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
        9 months, 18 days ago

        planning similar team.Good luck

  11. Kszaq
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

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

  12. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

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

  13. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    13 -4 from 4, good night lol

    1. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      0 -8 from 5, beat that!

      1. YourMum
          9 months, 18 days ago

          LOL

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

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

    3. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

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

      Looked like a hammy for Arnie

    4. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      A. Sell Arnie
      B. Keep Arnie

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

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

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

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

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 18 days 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
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Laca

        2. The Big Fella
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

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

    6. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Bring in Fraser or Anderson?
      I have Wilson

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

    7. EL tridente
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

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

    8. NeverLucky
        9 months, 18 days 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
          9 months, 18 days ago

          New 1

          1. NeverLucky
              9 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks, i have alternative 3 as well

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

              Still New 1?

        2. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Which one to keep?

          A) Martial
          B) Richarlison

          1. TerryVenables
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 18 days ago

            Martial home to Fulham next

          2. Woody01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 17 days ago

            Keep Rich

        3. TerryVenables
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Salah + Arnie > FAnderson + Lacazette?

          1. The Big Fella
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 18 days ago

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

        4. El Lobito 10
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Arnie to Wilson? Got Mitro.

        5. The Big Fella
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days 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
            9 months, 18 days ago

            Get Mitro

        6. WE GO FOR IT
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

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

        7. NeverLucky
            9 months, 18 days ago

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

            Hazard & Aguero & Arnie out

            Yes or No?

          • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 18 days ago

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

          • ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 18 days ago

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

          • gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 18 days 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.

          • Deulofeu
              9 months, 17 days ago

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

              Sterling, Sane and Mahrez

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

                Sterling & Mahrez imo

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

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

              3. Deulofeu
                  9 months, 17 days ago

                  Thanks