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Sterling benched as Aguero returns to Man City bench

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) has been benched for the third home match this season as Manchester City host Everton this lunch-time.

The midfielder was considered a strong captain candidate for Gameweek 17 but was given a second rest in the last three league matches.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) takes his place on the right flank while Leroy Sané (£9.5m) retained his berth on the left.

Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) leads the line once again while Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) was named among the substitutes, alongside a returning Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m).

Everton have gone with three at the back with Yerry Mina (£5.4m), Michael Keane (£5.1m) and Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) all in the starting line-up.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) comes in to lead the attack with Richarlison (£7.1m) in a midfield role.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Gündogan, Laporte, Delph, Sané, Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus.

Everton XI: Pickford; Mina, Zouma, Keane; Digne, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Coleman; Bernard, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.

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1,881 Comments Post a Comment
  1. aborg
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    OMG, Erikson not starting !! ....and who the F... is Skipp ????

    1. BON
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Spurs getting desperate. No summer signings. Using 18 year old boys.

      1. aborg
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Lol true

      2. camarozz
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Bring on Son early please.

        1. Fred54
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          For Kane hammy?

      3. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        That's one way to look at it. Another would be that they're developing good enough youngsters to cope with the punishing schedule

      4. alastair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Phil Foden might do better at a club who are "desperate"

  2. drughi
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Richarlison should've at least scored one goal from those chances

    1. Tshelby
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Happy he didn't! Got him on my bench

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 3 days ago

      sure got lucky by benching him

    3. ILOVEBAPS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      He's never been clinical.

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 3 days ago

        true

    4. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Not clinical enough. Still only 21.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      He's a ridiculous bargain for 6.5m

      See also Fraser 5.5m, Wilson 6.0m, TAA 5.0m, Robbo 6.0m, Doherty 4.5m

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Cup opponent on 0 points after hits, Im on 26. Only a Kane masterclass can take this away.

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Mine bench boosted.

      I have Sane and Sterling and he has neither. So let’s see

  4. The EJJ
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    His English was pretty good I thought

    1. The EJJ
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      faill

  5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    This will be a popular move after this gameweek. Bennett ---> Jonny

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Especially if Bennett gets a yellow.

  6. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Son and Eriksen need not worry. They'll be on after 50 dreary, goalless minutes

    1. ILOVEBAPS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Yep. Probably

    2. aborg
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Hope so

    3. aborg
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      For Pochettino to actually play that Skipp guy is actually worrying

      1. alastair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Somebody probably said something similar when Busby gave Best his debut

      2. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        It's not worrying in the slightest. He has options. It's by choice

    4. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      8-0

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        lol

        1-0 all over it

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Wishful thinking. Do you happen to have Son and/or Eriksen ?

  7. camarozz
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Just my opinion but I think you are better off having a cheapish defence over Xmas period. I'd imagine there are less clean sheets over this busy period?

    Kola/Doherty/Digne/AWB/
    Balbuena is my back line currently.

    Lots of rotation pairing going on there.

    1. Critical Observer
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      I have the first 4 of those + Alonso. Don’t know where to with the WC though, need to use it soon.

      1. camarozz
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        I sold Alonso to Kola to afford Kane and Sterling move but then decided I didn't want to sell Haz and Salah. So got Son and Sane instead.

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Same here, looks good for the Xmas run

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Theres no difference in clean sheets during the festive period.

    3. Firminoooo
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Same 4 + Trippier.

  8. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Burnley coming with a huge bus. Three CBs to take care of Kane. Spurs will need Son in the second half to win this game.

    1. camarozz
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Hopefully. Brought in Sane and Son for a - 8 on nxt 5/6 games in mind.

      Couldn't afford Sterling and Kane if I wanted to keep Haz and Salah.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Son will start vs Arsenal midweek. There will be uncertainty again as to whether he starts vs Everton at the weekend.

      2. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Son was a risk!!

        1. camarozz
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          He was but I think he plays a lot over Xmas. Iv no proof but willing to take the risk I guess.

  9. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Kane hat trick today??

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Nah, I captained him so I´m waiting for my 4 points.

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      No. One goal max imo

  10. Waynoo
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    where the fk is Hennessy

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Christmas shopping in Croydon

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Whisky shopping

      1. Critical Observer
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Hennessy is a cognac.

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          that's some astute critical observation right there my friend

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Lol!

          2. Critical Observer
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            I never stray, staying true to my chosen handle.

  11. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 3 days ago

    I think Laporte deserves one more chance against Palace. Palace really can't attack.

  12. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    No way was that an OG...!!

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      which one? none of them looked like an owngoal

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Few folk on here are claiming that the Everton one was!

  13. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    If folk are claiming that Delph should have got a RC for that challenge it shows how ridiculous the game is becoming...

  14. Gentle_Turks
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Damn, Wilson's gonna come on for one point isn't he?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      If he comes on, he'll likely get 11pts

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Not if he only gets 20 minutes he won't.

  15. Chenku╰☆╮
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    My prediction.. Kane to blank and auba to go mad and get sent off.. hazard to score hat trick..

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Would take that.

  16. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    What's that chick on the Sky panel called? She's a nice wee one. 🙂

    1. Critical Observer
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Gary Neville?

  17. Niho992
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Moura plays. Kane blank confirmes. 4 points locked IN

    • Eugeniekwh
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      I just want to say its cool seeing an fpl cup opponent whos also a user of this site! Heres a good cup match, Realbetisforever.

    • Nabs Kebabs
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Shaqiri has been a phenomenal x factor for klopp