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Aguero and Sterling start for City as Gracia rings the changes

The seventh match of a goal-filled Saturday takes place at the Etihad, as league leaders Manchester City face Watford.

Kick-off is at 17:30 GMT.

Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are joined in a front three by Riyad Mahrez, who replaces the injured Kevin De Bruyne in the City starting XI.

Bernardo Silva drops back into central midfield to take the place of the sidelined Belgian.

Vincent Kompany deputises for the injured John Stones in defence, while Aymeric Laporte is fit enough for a place on the bench.

Leroy Sane is also among the substitutes.

Javi Gracia has rotated heavily for the trip to Manchester, making seven changes in all.

Kiko Femenia, Miguel Britos, Christian Kabasele, Adam Masina, Tom Cleverley, Isaac Success and Andre Gray all come into the side, as Adrian Mariappa, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas, Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu make way.

Ben Foster, Daryl Janmaat, Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure are the only Watford players to keep their places.

Pep Guardiola’s side won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in December, when Mahrez registered his highest FPL score of the season (13 points).

Aguero was transferred in by over 125,000 Fantasy managers ahead of this Gameweek, despite City being without a fixture in Gameweek 31.

The Argentinean striker is the second-most-popular captaincy pick of this weekend, having been handed the armband by over 1.45 million FPL bosses.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Gündogan, Silva, Mahrez, Agüero, Sterling.

Watford XI (4-4-2): Foster, Janmaat, Britos, Kabasele, Masina, Kiko Femenia, Cleverley, Capoue, Doucoure, Success, Gray.

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  1. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    In the history of FPL I don't think I ever seen a stat like this. With only 8 gameweeks left, the highest scoring player in the game is only 14% owned. Quite absurd really. The best differential in history!

    1. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Should captain him next week

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Isn’t Salah better owned than that ?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yes but I'm not sure what point you are making?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Salah is the highest scoring player in the game and is owned by 40 % ?

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            I was on about Sterling. Nobody has more pts than him.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Oh, my mistake ... Sterling was 21 points behind Salah going into this game week, isn’t the highest scoring player as such as you posted, and will will be highly unlikely be the highest scorer at the end of the week 😉

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Yeah I know, barring Salah getting sent off or something. Even so, at the time I put that post up, nobody had scored more pts than Sterling and he he also has a considerable lead in terms of points per game which is a colossal 7.3ppg. Seems quite extraordinary that he is only 14% owned.

  2. El Rey de Fantasy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Allison. Button.
    Shaw. Luiz. Doherty. Diop. Bednarek.
    Salah. Pogba. Mane. Mikhitaryan. Hayden.
    Aguero. Rashford. Jimenez.

    0.0 in bnk...

    Should I do Rashford + Mikhitaryan > Vardy + Ward Prowse..?? Or Should I wait till DGW..?? (actually Iam using free hit chip next gw)

    So if I sell rashford then I need to buy him back for DGW... (situation is rashford is going to fall tonight while vardy is going to rise)..

    So what to do..??

    1. El Rey de Fantasy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone please..??

    2. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      If you are playing FH, every transfer you make doesn't matter!

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      What is ‘next week’ ? 31 or 32 ?

      If you are FH in 31 all your transfers are wiped out and you revert back to you original team at the beginning of the game week

  3. Magumbo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Fraser or Maddison?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Fraser

    2. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Maddison

  4. AYLD28
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How’s this looking for 31/33:

    Boruc
    TAA Pereira XX
    Mane Salah (c) Hazard Brooks
    Vardy Higuain Rondon

    Debravka Pogba AWB Kolasinac Doherty

    GTG or worth a -4 to get 11 out?

    1. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Who you thinking of swapping if you want 11?

      Which non-playing options don't have too much value tied up in them??

      1. AYLD28
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Can only go defence so Kolasinac has 0 value, Doherty has 0.4 value in him.

        I have 0.3 ITB so can only get a player worth 5.3m, Rice is really the only option just don’t know if it’s worth the minus 4 considering Kolas plays in 33 v Everton

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

    Bump.
    I've got 11 for GWK 31...

    I've got to now sub out Schar - thinking Rice?
    Anyone got any stronger suggestions for 4.7m or less?

    Fabianski

    Pereria / Robertson / VVD / Schar* / Lejune

    Richarlison / Salah / Haz / Lanzini

    Higuain

    Bench: Boruc / Jiminez / Pogba / Rashford

  6. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    best move

    A rashford and jimmy to king and wilson
    B rashford and doherty to wilson/king and azpi

    for free

    thanks a lot !

    1. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        thanks

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      one more ?

    3. pingissimus
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B with Wilson

        King is dead weight and I overmuch doubt you want Doherty back - lots of value defenders around

    4. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Would you prefer haz & higuain double.over getting a Bournemouth player?

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Depends on tomorrow's performance.

      2. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Think so, but Chelsea's midweek game may change my mind

        1. AYLD28
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hazard and Hig will never play midweek

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        yep

    5. JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Any thoughts on my team for GW31

      Fabianski
      VanDijk Chilwell TAA Ake
      Anderson Hazard Salah Brooks
      Arnautovic Jiminez

      Hamer Rashford Doherty Pogba

      0FT 2.7m ITB

      Thinking Jiminez + Anderson -> Wilson + a 9.8m or lower mid (-8)

      1. AYLD28
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ditch Arnie and Anderson... both are poor options

    6. emyoueffsee
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Fabianski
      Robertson Rice Digne
      Hazard Mane Salah(C)McNeil
      Rondon Wilson

      Looks like I will definitely have these 10 players out next week barring an injuries tomorrow. Worth taking a hit to get in a 4th defender?

      I have Bednarek and AWB and 0.2m in the bank, so 4.4m max. I'm thinking Clyne for AWB or Daniels for Bednarek, but not really appealing tbh. Am I overlooking anyone?

    7. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      20.2m to spend, getting rid of jimmy, pog and punch for a -4 for 31

      A) vardy, Brooks, Fraser
      B) Wilson, Maddison, Fraser/brooks
      C) something else

      Fab
      Taa robbo luiz
      Salah hazard X X
      X rondon Barnes

      1. Loyal Subject
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A by a mile

    8. Wizard of Özil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      How watch Bournemouth game? If os how did Brooks/King look?

    9. Danstoke82
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Repost;

      Current team;

      Alisson
      Robertson Laschelles* Chilwell
      Salah Anderson Brooks Puncheon
      Vardy Jimenez* Aguero*

      Subs; Speroni Pogba Bednarek Doherty

      4.4ITB

      These moves yay or nay?

      Doherty + Jimenez > Clyne + Wilson
      Plan to FH in 32. Laschelles is probably our injured and Puncheon won’t play.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Why didn't clyne play today?

        1. Danstoke82
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Subbed on I guess as part of a rotation. With Smith now presumably out surely means Clyne will start.

    10. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Quick question fellas

      Gym (chest)
      Or
      Sleep

      1. Hakim Ziyech
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gym(arse)

        • TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gym - you’ll feel better for it

        • TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A then B for me

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lol

      2. AYLD28
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        People transferring in Sterling makes me laugh.

        1. Hakim Ziyech
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I might C him next gameweek

            1. AYLD28
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              TC

        2. KJT123
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          feeling pretty jammy tonight with Sterling (c), then again, think i deserved it after seven consecutive red arrows.

        3. KJT123
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Could Felipe Anderson be dropped? Why was he subbed early today?

          1. Hakim Ziyech
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Slight knock. Source: Commentator

            • Dead Lift
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He was awful. There is a chance for me.

          2. AYLD28
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How’s this looking for 31/33:

            Boruc
            TAA Pereira XX
            Mane Salah (c) Hazard Brooks
            Vardy Higuain Rondon

            Debravka Pogba AWB Kolasinac Doherty

            0.3 ITB 0 FT

          3. Nuno
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Pick 2 to play for BGW:

            A. Digne (CHE)
            B. Yedlin (bou)
            C. Brooks (-4) (NEW)

          4. JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Rashford + Jiminez -> Wilson + Higuain (-8) ?

          5. Hakim Ziyech
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Where is Kiwivillan when you need him to give a quick run down of Anderson's stat today 🙁

            • Danstoke82
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              If Hazard doesn’t get injured tomorrow is this move crazy?

              Anderson > hazard -4.

              I’ve had enough of owning Anderson even with Huddersfield up next.

              Current team;

              Alisson
              Robertson Clyne Laschelles* Chilwell
              Salah Brooks Anderson Puncheon
              Vardy Wilson

              Subs; Speroni Bednarek Pogba Aguero

              *injured

              £5.6ITB

            • Pinball Wizard
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Please rate my FH team:

              Fab
              Robbo Azpi Pereira
              Salah(c) Hazard Mané Fraser
              Higuain Vardy Wilson

              Boruc Tielemans Tarkowski Stankovic

            • EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 13 days ago

              new typeface or has my beer been spiked?

            • shearer9
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Surely Sterling won't rise tonight? That would be another level of stupid.