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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. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi.....how does this sound??

    Sterling jiminez and Doherty to mane vardy and ake - 4.

    Give me 11 for the blank and free hit 32.....

    Lose 0.5m on jiminez and 0.2 on Doherty

    Current squad is

    Fab stek
    Robbo Pereira Doherty yedlin bednarek
    Salah sterling hazard pog Anderson
    Jiminez rondon kamara

    Thanks

    1. AYLD28
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I like

  2. fenixri
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Vardy or Wilson for gw31?

    1. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Both!

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Depends on what you’d do with extra cash but I’d go for Vardy if not sacrificing elsewhere

  3. Dead Lift
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I got Vardy and Maddison this week for free, already had Sterling but didn't captain him. 61 points with Salah(c) and Robbo left. Really happy after 3 consecutive amazingly poor GWs with under 40 points!

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      wow amaxing well done!!!!

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanx mate.

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nice well played

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks!

  4. Uppercut Panda - A legend i…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    vardy over higuain right?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      ask again tomorrow 😀

    2. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Let's see Higuain tomorrow first but right!

    3. AYLD28
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Both

  5. Ole Gunnar be juan winner
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone done worse than 5 from 5.

    Dropping from 46k to 84k

    1. Monya Meow Meow
        1 month, 16 days ago

        10 from 6 here...

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Fab Schär AWB Son Anderson? Own them 5 but I had Sterling Vardy Rondón aswel which made up for it

        1. Ole Gunnar be juan winner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          9(-4)

          Fab, Brooks, Anderson, Arnie, Chillwell

      • Midlands Saint73
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        6 from 5 here

    2. Spacemonkey
        1 month, 16 days ago

        If you would lose £0.5 per player when selling and you plan FH-buy them back for GW32, would you sell Pogba and Rashford now?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Do you want Rashford on FH? I’m keeping Pogba but losing Rashford and not likely to get him back in

          1. Spacemonkey
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Yeah, you are right, not getting Rashford back...

              1. Spacemonkey
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  PS. I think I have to sell Pogba in order to afford Vardy.

          2. Godfrey
              1 month, 16 days ago

              44 with Salah, Mane, Pogba, Higuain, Robertson and David Luiz left.

              Normally I always go with the safe captains. Last weeks I went once for Rondon and this week I went for Vardy. It's paying off 🙂

            • THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Planning to ship Schär Son Sterling and Jimenez for an 8 point hit to get 11 out next week, which option looks best?

              A. Pereira Mane Hazard Wilson
              B. TAA Fraser Hazard Higuaín

              Cheers

              1. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I like A but not sure on pereira

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Perhaps Ake over Pereira?

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Good shout. Think the -8 will pay off over 31/33?

                  1. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Yes I do

                    1. THFC4LIFE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Cheers mate

            • FDMS All Starz
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Which combo is better? With 32FH

              A) Vardy & Hayden (free / 8players GW31)

              B) Vardy & Brooks & H.Barnes (-4 / 9players GW3)

              C) Wilson & Fraser & Maddison (-4 / 9players GW3)

              D) Wilson & Maddison (free / 8players GW31)

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I like C

              2. Dead Lift
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                D

            • Midlands Saint73
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Anyone doing worse than 6 from 5?

              1. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yes. Look above

              2. MTPockets
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Jurgen Flopp #Bottlejob

              3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I'm on 2 from 3 ....

            • The Mighty Whites
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Tielemans or H Barnes?

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Barnes

            • Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Currently have 8 players for gw31. Jimenez Sterling AWB for Vardy Mane Ake for a hit?

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Looks good to me

            • Ibracadebruyne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Best 4.5 mid for gw 31?

              Cheers!

              1. FPLinho
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Westwood

                  1. Ibracadebruyne
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    4.6

              2. DA Minnion
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Salah to Sterling last week paid off this week. Hopefully the second part of the equation ,Son to Mane this week pays off tomorrow.

                1. fr3ddy
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  😮

              3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Someone in FFS towers finally succumbed to temptation & pushed the big red button labelled “DO NOT PUSH”

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Exactly what I envisioned 🙂

              4. TheSteel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Non-Sterling owner support group. We will get better!

                1. DA Minnion
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Loads in that boat. He's not that highly owned.

                  1. TheSteel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    You must not be one of two arch rivals who mollywhopped me today

              5. Twenty million comments
                Deulofale
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                If you weren't aware, the site has now reached 20,000,000 comments since the first with this comment system 8 years and 5 months ago: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/1

                This great milestone would was passed yesterday with the help of an excellent contribution from PRESSDPM: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20000000

                Congratulations PRESSDPM. You're a legend.

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Shame about the answer:)

                2. MTPockets
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A million of those were asking whether the FH uses up FT

                  1. Deulofale
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    If only they listened to WR http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/16532476

                    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Clicked on this HT thinking it was about KiwiVillain on his chip strategy.

                      1. Deulofale
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Hahaha

                  2. FOMFF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Does it?

                3. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  That's crazy

                4. Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  #makePRESSDPMfamous

                5. Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  The 19 millionth comment is ace https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/19000000

                  1. Mika-eel
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Ha 🙂

                6. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Where's Mark?

                  This must have blown him away to see this.

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Sitting in the top 1K.
                    Just another day regarding comment numbers.

                    1. Deulofale
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Such a party pooper

                7. shearer9
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Wow. Amazing that Foster has been a regular in RMTs for eight years.

                8. The Tinkerman
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Whilst this is a hot topic, worth mentioning again that on iOS, using safari, I cannot see any comments on FFS anymore, aside from the posts I comment on myself.

                  Works fine if I switch to chrome

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    email geoff

                  2. FPL DONKEY
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Also, when I load this site on my phone (Chrome on Android) I don't get the mobile optimized version any more, I get the desktop version. It's been like this for a few weeks.

                    1. Unimaginative
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Green button in the bottom left corner should switch it back

                9. Dr Funk
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  So that's 20 million comments that aren't related to the topic thread they were posted on.

              6. 420king
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Looks like my captain will fail to outscore my VC for the 7th time in a row....
                Buying A. Smith turned out well too... FML

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Hmm, maybe captain a blanker next week then?

                  1. 420king
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Good idea 😆

                    1. Flaming Flamingo
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Smith transfer was just plain unlucky. Hopefully Hazard makes up for it next week after I bring him in 😉

                      1. 420king
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Hopefully!

              7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Which decidedly average midfielder for GW31/33?

                Siggy, Rich, Felipe, Maddison, Barnes, Tielemans, Pedro, Willian...

                None are overly exciting - Felipe has the plum fixture but he may not even start now after being given the curly finger on 45 mins

                1. MTPockets
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Not Anderson. One of the Leicester guys probably

                2. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Neither Barnes or Sigurdsson are average midfielders imo. So, one of them I guess 😛

              8. Ole Gunnar be juan winner
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                TAA (C) score predictions ?

                1. TheSteel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  4 or 12 imo. Double Liverpool defence here

                2. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  12 x 2

                3. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  4

              9. Danstoke82
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                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?

                Will give me 10 players for 31 and 33 (laschelles probably injures). Plan to FH in 32.

              10. Trondero
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Ok plan? Should I focus on other players?

                Fabianski steele
                Azpi Robbo Doherty Lascelles Pereira
                Salah Son pogba barnes sterling
                Rashford Jimenez kamara

                Sterling + Son + Rashford - > Hazard + Mane + Wilson

                Leaves me with 10 players.

              11. Lucky Z
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Will Son drop tonight? Have exact funds for Son Kun => Hazard Higuain.

              12. Rinseboy
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                so for next week I have
                Salah Mane Rondon and King.
                Who are the next 3 essential attackers to get for a -4?

                Vardy Hazard and Fraser?

                1. AYLD28
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I’d say so

                  1. Rinseboy
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    or Lanzini over Fraser?

                    1. AYLD28
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      West Ham are terrible mate, wouldn’t even bother

              13. wulfranian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Score check?20 with Kun(c).

                1. Hy liverpool
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  40 with HAZ (c)

                2. Pras United
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  64 - Sterling (c) and Vardy doing the business...

                3. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  28 from 5.

                4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  63!

                5. MTPockets
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  18

                6. G-Whizz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  66 from 6

                7. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  53 from 8 Salah(c)

                8. MGD
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  12 from 6. Salah C...

                9. Annie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  71

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Blimey

                10. wulfranian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  thanks all.Some great scores.

                11. Loyal Subject
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  66 from 6
                  Sterling(C) and Vardy party

              14. Hy liverpool
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Pick two from
                A. Lanzini HUDD che
                B. Siggy CHE ARS
                C. Barnes LEI bou

                1. Pras United
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A, C

                  1. Hy liverpool
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Cheers

                2. AYLD28
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Not the West Ham player

              15. FPLinho
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Sterling gonna rise?

                  1. TheSteel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Dont risk it, get him in NOW

                    1. AYLD28
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Lol

                • pingissimus
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Anyone else planning on keeping the Great Rondo after 33?

                    Pretty much all my smart moves have gone pear shaped recently but the dumb swap out of Rash for Rondo in 27 has been dead jammy.

                  • Lumberjack
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Son on -69, Hazard on +69...safe to leave the transfer till tomorrow??

                    1. Pras United
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      You have to. Haz could get injured tomorrow.

                      1. Lumberjack
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Agree, got enough to cover a change anyway...thanks

                    2. Zladan
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Seen stranger things happen.

                  • Drogo
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Question. If I make a transfer before activating the FH-card will it be cancelled?

                    1. Dead Lift
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. Lumberjack
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yup