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Guardiola benches Gundogan, Stones and Cancelo at Leicester

Pep Guardiola has left a raft of important Fantasy Premier League assets on the bench in Gameweek 30.

The chief of those is Ilkay Gündogan (£6.1m), who has missed out on the starting XI in each of the last two matches.

At 35.0% ownership, the German international remains the most-popular Manchester City asset this season although he has just two attacking returns since Gameweek 25.

It looks as if Guardiola has gone for a 4-2-3-1 shape today with Rodrigo (£5.3m) and Fernandinho (£5.4m) in holding roles.

That leaves Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) to provide the width in attacking midfield either side of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) while Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) leads the line following confirmation of his departure from the club at the end of the season.

Naturally, that leaves no space in the team for Phil Foden (£6.1m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.4m), who both sit on the bench.

John Stones (£5.3m) and João Cancelo (£6.1m) both find themselves among the substitutes too as Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) is paired with Ruben Dias (£6.1m) while Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) and Kyle Walker (£6.1m) staff the flanks of the Citizens’ back-four.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) makes his fifth successive Premier League start this afternoon, having found the net five times in his last three.

The Nigerian international is up-front with Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) once more as Leicester still continue without Harvey Barnes (£6.7m).

The fact that Iheanacho stays in the team despite Marc Albrighton (£5.2m) and Ayoze Pérez (£6.0m) featuring bodes well.

The former Manchester City man initially came into the side because several injuries to wide players forced Brendan Rodgers to switch to a 3-5-2 system although his form has helped him hold onto a place – worth knowing ahead of some appealing fixtures for Leicester after Gameweek 31.

Gameweek 30 Line-ups

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Amartey, Evans, Fofana; Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton; Pérez; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; B Mendy, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Rodrigo, Fernandinho; Jesus, De Bruyne, Mahrez; Aguero.

Gameweek 30 so far…

Leeds beat Sheffield United as expected on Saturday afternoon although it was largely a result that left Fantasy managers wondering what might have been.

Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) registered a blank while Raphinha (£5.7m) was subjected to another outing characterised by his colleagues missing key chances.

In the end, the Brazilian got one assist, was denied a goal by Phil Jagielka‘s (£3.9m) intervention on Jack Harrison‘s (£5.4m) cross, who was the only Leeds player involved in both goals at Elland Road.

Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) was arguably one of the best players on the pitch but managed only two points in the end.

Not only did he miss two decent chances created by Raphinha, he also missed out on a clean sheet as Sheffield United scored a rare goal.

Ben Osborn‘s (£4.7m) first-half effort was the Blades’ seventh on the road this season.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Jack Harrison, Ben Osborn
  • 1 – Aaron Ramsdale

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646 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    New gameweek looks pretty rubbish. No standout fixtures or captaincy shouts.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sounds lovely to me. Time to gain some ground on the casuals.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Man City v Leeds is pretty standout

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Who plays though?

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Gundogan and whoever doesn’t play midweek

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Too risky now

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Which team do you support?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        : D

        Fair point.

  2. DavidBadWillie
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Massive relief at not getting a Chelsea defender in for a -4.

      Luckily I followed my own advice.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I know it's only a meter of time but LiveFPL had KDB on list of threats on 4 points already. Gave me a heart attack lol.

    • Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Always enjoy keeping up with Alessandro Diamantis Instagram stories. He looks like he’s loving life in Australia. He deserves it after the career he’s had

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Holy moly what a goal by Fernandinho that would have been.

    • Kane and Ablett
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Is everyone confident of getting 11 players out this week still? Some wonderful rotation already of popular picks and we’re only 3 games in

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Fairly confident. Not sure I see Martinez, Digne, Shaw, Son, Kane, Antonio, Lingard being benched.

          If anyone it'll be Antonio due to a mysterious injury lol.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            (I did bench Gundogan & Stones as thought they'd be benched though.)

        2. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          14 for me 🙂

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Struijk no show already though 🙁

        3. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Easily

        4. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Standard GW post IB

        5. Brehmeren
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I'm getting 9, by the looks of it.
          Rudiger, Struijk, Gundo, ESR and Pereira benched

      • Life_Ban
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Which goal got cancelled in the man city Leicester game. Who would have scored and hypothetically assisted pls?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Was a nothing goal

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Would have been a Fernandinho goal with no assist.

            https://streamable.com/28iwql

          3. Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Fernandinho G, Rodri A. I think it was probably chalked off because it just wasn't believable that they'd combined to score.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not sure it would have been a Rodri assist. Defender cleared it.

          4. Life_Ban
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Ah thanks all. No point then and no feelings of regret.

              Come on Dias, we don't have all Dias

          5. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Why is this place so quiet even during a City match?

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Most peoples players probably on the City bench right now

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Some cant get internet connection behind their couches. Others rather wait for a goal and spam comments saying who scored then disappear again.

          6. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Can’t sleep guys. Double Chelsea defense and triple Leeds on BB is keeping me up. This damn game sometimes... smh

            1. sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              what time?

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Coming on 3am, but sleep schedule has also been off recently. Luckily it’s only Sunday tomorrow...

                1. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Not far behind with 2am here as well. No players in this match and luckily had no Chelsea players, so I am off to sleep now. Btw I am a fellow BBer as well 🙂

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    My man! We have to really dedicate ourselves to stay up and watch prem games/wake up for UCL in timezones such as ours. Good luck with your BB mate, hope we can both kill it from here on out

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      True. Wasn't a good day today, let's hope tomorrow and day after is better. Fairly confident of all of my remaining players starting, apart from maybe Forster. Good luck to you too mate!

            2. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Can’t believe we’ve spent 2 weeks waiting for this fraud of a gameweek

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Agreed. Next season when I BB I’ll wait for the game-week with the worst fixtures and will probably get better returns

            3. ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Who's your captain?

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Son, Spurs kick off is at 11:05pm for me here tomorrow night so looking forward to watching and hopefully getting some returns

                1. ZAMUNDA
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Yup, same here Son (C). Well, hope it turns out better tomorrow. On a WC with double Chelsea defence and double Leeds lol

          7. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Why do they ruin the commentary of these games by putting Jamie carraghaagahhherr . On. Can’t understand a bloody word he says.

          8. dshv
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Cant wait to hit the wc after this gw eirh this poor bb(mendy dunk antonio coufal)

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              What were you thinking?

          9. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Unlucky KDB

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Crossbar challenge.

            2. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Just a sighter.

            3. ivantys
                1 month, 12 days ago

                He duped the free kick in the first place.

            4. seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              omg the crossbar

            5. JJO
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              My captain hits the crossbar:(

              1. seewhyaxe
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                me too

            6. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Last 5 mins - Possession: 100% Man City lol

            7. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I own Alonso (hit the post twice), Dallas (hit the bar) and KDB (hit the bar). If people think luck doesn’t play a big part in this game they’re wrong.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                The aim is to hit the back of the net, not the bar. Pick better players 😉

              2. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                If my grandmother had wheels she would be a bike.

              3. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I found a new part of the game recently, how it goes is if you sell a player they haul the following week.
                Try that

              4. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Hitting the post should go towards BPS to make owners happier and reward them a little, it’s the least they can do

            8. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              If Arsenal beats Liverpool today they can be involved to UCL race, right? They also has a visit to Chelsea.

              1. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Technically yes.

                Realistically no.

              2. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Don’t be silly. They would have to win every game they have left to stand a chance. Never happening.

              3. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                We aren’t getting top 4 and I don’t even think we’ll win today sadly.

                I just want to win the Europa league. The horror show in Baku 2 years still haunts me.

                1. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  2 years ago*

                2. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Slavia Prague are a tough draw imo

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Tough draw but beatable. Emery in the Semi Final knocking us out would be complete banter though.

              4. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Not really - they need too many teams above them to fail and most of them have favourable fixture runs

            9. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              De Bruyne you baller 😎

            10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Rubbish from jesus

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                He will rise tomorrow. 😉

            11. JJO
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Cant stand watching City when Jesus and Rodri are playing

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Rodri always plays, so I guess you never watch City.

                1. JJO
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Read again

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    You just can’t stand watching them play?

            12. Riggs
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Does anyone hit the WC already? When is the good time to activate the WC - tonight or wait till midweek?

              1. dshv
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I will do tonight

                1. Riggs
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I was thinking about the same strategy. Avoid price rises/falls. But a bit worried of cancelling the league midweek. Like last year 😀 Probably I am overreaching..

            13. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Nothing to lose here

              Contemplating Son to KdB next time. He's not got that many miles in his legs this season. Does that offset the glut of games?

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Maybe.

            14. Isco Disco
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Thoughts on Aguero (C) next week?
              Could be a perfect time to captain him for a massive differential haul

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Knock yourself out. Benched next week.

                1. Isco Disco
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  How can you be so sure?
                  CL game against Dortmund 3 days later. Aguero might start against Leeds with first team on the bench again

                  1. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    They would beat Dortmund with their first team on the bench.

                  2. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    He's not the Aguero of old. There's better captain choices.

              2. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Need to see Aguero do something tonight for him to come into my thoughts.

            15. Bounce
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I Bench Boosted this week and have 3 players who didn't start so far. My team looked perfect and I couldn't decide who to bench, oh well. I hate this game.

                Mendy Martinez
                Cancelo Dias Ruediger Dallas Coufal
                Fernandes Son Bale Gundogan Raphina
                Kane Calvert-Lewin Bamford

                1. dshv
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Same
                  Here

                2. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Still got the Bale no-show to come as well I see

                3. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Cancelo and Gundo were always high benched potential

                4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I'm not being wise after the event. But wasn't Man City rotation likely after the international break in particular?

                  I benched Gundogan and Cancelo in my team. A because I thought they might not start, and B because it is a difficult fixture.

                  I started KDB as I thought he is a definite most weeks.

              • Finding Timo
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Wildcard activated any hot hips welcome?!thanks

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Maddison

                    1. Finding Timo
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Cheers I like it

                    2. Herman Toothrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Pick 15

                      1. Finding Timo
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Good shout sounds like a plan!

                      2. fr3d
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Shakira

                        1. Thomas Magnum
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Do her hips lie?

                      3. Thomas Magnum
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Who you thinking mate, only one I’m real keen on is TAA right now, wish Barnes was back 🙁

                        1. Finding Timo
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Jota, mendy, Mount, laca, Kane,son, Rüdiger, Antonio, Lloris, Bruno but stuck on rest?

                      4. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Doesn't feel like I'm going to be getting many save points from Ederson today.

                        1. Forever In Our Shadow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          6 will be fine though. Many would be glad of those.

                        2. Thomas Magnum
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Maybe they’re allowing spectators into stadiums after all

                      5. Pedersen
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        My ML rival have bench boosted and got all 3 of Cancello, Stones and Gündogan

                        1. Forever In Our Shadow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          You the lucky one then.

                        2. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Calculated.

                        3. GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          OK

                        4. Original - Wolves Ay We
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Should have gone to Spec-savers

                      6. dshv
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        What is necessery in wildcars?

                        Mendy and mount
                        Salah or jota?
                        Diaz and kdb
                        Auba
                        Kane

                        ???

                        1. Finding Timo
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            So far Out of those I hsve mendy, Mount, jota (not salah), Lacazette (not auba) and Kane

                          • Riggs
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I think you should be careful with too many spurs and city players. They blank in GW33. Dias, Son and Kane are probably enough to cover and navigate easy through the blank 🙂

                          • GreennRed
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Not Auba.

                            Depending if you've BB might want a playing fodder playing bench. A look ahead too to DGW and BGW.

                        2. Forever In Our Shadow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Mahrez miss one on one.

                          1. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Leicester DNA

                            1. Forever In Our Shadow
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Tbf it was poor.

                        3. Scots Gooner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Why does KDB always tease hauls like this?

                          1. Forever In Our Shadow
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Just getting his range. Wait til later.