Dugout Discussion

Gundogan, Dias, De Bruyne and Mahrez benched as Aguero misses Leeds match

As predicted, Pep Guardiola has rung the changes for Manchester City’s latest Premier League match, making seven alterations for the visit of Leeds.

Ilkay Gundogan (£6.0m), Rúben Dias (£6.2m), Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) and Phil Foden (£6.0m) are all among the substitutes for Gameweek 31.

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) misses out altogether with an injury not hinted at until Friday night, confirmed only as Manchester City released their team news on Saturday morning.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) has also missed the cut, reportedly not “fully fit” according to the club’s official team-sheet bulletin.

His absence, and Dias’ benching means Nathan Aké (£5.4m) comes in for his first Premier League minutes since Gameweek 15, playing at centre-back alongside John Stones (£5.2m).

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) and João Cancelo (£6.0m) are handed with the full-back positions while it looks as if Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) has been trusted with the central midfield role he often fulfils on international duty with Ukraine.

Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) joins him in the middle while Raheem Sterling (£11.3m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) and Ferran Torres (£6.9m) are the front-three this afternoon.

By contrast, Leeds make just one change for Gameweek 31; Jack Harrison (£5.4m) ineligible to face his parent club.

Hélder Costa (£5.0m) comes in as his replacement on the left-hand side of a midfield quartet alongside Stuart Dallas (£5.1m), Tyler Roberts (£4.6m) and Raphinha (£5.6m).

Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) remains on the bench with Liam Cooper (£4.3m) and Diego Llorente (£4.4m) earning a second successive start as a centre-back pairing.

Gameweek 31 Line-ups

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; B Mendy, Aké, Stones, Cancelo; Zinchenko, Fernandinho, B Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Torres.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Alioski, Llorente, Cooper, Ayling; K Phillips; Costa, Roberts, Dallas, Raphinha; Bamford.

Gameweek 31 so far…

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1,303 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Gundo on ... Ake off

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Fernandinho CB

    Gundo DM 🙁

    1. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Goal scoring DM

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Set pieces at least hopefully, until KDB arrival anyways which is imminent by the looks of things

  3. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Kdb will be on soon too, no way pep let's kdb stay on the bench with score at 0-1/1-1

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Don't put Gundo on please Pep

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Is done.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      He's on.

    3. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      It's already over

    4. Underdogs11
      5 months, 18 days ago

      So my Dallas points will stay on bench...

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    30 minutes Gundogan. Really need a bit of magic.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Might be on pens?

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Did Gundogan slip?

  6. tbos83
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Gundo hattie please!

  7. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Before today since GW 20

    Martinez 65 points
    Meslier 57 points

    Look at fixtures and there's your budget keeper for home stretch.

    1. Underdogs11
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Mendy?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Not in budget bracket

        54 points so not outpacing Meslier

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Most GK’s will get 20-30 points in the last 7 GW’s

      Martinez has 8 games to the 7 or 6 that the others all have so he’ll be wishing 5-10 points of the top scoring keeper I’d say, despite the horrible fixtures

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Torres needs taking off. Offers zilch.

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Gundo on, lovely. KDB next please.

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Gundogan on blocks Bamford bench points & stops any Jota captaincy haul.

    Rotten start to the week!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Lol Gundogan almost scored.

  11. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Kdb warming up?

  12. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Alisson, Trent Phillips Kabak Robertson, Fabinho Milner Wijnaldum, Salah Firmino Jota

    https://twitter.com/TheKopHQ/status/1380866498919591939

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Damn

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      As expected then.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      3/3, lovely start. No Thiago again is surprising and a bit of a shame. Hope no-Mane Salah does his thing!

    4. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Is that guy trustworthy?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Yep

    5. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      No Mane but Milner maybe on pens.

    6. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      As presumably the only mane owner on here please allow me this moment... eeeuuugghhhh

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        🙂

    7. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      3/3 inc (c) 🙂

    8. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      This will be true but why has this been hulled and not both lineups in a few minutes?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Wasn't me that did it, but the full lineups will be hulked as well. No harm.

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    #LFC v Aston Villa:

    Alisson, Trent Phillips Kabak Robertson, Fabinho Milner Wijnaldum, Salah Firmino Jota

    No surprises from Klopp.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      No Mane isn’t a surprise?

  14. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    City not being able to score against 10 man Leeds sums up this season

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Truer words have never been spoken

  15. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    My triple Leeds (Meslier Bamford Dallas) with 27 points on my bench as it stands

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      It was the GW for BB after all...

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Any news on Grealish?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Thank you

  17. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    This is you 5 minute warning!!!

  18. mattk lfc
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Trent, Jota and Salah (C). 0-0 incoming

  19. SB007
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    My transfers this week. Dallas and Bamf. In. For Phillips and Laca.

  20. Drogo
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Dallas on second bench row.. -.-

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      You have 2 benches?

      1. Drogo
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Yea, Corona-times you know.. gotta keep 'em separated

  21. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    23 pre baps bench points from leeds at the minute, and burn the sub that's likely to come in.

    Can only laugh.

  22. Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Leeds are almost daring Stones to score. Nobody seems to want to close on him

  23. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Cannot describe how awful Mendy is

  24. TherryOnWii
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Hi all,

    Been out of touch with Liverpool for a while.

    Between Kabak and Philips, who is more nailed? Thanks.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Both are nailed imo. Kabak is more nailed though.

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Probably Kabak but Philips seems nailed on right now as well

    3. TherryOnWii
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Thanks all

  25. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Alioski YC

  26. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    More Koch will help.

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    KDB getting really warm.

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Come on! Get him in ffs!

  28. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Not sure about that team news as a Jota captainer

    Presumably this pushes Jota wider left and less central. More or less predicted it. But there we go

  29. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Seriously Alioski vs Zaha would make a great boxing match. Crazy vs Crazy.

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Will Pep pay the price for benching all 4 of his best players this season!

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      What penalty? They will win the league regardless.