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. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Dallas on the bench, what’s the chances Shaw or Rudiger don’t play? Lol

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Same here. Need New or Coufal not to play.

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        New = Mee

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Unlikely unless OGS wants to give Telles some game time before Europa 2nd leg or Shaw didn't recover from injury

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gundogan's had two chances & Stones has had countless.

    This is excruciating

    1. tbos83
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yup. Every Stones owner screaming into a pillow

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Will take a Gundo/KdB/Cancelo goal even though I have Dallas starting!

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          How did you end up with Dallas starting?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I always start defenders with goal threat

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Against Man City though? He's more likely to get -1 than an attacking return between City's incredible defence and incredible attack. Quite lucky they rested Dias and almost all of their attack. To be fair Dallas is literally a midfielder but still.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Liverpool midfield doesn't really scream creativity unfortunately. Would have liked to see Thiago.

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        As opposed to their "best midfield" which has Henderson over Milner? Henderson isn't exactly a Fabregas or KDB.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Best midfield has Thiago in there over Gini for these types of games.

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I'm not convinced. Still haven't seen him tear up trees and the past two years of them winning the Champions and Premier league had zero calls of a midfield remodel. Could be right though.

    3. G-Whizz
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Lineup - Liverpool starting line-up: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota.
      Substitutes: Adrián, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Davies, Rhys Williams, Sadio Mané, Naby Keita

      Lineup - A Villa starting line-up: Emiliano Martínez, Matthew Cash, Matt Targett, Marvelous Nakamba, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, Tyrone Mings, Bertrand Traoré, Douglas Luiz, Ollie Watkins, John McGinn, Trézéguet.
      Substitutes: Anwar El Ghazi, Keinan Davis, Tom Heaton, Ross Barkley, Ahmed El Mohamady, Björn Engels, Neil Taylor

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Martinez mega haul and 0-1 incoming.

        We all know it

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Kane finally dropped.

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Sorry Mane

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        JOTAAAAAAA

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      May be Salah on the bench next week...

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Not happening. They will need to get top four after losing to Madrid.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Wed-Mon helps him.

        Mane has been awful, that’s the difference.

      3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Not if they’re not out of the CL, nothing else to play for except top 4 then

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Well at least Jota starts.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Why wouldn’t he?

    6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jota and Trent vs Martinez. Hmmmm

    7. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Got rid of Dallas and Bamford on my wildcard this week. Classic FPL. 😆

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        For all the right reasons.

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

          Yep logic is sometimes a cruel mistress.

        2. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Doesn’t make it feel any better when you’re rival has Dallas coming off his bench.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            *your

            Damn it.

      2. G-Whizz
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Don't worry, you're not alone...

      3. jimbe4mXL
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Same 🙂

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Wait until you've seen what the replacements do.

      4. jimbe4mXL
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Pre WC: Dallas and Bamford
          Post WC: Gundo and Dias

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Jota out left then?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah, but you already know how Firmino operates in the Liverpool team.

        • Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          On WC.
          Sold Dallas, benched Bamford, KDB (c)

        • bigwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Sterling hasn't touched the ball in ages, this type of game doesn't suit him at all

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Pep hesitant to bring KDB on, has Dallas 1st sub...

        • Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Really need Tuchel to bench Rudiger again so I get Dallas to come on

        • Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Come on city score so Kev stays on the bench.

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          How on earth is KdB not on yet, Pep smoking something and it’s not legal

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            So happy he’s staying benched

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I’m not 🙁

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Foden to the rescue

        • Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Foden on .... Mendy off ...

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Should just close the stream really. Gundo (C) blank. Stones blank. See you nevt week 😐

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Get KDB on ffs

        • BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Anyone else remember when Dean Smith said Grealish would only be out 2 games. That happened, right?

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Foden on for Mendy

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Mendy much better on Twitter than the pitch.

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

          As it stands Leeds now have the highest scoring defender and the second highest scoring forward in the game. That was 10 million brilliantly spent in week 1.

          Did anyone manage that?

        • G-Whizz
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Mendy off
          Foden on...

        • Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Come on Foden.

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Fodinho

        • Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Gundo please do something!

        • DavidBadWillie
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I bought in Mane and captained him. Trying to be different and backfired.

            What’s the chances he stays on the bench?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              What the heck?!

              Reckon one of the front three will be subbed, so decent cbsce he comes on.

          • hueycho
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Lol @ dallas scoring when u sell him!!