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. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    17 pts haul for Dallas owners. Can't believe I sold him for a hit in FanTeam

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I transfered him out yesterday evening for Holding. This game is getting harder and harder to predict and it is so shaped by luck. It is getting harder and harder to get a good overall rank, and like I said, it is so lucky.

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Niiiiice

  2. Steerpike
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Dropping Dallas for a hit this week may be one of my worst ever moves.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I feel ya

    2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Would you have played him though? That’s how I’m comforting myself having sold finally on WC. He’d have been last sub for me probably... unless he was second sub in which case he’d have come on for Dias but we won’t speak of that

      1. Abraham & Cheese
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        If I'd remembered to set my team he would've been 3rd on my bench for sure.

    3. Planet Jo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Not sure if that is worse than having him as 3rd sub on the bench, with Gundog coming on for a useless 1-pointer.

  3. Abraham & Cheese
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Forgot to set my team, thinking I had until Saturday. I was fuming that Dallas and Bamford were starting. Best mistake ever, but can't claim to have forseen this! 😮

  4. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Leeds - 2 shots - 2 goals

    City - 29 shots - 1 goal

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    So glad I sold rather than benching Dallas for this.

    EO with autosubs likely to hurt though?

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Only 7% so far. Maybe more if Luke Shaw is out

    2. jammie26
        3 months, 16 days ago

        You're glad you sold Dallas?

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes. Because he’d have been benched for me otherwise.

    3. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Love that Peps sh*try roulette finally gets punished.

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bring Dias on. Now. Asap

    5. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Burn will play won't he?

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      The only positive I can take away from this is Christina bigging up Sterling (C) has failed miserably, as expected...

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Cum on Hazz.
        Say it one more time.
        loser

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I only pick on you as you're horrible to other users on here.

    7. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Get rid they said, bad fixtures they said , cue Dallas out on w/c, on benches etc

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Without hindsight, it was a reasonable decision

    8. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Well done to those who had a faith in dallas

    9. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Fair play to those whom played Dallas

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I didn’t, second on bench and will be coming on! ALWYS seem to grab his points lol! Chuffed

      2. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        How many brave souls I wonder

    10. Drogo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Will be a long Gameweek. I got Dallas second on bench... I will never be that lucky to get him.

      1. Custard Gannet
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Same here. No way Rudiger, Coufal or Veltman don't play.

    11. Underdogs11
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Hate this game. First om my bench.

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes, it’s the game’s fault

          1. Underdogs11
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Nice comment. Never said it was somebody's fault. It was the right choice so...

        2. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Dallas > Stones (-4) went well

          1. Keep Calm and Play On
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            But of an odd one to bring in stones considering the rotation tbf

        3. COK3Y5MURF
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          This game sucks. Why do I play it

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            +1

        4. pjomara
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Did Dallas -> Phillips for a hit
          Phillips will get 21 pts v Villa to make me break even right?

          1. MessiGOAT
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes of course:D

        5. Says
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I think I'd like to see red cards for fouls like that Fernandinho one, it wasn't a play on the ball, he was intentionally just taking out the man.

          1. Says
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            The game is better without it

          2. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah, it was pretty damn nasty!!!

        6. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Zero attempt at the ball for Fernandinho

          1. Lamplighters
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Red card right?

            1. Keep Calm and Play On
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              It’s at least an orange

        7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Hopefully Shaw and Cresswell don't play

        8. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Raph flag.

        9. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Cancelo goal or Dias sub in needed

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            It's over mate

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              So be it. Time to cheer for other of my players . Cheers mate

        10. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          90% in my MLs with Dallas 3rd sub. As non-owner this is just a beautiful, beautiful story

        11. Edalock
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Rough with the smooth..
          Captained Gundogan. Bamford (1st sub), Dallas (2nd sub) comes on for Dias.

        12. son of city
            3 months, 16 days ago

            this is what I said yesterday, underestimating Leeds was not a good night idea.

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Love this from Leeds

            Rotate like that & your asking to get bummed Pep

            And you just got bummed, quite vigorously

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Pep is a clown. Gundo is a clown. Everyone is a clown.

          • Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Dallas has almost single-handedly beaten my bench boost from earlier in the season

          • 420king
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Selling Cresswell instead of Dias would net me 17 pts (minus Cresswell points). Sigh.