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. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Would you say son is close to essential now until the end of the season ?

    1. tbos83
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Yes

      • bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Not at all, but is obvs a great shout for the double

      • GROBARI
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Yes

      • bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Oh Raz, thats a sitter

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Grrrr Sterling

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Sterling is actually a garbage player

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Cancelo and Dallas clean sheets will be nice after a nightmare of KdB and Gundogan benching

      • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Sterling is just on such poor form. Can’t see him scoring today

      • JJO
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Hahah is he really a footballer?

      • GROBARI
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Wow sterling,just wow

        • Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          I don't even own Sterling and he's doing my head in.

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Sterling miss.

          *Do this might be a duplicate comment.

        • Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Any Liverpool team leaks?

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Who’s starting LB for City in midweek? Laporte?

          If not, will Cancelo make 60’ today?

          1. gogs67
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              This is the day Cancelo stays on now.

          2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            OMG Dallas

          3. seanie3
            • 10 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Sterling has really regressed over the last 18 months or so, surely can’t start in the euros for England.. squad player at best

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              On current form, Foden should be starting ahead of him.

          4. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Dallas G

          5. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Oh they finally added the Wolves bonus points 😆

          6. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Oh my

          7. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Bamford and Dallas combine to pile misery on sellers like me.

          8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            What a hit Dallas

            BamBam lay-off pure class

          9. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Sold Dallas on wildcard.

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Ditto for Azpi 😆

          10. GROBARI
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              And guess who transfer out Dallas

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Rival: KDB (C), Dias

                Bench: Bamford, Dallas

                You have to be kidding...

            • Gizzachance
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Bam an Dallas out on w/c !

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Dallas G

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Oh that is absolute BS....

              3rd on bench and rival has Dallas coming on for Dias.

            • gogs67
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Dallas 3rd on my bench lol

              • JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Started Raph over Bamford ffs.

              • My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Benched both, as I should have

              • aborg
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                OMG Dallas !!

              • AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Wow.

                Bamford to Dallas.

              • DycheDycheBaby
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Omg Cancelo cleanie demolished. Ffs