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. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone else got Dallas and Bamford as 3rd and 2nd subs respectively?

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I sold both on WC lol

    2. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Bamford 1st Dallas 3rd. Cancelo playing.

    3. Only a Hazard of time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      1st and 2nd! Gundo is definitely coming on for a 1 point cameo 🙂

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Sold both

    5. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yup, 1st and 2nd on bench. Hoping no Dias or Gundogan cameos

  2. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Played Bam but Dallas third sub

    1. delux
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      same here

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Sold Dallas for a hit and benched Bamford

    Started Stones

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    WCers spewing

    1. Kindness
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Get a life mate

  5. Zlatan F.C
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Lmao! Wildcard for nothing

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      The week many take Bam and Dallas out!

    • Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Going to be some disgusting autosub points

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

        😆

        Someone just mentioned their rival has Dallas coming on for Dias...

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Guess who transferred out Bamford and Dallas due to fixtures?

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Both of us and many many more I assume

      2. ads7680
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Active fpl managers.

    • DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Dallas G
      Bamford A

      Solda both on WC. Sterling(C).

      LOL

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

        As you probably should have done.

      2. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Just because they scored doesn’t make the decision wrong, have your replacements played yet?

    • Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      See ya next season Dallas and Bamford out on wildcard

    • Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Sold Dallas & Bamford for hits

    • lewis274
        3 months, 18 days ago

        it was going wide ,‘please be given as an own goal

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Was it? Really

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Ha classic trolling from FPL. Dallas of all people 😆

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Dias owners in heaven

      • Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Damnnnn Dallas third sub..

        1. Tshelby
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Any chance of coufal not playing? Or Shaw?

        2. aborg
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Me too. Who would have thought?!

          1. Tshelby
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yeah... damn!

      • Joey Tribbiani
          3 months, 18 days ago

          yeeees!!

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 18 days ago

              perfect goal

          2. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Sure bam an Dallas will be on many benches, prob coming off for the benched city players

          3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            That’s what you get Pep you absolute maniac

            Gundo on at halftime now to clean up your mess

            1. Penang Sandman
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              tbh its not the midfiled is having problem for City right now

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

            Shaw is going to play right? 😮 Dallas waiting on the bench

          5. PP6
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Here’s hoping Dan Burn doesn’t play need Bam off the bench

          6. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            so Bamford is my third sub - any chance all of Dias, Gundo and Mahrez all remain benched?

          7. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Lol.

            Well, having sold Dallas on WC that’s a pain - however I’d have likely benched him anyway, and he also wipes the Dias-less City CS!

          8. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Sold my 3 Leeds players on the WC 😀

            1. seanie3
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I did also, think many did

          9. Sack The Glazers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I'm a genius, sold Ederson.....but also sold Dallas and benched Bam

          10. Says
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            lol this season will break your heart.

          11. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Dallas continues to troll. 1 week too late you pr**k.

          12. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Always thought the Leeds exodus from wildcards was silly. Everyone is going to be tripling up again in three weeks.

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I retained Bramford but obviously benched this week.

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I played him because of how many chances he had last time these two played, as well as his comments on the golden boot

            2. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              You're saying this now, conveniently after they score against Man City.

              Leeds have hard fixtures (mci, LIV, MUN) and if you're making a WC you have ample time to bring back Raphinha/Dallas/Bamford (or one or two of them) for their other fixtures.

              To be honest, Brighton away is far from an forgone conclusion and then they are up against Spurs.

              On a WC if you were keeping Leeds assets I'd say you'd be brave for doing so. Though I could probably see the merit in holding on to Raphinha or Dallas if you're not struggling for funds. But to be playing them against City - especially Dallas - that would be bizarre. 100% their toughest fixture of the season today and people have benched Leeds players in far easier games.

              But once again, hindsight makes things so obvious doesn't it?

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                It’s not hindsight when I didn’t wildcard and still have three Leeds players in my team

          13. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Bamford and Dallas on bench

            Unbelievable. Casuals win again

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              You love to see it

            2. GROBARI
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              You are late i think,casuals sold him

              1. GROBARI
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Them*

            3. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yep, my mini league rival who used up all his chips long ago with no thought about planning and looking at fixtures has Dallas and Bamford in his first 11.

            4. Gizzachance
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Few will get them off bench for the city no shows no doubt

          14. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Oh those jammy Dallas benchers

          15. JBG
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            No Dias no CS. Good.