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. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Pino knows

  2. KAALI_DAAL
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Okay who told me to ditch Bam for Nacho

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

      Red card imminent...

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

        Cooper sent off...

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Bamford—> Dallas does probably hurt with EO though 🙁

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Rc incoming

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Crazy challenge from Cooper.

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Cooper Red in 3...2...

    • seanie3
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Has to be red

    • Old Bull
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Took the decision a couple of gws back not to own any City players, probably for the rest of the season. It’s not worth the hassle. Take a look at the current top 10 teams and there’s a couple with none.

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Oh Coop

    • lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Felt pure smug before the game with Raz ( captain) this week and no other city player, can see now why he is in the city 3rd team.. frustrating

    • son of city
        3 months, 25 days ago

        benched Dallas and bam bam the last minute before dead line.

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Dallas last on my bench - fpl classic 🙂

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          You might be glad of that by 90

      • 3 A
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        This kind of animal cant play football forever. Same like Pepe and Ramos.

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Deserved RC.

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Should be a RC imo.

      • Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Likelihood of one of Rudiger or Alonso missing out? Need Dallas to come on!

      • GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Lol,what was cooper thinking?

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

          He wasn't...

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Could use gundo coming on.. block rivals Bamford and potentially dallas(3rd on bench)

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        He got the ball in fairness, just got an awful lot of Fernandinho after the ball

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          *Jesus even

      • gogs67
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Harsh red..

          1. GROBARI
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Deserved red

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Nah, they got that right. It was knee height

        • DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Sterling Hattie Incoming.

          Who s with me?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Hahahahahaha

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Sterling still won't do anything

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          A DCL and mount to nacho and son
          B gundo and Dias to maddison and castagne

          For free

          Thanks

          1. Rust Cohle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            B

        • Krafty Werks
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          I had Dallas in 5 of my fantasy teams across different platforms, wildcarded them all and taken Dallas out of all...standard result?!! I expect many have done the same?!!

          1. aborg
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Dallas third on bench. It was a rational decision in the end of the day. You would not expect a goal from Leeds vs City, let alone Dallas scoring from all
            players !

            1. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Exactly, won't be beating myself up about it, it was the correct play after all.

        • aborg
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Surely Gundo/KDB need to come on for second half. Sterling has been poor !

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          KDB on at half time please Pep

        • Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Man marking with a man down should be interesting

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Bamford lol

        • 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Lead 1-0 but play like no brain.