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
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Pino knows

  2. KAALI_DAAL
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Okay who told me to ditch Bam for Nacho

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

      Red card imminent...

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

        Cooper sent off...

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Bamford—> Dallas does probably hurt with EO though 🙁

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Rc incoming

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Crazy challenge from Cooper.

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

      Cooper Red in 3...2...

    • seanie3
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Has to be red

    • Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours 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
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Oh Coop

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

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

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

        Dallas last on my bench - fpl classic 🙂

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          You might be glad of that by 90

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

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

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Deserved RC.

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Should be a RC imo.

      • Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

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

      • GROBARI
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Lol,what was cooper thinking?

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

            He wasn't...

        • jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

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

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

            *Jesus even

        • gogs67
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            Harsh red..

            1. GROBARI
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Deserved red

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

                Nah, they got that right. It was knee height

            2. DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Sterling Hattie Incoming.

              Who s with me?

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Hahahahahaha

            3. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Sterling still won't do anything

            4. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 20 hours 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
                28 days, 19 hours ago

                B

            5. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 20 hours 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
                28 days, 20 hours 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
                  28 days, 20 hours ago

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

            6. aborg
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

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

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

              KDB on at half time please Pep

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

              Man marking with a man down should be interesting

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

              Bamford lol

            10. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Lead 1-0 but play like no brain.