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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
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Pino knows

  2. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Okay who told me to ditch Bam for Nacho

  3. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Red card imminent...

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Cooper sent off...

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bamford—> Dallas does probably hurt with EO though 🙁

  5. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Rc incoming

  6. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Crazy challenge from Cooper.

  7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Cooper Red in 3...2...

  8. seanie3
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Has to be red

  9. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 19 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.

  10. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Oh Coop

  11. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 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

  12. son of city
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  13. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Dallas last on my bench - fpl classic 🙂

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      You might be glad of that by 90

  14. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  15. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Deserved RC.

  16. JBG
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Should be a RC imo.

  17. Hart-ake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  18. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Lol,what was cooper thinking?

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      He wasn't...

  19. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  20. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      *Jesus even

  21. gogs67
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Harsh red..

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Deserved red

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Nah, they got that right. It was knee height

  22. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Sterling Hattie Incoming.

    Who s with me?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Hahahahahaha

  23. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Sterling still won't do anything

  24. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 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
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B

  25. Krafty Werks
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 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
      5 months, 19 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

  26. aborg
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  27. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    KDB on at half time please Pep

  28. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Man marking with a man down should be interesting

  29. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bamford lol

  30. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Lead 1-0 but play like no brain.