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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Red Cooper

  2. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    haha match fixing on highest level.
    Sterling get nothing and Cooper plays the ball and is just unlucky to hit Jesus after that.

    If they want City to win, they will win.

    1. Penang Sandman
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      huh?

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Eh?

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Clear red card mate stop crying

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He's played the ball. What has become of the sport of football is sad.

          1. Lethargio Alcantara
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I hate double standards. This is a perfect example. If you don't recognise this, you should have your eyes checked as soon as possible.

        1. G-Whizz
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          We're not playing 70's football anymore mate, can't tackle like that in the modern game I'm afraid...

          1. Lethargio Alcantara
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            So why can Sterling?

    4. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Oh shush you

    5. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      LOL

  3. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Here I am still getting the Ederson and Meslier combo wrong

  4. Il Capitano
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bamf subbed

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bamford off
      Struijk on

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

      One day Peter Walton will get a decision right 😆

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bamford subbed

    • Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bam subbed

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Now time to get KDB and Gundo on to break down the 10 man defence!

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        THIS

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Sets up an Alamo/Zulu type scenario second half now

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bamford benchers blessed

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        They didn’t think so a few pages back

    • LE CHARO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Got KDB and Gundo, and Dallas second on my bench. He's not coming on, is he?

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nope

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        50/50

      3. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        At least one of them will come in.

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      In the 90's this would have been considered as a good tackle.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Vinnie Jones special.

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Even the opposition fans would applaud it. Not anymore

    • Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Horror tackle

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        That because it wasn’t a tackle, he was clearing the ball and it was a coming together of two players. How was he supposed to stop his momentum? If Jesus didn’t back out of the challenge it would have been fine

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          What!? He went flying studs first into his knee!?

          1. Keep Calm and Play On
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            He cleared the ball and can’t stop his momentum, what was he supposed to do? If he didn’t get the ball it’s a red but he clearly made solid contact with the ball first

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Very harsh. Gets the ball and Jesus comes flying in.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Jesus got there before him

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Disagree

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            His boot was high of the ground though

        2. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Two players going for a 50/50 and Cooper gets the ball, football is a contact sport. No way that’s a red

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            My thoughts

          2. Penang Sandman
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            at least dont make contact with studs onto someone's knee

            1. Keep Calm and Play On
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              So if a player takes a shot or makes a clearance and an opponent runs by trying to block it but gets there LTE and the player kicks him in the knee it’s a red?! Guess we will see a lot of reds coming if that’s the case

              1. Penang Sandman
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                season almost over and i cant think of another case like this happens before, although i didnt watch much football this year.

                Anyway as you said its 50/50 and whatever you do, you dont swipe/follow through you studs onto someone's knee

                1. Keep Calm and Play On
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  It happens quite often, players make a pass, clearance or take a shot and the momentum carries them into another player.
                  The “tackle” is part of the motion of clearing the ball though, he was reaching for the ball and that momentum made him leave his feet, it was a clearance with contact, not a dangerous tackle. No red for me, yellow justified

                2. BDA Shadow
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  I can't think of any high profile controversial cases off the top of my head but there's undoubtably been countless examples (without significant contact). Literally every clearance of a bouncing ball look at how it's hit; you don't kick a ball without follow through. Catching someone on accident who throws them self in the way, late, without getting near the ball is completely incidental to intent and shouldn't be considered evaluating a possible foul. The same way a random injury doesn't make one foul worse than the exact same challenge which doesn't happen to injure. Of course there has to be a line somewhere for recklessness but you have to ask the question - should he challenge for that ball? If the answer is yes (which I believe yes here), these types of things will happen every now and then. Unfortunate doesn't equal unfair.

        3. Tommy J
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          If Cooper kicked the ball before Jesus how did Jesus get there first? Unfortunately nowadays it’s purely about putting an opponent in danger which I guess he did but think it was a genuine attempt to clear the ball and a bit unlucky.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bamford Off

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bam noo

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Got to imagine KDB and Gundo come on now

    • JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Ohhhh come on score that Stones

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I think that was a margin call and certainly not one that VAR should be intervening with.

      Ruined what was Otherwise shaping up to be a great game

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Agreed

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      8 touches for Bamford and an assist.

      First on my bench for Mahrez!

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Also classic example of slow motion making things look worse. Technology destroying football yet again

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dinosaur

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Dinosaurs were awesome and rendered extinct by circumstances beyond their control so I accept your compliment

      2. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No way that should have gone to VAR, it’s not serious foul play. It was a clearance which he got the ball and then caught the player, call on the field was fine

      3. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Is it just me or is that an extremely harsh red? He got to the ball first, made firm contact on the ball unchallenged, and I refuse to accept the term "high" when it's below the waist for a bouncing ball - is he supposed to dive to the floor to head it, can't use his hands? By this example attackers can just throw themselves at any player attempting to clear a bouncing ball and hope to get hit.

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          It would be umpires call in cricket. The first instinct of the referee should be trusted rather than slowing everything down

        2. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Bingo! Jesus foot was just as high, he just backed out of the challenge and too the contact. No way it’s a red

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Gundogan (C), Bamford 1st sub.

      Rival: KDB (C), Dias - Bamford & Dallas 1st/2bd sub

      Couldn't write it really :/

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Gundo and KDB will come on surely

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Not necessarily. Plus, that doesn't really help me either.

        2. Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Would have thought the opposite

        3. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Not surely, but probably, at least KDB.

    • son of city
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dallas and bamford benched cancelo and gundog in. this is a cruel joke.

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Is Gundo playing?

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          What?

      • Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Should have gotten that red before Dallas goal 🙁

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Ref is 5 minutes into 3 minutes of added time...

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          He's trying too hard to make City the winner of this.

        2. Says
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          3 minutes displayed, means 3 minutes minimum. There is no maximum.

      • Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        See you guys next week, when the "Dallas/Bamford off the bench posts" have quieted down!

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No way to play Dallas this gameweek.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Third on my bench behind Saiss and Bamf. On 1 Neto pt.

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I’ll be getting those jammy Dallas points off the bench, just keep picking his points up! Lol

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Praying Dias doesn't come on and Shaw doesn't get any minutes. Same thing happened when I benched Shaw against Man City but there was no chance those points made it off the bench.

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling (c) 2
        Salah (c) 42

        40 point swing looking likely