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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. Tshelby
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Will shaw play?

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Should do

      1. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        No Dallas points for me than!

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

      Question I was going to ask aswell.

    3. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Not shaw

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yes

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Hope Dias stays benched.

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Why would he come on now?

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

      He will

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Should do now

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Probably.

      The Man City players come in may be KDB/Gundo/Foden/Mahrez.

  3. lewis274
    5 months, 11 days ago

    sterling C or raph just score please

  4. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    This ref needs checking.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Only this one?

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yeah, shouldn't even need VAR for that one.

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        This

      2. BDA Shadow
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        For winning a clearance unchallenged on the ball?

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Got rid of Bam and Dallas 🙁

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      The issue is that they are still highly owned

    2. son of city
      5 months, 11 days ago

      it really hurts when they have to score.

  6. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    I'm now obliged to say that the RC has ruined the game as a spectacle

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yup...I’ve switched to the masters

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks! I'd forgotten that live coverage starts soon!

  7. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    This game needs KDB to come on at half time.

  8. Penang Sandman
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    City had this problem since start of the season, rely on Jesus/Sterling to finish chances. Then Gundogan happens, and they let Aguero go for next season. Wonder who's coming to replace him

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Kane?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Halland or Kane or Rashford

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Rashford?!

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Mahrez coming on soon, then Foden.

      1. Penang Sandman
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Then I dont understand why Pep so stubborn to start Foden earlier of the season. Mahrez is class as he was in Leicester this season.

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Haaland or Kane. Problem solved.

      Ederson
      Cancelo Stones Dias Mendy
      KDB Rodri Gundogan
      Mahrez Haaland* Foden

      Steffan
      Walker Garcia Laporte Ake
      Bernardo Fernandino Zinchenko
      Torres Jesus Sterling

  9. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Dallas and Bamford still highly owned in top 10K. Rank killer goal

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      No

      Dallas has a minuscule EO

      1. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Yep. 2.8% I believe (from 40% ownership)

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Sadly where I am that rises to over 10% with more to come from bench jam likely

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      And Bamford has 4 points total

    3. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      But surely on most benches

    4. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Bamford has got 4 points and is subbed.

      4 points

      That’s not even a return

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Sold Dallas for a hit in FanTeam

  10. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Imagine Mahrez might feature second half

  11. CAVEAT KING
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    10 points on 3rd bench. 2 player in 1st 11 not playing so far. it can go very good or very bad.

  12. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    On another note, Cancelo thank you for consistency. Don't deliver when start and be benched when City keep a CS

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      he's a frustrating player to own that became apparent several weeks ago. Type of player that will get double digits in the least likely game when everyones sold him. Most likely last gameweek!

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        It's Tadic all over again

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      His GW20 will always live on in my memory though

      (Just sell him already Daniel!!!)

  13. TimoTime
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Forgot to do my team this week and started Bam and Dallas, shame Bam has come off but it's not turned out to be an absolute like I thought it was going to be.... very lucky

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    OMG yes Dallas!!! Bit late I know

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Enjoy it. You deserve it

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers, based on the last couple of weeks yes but I have been fortunate the rest of the season

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      It truly is your season

      Benching Rudiger for Dallas an amazing play

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Cue Rudiger mega haul

  15. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Dallas Top 10k ownership 42.74%. EO is 2.85%

    Lots of jambags getting points off the bench it seems.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Ye the Dallas autosubs will be interesting but lots will have him 3rd on the bench

    2. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      How do you know they’re getting them - rooted to the bottom of my bench!

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Exactly - most will have him 3rd on the bench

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Just assume with Gundo, KdB, Dias etc all missing out. I hope I'm wrong!

    3. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Will only be 7 points by the end of the game

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      He'll come in for sure. City rotation will make it happen

    5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I would guess Dallas 3rd sub for a lot and Bamford 1st sub, that’s what it’s is in my team aswell

  16. GoonerSteve
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Dallas first sub.

    Could be worse. At least I've got some decent cover if anyone else misses out.

    Could use a Stones goal or two.

  17. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 11 days ago

    When is the big DGW likely to happen?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      35

  18. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Pep, no Dias no CS easy!

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Same could of been said for Stones

  19. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Would take Sterling just coming out for the 2nd half tbh. Tragic captain punt.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Absolutely no disrespect at all, but what makes people captain Sterling? I vowed not to own over two seasons ago and have never looked back, he is absolutely horrendous. Are people seeing something that I’m not?

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Good fixture, extremely good chance of a start. Leeds have conceded loads down their right blah blah, Sterling hasn't scored in 7 so law of mean reversion means a player of his quality will score soon. Playing to properly secure his starting place at the Euros.

        Myriad other reasons I'm sure, none of which have borne fruit in the 1st half.

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Cool cheers man

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        No logic tbh. Just thought he would probably start, Leeds not exactly watertight. Rank 70k and going nowhere so am just backing against the popular captain each week now. Stupid, yes.

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Ahh ok man, cheers was just curious. 70k is great!!

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      He's been poor hasn't he? Will also take him coming out, can see him being hooked for Foden or Mahrez

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Cancelo and Stones CS wipeout is at least a positive, FPL wise. Just need KDB and Gundo to be brought on to sort things out.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Cancelo needs to score twice, assist and get 3 BP. He owns us

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        *owes us

  21. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Started Dallas and Bamford.
    Feeling proud!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      You should be. Bravo

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Bamford has got 4 points - us that even good?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Not great not terrible

      2. Jimmy Boy
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Double what I was expecting / hoping for him from this game 😉

      3. Jimmy Boy
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Not to mention that in my case the points swing from a Bamford assist wiping a Stones/Cancelo clean sheet from several of my ml rivals is pretty good

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Brave so well done ..

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Take a look see to check his bench - a fabulous play

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I'll probably end up with 4 points Bam off the bench- nothing much to crow about though is it!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Better than the usual 2 players have gotten me in recent weeks!

    5. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I mean, playing Dallas over Rudiger this week is truly inspirational, well done

  22. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Disaster. Went for Sterling(C) and that will be a massive swing as I dont even own Salah.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Above. Why

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I wonder how Mark is feeling now

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Optimistic following that red card I would think.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Terrible news

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Disaster against 10 men?

    5. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Same here

  23. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Emile barely fits in that seat, lol. Get the man a decent chair.

  24. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone else with Dallas last on bench ?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      There will be many jammy bench pts this week

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yes!! And Bamford first sub!!

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Here xD

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      So many. I do. My rival has him coming in for Dias... 😐

    5. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yep!

  25. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Amy news on Liverpool starting 11

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Will be as expected.

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yes, in 20 minutes...

  26. Parsnips
    5 months, 11 days ago

    I know it’s going to be one of those weekends. Captained KDB and vice captained Gundogan

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Apologies mate but it is your fault. Never have C and VC who might not play

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Hopefully they both come on, even if its unlikely

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Not a great idea to have you C and VC in the same game. Just in case the game gets postponed.

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      One of the main rules in FPL (but probably not the first rule). Don't (c) and (vc) players in the same match.

  27. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Bamford, Aina, Dallas on my bench.
    Dias, Kdb, Jota in the squad.
    I need some jammy points finally!!

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    If Az massively outscores Mark this GW it will be an amazing Blackbox

  29. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Hey fam! Thoughts on Gundogan & Cancelo to Maddison & Castagne for -4?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Wait the Leicester game first. Maddy might be not very fit

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers mate

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Is Jota starting? What about Salah ?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      21 minutes mate. Not long to wait.