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. Tshelby
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Will shaw play?

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

      Should do

      1. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No Dallas points for me than!

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

      Question I was going to ask aswell.

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

      Not shaw

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

      Yes

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Hope Dias stays benched.

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Why would he come on now?

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

      He will

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

      Should do now

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

      Probably.

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

  3. lewis274
      2 months, 6 days ago

      sterling C or raph just score please

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      This ref needs checking.

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

        Only this one?

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

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

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

          This

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

          For winning a clearance unchallenged on the ball?

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Got rid of Bam and Dallas 🙁

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The issue is that they are still highly owned

      2. son of city
          2 months, 6 days ago

          it really hurts when they have to score.

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

          Yup...I’ve switched to the masters

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

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

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

        This game needs KDB to come on at half time.

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

          Kane?

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Halland or Kane or Rashford

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

              Rashford?!

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

          Mahrez coming on soon, then Foden.

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

      6. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

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

          No

          Dallas has a minuscule EO

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

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

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

          And Bamford has 4 points total

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

          But surely on most benches

        4. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Bamford has got 4 points and is subbed.

          4 points

          That’s not even a return

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Sold Dallas for a hit in FanTeam

      7. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Imagine Mahrez might feature second half

      8. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

      9. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 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
          2 months, 6 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
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            It's Tadic all over again

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          His GW20 will always live on in my memory though

          (Just sell him already Daniel!!!)

      10. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 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

      11. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        OMG yes Dallas!!! Bit late I know

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Enjoy it. You deserve it

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 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
          2 months, 6 days ago

          It truly is your season

          Benching Rudiger for Dallas an amazing play

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Cue Rudiger mega haul

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

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

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Exactly - most will have him 3rd on the bench

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

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

        3. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Will only be 7 points by the end of the game

        4. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

        5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 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

      13. GoonerSteve
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 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.

      14. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        When is the big DGW likely to happen?

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

          35

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

        Pep, no Dias no CS easy!

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

          Same could of been said for Stones

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

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

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

              Cool cheers man

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 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. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

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

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

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

      17. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 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
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            *owes us

      18. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Started Dallas and Bamford.
        Feeling proud!

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You should be. Bravo

        2. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Bamford has got 4 points - us that even good?

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

            Not great not terrible

          2. Jimmy Boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

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

          3. Jimmy Boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 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
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Brave so well done ..

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

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

        4. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 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
            2 months, 6 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Above. Why

        2. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I wonder how Mark is feeling now

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

            Optimistic following that red card I would think.

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

          Terrible news

        4. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Disaster against 10 men?

        5. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Same here

      20. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

      21. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Anyone else with Dallas last on bench ?

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          There will be many jammy bench pts this week

        2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yes!! And Bamford first sub!!

        3. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Here xD

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

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

        5. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yep!

      22. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Amy news on Liverpool starting 11

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

          Will be as expected.

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

          Yes, in 20 minutes...

      23. Parsnips
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 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
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Hopefully they both come on, even if its unlikely

          3. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 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
            2 months, 6 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.

        • AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

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

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Cheers mate

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Is Jota starting? What about Salah ?

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

            21 minutes mate. Not long to wait.