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

    How long til KdB and Gundo time? Surely they will come on if they’re not winning

    1. tbos83
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Pep has some form not using any subs

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        They're usually winning though

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

        They’ve always had the game won when that’s happened I think

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

      10 minutes maybe...

  2. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    (K)DB vs tired legs

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

      I hope so

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

    Haha, nice one: " FA is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a quick equaliser for City "

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

    Will take any City goal just to ruin the Dallas CS. Didn't think I'd be saying that an hour ago.

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

    No info, but Firmino deserves a start today. Jota needs to be saved for the CL. And I own Jota so not me wanting Jota not to start.

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

      Mané is the one that needs a rest.

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

      And Mane deserves dropping, needs a rest.

      Salah Firmino Jota for me.

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

      Salah rest today

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

      All redundant, will be a Marty masterclass regardless

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

    Just checked bottom of FPL stats

    Targett goal or assist also guaranteed 🙂

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

    Bamford Dallas 1st and 2nd on the bench, argh ...

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Surely you have someone not playing. Also Bamf not exactly a haul.

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

        A goal and will it be

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          🙂

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

      2nd and 3rd here

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

      Feeling oddly pleased to have sold Dallas so as not see him 3rd on bench 🙂

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

    Sterling has been poor. Should be sacrificed for KDB/Gundo now

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

      Just let him get to 60 mins plz. Need the extra 2 points vs Salahs 42.

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

    KDB Gundo and Foden all warming up ...

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

      Crap.

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

        Why wouldn’t you want that? There’s no way Leeds aren’t conceding

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

          Yeah, it's too soon! Wait till 88 min!

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

      Gundo coming on ...

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

    Auto sub blockers inc.

  11. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    If both Gundo and Dias doesn’t cameo, Dallas will come in for me.

  12. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    hey look, another red card Sterling's not getting.

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

    So VAR checking that for sterling red?

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

    Just haul Sterling off Pep!

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

    Glad I sold Stirling a long time ago

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

      Sold two seasons ago lo

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

    Zinchenko, Fernandinho and Torres off I reckon

  17. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Absolute horror show for Sterling(c) Stones owner

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

      still quite a long time to play agaisnt 10 leeds, keep the faith

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

      Horror show? Lol

  18. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Did Meslier > Mendy. For a hit.

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

    Not that my captain choice has been an inspired pick but anyone who captained Sterling should have expected this performance.

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

      He's been awful for a while now, there was a reason he's been benched thrice in a row.

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

    Salah off pens.

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

      eh?

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

        Milner playing.

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

      Lol what?

  21. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    I really hope Stones gets a well deserved attacking return this game.
    Love his positive intent

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Timing 🙂

  22. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Stones has been good, but no end product yet 🙁

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Very true!

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

    Gundo coming on...

  24. JBG
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Gundogan coming on.

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

      Please score you absolute God.

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

      No Bamford points(most likely). Still so happy I started Neto.

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

    Please get De Bruyne on

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

      This

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      A 1 point cameo would be lovely

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

    Please leave Sterling on Pep. Don't be a d!ck for once in your life.

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

    Now KdB on please

  28. dandalf
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 11 days ago

    John Stones doing his best to look like prime Franz Beckenbauer. Did not see that coming!

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

      He's always been an excellent ball playing CB, it was his defensive mentality/concentration that was the issue.

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

        Of course, but the way he’s been playing in this game is up with the best in the business. He is truly full of self confidence after a great season for him so far. Twice the player if you compare him to Harry Maguire.

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

    Gundo on...

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

      Ake off...

  30. aborg
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Gundooooo coming on