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Jesus benched despite Aguero injury as De Bruyne and Sterling are recalled

The final match of Gameweek 31+ could be the Premier League title-decider, with Manchester City needing a win to prolong Liverpool’s wait for their first top-flight crown in 30 years.

Chelsea provide City’s opposition, with kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 20:15 BST.

The injured Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) is of course missing from Pep Guardiola’s starting XI but Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) doesn’t benefit from his positional rival’s absence, with the Brazilian only named among the substitutes.

Guardiola said of his selection ahead of kick-off:

We have Phil Foden injured, Joao Cancelo is injured, Sergio Aguero is injured.

Gabriel had a big kick, too, in the game against Burnley and the day after he could not train.

We have Newcastle and Liverpool, and we need him, so that’s why we decide to rest a little bit. He may help us for half an hour or an hour.

Guardiola has instead gone “strikerless” for the trip to west London, although it remains to be seen how exactly he lines his side up and which of his midfielders – if any – occupies the false nine role.

The City boss has made six changes in all, with Raheem Sterling (£11.7m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) all returning.

Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) and Ross Barkley (£5.7m) are both recalled by Frank Lampard, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.2m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) making way.

Jorginho (£4.9m) is back from suspension but is only on the bench.


Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kanté, Mount, Barkley, Willian, Pulisic, Giroud.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Fernandinho, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling.

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973 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 15 hours ago

    What City now are playing for? The fixtures towards end of season are great, even greater rotation bonanza?

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Yep ditching KDB. Foden will eat his minutes and Pep will want to give DSilva a swansong

      1. Mané money
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 15 hours ago

        Maybe I'll get Dilva then

      2. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 1 hour ago

        Brave or possibly foolish, time will tell.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Would have thought so, plus the 5 subs will mean key players constantly not getting 90

    3. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Pre-season for the FA Cup and Champions League fixtures.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 15 hours ago

        They still need points to mathematically get top 4 (United are 14 points behind), so it's not like the first choice players will be abandoned.

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Keeping the team fit and sharp for CL

  2. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 15 hours ago

    Looking to take my first -8 of the season but and it will put me 28 points clear at the top of my ML. Reckon it's worth it with my lead?

    Kun, Grealish, Leno 》Rashford, Son and Martinez (-8)

  3. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 15 hours ago

    Liverpool deserved winners no doubt.

    The bigger question is who likes Liverpool? Reply N for Yes, Y for No

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 15 hours ago

      Regardless of which club you support no one can dislike this actual Liverpool team and Klopp, they are class.

      Liverpool fans in the other hand.... 🙂

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          Nothing better than an empty City stadium.

      2. Zamri Razak
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 14 hours ago

        others are sore losers.... just keep singing YNWA... LFC fans the best in the world... 30 yrs wait and loyal supporters for our club, at last!!!!

    2. Trophé Mourinho
        11 days, 15 hours ago

        All those fake Pool fans tooting their horns, they will be supporting City/Man U next season

      • dopellganger
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 15 hours ago

        Play Laporte vs Liv or Stevens vs Spurs?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Mane and Salah waiting for you.

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          Leicester are really looking like they are going to miss out on top 4 (even top 5) aren’t they?

          Chelsea right behind them and with the fixtures can easily see united winning all remaining games.

          Vardy needs to find some form quickly

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Haven't watched the game tonight. Who caught the eye from Che?
            Thinking to sell Grealish and get Mount maybe.

          2. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Hopefully in GW32.

        3. AzzaroMax99
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          Mahrez to Son? Y or N?
          I have KDB.

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          84p on free hit , pretty good even though I sold nketiah

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Sold on free hit?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Yes, he's back for Norwich

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                11 days, 15 hours ago

                Good stuff

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 15 hours ago

                  😀

        5. davies
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 15 hours ago

          A) DCL Martial

          B) Rashford Foden

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            B.

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            A. But close one

          3. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            A Foden is injured anyway

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              11 days, 1 hour ago

              Doesn't sound like he is out for long, i'd expect him to be back in the squad for next league game, probably even FA Cup.

        6. FOO FIGHTER
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            The League was won before all the sh*te hit the fan but to Chelsea, thank you for confirming it tonight!

            Roll on next season.

          • manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Any issues with this WC team

            Martinez Ederson
            AWB TAA Doherty Aurier Lasc
            Sarah KDB Martial Pulisic Foden
            Rash Jimi Nketiah

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Sarah, new comer? 😉

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            Cheeky little green arrow even with the Bruno (C) fail.

          • OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            So simply we want players from Chelsea , Manu , Wolves and whom?

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Pope and a punt

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Pretty much. I also want a Tottenham player

            3. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Brighton, West Ham, Villa, Watford, Bournemouth, though nothing standing out there!

          • wantsharptv
            • 8 Years
            11 days, 15 hours ago

            100 points this gameweek.. Not bad

            1. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              More than not bad. Fair play.

          • Trophé Mourinho
              11 days, 15 hours ago

              Heres to another 30 years

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  11 days, 15 hours ago

                  UTD catching up to 30 years.

                  So ironic.

              2. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
                • 5 Years
                11 days, 15 hours ago

                Grealish to Son worth a -4 ?

              3. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 15 hours ago

                Sarr > Pulisic, knee jerk?

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    11 days, 15 hours ago

                    Nope

                2. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  11 days, 15 hours ago

                  The best thing about pools title win is it won’t be remembered as a the most significant thing in the year nor will it be celebrated like the victory they deserve!

                  1. Tinkermania
                      11 days, 15 hours ago

                      Salty? 😉

                    • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                      • 5 Years
                      11 days, 15 hours ago

                      Glad you are happy about a pandemic that has killed millions

                      1. Eat my goal!
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        11 days, 15 hours ago

                        Millions? That’ll be the worldwide lockdowns your talking about!

                    • -Klaus-
                        11 days, 15 hours ago

                        You're a salty mermaid tonight aren't you!

                      • BUZZBOMB
                        • 5 Years
                        11 days, 15 hours ago

                        I think in adversity and a few colder months ago when no one knew anything about what was to come, it will be celebrated as the event that signalled we're all going to be ok and life will be normal once again.

                        Kind of. Like we're in Life on Mars or Ashes to Ashes maybe.

                    • Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      11 days, 15 hours ago

                      This is class!

                      @SkySportsPL: Has anyone seen @GNev2?

                      #WheresGary https://t.co/MSNoSaBdwD

                      https://twitter.com/SkySportsPL/status/1276263423563698176?s=09

                    • BeaversWithAttitude
                      • 1 Year
                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                      Well done, Liverpool! They finally did it, Adam! (RIP 1971-2017)

                    • Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                      Remember the famous saying "Your boys took a hell of a beating" preceded by a list of deserving names? Who would be added to that list from the FFS community? Bobb? 😀

                    • Ole Trafford
                      • 7 Years
                      11 days, 14 hours ago

                      Need to sell one:

                      A) Jota
                      Or
                      B) Ings

                      1. Vazza
                          11 days, 14 hours ago

                          Who are you going to bring in?

                          1. Ole Trafford
                            • 7 Years
                            11 days, 14 hours ago

                            I’m switching to a 352 so I can bring in Pulisic. Have 2ft.

                          2. Ole Trafford
                            • 7 Years
                            11 days, 14 hours ago

                            So probably Nkietah as a bench player.