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De Bruyne fit to feature as Foden gets another start for injury-hit Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) has recovered from a midweek blow to the head to start for an injury-ravaged Manchester City in their first home league match of the season.

Leicester City are the visitors to the Etihad, with kick-off at 16:30 BST.

The pre-deadline rumours surrounding a possible absence for Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) turned out to be true, with the Brazilian ruled out for a month by his manager in quotes released on Saturday night.

With Sergio Aguero (£10.4m) also sidelined until the end of October at the earliest, one of Pep Guardiola’s midfielders will be leading the line against the Foxes this afternoon.

De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Phil Foden (£6.6m) all keep their places, while Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) steps up in place of the injured Jesus.

Guardiola’s only other alteration from Gameweek 2 sees Eric Garcia (£4.9m) replace John Stones (£5.0m) at centre-half.

It’s wasn’t far off a case of the City starting XI picking itself, particularly in attack: Ferran Torres (£7.0m), who hardly has bags of experience himself, is the only senior midfielder or foward available to Guardiola on the bench.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) are fit enough for substitute roles, at least, with the defensive pair having had their starts to 2020/21 disrupted by illness and injury.

Teenage striker Liam Delap (£4.5m) is also among the hosts’ replacements.

Brendan Rodgers, like his opposite number, has made two changes for this fixture.

The injured Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m), who had been operating as a makeshift centre-back, is replaced by Jonny Evans (£5.5m), who returns from suspension.

Ayoze Perez (£6.4m) drops to the bench, meanwhile, with budget FPL defender Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) making a rare start.

James Maddison (£7.0m) is again only amongst the substitutes.

De Bruyne is the most-captained Fantasy asset of Gameweek 3, with just under one million managers handing the armband to the Belgian.

Over 800,000 FPL bosses brought De Bruyne into their sides following his 13-point haul at Molineux last Monday.

James Justin (£4.7m) has overtaken Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) as Leicester’s most-owned FPL asset, with more than one in five of us now owning the budget defender.

Timothy Castagne (£5.6m) is the leading points-scorer among FPL defenders, with both he and Justin registering attacking returns in each of their appearances so far.


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Mendy, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes, Vardy.

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3,205 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    15 with 4 to go any good? :s

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Average

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        22 days, 3 hours ago

        Stop showing off 🙂

    2. how many hits?!!
      • 10 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      17 with 3 to go, and that’s after a wildcard!

  2. tabby98
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Would you WC this team?

    Mccarthy (Nyland)
    TAA, James, KWP, Justin (Mitchell)
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, ASM, (Stephens)
    Werner, DCL, (Davis)

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      No. I’d look at moving on ASM. I’d probably go Werner to Jimi or Ings too.

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    and then they gave PFA award to Belgium Mark Noble ahead of great Jordan Henderson

  4. ivantys
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    damn west ham parking bus at home

  5. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Son > Havertz too soon?

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Y

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Was thinking the same move. Looks like son is definitely out.

  6. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    2 left with 40points. Normally crap week but decent looking around

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      40 is monster score

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Good score

  7. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Now Vinagre plays? What's up with that?

  8. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Glad that less people will transfer in KDB before his mega haul Vs. Leeds.... right? 🙁

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Yup. I'm C him. It' s time to City get penalties.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      He'll be in my team alongside Klich. Pens galore!

      1. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 3 hours ago

        Klich an all pens ?

  9. The Hunt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Was Sterling just totally mince today or could he in any way, shape or form be described as a shiny pearl of sweetcorn amongst the s.h.i.t? I've got the exact money to swap him in for Son.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      did his cause no good whatsoever

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      he was usless to be Frank.

    3. The Hunt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Oh dear, plan B.

  10. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Vardy looked to have a groin issue.

    Slow down people

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Hip. It says on this page

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        22 days, 3 hours ago

        He was holding his groin the entire second half including when he walked off.

        I dont trust half the stuff on this page

  11. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Just kind of glad from reading these comments that everyone else is also having an awful game week

  12. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    thinking of WC, how does this team look?

    mccarthy nyland
    saiss castagne kansa mitchel dunn
    bruno kdb salah anguissa march
    bamford jim vardy

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Like you want to be below 1m rank

  13. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    5 mins and still no pen. What a great time to be alive

  14. Cajunfit
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    The top 7 Midfielders transferred in this GW blanked. WOW. Fernandes was 8th, and he was very fortunate to put his points on the board.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Hopefully Liverpool and Arsenal mids dont spoil the record

  15. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    son + werner to hames and vardy for -4?

    Mccarthy nyland
    taa justin davies taylor ferguson
    salah kdb stephens pereira son
    martial wener davis

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 3 hours ago

      Jimenez over vardy

  16. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Vardy said it’s a bone problem, he manages it - gives him gip from time to time - he’ll be good for the next fixture!

  17. Baby Face Nelson
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Siass..whwts the point of a 5.0 defender that isn't a fullback. Absolutely useless.

  18. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 3 hours ago

    Accept the 8 point hit I’m sitting on For gw4 and save wc for the international break, or WC this week save 8 points and do a bit of tinkering? No issues with my team after the hit. Dont feel the need to change anybod. Do we get double price movements in the international break?

  19. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    They have the best squad but not the best first 11 as was emphatically shown last season.

  20. That Was Easy!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Chiming in for a quick brag..

    13 from 8 including (C).

    Ryan
    James TAA Robbo Saiss
    Salah KDB (C) Podence Foden
    Jimmy Werner

    (Mitchell coming in)

    1. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Werner > Ingsy then taking a good long week away from FPL with a busy stretch of work. Plenty on here should do the same!

  21. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    21 days, 17 hours ago

    Son + Watkins -> Barnes + Ings (-4) no brainer?