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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. thorvaldsson
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is Werner worth keeping? They are saying Pulisic and Ziyech are training well. Also Tammy has looked good. Will he take his spot?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I just don't know

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Tammy take Werner's spot? Got to be joking

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The way the seasons going

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I am holding Werner for the next 2 at least

    5. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Palace away next, won't be easy for him. I think I will sell for Ings

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Chelsea are at home

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Yup, still a difficult game. What do u think as a Chelsea fan?

    6. Herculeez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Did Werner > Jimi before price rises/drops - going to wait until he starts scoring before bringing him back

    7. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'm going to. I want to come out of the Inty Break with 2FT.

    8. ivantys
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Other than that tap in, Tammy has done nothing in the game.

      • Planet Jo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I would hope/expect that when both (or even one) are fit, the front line will be Ziyech-Werner-Pulisic, with Havertz playing behind them and Werner centrally.

        1. thorvaldsson
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Werner Doesn't seem so pressing now that I see Son injured. I guess I have to patch that hole first.

    9. Freund88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Own Son and Werner

      A) Son-> Havertz
      B) Son -> Willian
      C) Son -> Zaha
      D) Werner->Vardy, Son-> Havertz -4
      E) Werner -> Maupay, Son ->Salah

      1. Planet Jo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Why don't you wait and see who else scores points today/tomorrow and transfer them in instead?

    10. TONY123
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      What happened to Son, can anyone give me a quick update please? 🙂

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hamstring byebye

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hamstring injury

      3. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hamstring injury

      4. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Look fine, off at HT - flagged hamstring

      5. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        ship him out before the price drop buddy

    11. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ryan
      TAA Davies Justin KWP Mitchell
      Salah KDB Foden Soucek Bissouma
      Kane Werner Adams

      Werner + Soucek -> Richarlison + Podence seems like a no brainer here. Agree?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Better off getting 2 penalty takers.

      2. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yea go for it

      3. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Actually Kane without Son is much less appealing. Might make it double striker-switch with Jimenez and Richa coming in

    12. Vazza
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Best midfielder up to 9.0m

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Pulisic if fit
          Mahrez
          Barnes
          Zaha
          Foden
          Podence

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Add Trossard to this list

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Considering downgrading to upgrade fwd

      • AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Is Podence injured ??

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          You'll find out in 30 mins

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          No

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          That’s the rumor

        4. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          30 minutes for confirmation.

        5. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I hate this season

        6. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hope so. Want my dirty horrid bench points yuk

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Zaha, Barnes or Foden?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Whichever you go for, the other will do brilliant

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Exactly

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Barnes (WHU, AVL)

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Well, whether i carry on playing fpl all hinges on KDB next half

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Lol, 9+ years and this is the end?

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Reactivate your Pokémon Go account

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          You'll play regardless.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Not this time bud

        4. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          That's a lot of pressure to put on him.

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            He'll crack

        5. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Me too mate

        6. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Feels the same for me. Football in general isn't great to watch and FPL is an addition to that which also isn't going well.

      • tim
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Any chances of kdb delivering some decent points?

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Not likely looking.

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          He’s my captain so no

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          nope

        4. Vazza
            2 months, 1 day ago

            There’s always a chance

        5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Guys what's the news with podence out?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Wait 30 minutes.

        6. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Weeks like this make me ponder the absurdity of not just my team selection but my existence.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            hey now...

          2. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            hahahaha

          3. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I know. It’s so sad...

          4. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            on the site? that's harsh.

          5. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            The world needs unsuccessful people to make the successful ones possible...so cheer up!

            1. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Hahahs is this meant to help him

          6. Euro Raiders
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            FPL does this to all of us from time to time, hang in there!!

          7. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Does it make you ponder on the absurdity of your view of face-mask wearing?

        7. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Who to lose Maupay or Mitro?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Maupay because he's a rat

          2. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            For who? Mitro

          3. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Why lose one?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Take out Son, bring in Vardy

          4. Joyce1998
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            maupay looking good but mitro will just score when he wants

          5. Alexis Nonsense
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Maupay play in a far better team and on pens?

          6. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            What does vardy offer over Ings Richarlison Jimi etc?

        8. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          KDB to score paying 3.60, assist 3.50

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling at a lovely 3.10 goal

        9. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Seen quite a few Wild carders with Triple MC mids here , none with Mahrez

          Boys are sweating big time ....

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            You wouldn't be talking about Lateriser12 now, would you?

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              1 of many

          2. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I even ended up with Foden on my bench...

        10. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ayling or Dallas?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Ayling

          2. Leonard hatred
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            ayling better attacking returns, dallas more injury prone but can play a few different positions.

            coinflip.

          3. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Dallas looks better today

          4. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            If u like man buns get ayling

        11. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I'm confused, who got sent off for Spurs?

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            One of the coaches - Joao Sacramento

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Goalkeeper coach.

            1. Leonard hatred
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              looks like Jose will be parking the coach next match.

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Was always the plan.

          3. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A coach

          4. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Son was subbed at HT, nothing else

          5. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Mou's ego

        12. Bartowski
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Everyone banging on about how this is the gonna be the highest scoring season ever and I'm struggling to get over 30 points each week.

          1. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            This is what hell feels like.

          2. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Well this week has certainly brought many of us down with a jolt

          3. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            😆

        13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Perhaps it’s time to bring in Man Utd defenders? CS likely with Son out, then it’s new and CHE.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            That's got to be a joke

        14. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Lateriser could hit the 5 Mil mark this week , tough season yeah

          1. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            that's the negative side to the way he plays though. All or nothing, it can't work every season but time yet

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I know , he'll bounce back no doubt

        15. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hearing rumors that Podence is injured, hopefully not true cause my GW would go from shite to super shite.

          1. yalala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Son injury got flagged right away, Podence injury rumours have been around for days and no flag. Good sign I reckon

        16. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Can't see a Son replacement who can replicate his potential as a differential.

          Mahrez is good for one week then its a tough run. Harvey Barnes has the fixtures but is too inconsistent. Really could have done without this!

          1. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Alli

          2. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            why replace Son?

            1. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Hamstring injury?

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                oh didn't realise that, cheers

        17. luk46
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          would you rather have Saiss or James?

        18. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I ate this season!

          1. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            did it taste nice?

          2. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            it must taste good

          3. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Delap's a hungry striker

          4. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Thats why it’s turning out to be shiiiiiit.

        19. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Is Foden even out there?

          1. SAY MY NAME
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            haven't even heard him mentioned once in commentary

        20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Delap bandwagon

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sitting on my bench

        21. Dacra
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          James, Havertz, Werner, KdB, Foden so far.

          I'm not happy.

        22. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Delap coming on

        23. Zilla
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Delap warming up

        24. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Delap coming on

        25. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Delap time.