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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. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 19 hours ago

    Justin. Last on my bench.

    1. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      Same 🙁

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      Same sigh

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    25 days, 19 hours ago

    Absolute destruction, damn

  3. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 19 hours ago

    I think the approach needs to be that the FPL season starts now from GW5.

    Let’s just chalk this start up to a bad dream!

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 19 hours ago

    Walker useless RB

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      he is gash

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 18 hours ago

        His speed bails his team out of trouble though on many occasions

  5. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Omg Maddison

  6. david31058
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Maddison lad!!

  7. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    What a goal

  8. noahzark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Good week for a Soucek goal

  9. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Was that Justin assist for Madds?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      mendy

  10. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Oh f off. Would've had Justin coming on for Podence but chose Taylor over him.

    Swings and roundabouts. What a joke

    1. Cymro
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      For his huge 2 points? What are you whinging about?

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    When semado starting is the best news of your GW

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      RC incoming.....

  12. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    What a beautiful goal Maddison

  13. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    City don't have the defence to win anything

  14. Crouchy
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Leicester City title contenders

  15. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    I just got in Auba and Vardy.

  16. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Justin in for Podence. Hehe

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      2 pts

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      He hasnt done anything?

  17. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Walker out paces Vardy

  18. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    What a difficult FPL season this could be. Teams are looking great one week and awful the next.

  19. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Pep < Brendan Rodgers

  20. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Might just punt Maddison in now, because with the way this season is going he'll probably score 5 next week.

  21. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Maddison's shirt said "f**k IFAB" and then everyone started clapping

    1. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      🙂

  22. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    BBC sport has Mendy assist for Madderz?

  23. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Salah(C) hat trick tomorrow please

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      Yes pls!!!!!!

  24. dando89
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    I'm on for my worst every week playing this game. Don't even know what to do next at this point

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      Spent so long preparing my initial team...it failed big time. Then spent this week trying to get a wildcard team right...it has also failed!

      Think I will just leave it be now and let whatever random lottery of things happen...happen

  25. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    La Porté on for a cheeky 1 pointer

  26. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    For someone who has a groin injury, Vardy is running pretty quickly.

  27. Lalrota
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Who is the penalty taker for Aston Villa?

  28. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Lol this is actually a hilarious gameweek.

    My Havertz (c) is looking grand right about now haha.

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      Looks like an inspired pick now, nice one!

  29. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    16 points on bench gw1 and 10 gw2

    No I need bench points I get 2.

  30. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 18 hours ago

    Ndid out, City going to run riot..... right? 🙁

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 18 hours ago

      lol we thought so