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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. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Happy Mahrez owner. 😀

    Got him on WC over Foden and Sterling.

    I think he will be immense value for his price over the next 5 or so gws

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Me too bro 🙂 we feasssttt

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sweet

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ok great

    3. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Congratulations

    4. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      oh here we go.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lol.
        Let them gloat. We will have our day.
        Need to cheer on, more bad days than good ones.

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          yer. He has form over the years though. Kind of expected

        2. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not gloating

          Sterling and Foden will sure get points

          But the Mahrez is explosive which Foden isn’t and Mahrez is cheap which sterling isn’t

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It was a compliment.
            We all like to shout out when we do well. No problem with that at all.
            Nice pick.

            1. pundit of punts
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Cheers mate

    5. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Brag post or RMT. It's what you do

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I have posted plenty of sad stories over the years.

        Not bragging but just stating what Mahrez may bring to the table over the next few.

        Please ignore if you don’t like.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Pop no probs. you have always worn your heart on your sleeve keep enjoying mate

          1. pundit of punts
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cheers mate

    6. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Fairs, don't celebrate early though 😉

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sterling and Foden have every possibility to haul

    7. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Well played.

    8. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nice punt bro

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ta

    9. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      nice decision POP

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cheers

    10. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Mahrez injury incoming.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        🙁

    11. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Got Mahrez Foden and KDB and left sterling at the last moment

  2. Pad Randa
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Son substitution tactical or injury?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Hamstring he's out

    2. Pad Randa
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers, lads...this was not what I needed on a WC...

  3. Fergymac
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Son to Mahrez or Rashford? Already have Foden and KDB

  4. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Fair play Steve Bruce.

    1. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      say what you want about him as a manager, he's a decent bloke.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He is.

    2. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Great books too

  5. Podge
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Was Kane sent off ?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No

    2. GROBARI
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No,its tottenham goalkeeper coach who is sent off

      • Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        no

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No apparently not

      • Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        no

      • Podge
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son Heung Min was substituted at half-time due to a hamstring injury.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Lmao Sterling finishing nonexistent, foul of course

      Encouraging signs

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Think he half arsed it because he heard the whistle

    5. Manani
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son replacement?

      thinking Zaha

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Prefer Barnes at that bracket

      2. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I mean....mahrez?

        1. Yes Don
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          mahrezaha

      3. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son has been restwd for next match against a rotten ManU def I guess.. so, selling at your own risk.

        1. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Why do you say things like this when it's clear you don't know what you're talking about. This is just poor advice.

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He's injured buddy

    6. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      May go Bruno and Mitrovic to Mahrez and Ings -4

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        And give up 2 pen takers for 1? Never

      2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Doesn’t sound great

    7. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Havertz -> Son for -4, what a great move..

      just like Ings -> Martial and possibly ASM -> Podence 😀

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Spurs will never be consistent. But 45 is cruel.

    8. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      So Son -> Mahrez no brainer?

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Will be popular

        1. Das Boot
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          this

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is it a no brainer because he scored?

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Son is out injured.

      3. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Depends how many city players you have. But on its own looks a good move to me

    9. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Where are my Foden and KDB (C) returns

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Only been 13 minutes....

      2. GROBARI
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wait

      3. Ted Bovis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        José Mourinho says Son Heung-min will be "out for a while" with a hamstring injury, meaning he will likely miss next weekend's game between #mufc and Tottenham #mulive [
        @Football_LDN
        ]

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          how many weeks for hamstring injury?

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What a while means ?

          2. Ole.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            2-20

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Knowing Jose, he'll start vs. Man Utd

      4. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Maybe time for WC anyway. Son Havertz Werner Dier Podence owner

        1. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          DCL is essential

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Don't have DCL too

            1. yalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              WC away!

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Podence injured?

        3. Nas
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          What’s happened to Podence?

        4. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          What's wrong with Podence?

      5. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I will wait OFC but would you do Bavies, Son and Werner to Saiss, Mahrez and Jimenez for -4 ?

        1. Podge
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Pretty sure I would

      6. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What position are Foden and Mahrez playing in today?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wings

      7. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No assist?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No assist

          1. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            🙁

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No. It was headed away by Justin and fell to Mahrez

      8. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Any chance Garcia would stay in Manchester. Heard United need a CB!

      9. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Was Dier on some bonus points before the late goal? Wasn't watching the second half.

        Only if that Son to Dier combo worked on the first half

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ok, feels better now. Who was on BP?

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Darlow
              Moura
              Davies

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                No it was Doherty not Davies. At least it was till the 90th minute. Did something change in the 91st

      10. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son out means United win

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I am keeping Bruno because of this

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            thinking Son to Bruno

            exact fund

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bruno plays on the other side of the pitch

        2. Skloppy Kops
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          why would Son be out?

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            He injured

          2. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hamstring injury rumoured

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Injuries apparently

          4. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            hammy went

          5. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Injured, hamstring issue.

      11. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Just realised I'm 0.1m off Son to Salah and Werner to DCL... would have been for a -8 anyway but may be looking to WC now. Already took a bunch of price hits already this week

        1. TyroneGAA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          -8 aside that would be great transfers

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sterling ain't the best finisher is he?

      12. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Anyone like Maupay?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          One of a kind.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Good fpl pick?

        2. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yeah, Brighton look good too. But he’s too cheap for me. Weirdly

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          his mum ?

        4. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He's good maybe as replacement for Adams, but my priority is to ditch Werner for Jimenez.

        5. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I got him in for Wood

        6. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Biggest rat in the PL... but for fpl sure

        7. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yeah, sure.

          Not enough to ditch DCL or Jimenez, but I think he's a good option. Maybe after the Wolves fixture run ends...

        8. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I like, but current stuck with Woods and will not spend a FT On him for now

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            *currently

        9. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes, from GW6

      13. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane seems like a bad option now that Son is out

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Well Spurs did not look great without him second half.

      14. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son injury is so painful.

        Kept faith all lockdown, a few (c)s and his lack of returns cost me too 10k.

        Thought I’d give him 1 game this season, spurs awful then awful midweek and sell him. Rest is history...

        1. XabiAlonso
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          It's just one week and same for 1 in every 3 people who are playing

      15. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Very tempted TAA + Hamez > VVD + Mahrez ?

      16. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son > Mahrez looking likely. Wanted Bruno but 0.4 short.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Likely move for many . but may wait a week

      17. Khalico
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        When will Son be back? How long is it out for?

        1. St. Stephen XI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Hamstring says 4-6 weeks to me.

      18. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A. Mane + Foden

        B. Sterling + Zaha

      19. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        When does Bale start playing?

        1. dark91
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          After the IB

        2. XabiAlonso
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He's got to decide which golf course he wants to be a member of first before he can play it

      20. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son to Rashford for -4 or use my WC so I can get in Fernandes and other pen takers?