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De Bruyne in advanced role as Man United deploy midfield diamond for derby

Pep Guardiola has afforded Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) an advanced role once again as Manchester City travel to Old Trafford.

The Belgian has been operating as a number 10 increasingly often this season having previously only played in that position in the big games.

And they don’t come too much bigger than a city derby for Guardiola’s men, so De Bruyne’s 24.5% ownership will be relishing his advanced runs tonight.

He features at the centre of an attacking midfield trio in support of Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m), flanked by Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m), who enjoyed a disparity of fortunes against Fulham.

Elsewhere, it is a third consecutive Premier League start for John Stones (£4.8m) at the heart of City’s defence, while João Cancelo (£5.5m) retains a berth, switching to the left-hand side, pushing Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) to the bench and allowing Kyle Walker (£6.2m) back into the side.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have tweaked his Manchester United outfit with respect to the opposition, changing his favoured 4-2-3-1 system into a midfield diamond shape.

Fred (£5.3m), Paul Pogba (£7.7m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m) are all included in the line-up behind Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) in support of Marcus Rashford (£9.4m) and Mason Greenwood‘s (£7.1m) two-man strike pairing.

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) is still an option though, named on the bench alongside Alex Telles (£5.5m).

Manchester United XI (4-1-2-1-2): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay; Pogba, Fred; B Fernandes; Rashford, Greenwood.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Walker; Fernandinho, Rodrigo; Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez; Jesus.

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  1. Stram Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    DCL brace incoming...

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No service, selling him for Wilson, terrible mistake for me

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    For some reason I feel ok about my kdb cap 6 pointer

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Why?

    2. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Until Pool and Spurs have played tomorrow.

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wait for Salah hattrick...

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thanks guys, feel suitably miserable now

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          My captain (Wilson) got me 2, so you're good 🙂

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You won’t after Salads 5 goals tomorrow

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    3 CS in a row from Ruben Dias in my team. Love to see it.

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nicely done to stick with that - popular opinion hasn't been wild about that idea

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thanks for letting us know

    3. FPL DONKEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's a six point machine

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    3 - Shaw (35)
    2 - Walker, Stones (29)

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ha great, Shaw and Stones in the baps. 😀

  5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    For GW13
    A) Bruno+Bamford-4
    B) Vardy+Coufal

    A also gives me an extra FT for the future

    1. ZLNR
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

  6. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Benching cancelo for Dallas went well !

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      same here 🙁

    2. BeWater
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I transferred Cancelo out for Dallas 🙁

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 7

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. ZLNR
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Not too high at all. Disappointingly every year I drop out of LMS due to a hit

      2. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        After surviving my disaster in GW6 this is finally my year for LMS I tells ya!

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          😀

    4. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      AWB and Mart on my bench ....

    5. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I may have picked the wrong week to stop taking amphetamines

      2. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I've got a tune for you so. 😉

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUQjXUsgZ5E

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ok got away with selling Sterling at least from this week

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stereo Sux - glad I steered clear

    7. Dash4
        1 month, 13 days ago

        If Salah, Son and Kane fail 30 points is going to be good this week.

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I'm looking forward to my Son(C) 6-pointer tomorrow

      • colby_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Nice. I am on 14 pts from six players, and I'm not a Salah owner. Hoping my Ings captaincy comes through for me in some way.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A solid 8-9 points from Ingsy would do you just fine

        2. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Similar here, 11 from 5, but captained Wilson 🙁

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            woof

          2. colby_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Solid 🙂 I lost the Wolves clean sheet for Patricio and Coady in the last minute. Brutal so far.

      • PremKraut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bruno and KDB owner here.
        luckily I captained Kane.

      • Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        How dull was that? Absolute pig of a game.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yeah, not an exaggeration to say that’s was a rotten game

      • Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Didn't expect 17 points from Martinez and Cancelo. A good day.

      • Vazza
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Best Jota replacement?

          Budget 6.7m

          1. FPL DONKEY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Soucek and use the funds to upgrade elsewhere?

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Perfect - exactly what I wanted to hear.

                Thanks mate 🙂

            2. Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Big question - I'm considering a differential punt on Pascal Groß.

              WHM option, Soucek/Bowen, ready for dgw19 will likely be popular.

          2. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            27 (-8) from 5 damn

            Anyone worse or better?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              22 (-4) from 6 and captain has played

              Yikes!

            2. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Oh, many are so much worse. I'm 15 from 6.

            3. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              LMS safety score is currently 7.

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Both great news

            4. Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Still a green arrow ......

          3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            How did Bruno look?
            No need to think twice before bringing him in right?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ok, the game was just so bad, he’ll be fine

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Invisible and no, there's no need. Get him.

            3. Vazza
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yes but I thought you need to remove Jota too

                What overall moves are you making this week?

            4. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Fun fact. If you own 1 Chelsea defender, a CS is a green arrow.

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                *a red arrow. Not my best day for posting. Apologize

                1. TOLV TUMS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Get well soon, please

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Not if your defender gets bonus

              3. Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I have 2 now Jota is dead - Zouma 1st sub.

            5. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              A 2 pointer from DCL would be brilliant. Should lock in those Chilwell and James clean sheets!

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Naaah. 3:1 Chelsea and DCL score

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I'm going 3-0 let's see

            6. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Everton vs Chelsea score prediction

              1-3 Siggy goal.

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Correct prediction but DCL will score. See above

              2. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                1-2. Richarlison, Werner(2).

              3. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                2-0 Giroud and Werner

              4. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                2-0 werner brace

              5. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                2-2

                DCL x 2
                Zouma, Giroud

                Werner to have an xg of 3+ and get no points

            7. Tony Martial
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Chillwell haul please

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  What happened to your original DP?

                  1. Tony Martial
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Changed it. Should I go back

                    1. Vazza
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Yes, you should. 100%

                        This is terrible in my opinion

                        1. Tony Martial
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Ok will do now thanks

                          1. Vazza
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Cool. The previous version was definitely better

                  2. Wag the Drog
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    I’m struggling this year so bad. Thinking of doing Kane, Jota to Bamford, Bruno. Bad move? Only have 1.3 to replace Jota assuming bad injury.

                    Salah-KDB-Jota-Grealish
                    Ollie-Kane-DCL

                    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      I've got Kane and Son and I'm keeping both.

                  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Bamford likely to rise tonight?
                    On 58.8 on fplstats with 3 arrows

                    1. Vazza
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Doubt it. Just wait till tomorrow until all the games have been played

                    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Had exact funds and 2 FTs for

                      Jota, Vardy, Justin, Podence
                      to
                      KdB, Bamford, Stones, Burke

                      so pulled the trigger.

                      Burke is 4.3 and oop. Stones still at 4.8.

                    3. TOLV TUMS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Max Verstappen in F1: 9 wins, only 3 poles. Wouldn't have guessed that one.

                    4. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      I hope Jota doesnt drop tonight, I have no clue what transfer im doing

                      1. Camino Aleatorio
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Jota to a trash midfielder for cash dollars.

                    5. emyoueffsee
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      2 Chelsea players I brought in on my Wildcard have been disasters. Ziyech and Chilwell. Ziyech is out the gap and Chilwell will soon follow.