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City players missing with COVID-19 revealed as fit-again Ziyech returns

A Manchester City squad hit by injury and illness take on Chelsea in the second of today’s two Premier League fixtures.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 16:30 GMT.

The visitors are missing six of their squad because of COVID-19 positive tests.

The unavailability of Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) we were already aware of, while social media posts from Ederson (£6.0m) and Tommy Doyle (£4.4m) all but confirmed that they too were among those self-isolating.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Eric Garcia (£4.7m) have reportedly been added to that list, with the latter still struggling with injury, too.

Despite the shortage of options, Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) is still only among the substitutes for this afternoon’s fixture.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen (£4.4m) makes his Premier League debut as Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the City side that beat Newcastle 2-0 in Gameweek 15.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Phil Foden (£6.2m) are also recalled, with Ederson, Torres and Nathan Ake (£5.4m) dropping out.

Ake is absent because of “fitness issues”, while Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) misses out because of a tight hamstring.

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) is on the bench, despite his off-field misdeeds.

Frank Lampard makes five changes to the Chelsea team that drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa last Monday.

Timo Werner (£9.2m) is recalled, while Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) makes his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury in early December.

Thiago Silva (£5.6m), Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) also return to the side.

Reece James (£5.2m) is again absent through injury, while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m), Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) and Jorginho (£4.7m) drop out of the starting XI.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Kanté, Kovacic, Mount, Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech.

Manchester City XI: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling

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2,436 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    QUIZ: Which 2 under 23 players have the joint most assists in Europe's top 5 leagues?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      TAA

      1. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        You mean this season, whoops

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Sorry this is for the year 2020

          1. Basil1977
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            TAA and Sancho then

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Jason sancho

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        * Jadon

      2. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Sancho is one of them

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          😎

    3. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Trent?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Surprisingly no he is 13th with 7 assists

    4. Offside Trapattoni
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Is Nkunku the other player?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Good shout, but he is 9th with 8 assists

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mount

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nope - 7 assists in 2020

    6. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      some Szo.. guy recently linked to many clubs..

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Robbo is too old otherwise him

        Justin ? :))))

    7. Fridges chilwell
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Saka

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Havertz?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Nope 7 assists

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mbappe

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Close - 10 assists

          Sancho and the remaining guess have 11

      • riot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Coman

      • Brehmeren
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Alphonso Davies

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mbappe

      • Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Grealish has to be one

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          And Rashford.

          Boom, I think I got. It

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            DANIEL GOES THROUGH AND BURIES IT

            Yep it is Rashford and Sancho

            Both with 11 assists in 2020

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              He’s not under 23 though

          2. riot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            WP

        2. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Too old.

      • Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        mbappe

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Grealish and Rashford?

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Hakimi

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Good guess - he had 8 in 2020

    8. fusen
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Man City clean sheet wouldn't go amiss here

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A fail would be better.

    9. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Safety score 40

    10. Waynoo
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Zouma my boy C's please

    11. leo_messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      How can I use my FT next week,any suggestions?

      Martinez
      Holding - Cancelo - Stones - Lewis*
      Grealish - Son - KDB(C) - Bruno
      DCL - Brewster*

      sub: Steer - Salah - Bamford - Dallas

      A) Lewis -> Mitchell gives me Grealish,DCL -> Soucek,Vardy week after
      B) Lewis -> Yedlin with no plans for DGW19( not enough money to do to Grealish,DCL -> Soucek,Vardy)
      C) something else

    12. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm lying on the floor crying like a baby after this goal from Andy Carroll (James Justin onwer).

      All the none owners feel free to come over and kick me hard.

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I’m not that cruel. I’ll have little chuckle to myself though 🙂

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ahahahahhaa. But seriously, Andy Carroll has always been a pain in the ass.

      3. CasaBanter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yup, I’m in the same boat. He was on for three bonus points aswell..!!!

    13. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If KDB has a poor game, will people still be getting him in for the BGW18 and DGW19?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Fixtures are great.

        As Salah will undoubtedly show the premium picks up can't blank all the time.

        Mind... There is Sterling too.

      2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I won’t

    14. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Will be interesting to see how Foden performs.

      Man City have the fixtures but no consistent attacking returns.

      Will Foden force himself into Pep's plans and get game time over the next 3 matches?

      False 9... Goals incoming?

    15. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      KDB to rise from the dead this afternoon

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        This...

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Subscribe!

      3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Let's make it GW18

    16. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A Dias 10 minute brace will be the best start to this game for me

    17. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling & Kev up top

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Foden apparently....

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Or Silva?

    18. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      FH Team:

      Darlow (Guaita)
      Tierney Maguire Stones (Mitchel, Kilman)
      KDB Sterling Bruno Son Saka
      Martial Watkins (Silva)

      Thoughts on it?

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nice.

      2. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Would want to try and squeeze in Kane

    19. The Frenchie
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Is the 0.6 difference between Coufal (4,7) and Cresswell (5,3) worth it?

      Also, would you choose Sterling or De Bruyne?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        No imo.

      2. CasaBanter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Good question. I went for Cresswell in week 8 and then spent a few weeks regretting it, but happy with the choice now.

        Coufal seems to attract more BPS and chances, but Cresswell has been supplying more assists (to Soucek who I also got in)

    20. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      What has Mahrez got to do to get a match?

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Stop shagging peps Mrs?

      2. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Change teams.

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Perform again

      4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Move

    21. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Stefan lols

    22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Dodgy keeper

    23. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      KdB double digits you fekkin ginga

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Not cool.

    24. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      That’s embarrassing

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Could have been worse, he could have done it closer to goal.

    25. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      How was that free kick taken from outside box when it was a result of Steffan picking up a backpass inside box...?

      1. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        It's just on

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          It was about a foot outside the box when they kicked it.

      2. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        i thought the same

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Chelsea players moved it back and ref didnt care

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Irrelevant now of course but moving a free kick backwards does give advantage to get ball over wall and down...refs should care - it’s like the occasions defenders take free kicks in opponents half after an offside decision, impossible attacker could’ve been offside in own half

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Its normally not that noticeably.. but when its an indirect free kick from a passback, it was clear to see it wasn't inside the box!

    26. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Chelsea looking good at the start.

      Come ooooon Blues !!

      #KBFFH

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        CFC all over City.........

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        0-0 written all over this

    27. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I want Werner in my dgw team

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Might get him this week.

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          ?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Could be essential.

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Essentially

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        No you don't

    28. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      My cup opponent - not made a transfer since GW5, ranked over 4m

      - Maddison captain
      - Tierney
      - Cresswell
      - Saka
      - Bruno

      72 with 4 to play 🙂

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        At least he has 3 next GW.

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          He has Bellerin too so I was loving the pre-60 sub yesterday!

          1. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Oh and he has KDB 3rd sub who comes on if Tammy stays benched

            Genius

    29. NejiHyuuga01
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Would you go Shaw or Bailly for the next couple of GWs?

    30. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who's better for DGW19?

      A) Ings + Raphinha
      B) Ziyech + Rodrigo

      1. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Not Ziyech for me

      3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A

    31. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Kdb keeps losing the ball

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I might get Sterling instead

    32. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      With laporte having fitness issues, stones a good pick for BGW & DGW?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Doubt Pep wants him out too.

    33. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      What happens with a tie at fpl cup? If Cancelo gets 2 pts i have a tie.

      Goals scored?

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yes, unless there's been a rule change this year.

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Rules section - Cup

        Same as every year.

    34. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Chelsea look so much better with Ziyech.

    35. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Pep being exposed even by Fat Frank. The guy has absolutely lost it.

    36. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who's hoping for 0-0? speaking as a Dias-Zouma owner

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        1-0 city. Dias header.

        1. Vazza
            3 months, 10 days ago

            You got me excited there mate