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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. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Mahrez literally can't buy a fkin game can he?

    HOW do I still own him? How???

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      i made correction immediately

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Boot out immediately

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      How indeed. It was pretty obvious he was no longer first choice when he got benched against Southampton. Had to get rid even though I was building towards a GW18 team

  2. NejiHyuuga01
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Shaw or Bailly?

    1. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Probably shaw

    2. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Neither. Utd can’t keep a clean sheet and both at risk of rotation.

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Steffen looks like he just smoked a doobie

  4. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Gundo, Dias or Stones as the third City player?

    1. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Dias

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Dias

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Dias

    4. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think Gundogan has the highest upside and is also safe in the XI. So him.

    5. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Dias or Stones

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cheers lads

    6. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Short term Gundo. Long term Dias.

  5. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    3 City in FH Team a must then vs Brighton

    Cancelo, KDB and Sterling?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Was always a must I’d of imagined?

    2. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I've two of them and it includes Cancelo.

    3. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cancelo wont play both games surely?
      Dias, KDB and Sterling

    4. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cancelo Dias KDB imo

    5. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yup

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Chelsea very lucky it’s only 3.

  7. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Repost: Wildcard, what do you think?

    Meslier - Steer
    Stones - Dias - Holding - Chilwell - Creswell
    Salah - De Bruyne - Bruno - Maddison - Smith-Rowe
    Kane - Bamford - Brewster

    GW18:

    /
    Stones - Dias - Holding - /
    De Bruyne - Bruno - Smith-Rowe - /
    Kane - Brewster

    / - / - / - /

    DGW19: Kane out / Vardy in

    Meslier
    Stones - Dias - Chilwell - Cresswell
    De Bruyne - Salah - Bruno - Maddison
    Vardy - Bamford

    Steer - Holding - Smith-Rowe - Brewster

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      No KDB yesterday 😉

  8. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Saiss or AWB for GW18 guys? Torn...

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      AWB

  9. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Salah captainers - we made a huge mistake.

    1. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wait until he has played 🙂

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Innit

    2. Labile
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      We probably did I’ll take a return from him tomorrow

      We were too smart.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        My logic was he is due. I'm on a run of 5 captain blanks, not sure I can take another.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He should return something, good luck!

    3. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wait

  10. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    KDB Salah Bruno Son Raphinha
    Vardy Bamford

    DGW19 attack anyone?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What’s the defence like?

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        McCarthy
        Holding Mitchell Stones Coufal Alioski

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I have Kane salah son Bruno kdb
          Defence is
          Martinez
          Stones kwp holding balbuena strujik

      2. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Won’t be a defense left

        Over budget team

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          See above.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That but without Son

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That on FH?

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It’ll be wildcard!

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Soucekkkk

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Definitely need Jamie in 19

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Why?

  12. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is gundogan an option?

    For the next 3 GWs at least. I have stones would you go the following also -

    a) concelo + KDB
    B) Gund + KDB

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I am

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Gundogan?

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah bro

          1. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            May join you. Seems nailed as can be.

    2. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      was jsut looking at his minutes vs foden's, and he seems like the better option of the two.

  13. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 26 days ago

    HT: Chelsea (0.31) 0-3 (2.68) Man City

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      City playing to their xG. So not overperforming. Means they could still haul next GW. Compare to how Liverpool massively overperformed xG versus Palace and then undershot xG in their next two games to bring them back in line.

  14. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Have to remember that Chelsea had a transfer ban this summer window, will probably help getting players in this January window.

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What?! They literally signed their whole front line bar Pulisic in the summer.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sarcasm...

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Eh?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Just making fun of Fat Frank and his awful managerial skills despite spending over 200mill or whatever it was.

  15. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Although they are getting battered, I think Pulisic has looked really good. If only he wasn't so injury prone.

  16. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Chelsea fan
    Cup opponent has Foden
    ML rival has KDB
    Benched Stones
    Own Edouard Mendy

    How do I not feel depressed about this lol?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      also, held KDB for his blanks before selling 2 weeks ago...

  17. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Have exact cash to do Podence > Foden this gw. Gives me -

    Martinez
    Dias - Dier - Holding
    KDB - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Foden
    Kane - Wilson

    No hits. FH in DGW 19.

    Thoughts? 🙂

    1. bialk
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Looks good.

  18. Milkman Bruno
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That’s all City needed. After today’s performance I can see them kicking on and winning 10 on the bounce easy. More than capable of doing it.

      1. C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It's the FPL points. No one likes City winning leagues except some plastic trash

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That's a matter of opinion. City have loyal fans

          1. C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I count the ones who supported City before 2010

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              That's what I meant. Just because they haven't had success all along doesn't mean they didn't have a fanbase

              1. C_Manan
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Do the exist on FFS?

        2. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 26 days ago

            No not at all. I’m a united fan so concerned onviously but from an fpl perspective, their defence is extremely solid and now their attack oh clicking again.

      2. Avo24
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Some people who actively giving a “smart” advice in here dont even reach 1m rank. But there are some good players too, so hope you can recognize them

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Are you saying you don't have to have a good rank to give good advice? If so, I agree 🙂

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Here here. I myself will of moved from 3.1m to under a million in 4 GW’s, kinda proud of that

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Its luck. More this year than ever. Opinions are opinions.

        4. Woy_is_back
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah always do the opposite of what people advice

      3. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Close with my cup opponent. Who wins?

        A) McCarthy + Salah + 13pts
        B) TAA + Stones + Cancelo + KDB

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yayyyyyy

            But I think he has the edge personally.

      4. greggles
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Well KDB couldn’t do the decent thing and stay under the radar before next week, so now his price is going to shoot up. Question is: bring him in for Salah now and face potential misery if he gets injured or the game gets called off because of COVID, or absorb the price rise?

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He was always going to haul against Chelsea

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I’m on a FH and want kdb for Salah for the dgw. Expecting to miss out on atleast 0.6m

      5. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If City can do this to Chelsea imagine what they will do to their next 6 opponents...Goal fest incoming!!

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Pls dont jinx it bro -patient kdb owner here-

          Prior to this gw he got be 1 assist in 6 gws i owned him

          1. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Maybe this is his and City's way of starting 2021 with a bang!

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          If only FPL really worked this way in real life......

        3. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Chelsea always concede

      6. Woy_is_back
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        110k or liverank. Still bad but climbing slow and steady

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          HOW is that bad?! You serious?

          1. Woy_is_back
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It´s kr@p buddy

            1. Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Its definitely not, especially at this stage of the season.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Fishing most likely

                1. Woy_is_back
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  No, check my or last 5 seasons

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    So you'll know well that nothing is decided at this stage of the season and theres plenty of time to get up the ranks then. I'm currently at 300k and still looking at top 10k as my aim. Chill out.

                    1. Woy_is_back
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      10k, aim higher homie

            2. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No it is not, like at all

          2. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Okayish this season but pretty bad in normal season.

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          shocking, I don't know why you even bother. Just delete team already and go find a hobby you're actually good at.

      7. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Need that City cleanie wiped out though.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          It staying

      8. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sterling doing anything?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Got an assist

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Running. Down dead ends.

      9. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        So many City options. Think only KDB is a cert given likely ownership.

        Dias is safe, but would you pick Ederson for a DGW if they had a shred of attacking form?

        Gundo getting forward a lot - someone shared the article earlier about him playing as an 8 not a 6.

        Cancelo great but could easily miss one in the double.

      10. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Dgw moves... Salah, Lowton to Kdb, Stones (-4) looks lovely

      11. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Can City hold and keep a clean sheet?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hope so. I'm 16 away from 100 and could do with 6 from Dias with Salah and Adams tomorrow

      12. Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Dusan Tadic hauling against Sunderland. Michail Antonio putting 4 past Norwich. All those moments will be lost, like tears in rain

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nice Bladerunner quote there

      13. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Kane, Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son, Soucek working well!

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yep 🙂