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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. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    City defence owners absolutely nowhere to hide

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Do you not get tired trolling or is your aim to come across as chavy and unlikeable as your idol?

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Pipe down

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Wind your neck in you little child.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Your idol is a massive chav too

            1. Right In The Stanchion
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              For once Fudgy posts something true.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Unlike your posts then you melt. Is Mahrez breathing heavy from behind you now? Building up a sweat? Lmfao!

            2. Sco
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Come back when I have a name, avatar AND bio all dedicated to him.

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Your mother got tired of raising you up properly

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

      Stones & Cancelo 🙁 cost me a top 5k rank

    3. JOELIO8701
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I agree. I transfered out Cancelo because Chelsea was always a tough game.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      With 4 CS in the last 6, who's hiding 😉

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Losing a clean sheet so late in the game must hurt. No denial

    5. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      All city defenders are under 9.2% owned. Plenty of room to hide lol.

    6. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Haha.

    7. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I find you one of the most annoying posters during games. Between them you’re ok. Not during. Like at all.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        😆

        It’s for the fun. A good laugh wouldn’t hurt but some lads take it too personal 😆

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

          So you get your kicks only when others fail? Joy in others misery. Sounds delightful.
          Your spouse must be fed up.

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

      Im here. 73 with Salah and Mane to go! Cama!

      Thanks for asking!

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Oooh! Magnum P.I. back tonight!

  3. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Need 16 points from Salah, Robertson and JWP to progress in cup after that goal.

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

      *KWP

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

    Ederson likely to be back for the BGW?

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Salah and Che Adams left.

    1. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Same, any Adams news?

    2. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Same. Need 14 for the ton. Hoping they both play

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

      Same

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

    5 points and 50K places that Chelsea goal cost me

  7. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Werner should go on loan to Southampton. They'll get the best out of him

    1. AlCapwnUK
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      His season was so close to greatness.

  8. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    CHO never scores and has to score when i have a City defender.

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

    Such fine margins in this game as a Dias and Justin could have been for great haul.

    Oh well at least patience with KDB paid off.

  10. BeWater
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Absolute sh1thouses who come here celebrating clean sheets getting wiped out.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        It’s pathetic. Do it with your friends on your WhatsApp groups. Oh wait...

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I don't even do it there, I laugh at losing my own

          Dias and Justin today good times

      2. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Unlucky mate, better luck next time.

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Just ignore the posts

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

        Some very sad people on this site

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          The site was brilliant a couple of years ago. The influx of absolute roasters that just want to troll people is sad. No wonder a lot of posters have effed off to twitter etc.

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

            I miss the matchday chatroom days

            FPL growing as a hobby past 20-50 year old Europeans killed this site

          2. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            That and people who come and just post questions, don’t contribute anything.

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 10 days ago

                This is so true. Really annoying.

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

              Yup never remember there being so many trolling posts in previous years

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

                There were always some, but the moderation was a lot better and average poster iq higher

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

          It’s funny. Some trolls here don’t have friends to wind up.

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

        Zaha or ElGhazi for the BGW

      6. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        What a kick in the nuts that was, 8 points wiped off in the last seconds.

        Also, at what point do we start talking about Werner as being an absolute flop? Guy looked useless. Seems to get a lot of grace from being a big name and good on fifa...

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

          That's more on Lampard IMO. Sooner he goes the better for Chelsea.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Werner offers nothing

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

            Long may he reign

      7. Mattious8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        8 players next week. No transfers left.

        A) Play 8
        B) -4 to get to 9
        C) Free hit

        1. Parsnips
            3 months, 10 days ago

            C

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Zinchenko bloody idiot, i assume he doesnt own City defenders

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Not sure it was his fault. Whoever gave it away down the right was to blame.

          2. Mid budget coach
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Zinch gave it away a couple of times when Odoi got in, Stones bailed him out. Bound to happen

        3. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Should I still stick with Sterling for 18 BB or just get KDB? How did Sterling look today? He is probably going to be my cap in 19 also

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Cap in 18, not 19

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

            He looked like a man playing out of position.

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              :/

          3. ivantys
              3 months, 10 days ago

              He's better on the left. Once Foden drops out, he will be good again.

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Looked okay, much prefer KDB

          4. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Need TAA to come up big time to turn this from a good week to a great week!
            Dias lost CS hurts a lot.

          5. milanista10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Was seconds away from a century but that’s how harsh the game is..

            Glad with the decision to WC last GW to save the FH while being set for the BB in 19 & getting the City lads before others do!

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Same, bit annoying but oh well

          6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Of course my cup opponent owns Havertz who assists in ruining my double City CS!

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

            Daniel - what's the result of your FPL Cup tiebreaker?

            Squeeze through?

          8. Releasebreaks
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            City defender owners this must be painful.
            I also had Bellerin coming off 6 min to 60 and today Justin

          9. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Cup opponent has 82 with Salah & McCarthy left. First and out for me. Lol.

          10. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            66 with Salah to go. 1.9 M OR. Been there for ages now

            1. BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              64 with Salah to go here. Reasonably happy

          11. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Am I the only one who can't afford most of the Free hit team suggestions posted on here? I dont own/ have no value tied into the key players for GW 18. Anyone have a draft for those with a lower TV?

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

              Just take one budget pick instead of more expensive one, eg El-Ghazi not Grealish, Rashford not Fernandes etc, it might work in one GW.

          12. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Was happy. Happy for a short minute. Benched Zouma, brought in Stones alongside Dias.
            I was happy for a second.
            Gonna go take it out on the family.

          13. The Head-Ake
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            1) Laca and Neto*
            2) Rashy and Brewster*

            * Is benched

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

              Is this for a free hit? If so, why you benching Neto?

          14. GoonerGirl
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            So upset with that Chelsea goal, was on course to beat my cup opponent, not going to now. So frustrating. Hate this game sometimes lol.

          15. Alex_thekid
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            My first cup tie coming down to
            Salah + 8 vs Mane 🙁 i thoght it was in the bag

          16. JJO
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Kdb lost 3rd bap with that goal too?

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

              Foden GWG

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

                Oh yes, good point.

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

                Thought that is added during the game these days?

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

                  It is. Gundo had it till CHO scored.

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

              He was off the pitch, wouldn't affect him.

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

            More BS from baps adjustments, no idea how Foden has jumped ahead when they both went off at the same time and KDB was 3 clear

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

            Soucek on the bench, Cancelo and Justin owner, chose Bellerin over Tierney in a 50/50. Rank now 7 figures... anyone worse off?