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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
    1 month, 22 days ago

    City defence owners absolutely nowhere to hide

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 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
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Pipe down

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Wind your neck in you little child.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Your idol is a massive chav too

            1. Right In The Stanchion
                1 month, 22 days ago

                For once Fudgy posts something true.

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

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

              • Sco
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

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

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Your mother got tired of raising you up properly

      2. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Stones & Cancelo 🙁 cost me a top 5k rank

      3. JOELIO8701
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

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

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

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

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

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

      5. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 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
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Haha.

      7. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 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
          1 month, 22 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
            1 month, 22 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
        1 month, 22 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
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Oooh! Magnum P.I. back tonight!

    3. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

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

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        *KWP

    4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ederson likely to be back for the BGW?

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Salah and Che Adams left.

      1. fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Same, any Adams news?

      2. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

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

      3. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Same

    6. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      5 points and 50K places that Chelsea goal cost me

    7. Naby K8a
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

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

      1. AlCapwnUK
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        His season was so close to greatness.

    8. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

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

    9. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 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
        1 month, 22 days ago

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

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

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

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 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
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Unlucky mate, better luck next time.

        3. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Just ignore the posts

        4. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Some very sad people on this site

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

              1. BeWater
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  This is so true. Really annoying.

              2. Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

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

                1. riot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 22 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
            1 month, 22 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
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Zaha or ElGhazi for the BGW

        6. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 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
            1 month, 22 days ago

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

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Werner offers nothing

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Long may he reign

        7. Mattious8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          8 players next week. No transfers left.

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

          1. Parsnips
              1 month, 22 days ago

              C

          2. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Zinchenko bloody idiot, i assume he doesnt own City defenders

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

            2. Mid budget coach
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 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
            1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Cap in 18, not 19

            2. Granville
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              He looked like a man playing out of position.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                :/

            3. ivantys
                1 month, 22 days ago

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

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Looked okay, much prefer KDB

            4. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 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
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Same, bit annoying but oh well

            6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

              Squeeze through?

            8. Releasebreaks
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

            10. Weeb Kakashi
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

              1. BrockLanders
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                64 with Salah to go here. Reasonably happy

            11. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 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
                1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

              * Is benched

              1. GenerationalTalent
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

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

            14. GoonerGirl
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 days ago

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

            16. JJO
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Kdb lost 3rd bap with that goal too?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Foden GWG

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Oh yes, good point.

                2. TimoTime
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Thought that is added during the game these days?

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    It is. Gundo had it till CHO scored.

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

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

            17. TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 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
              1 month, 22 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?