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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    how many of you considering Salah to KDB?

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

      Was pretty set on going without. Now I don’t know. Messes up every plan.

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

      I'm selling Son instead of Salah

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

        same - I am torn between that.

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

        KDB had a mild 11 pointer today. Son gave you 12 yesterday.

        Today was as good as MCI has played.

        Yesterday TOT won on a leisurely trot, no drama

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

      Has to be done for the BGW. Will have Salah on FH19, assuming I go that route.

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

      I'm FH'ing 18, but no way for DGW. It's Son --> KDB for me.

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

        Salah can be brought back for the Double for Son.

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

          Not me. Had Salah from the go and can’t afford back for Son

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

      Already own both, sadly that’s because I don’t have fernandes

  2. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Played Stones and Bailly, 3 points. Benched Coufal and Mitchell, 12 points. Sigh

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

      That’s the way of FPL son. Don’t take it too seriously

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ah it's grand, I've had worse days in FPL!

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

      Unlucky

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

    So much pent up testosterone in this room.

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

      Says this melt lmao

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

        What does melt mean? Did you learn it from love island?

        Just a sad 50 year old living out of a dumpster.

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

          If you don’t know what means then I feel sorry for you. Love island? You actually know that show? Oh christ lmao!

          Not 50, wrong again. Also how does one live out of a dumpster? Is it because your mum brought you up in one? Aww diddums, Mahrez breathing harder lmao!

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

          melts
          The response to an extremely flattering of erotic comment indicating that the recipient is overcome with emotion to the point that their body instantly relaxes or they get butterflies in the stomach.
          Lady, I don't know what I want more right now, your body or your mind." Response:"Melts.

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

      *estrogen

    3. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      more like too many kids in the room.

      1. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Except they’re not kids

  4. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    So KDB gonna cost 4 to get him for the double. Worth it?
    Options.
    A) Raphinia,Kane>> KDB,Rodrigo-4
    B) Keep Kane with 14 DGWers and save the transfer for gw20 when KDB can come in for free,
    C) Kane > Vardy and forget KDB. 15 DGWers.
    D) Vardy,Watkins >> Martial,Firmino-4 15 DGWers. Forget KDB.

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Concentrate on form & fixtures, before looking to lose points, would be my advice

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        B then and get KDB in for WBA in 20 for free.

  5. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    So the question now, especially for those on FH/ WC for GW18, what combo of MCI vs BHA?

    A) KDB/ Sterling + 1 def
    B) KDB/ Sterling + 2 defs
    C) KDB + Sterling + 1 def

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

      B for me

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

        Thanks

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Their defence doesn't contribute to attacking returns, just get cheap one like Stones for the CS point, no need waste 0.8 more for Dias or Cancelo.

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

          So you’d get both KDB and Sterling plus Stones?

          1. ivantys
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Either A or C, depends which other players you want. Stones might not be needed if you can get cheap 4.5 defenders from other teams with decent fixtures.

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

            You've clearly not watched Cancelo's recent matches

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 10 days ago

                He's a better buy than Dias for sure, he goes forward a lot but just 1 assist means a waste of money too.

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

                  Had so many almost assists, the other players can't keep missing the chances he creates

          3. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Probably A for me.

          4. Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            C easily

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

          Robbo will concede tomorrow I’m afraid as I’ve enjoyed these wiped CS too much.

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

          Thank god City CS wiped. Close one.

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

            Calm down

            1. ZEZIMA
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              I have ADHD

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

                You have moron

          2. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            and so it should have been removed.

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

          Few pages back people were lambasting the decision of some who benched Dias... not feeling so smart now are they? ofc benching Dias vs Chelsea was correct providing your other defenders had significantly better fixtures. Ignore the price tag and that he plays for City and use your head.

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

            Oh dear

          2. ivantys
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Massively overpriced defender at 5.8, only thing he guarantees is nailedness. The only defender at 5.8 with no attacking returns at all this season.

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

                At 5.8 maybe but most got him for less (5.6 for me) - he's not a season keeper but he's got 5 CS in 7 and still has a great run of fixtures for the next 6 where he could get another 4 CS easily.

                Then you can get rid after that when the fixtures turn.

                1. ivantys
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    Or you could get Stones at 4.8 and get around same points as him.

            • Pedram
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              If you're not a Salah captainer would his points hurt your rank?

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Most likely but also depends on your rank.

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

                Yes, but only slightly. Might as well hope that he hauls to generate TV and a reason to keep him.

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

              No where to hide for Justin or City defensive owners, non owners love to see it as they move up the ranks.

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

                Zzzz

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

                We move?

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

                  That’s hidden in there, read again 😉

              3. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                I don't own them and i have 100k fall.Though i have only 9 players this gw with Johnstone, Raphinha, Bamford, Dallas, Barnes.

              4. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                lol

            • wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              That was really unlucky.

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

              boy oh boy

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

              Not sure if to remove Kane to fund Salah for DGW19

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

                Find another way. It’s Harry Kane vs Sheffield United. Could be carnage (although it could be Cardiff too).

                1. Camino Aleatorio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  SHU are do a Climactic Game of Attack

                  They are slowing sinking to Championship without a fight

                  If they attack the Spurs

                  8-2 victory for the Son-Kane Brotherhood

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                I'm considering it. I can either have Kane with Saka on bench or Son with DCL on bench.

            • TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              I see we are all playing nicely about the city clean sheet getting wiped

              Celebrate when your players do well but getting delight out of other peoples misery isn’t a great look

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

                I read on here the latter is more important though...

              2. Auntie Niemi
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  It's a competition why shouldn't I be happy?

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

                No City def's.
                We move.

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

                  Don’t you have Chilwell?

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

                    oh yes. And Justin. And Holding
                    nice 50k green arrow so far
                    Now just waiting for Adams to be out to get Soucek.

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

                    Looooolll

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

                    Differential.

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

                      Please tell me your team link is broken...

                      ouch.

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

                        I'm not smug in the first place to have to worry about it.

                        You however...

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

                          😎

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

                          Embarrassing stuff Christina.

                          Mark lives entirely rent free in your head, whilst I'm sure he even know who you are.

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

                            shame man. run along. getting a bit hot here.

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

                              Nah I'm good. I'll start replying to your posts a lot more now.

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

                                cool, i've switched on my Nirvana blocker so go for it.
                                xxx

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

                                  We'll see about that!

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

                        Also. I know your history is decent but why haven't you linked yours?

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

                          I'm not smug in the first place to have to worry about it.

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

                            Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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

                  Lovely 🙂

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

                    jis, hows your gw pal?

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

                      Average. Just need a haul from Salah(C) tomorrow

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

                        good luck!

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

                          Cheers buddy

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

                  “We move”

              4. aborg
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Foden and KDB battling it out for Max bps. Currently it’s on Foden. Anyone think that will hold?

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

                  It should.

              5. FCRS BGD
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Hi guys
                For fpl draft league
                1) Antonio
                2) Che Adams ?
                Thanks

                1. seanie3
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  honestly wouldn't entertain either.. better options in that price bracket..

              6. mgilbert86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                thoughts on son + wilson -> barnes + vardy after gw 18?

              7. Wizard of Ozil
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Aaargh losing the clean sheet was painful right on the whistle. Bloody typical . I don’t anyone has Hudson-Odoi.

                1. Dr Van Nostrand
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  looked offside too this season is the worst too many flukes

                2. mgilbert86
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  im still happy with my kdb points as no one seems to own him

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

                    21% do

                    1. Dr Van Nostrand
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      Atleast no one would have captained him

                  2. Wizard of Ozil
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    Luckily I do but I put C on Vardy

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

                For BGW 18 (only)
                A) KDB & Martial
                Or
                B) Kane & Rashford

              9. M1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                What a day to own Justin, Stones and McCarthy....

                1. Camino Aleatorio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  What happened to McCarthy?

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

                    Covid

                  2. Bees4Lyf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    He’s Self isolating, out of the game tomorrow

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

                  Ouch. It happens.

              10. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Long-term

                A) Kane and Saka

                or

                B) Son with DCL

                1. mgilbert86
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Probably B

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

                This is fun.
                Neeeeext!

              12. Camino Aleatorio
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                If you are here - reading or writing a post - on a Sunday

                You are a troll without friends

                We are all equal

                Hudson By God Odoi!!!!

                Clean Sheet Pillager

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

                  Ouch Right In The Stanchion lmao

              13. Pépé Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                For DGW19, who would you bench:

                A) Grealish (EVE mci)
                B) Adams (lei lee)

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

                  Adams

              14. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                https://twitter.com/primevideosport/status/1345797640181731328

                Frank Lampard is now statistically the worst Chelsea manager under Roman Abramovich

                1.67 points per game vs. 1.70 for AVB and 1.82 for Ranieri

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

                What Hudson Odoi offside?

              16. ivantys
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Why do ppl even buy Dias? 5.8 with zero attacking return where a 4.5 one gives possible CS and attacking returns. Massively overpriced defender, only one that costs so high with zero attacking returns.

                  1. mgilbert86
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    cause hes nailed, pretty simple

                  2. ZEZIMA
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 10 days ago

                    Why do people buy VVD at 6.5m?

                    1. ivantys
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        cos VVD actually scores goals?

                        1. ZEZIMA
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          Meh the odd one here and there

                          1. ivantys
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              lol so you're saying Dias will beat VVD's total last season okay.

                            • Alexis Nonsense
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              And baps

                              Dias has low bap potential

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

                          VVD scores goals.

                      • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        5 clean sheets in his last 7. Pretty good going.

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

                        Well I've been happy with his regular points

                      • Pep bites Kun
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        lol - salty about not owning City def?

                        1. ivantys
                            3 months, 10 days ago

                            Nah not salty just don't understand the rationale. Cancelo and Stones are much better buys than him, you either save money or get attacking returns

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

                        This GW has been a complete nightmare. Only a Liverpool masterclass against Southampton can save me. What can possibly go wrong.