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

    Played Cancelo and Chilwell, Coufal and Mitchel on the bench, what a pratt!

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 10 days ago

        At least you played the fun picks over the boring ones.

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

        Naw dogg

        You played the right angles. Cancelo made chances and had chances. If a little luck- he could have been a 20 pointer today

        Chilwell can’t be benched for what you pay and the freedom he is given, and the talent around him

        Mitchell was a surprise starter, he may not start next GW

        Coufal was on the road vs Everton and he plays for Wet Spam, of course you sit him

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

          Cheers mate made me feel a bit better lol

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

          Well put

    2. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      How to get in KDB?

      Meisler Steer
      Cancelo R. Dias Justin Holding Mitchell
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek Saka
      Bamford Kane Watkins

      The only way I see is to lose one of Kane or Son. Have exact money in bank to do Son to KDB. But Son faces SHU in GW19. So doubting myself.

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

        Don't? Though swapping for Son for exact money is tempting. De Bruyne has Brighton.

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

        Salah to KDB is the obvious move for 18. Keep for 19 or switch back

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

      Who is likely to be less rotated out of those ( only for the next couple of GWs) ?

      A) Bailly
      B) Shaw
      C) Stones

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

        or if you like: ''less likely to be rotated''

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

        Shaw

    4. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Why is everyone making GW19 plans when they don't even know their cup opponents?

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

        Because it doesn't matter? Not in the cup, so admittedly biased.

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

        Never play for the Cup, that’s suicide and sabotage to your team

        The cup is a crazy roulette- I made 11 rounds 2 years ago without even knowing I was in it

        Then last year, eliminated by a 3M ranked player who loved Haller and Zaha on one crazy weekend

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

        Peeps have ml's to consider - what's to be won from the cup?

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Who cares about the cup? Straws grasping st straws.

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

      Somebody on Twitter has Cancelo, Diaz and Justin and also has Mahrez who's late sub on has blocked Soucek's bench points! So harsh.

    6. Fridges chilwell
        3 months, 10 days ago

        DGW dilemma.

        A. Son, Robertson > de bruyne stones -4
        B. Salah > de bruyne
        C. Go with no city

        C scares me I have to admit

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

          Other