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De Bruyne continues in false-nine role for Man City against Brighton

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) is set to continue in a false nine role for Manchester City with Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) left on the bench for the game against Brighton.

The mercurial Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) and in-form Phil Foden (£6.2m) will flank the German, with no room for Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) in the starting XI.

Behind De Bruyne is budget midfield favourite Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m), with Rodri (£5.4m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m).

Pep Guardiola has stuck with the same back four with John Stones (£5.0m) and Ruben Dias (£5.8m) at centre-back. Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) continue at full-back.

Ederson (£6.0m) returns in goal, replacing Zack Steffen (£4.4m).

Graham Potter has yet again had Fantasy Premier League managers tearing their hair out with another much changed lineup.

Classed as a midfielder on the game, Percy Tau (£5.5m) looks to be making his Premier League debut up-front, supported by Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) and Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m).

With the impressive Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) suspended, Davy Propper (£4.8m) comes into the side to partner Ben White (£4.4m) in centre midfield.

Bernardo (£3.9m) and Joel Veltman (£4.3m) lineup at wing-back. Adam Webster (£4.4m), Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) and Dan Burn (£4.2m) are the three centre-halves.

Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) keeps his place in goal.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Foden; Bernardo Silva

Brighton XI: Sanchez; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Bernardo, Veltman; Propper, White, Mac Allister, Trossard; Tau

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1,818 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    This game needs a KDB penalty.

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      So few pens...

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Not really.
      More likely it what you need.

  2. londontom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Dear footballing gods, I'm only asking for one thing, please don't let Pep play Sterling. Cheers.

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I need him to come on for a one pointer to stop all those Sterling cappers with KDB vice...

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He's warming UP.

        Pep needs to rest Foden for that big DGW

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Sterling cappers with KDB vice with COVID is madness

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Trust me, they're out there...

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      There is a good chance he doesn't come on.
      There was the stat i note from last season...of all the games sterling started from the bench (5 or 6 game) sterling only came on once, and that was for a 1min cameo.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Let this be the one then! 😆

    3. londontom
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thank you, captain Sterling.

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Kdb back to his natural cdm role

  4. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I swear there is two people I’ve seen who own Everton DFer Keane...

    One is top of my ML and 40-odd ahead of me - and climbing. The other is my cup opponent.

    What the heck!

    1. GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      my cup opponent owns keane AND mina

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Haha... you win!

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What crimes did you commit in a past life?

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Predictably the person second of the top of the fake teams league captained him

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/7811528/event/18

  5. Sickboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    What’s the secret to this season then? Spread squad value as much as possible and around players from different clubs?

    I suppose you have to ditch your usual approach and play this season as a one off.

    1. Lovren an elevator
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Definitely. The template of 3x pool is out of the window. United playing well but Bruno is the only one worth having too.

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yes, that is sound advice for this season

  6. Lovren an elevator
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    This city back 4 is pretty settled and nailed for prem games now, right?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      yeah i think so. Maybe Walker is a threat to Zinchenko now

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        With Cancelo moving over to the Left I'm presuming?

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Central defence is. Cancelo playing bad and the rest are in and out

  7. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Foden has a great touch doesn't he

    1. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Great touch for small guy

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        lol. doesn't matter if he is short or not,

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Will cancelo make 60??

  9. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    2-0 with a KdB penalty will do nicely. No need for more.

  10. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Foden playing like we all expected him to when everyone jumped on him earlier in the season.

    Brilliant finishing and at the right place at the right time off late.

    Lock in for the DGW next gw. Won’t be benched as he looks like scoring every game.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pep does not understand this phrase you say "wont be benched"

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pep is typing...

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      LOL, if only Pep worked like that

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I have no desire to take that punt personally. Especially with Jesus and Sterling waiting to come in.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Have been hurt by foden in the past haven't recovered yet ...

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Looking like gundogan, Bilva and Foden are becoming more and more nailed too?
      Mainstays are:
      Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Rodri, Gun, Bilva, Kevin, possibly Foden too. Wouldn't have predicted that at start of the season

  11. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If anyone fancies a cheap takeaway like I've just done, Deliveroo are offering £10 off a £15+ spend for new customers.

  12. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Did Vardy & Salah >>>> Laca & KDB this gw..with my 2FT

    Question is, shld I bring them both back for next gw?
    Some options I have listed below
    A) Laca & KDB >>> Vardy & Salah
    B) Laca & KDB >>> Vardy & Mane
    C) Laca & Son >>> Vardy & Salah
    D) Laca & Son >>> Vardy & Mane
    E) Any other suggestions?

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    clear pen for city denied

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      would have been soft. but could have been given.

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Never a pen, it's a contact sport

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        you still cant push someone over lol

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          This 😆

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wouldve been soft. But definitely a foul in my mind. Clear extension of the arm

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    That’s a pen if it’s a red Manchester jersey.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No.

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Although, looking at that replay, he did catch him with a foot...

  15. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Quality tackle from Cancelo, that.

  16. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Please Gundo, repay my faith.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Probably won't.

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      We have been punished big time

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It’s not happening is it mate 🙁

  17. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Cancelo needs subbing immediately.. rest for the double my son

  18. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Get Mahrez off the pitch ASAP

  19. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So you can push someone over with your hand now. Ok.

  20. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Propper scaring the Man City defence owners with a long shot that is saved by Ederson.

  21. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    3 minutes until Pep pulls some BS.

  22. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Best DCL replacement for dgw? Up to 8.5 and have bamford

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Can't believe I'm saying it but Lacazette could be a decent shout. Ings though tougher fixtures.

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Maybe Antonio

  23. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    lil Lamptey tucked up in bed with his hot chocalate watching

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dreaming of his attacking return...

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lil Lamptey prolly sleeps in a crib. Cause he feels more snug.

  24. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    God these Brighton corners are scary

  25. Villa v Everton postponement requested...
    Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Aston Villa ask Premier League to postpone Sunday's match against Everton

    https://twitter.com/guardian_sport/status/1349425547126910976

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      wowwwwww

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Would be good to know before deadline ...

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      VILLANS they are.

      Not our fault Ross Barkley's WAGs are infected with mutant Virus

  26. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Foden on FIRE

  27. Canarinha
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Zizou Foden got DAMNNNN

  28. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Pleeeaasseee Gundo reward my punt. I’ll be forever grateful. I may even repay you by including you for GW19!

  29. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Kane and Son going to punish the non-captainers.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Can't captain both.

  30. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    how is that a foul on the sideline there but not a foul in the box....

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      This. Exactly the same tackle.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Ridiculous, the foul in the box was worse too

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wondering the same

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      because penalty is a massive punishment. that is why they should bring back indirect free-kicks in the box. for fouls like that.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        But the rules dont say fouls need to be more egregious in the box to be called. A foul is a foul, no matter where it is on the pitch

    4. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It's an unsaid rule. To give a penalty in the foul, you need it to be more than what you would give a foul anywhere outside, It has changed with VAR this season.