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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. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    KDB(c) Cancelo Gundogan let’s gooooo!

    Kev haul, Cancelo no CS but some GI, and even just a goal from Gundo - let’s have it!

    Please improve the GW from yesterday lol

  2. Saïss doesn't mat…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    dcl to ings no brainer?? got exact cash

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Nope. The Southampton DGW is off (almost official). Athletic have reported it. You'd be bringing Ings in for a single GW against Leicester away....

      1. Saïss doesn't mat…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        what?? dammit!!!

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Cavani if Martial is out?

        2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Good sensible post Cam. That is what this site is supposed to be about "helping fellow members" and not points scoring or abusing other posts. A refreshing post.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Camzy always talks sense

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I don't know about that... But I don't spread false rumors at least. The bar is low to 'talk sense'

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Antonio the only option, horrific

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

      Well, I'm glad cooler heads prevailed and I didn't gut my team for Sterling. Could still backfire, of course...

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This game has a Percy Tau early goal in it. I can feel it. This season is just jokes all around.

    4. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Was gonna take a punt on Walker.... but went for Dias and Rock Solid Stones.
      Good thing I didn't and can count on Pep being unaccountable!!!

    5. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      All I want is Raz to come on. Don’t care when. Easily pleased, me

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        How about after 1 minute - that will do me.

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Now yer talkin’!

        2. Saïss doesn't mat…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          91 would be better

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Get thee behind me, Satan!

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        30 minutes against tired Brighton legs he could still do well.

    6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Are we likely to get any news on Everton Villa or Leeds Saints possible cancellations pre-deadline?

      If both go ahead I’ll likely take a -8 to sort Davis/Mitchell and BB with 14DGW+ Son. If not, who knows

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Leeds - Southampton is basically confirmed to be off. Athletic reported that the announcement could come even tonight.

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Leeds saints is off mate. If villa Everton is then villa likely to play against Newcastle as part of their dgw

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Do you have a source for this?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            The Athletic UK.

            1. Fit of Pique
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I see the Leeds v Southampton story. But not the Villa v Newcastle

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Ben crelin on Twitter... could. Not confirmed yet but likely

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can you explain me the 2nd line?

        3. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Don't understand that - If Villa Everton is off it will be because Villa don't have the players - why would they play Newcastle instead?

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Presumably next saturday as they are out of fa cup.

    7. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I don't have Sterling,but for all owners,just remember Salah vs Palace

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        That's what I'm hanging my hat on. Come on Raz!

    8. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Lost Vardy or Salah to upgrade McCarthy and Adams for the dgw bb?

    9. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      That Brighton team is horrendous, this better end 6-0

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

        If Gundo gets a hattie, I'm going to be p!$$ed...

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yeah kind of wish Id gone double City attack

    10. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Would you do these transfers?

      1. Wood to Antonio for -4
      2. Balbuena to Dias for -4

      1. tuturututu
          1 month, 15 days ago

          1 yes 2 no

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Easy

        • Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          2 looks good assuming Dawson has taken his place anyway. Even IF City only play SGW it's a good long term improvement. A non playing DF to the most nailed DF in the best defence that is set & forget.

      2. tuturututu
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I got Lloris, Cancelo, Stones, Tierney, ESR, Son, Kane, Laca and KDB(c) left for this gw. Let's go fellas!

        • COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          KDB blanked in a 5-0 win over Brighton last season...

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That was Kevin Deep Bruyne

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              And today he is high

        • teneighty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I see a B.Silva goal tonight in my tea leaves.

        • Gemma817
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Is Antonio sure to start over the DGW19?

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I can see him starting both but 2 x 70 mins

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Hahaha of course not he's made of very heavy glass

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I would sell myself again for a Dias goal assisted by Cancelo

          • Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Imagine 5-1 city. Mahrez and Bilva sharing the points

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Omg don't but very likely

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 15 days ago

            From 8 DGWers to 4. FH looks more appealing by the minute

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I wouldn't bother with a chip in 19

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I agree better off waiting until things calm down and the dust settles if you can.

              2. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 15 days ago

                There's a DGW waiting to be maximized.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  They'll be another better one when COVID isn't rife

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    BB will be used in DGW26.

          • TheCurseOfRaheem
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Punted on Raheem. Can't complain, knew the risks, but boy does it hurt.

            1. TheCurseOfRaheem
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              This is why my username checks out.

            2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I have had Raheem for ages. Couldn't dump him for this run of fixtures. Every week in my mind it is this is the week he scores big....

            3. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Me too, especially since I didn’t free hit. Need a miracle to get through in the Cup now.

          • Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Is Graham Potter cosplaying as Mourinho?

          • PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Confirmation of the Leeds-Saints postponement is a blow.

            Is it still worth bench boosting with this bench, or hope for better later in the season?

            McCarthy (lei) Justin (SOU, CHE), Bamford (BHA), Struijk (BHA)

            Cheers!

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I woudn't BB that.

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Yeah, that's my initial thought too. Shame, as I had 14 DGW players with Son the only single gameweek player.

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Can't see LEI keeping a CS and Struijk isn't nailed to start

            2. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Is it confirmed???

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                All but confirmed. Just waiting for official statements but Athletic and a few others reporting it.

          • Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            6-1 city please. Cancelo assists and Gundo goals

          • Tosa86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            My actual WC draft to play in DGW18::

            Martinez - Button
            dallas - cancelo - WalkerPeters - cresswell - struijk
            kdb - fernando - son - soucek - smith rowe
            vardy - kane - bamford

            any suggestion for long term?

            1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              appreciate your friends, avoid toxic people, stay focussed and be polite

              1. Tosa86
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                what do you mean?

          • dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            So if Leeds and Southampton have 1 game in 19 and and if Villa game called v Everton would you start Martinez and Watkins over McCarthy and Bamford in case Villa v Newcastle might be played later in week 19 giving Villa the double even if we are unsure at deadline ?

            1. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Hmm, considering the same. So annoying!

            2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              If there is any posts from reputable sources hinting the possibility then yes

          • Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Poor Mark, he went with triple Leeds on his WC back in 16 in preparation for the DGW... Ouch

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Sitting here with Triple Leeds attackers. Still with a great fixture against Brighton

            2. tisza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Same here. Had Burnley as well and held Spurs to capitalise on fixtures in 16 & 17 that were eventually postponed as well.
              May have to move from BB to TC.

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

            Are Coufal, Soucek and Antonio too ambitious to have for the DGW? Currently only have Coufal and it would require a -4.

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Dont like Antonio because of his injury record

            2. John Nerdelbaum
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Surely you've got other other transfers to make that take priority over getting Soucek?
              Salah/KDB etc

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

                Have KdB and there's not a chance in hell my team can handle Salah without a -16 or something.

            3. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I've got Coufal and Soucek and planning to bring in Antonio. Injury risk sure but Haller's gone and he got 89 mins on Monday. Great fixtures.

          • UshFPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Captained Sterling over KDB. Vice is Bruno. I can't do anything right this year

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Let us know your plan for next week!

          • Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Going to regret Kane (c) over KdB huh?

            1. Tango74
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I did KDB as false 9 and Fulham defence has improved

                Who knows.....

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Confirmed off. Just to be clear.

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Thanks for adding that crucial word

            2. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No Bisoumma will be a big problem for Brighton