Dugout Discussion

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. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Ha I don’t get Sterling out but looking forward to the Bernardo minus points

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      £ 30 minutes against tired legs

  2. BeWater
      1 month, 19 days ago

      My BB19 is in tatters.

      1) Need to use a transfer on Balbuena
      2) Martinez might only play once
      3) Adams, Raphinha, Dallas, Bamford and McCarthy down to 1 game
      4) Only 1 City player for the DGW currently

      The number of things that have changed since the GW16 deadline passed is crazy!

      When circumstances change we have to be flexible and try and come up with a new plan I guess...

      1. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        BB another week. Your time will come - no need to force it.

      2. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I've always stated that making long term plans for blanks and doubles is extremely difficult because so much changes in between those gwks plus you get players who may not be in form just because they have a double or play in a blank eg. my move to che adams four weeks ago. Players who were once considered must haves in i.e a couple of weeks ago now not even in consideration e.g Chilwell, double leeds, double pool etc. This is where those who free hit in these gwks have advantages.

      3. bitars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Bench boost is a overrated chip. I will use it anyway and get it over. Then you can focus on to take some money out of the bench instead.

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      First time I've ever doubled up on a defence and it's not fun

      1. Adetro
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        No, it isn't. You just spend 89 minutes begging they don't concede, and 1 minute crying when they concede.

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          1 week crying

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Never doubled up on the Pool boys past couple of seasons?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Actually yes I double up on pool defence at start of last season and they got nothing for about 10 weeks then I sold one and they kept a clean sheet in every match. Never again

    • Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Fookin Pep, Sterling should start :/

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        He actually shouldn't, rubbish footballer

    • Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'm getting strong Amir Zaki vibes from Percy Tau.

    • tricpic
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Exact money for the DGW to do
      DCL to Antonio,
      Son to Sterling.
      Thoughts anyone?

    • Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Sterling captain was a bit of a risk, oof

    • BeWater
        1 month, 19 days ago

        7-0 with returns from KDB (c), Gundogan and Cancelo is the only thing that will make up for listening to McManaman for 90 minutes.

        1. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          lol

        2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Mute or turn on talksport radio

      • Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Silva up top

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        OOP midfielder playing striker and on penalties in the best team in the league. Why exactly would you cap anyone but KDB?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ginger

        2. Tango74
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Who did you captain?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              KDB, blank confirmed even though hes the best pick

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            And the fixtures coming up ...

          • Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Because Kane

          • The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I've always had reservations about OOP players; KDB is a midfielder and not a striker for good reason.

            1. Tango74
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Lord did well last year

          • Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            For all the people who went 'safe' and played 2 city at the back, I hope and I pray that Brighton sneak one. I was so nearly one of you....

          • fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Come on Sanchez, rack up the saves before Sterling gets in.

          • EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            KdB hasn't touched the ball in the opening 3 mins.

          • konrad.sygula95
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hi guys
            What would you change in that BB GW 19 team?
            Son to Kdb and DCL to someone?

            Martinez
            Dier/Justin/Cancelo
            Son/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
            Watkins/DCL/Bamford

            Bench: Forster/KWP/Anguissa/Taylor
            1ft 2.2 itb

            1. Yes Ndidi
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Werner, Antonio Martial, Cavani - not inspiring, but all with DGW and all will outscore DCL.

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            0-0 written all over this

          • Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No goals in the first 5min?!?!? Capt fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scenes!!!!!!!!!!

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Have one sacked immediately and never to return to commentary

            A. Shearer
            B. Macca
            C. Owen

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Wows that's tough, all of them

            2. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              C

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Should have captained Kane

          • Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            For a false nine, KdB is certainly playing pretty deep...

          • Dele
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Get sterling on already

          • fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            KDB is useless in the falafel 9 position.

            1. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Is he veggie?

              1. fedolefan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                If you know, you know.

          • Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Foden brace incoming.

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Cancelo so good

          • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Anything less than a shot on target every 3 mins is a fail

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Propper is poor

          • Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Stones brace incoming

            1. Pad Randa (The OG)
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'll have it.

          • Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            10 mins in im so nervous now

            what have i gotten myself into?

          • Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Couple of quick questions please, if you don't mind.

            Is it likely that selling Son, McCarthy & DCL -> KdB, Flappy & Bobby Deco-Reid repay a -8 with doubles all round? Exact money.

            And would you then BB if the rest of the squad was
            Meslier
            Lowton KWP Cresswell Robbo Justin
            Salah Bruno Soucek Klich
            Vardy Bamford

            All opinions gratefully received. Many thanks.

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Kdb playing centre back?