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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. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB lacks composure?

  2. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB fail 🙁

  3. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Has KDB's finishing actually gotten worse this year? He would've finished that last season

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Hes not used to finishing from 5 yards out tbf

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Good one! 😀

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes his conversion rate is far down on what it was last year.

  4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KdB captain fail

  5. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB 19/20 plants that in the corner of the goal

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nope, he is nowhere near the box

    2. CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      More like 4/20 considering the amount of one on ones he missed this season.

  6. Drogo
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB (C) + Gundogan owner here.. yes.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      KdB + Stones + Cancelo. Good times.

  7. Chrisitis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Poor pass from gundo actually

  8. BeWater
      1 month, 14 days ago

      KDB couldn't hit water if he threw a stone off a cruise liner in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        ?

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sterling in KDB will get points

    • Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thread the eye of a needle with any pass but can’t find the corner of the net

      • PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Jesus doing his best to never play for city again

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Oops, Mahrez

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        City looking rubbish going forwards

        Back to how they have played the majority of this season

        1. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          They have no striker. It's not surprising.

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Pep trolling as usual.

        2. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          This happens every time pep doesn't field a striker.

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Thats why I am KDB-less...Cancelo only or bust

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        KDB on -1bps 🙁

      • Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm really surprised that KDB didn't drag that onto his left foot, go round the keeper and slide it in from an acute angle. All these strikers seem to aim for the Barbarella region - between the legs.

        1. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Barbarella lol

          memories of my youth huddled in the dark watching that 🙂

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            That was some strip-tease eh? What a body.

            1. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              her's was nice as well 🙂

      • Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        This has a jammy first-half goal from someone like Trossard written all over it. Even if City hit them for ten in the second 45, that'll be a lot of CSs ruined.

        1. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Trossard has a 4% conversion percentage this season so probably..

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Ahhh yes, I remember bringing him in and getting stuck with him for ages after he hit the woodwork about 3 times against United. Good times....

        2. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Looks like a 1-0 Cancelo or Rodri game this

          1. Granville
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            That'll do nicely.

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            That'd be a dream

        3. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          glad I only have KdB on FH

          Salah returns next week so back to ranting about him

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Glad I didnt FH...it isnt going to be worth it...as I presumed.

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            23 minutes in. Patience.

            1. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              come on this is FFS

              3 mins and we meltdown

        4. Spg76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Unpopular opinion here but I think KDB is looking sharp. I think a 18 pointer incoming

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wouldn't surprise me since I capped Son.

        5. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Can't you practice finishing on training?

        6. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Cancelo playing in a deep playmaker role

        7. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Feck sake that -12 I was going to take if Sterling was not passed fit looks like the move I should have made. This City game looks very cagey one for the defences. "Shoulda, woulda, coulda" the three best fantasy football players in history. Very consistent!

        8. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          No one ever scores when I watch games, sorry guys

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Tune in when Sterling comes on please

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Can the commentators sck Stones off anymore, he's only been good because of Dias

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              thisssss

            2. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Harsh. Dias has certainly tightened everything up but Stones has been doing great. Agree the commentators are blowing him up because he is English though.

            3. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Gundogan keep losing ball

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              City midfield looks very unstable, Brighton just waltzing through when they have the ball

            5. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              If I was on a fh would have gone 5 at the back and triple City defense

            6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Strange that Laporte never gets a game anymore even when fit

            7. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              do you reckon KdB eats too much cheese and chocolate being Belgian? Must have an effect on his form

            8. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              City are so open, so easy for Brighton to get forward

            9. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Nearly Gundo A, Foden G there