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De Bruyne ‘not fully fit’ to face Chelsea side without Mount or Chilwell

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) misses out on Manchester City’s meeting with Chelsea because he is “not fully fit”.

That is according to a club press release issued on Saturday afternoon as Pep Guardiola names a rather unconventional side at the Etihad Stadium.

With John Stones (£5.1m) serving the last of his three-match ban, the Manchester City manager has chosen three centre-backs in Nathan Aké (£5.4m), Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Ruben Dias (£6.0m).

Two wing-backs appear in the team, namely João Cancelo (£5.8m) and Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) but Rodrigo (£5.3m) is the only recognised central midfielder.

Wingers Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) also start as well as two centre-forwards in Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m).

Chelsea’s line-up is more straight forward as Thomas Tuchel goes with his usual 3-4-3 although there are key absences there too.

Mason Mount (£7.3m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) miss out on the matchday squad entirely while Kai Havertz (£8.3m) and Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) drop to the bench.

César Azpilicueta (£5.9m) is in the back-three with Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) and Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m) while Reece James (£5.1m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) are in the wing-back roles. The latter makes only his second start since Gameweek 31.

Billy Gilmour (£4.3m) earns back-to-back league starts and features alongside N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m).

Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) start either side of Timo Werner (£9.2m) in the front-three.

Triple Gameweek 35 Line-ups

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Torres, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kanté, Gilmour, R James; Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech.

Triple Gameweek 35 so far…

Christian Benteke (£5.5m) opened the scoring as Crystal Palace beat Sheffield United 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

It was his third goal in his last five away matches and he could have walked away from Bramall Lane with more to his name.

The former Liverpool man had one fine effort blocked before the woodwork denied him in the second half.

However, Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) proved to be the star of the show, registering an assist and scoring in the second half to claim maximum bonus points.

By contrast, Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) was relatively peripheral, stationed on the left-hand side of attacking midfield rather than in in his usual out-of-position centre-forward berth.

Meanwhile, there was a clean sheet for Crystal Palace’s defenders, Gary Cahill (£4.5m) benefitting the most thanks to his assist for Eze’s goal while Joel Ward (£4.3m) picked up a first-half yellow card.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Eberechi Eze
  • 2 – Christian Benteke, Gary Cahill

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707 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    A lot of pressure on FH team, my original team have Azpi Dallas Bamford Son with Martinez Jota Lingard to go!

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah my original team has Son Bamford Dallas and Raphinha too..

  2. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    So Tuchel has beaten Guardiola twice already

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Both times Guardiola rotated a lot. City will destroy them in the final

      1. GinjaWhinja
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Deluded

  3. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    That Mendy save cost non-owners 3 points. Aguero is a fraud

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      U mean 8

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Actually 9 cuz he ended up with 3 saves

      2. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Yes if he was 100% owned you clown. He’s 30%

        1. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 20 days ago

          Two people who don’t understand EO

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 20 days ago

          It doesnt actually cost them anything. Would we have 3 mpre points if he didnt save it?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 20 days ago

            30% gained 8-9 points

            Rest didnt gain anythingso this 3 points is an imaginary number thays not added or deducted from anyone's total

            1. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 20 days ago

              Ok you don’t understand EO go do some reading before commenting anything and embarrassing yourself

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 20 days ago

                I perfectly understand it. With captains etc it makes perfect sense but this is just stupidity now cuz its irrelevant

                If u have 10 people in a points race, 3 of them get 9 points the rest get 0.

                What relevance does the 3 point have here? Im 9 points below 3 of them and level with others

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 20 days ago

                  Also notice how u resprt to name calling here and people have problems with me using harmless phrases. priorities

                  1. JJeyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    8 months, 20 days ago

                    Because you have reputation for winding people up I’ve seen on here, but of your own medicine needed

          2. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 20 days ago

            The save gave them 8 points. 30% of 8 and that’s how much it cost non-owners so 2/3 points.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      3 points calm, Martinez due a massive haul

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Only a mendy benching to warm kepa up for cup final will make this right

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Or to play and concede 8

    2. GinjaWhinja
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Kepa usually plays the one after the cup match, in the last 2 rounds that has been so. So he'd miss Leicester in the cup and then Leicester in the Prem.

      By that time, Chelsea could have top 4 secured and so Tommy could rest players to his hearts content.

      1. GinjaWhinja
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Also not sure on the logic of resting a player after saving a pen and essentially saving you the game just days before.

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Salah and JWP let's goooo!

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Title race still on!!

    Could get really interesting if United win all 3 games this gameweek!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Pogba brace

      X 3 games!!

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      Hoping City to get 1 point max from NEW BHA and EVE

  7. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Nat Phillips hattrick needed to save the gameweek

  8. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    So city full strength team vs Newcastle for free hitters. Mahrez foden and ederson/ walker the three city players

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      If only it were that easy

      1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        I know but pep now has a predictable first team in key matches tho

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 20 days ago

      And how does man city's full strength team look like?

      1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        In all recent key matches walker,ederson, foden have played

      2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Mahrez too

      3. Would Ed Woodward
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 20 days ago

        Ederson
        Walker Stones Dias Cancelo/Zinchenko
        Rodri/Fernandinho
        KDB Gundo
        Mahrez BSilva Foden

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Yep. This is a fact not a debate, seems Max doesn't realise this.

  9. My blood is Blue
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Yeah Thomas Too Cool

  10. No Need
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Pep wont mess about v Newcastle. Expect a cricket score

  11. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Damn, I know some pals that sold Alonso a few days ago.

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 20 days ago

    Redmond is taking everything on. Screamer incoming