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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. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    This result will really mess with Peps head before CL final.
    Pressure is on City.

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Very much so

  2. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Is Alonso going to spoil the Mendy/Azpi 3 baps party?? Please no!!

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Could do.

  3. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Man I was all set on going for Kun next week.
    But looks like Aguero might have played his last game now. He'll probably get a start only in the last home game now.
    Thoughts?

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Cameo appearances, possibly one start from hereonin

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Wow just wow

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23760225

    My 8 point hit was selling Dallas, Bamford, Son and Alonso

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Nooooooo!!!

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Got benteke pogba robbo and Digne so lets see what happens

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Benteke got 8, bamford and Dallas high single digits.

          Not ideal but you can easily still match it

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Love to see it!

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Oh yes u do!

    3. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Bloody hell mate, that ones got to hurt!

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Lets see. Only benteke has plaued so far out of the replacements

    4. BooYaKasha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Sold Alonso, benched Son and Dallas
      It's just the way FPL is

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I benched Dallas when he hit 17 points, and now remove him on FH

    5. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Just very unlucky, it wasn't an awful decision.

    6. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Ouch

  5. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    MENDYYYYYYYY

    1. Isco Disco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      What a top keeper

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Loving this ...

  6. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Should have just ignored the DGW and left my team alone!

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    What's the odds on United making up 13 points?

    Now that would be some Premier League run in story!!

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      10000-1

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        That's like 2 Leicester City odds!!

  8. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Thats it, Chelsea CL win confirmed

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Wouldn’t surprise me.

  9. Liegitty
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Come on Prowsy !

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      This!

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Mendy 3 🙂

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Soooo cheeky

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Mendy owner deserve it, very easy to have sold for a 'safer' option. Bet many people got rid on FH

  11. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Alonso third on my bench hehe

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 21 days ago

      He won't play next game though so right decision

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah wasn’t expecting him to play either match considering he didn’t even get a game against Fulham

  12. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Pep's 500m team can't win the league....Fraud!

  13. mbsoz45
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Who’s best for the 3 game run in - Bamford or Antonio?

    1. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I’m going Antonio he’s got a slightly higher ceiling

    2. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I would through Wilson’s name into the hat too.

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        This

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          His last two fixtures look peachy!

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 days ago

            He will get goals if ASM can stay fit, for sure

  14. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Dumping all my City players back on GW31 WC proved the correct call

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Quite a lot of people did tbf

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Tuchel owns Pep 🙂

    2 down, 1 to go.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      The big one.

      Will be a big confidence boost to Chelsea too.

  16. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    JWP and TAA next!!

  17. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    A game of fpl royals.

    Aguero centre stage first half, should have got a haul but used all his luck in winning a previous league title.

    Alonso steps up to win it at the death. Another fpl legend whose still got it.

    Then there’s the infamous sterling. Should have been sent off, grabs a goal and then denied clear pen as 9/10 times he does dive.

  18. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    So jealous of Tuchel being at Chelsea while Arsenal let the Spanish Pulis use our club as work experience

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      not the same Tuchel who failed in CL for Dortmund and PSG?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Once upon a time Klopp got to the final twice and failed to win it too

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          not so bad an achievement without money and during pandemic-less seasons.

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Lol, the Spanish Pulis!

      That’s a quality line right there.

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Polite way to describe Arteta. There’s much worse I could say 😀

  19. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    This game will drive me to despair

  20. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Sold Alonso for Digne 😆

    FPL gods are cruel m

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      That you Mark?

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Sold Alonso aswell. Next season I'll probably let my team sail as a ghost ship

  21. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Hopefully Mase comes back into the squad for Arsenal and destroys them.

  22. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Just Rudiger from that game. Sold Azpi. Feel like a complete mug.

  23. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    That Mendy save cost non-owners 3 points. Absolutely sickening.

  24. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    The TGW curse is twice as strong as the DGW one

  25. FantasyTony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Pep's bald head will be gone after that one. Sterling left wing back and Ferndandinho up top in the final.

  26. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez double pen save incoming

  27. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Zaha is a trap.

    I did, quite relentlessly try to warn all sundry of the evil

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Got 3 points. That’s a haul for most of us this season!

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Mendy 11-pointer & one match to go lol

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Kepa will get it

  29. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Wtf i sold alonso and keep mount.. my god....

  30. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    There is no way Chelsea wins 3 vs City. CL different ball game.