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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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    1 - 0 City

  2. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Points for noone

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Never doubt Craig!

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Kun missed his moment 🙁

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Yesss wipe those cleaniesss

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes sir 🙂

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Lonso done his hammy

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Christensen.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        My bad

  6. Not again Shirley
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Played Sterling every week in my draft and this is first week not playing him! Typical.

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Aguero assist

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Christensen hammy?

  9. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Ohhhh bugger off Sterling!

    Rudiger needs a goal now then

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes, please.

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Horrible touch by Aguero but bailed out by the tap-in master!

  11. diesel001
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Was a foul by Jesus on Christensen. Hand definitely pushed on Christensen's side and thigh to get him out of the way.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Hand on thigh? Sounds a bit sexual

      1. diesel001
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        100% put his hand out and it hit Christensen's thigh when Christensen was trying to clear the ball and knocked Christensen off the ball.

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Bit early Christensen...

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Usual from him

  13. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    This week is a disaster already - so frustrating

  14. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Pen City

  15. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Aguero essential here

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Jesus wins pen.

    Aguero-loading

  17. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Oof. Kun is rusty.

  18. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Aguerooooo

  19. Levi's 501
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Come on City, make it 2

  20. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Agüero poached by Sterling, lol. Whatever! Game on!

  21. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Everyone will have Aguero next week

  22. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Oh F off. Disaster of a week and only got Rudiger in this, bout to be 0

  23. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Rudiger and Mendy cleanies gone

    We LOVE to see it oh yes we do!

  24. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    mendy pen save

  25. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Aguerooooooooooooo

  26. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    oh kun

  27. diesel001
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Mendy penalty save!

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    MENDDDDDDYYYYY

  29. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    OMG, what happened!!!

  30. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Lol city penalty curse is a real thing