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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. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Mendyyyyy!!!

    • Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Yes Mendy!!

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Wtf

    • Party time
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Raheem Sterling Juuuhuuuuuu

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Lookman?

      • Differentiator
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Mendy owners do not deserve those points

        1. Wild Guus Chase
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Why?

        2. Milkman Bruno
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Huh?

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            I mean, they do. I'd be excited. But that was certainly unearned.

        3. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          That shouldn't count as a penalty save

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Because he only got one hand to it?

          2. ivantys
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Yeah shouldn't even be classified as a shot

          3. DandyDon
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            wouldn't count as a save if from open play so you have a good case

        4. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Brought in Mendy this week. SIUUUUUU

        5. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Ederson should be on pens.

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

          Woohoo!!!!

        7. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Great save!

        8. PascalCygan
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Sergio, I love you!

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Me too. Mendy deserves 5pts for that world class save!

            1. PascalCygan
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Haha, yes! That has cheered me up no end as a fellow Mendy owner!

        9. DandyDon
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Aguero you absolute bell end. Main rival has Mendy!

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Ditto. Absolutely fuming

        10. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Kun went from essential and getting minutes to being too big a risk in the blink of an eye...

          1. DandyDon
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Dreadful couple of misses

          2. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Yep. That wasn't a Mendy penalty save it was an Aguero back pass.

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            4 point goal vs risk of -2

            Always worth the risk mathematically 😉

        11. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          That didn't look good for Christensen :/

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

          Panenka gone wrong

        13. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Oh ffs. Rival has Mendy you idiot Aguero

        14. LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          fck, closest ML rival owns Mendy 😐

        15. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Mendy owners winning

        16. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Mendy basically kept a CS with that pen save. Beautiful.

          1. DandyDon
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            more than that, perhaps 3 bps if chelsea equalise. could get 12 points here! Gutted as non owner. terrible luck

        17. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          My 3 transfers this week were Sterling, Dallas and Raphinha out.

          Don’t you just love a DGW.

        18. GGMU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          save of the year!

        19. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Sergio is done...juicy Mendy owners celebrate

        20. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Oh so Kane did score earlier, just saw the highlights - how on earth was it given offside??? His breath?!

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            I think it was the eyelashes.

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

              So glad I didn’t see that live! Tele would have gone through the window!

        21. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Lol piss off. Rudi and Azpi can't cover Mendy.

        22. Party time
            5 months, 20 days ago

            My little rival played free hit & sold Sterling, Son & Mendy

            1. FPL flop
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 20 days ago

              How little is he?

          • dshv
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Mendy saved or out of the target ?

            1. Ron_Swanson
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Saved

            2. moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              I mean technically it's a save, but it was the worst penalty I've ever seen.

              1. BeaversWithAttitude
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Even more dire than Lookman's... totally fluffed it!

          • GE
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Mendy -> Pickford went well 🙁

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Thanks Aguero for gifting me free Mendy save points. Will bring you in next week as a token of appreciation

          • Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            What a load of crap

            Penalty stops shd never get this many points. Pure luck

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Lol

            2. Milkman Bruno
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Want some vinegar with that salt 😉