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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
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 16 days ago

    Mendyyyyy!!!

  2. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 16 days ago

    Yes Mendy!!

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 16 days ago

    Wtf

  4. Party time
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Raheem Sterling Juuuhuuuuuu

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Lookman?

    • Differentiator
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Mendy owners do not deserve those points

      1. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Why?

      2. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Huh?

      3. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      That shouldn't count as a penalty save

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Because he only got one hand to it?

      2. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Yeah shouldn't even be classified as a shot

      3. DandyDon
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Brought in Mendy this week. SIUUUUUU

    • diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Ederson should be on pens.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Woohoo!!!!

    • Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Great save!

    • PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Sergio, I love you!

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

        1. PascalCygan
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Aguero you absolute bell end. Main rival has Mendy!

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Ditto. Absolutely fuming

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 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
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Dreadful couple of misses

      2. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        4 point goal vs risk of -2

        Always worth the risk mathematically 😉

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      That didn't look good for Christensen :/

    • Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Panenka gone wrong

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Oh ffs. Rival has Mendy you idiot Aguero

    • LewanGOALski
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      fck, closest ML rival owns Mendy 😐

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Mendy owners winning

    • diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

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

      1. DandyDon
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

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

      Don’t you just love a DGW.

    • Spirit of 1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      save of the year!

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

      Sergio is done...juicy Mendy owners celebrate

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 16 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
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        I think it was the eyelashes.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 16 days ago

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

    • Party time
        1 year, 16 days ago

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

        1. FPL flop
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

          How little is he?

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Mendy saved or out of the target ?

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

          Saved

        2. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

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

          1. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 16 days ago

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

      • GE
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 16 days ago

        Mendy -> Pickford went well 🙁

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 16 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
        1 year, 16 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
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 16 days ago

          Lol

        2. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 16 days ago

          Want some vinegar with that salt 😉