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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. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Why do most people on here think they're Portuguese?

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      que?

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Disgustingly lucky pen save, the best way to have it 😎

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      😎

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Genuinely asking - is it possible for mods to ban the specific phrase “we love to see it oh yes we do”?

    Got to be one of the most inane things posted on here, by nightcrawler among others, almost relentlessly

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      ngl, but I love to see that Mendy penalty save.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Oh same; as did I. Moreso it’s in the context of players blanking etc rather than doing something good

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Thats not nice. See people abusing each ither here all the time, calling posters out (like this) and u have a problem with my catchphrases?

      Even stopped doing the nowhere to hide one!

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Lol what a treat!

    3. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Nightcrawler is annoying on so many levels, obviously trolling and fishing for reactions. There's another one called Bushwhacker.

      If they ban lol @ posts, I agree, they should ban those as well.

    4. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      “Nowhere to hide” boils my blood

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Similar vein, that and the “lol @“ posts - which have indeed been banned for a while now

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Like i said i stopped doing that. Now u want to take away the rest too? 🙁

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Haha you can keep any other you want but the “nowhere to hide” should be banned for everyone

  4. Railwayman
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Of course this would happen because my maim ML rival has Mendy...

  5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy points not added

  6. Kodap
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy still on 1 point, surely goes down as a penalty save?

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      He's got it now, and is on for 3 baps.

    2. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Fpl towers still in shock

  7. aborg
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    The easiest penalty save a goalie had to make !! 🙂
    Free points for me by Mendy...don’t know what Aguero was thinking.

  8. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Prob his last ever chance of City goal. He is better than that.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      He’ll start the remaining games

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Surely not

    3. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      He has always been strangely mediocre at penalties

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yeah, about 1 in 5/6 I think he misses. He’s no LeTissier

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Could have won the title with that kick...

      That's enough.

  9. Bookkeeper
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Easiest save Mendy has had to make in his whole career

    FPL is cruel

  10. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy you beauty... What a save!

  11. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    we love to see it oh yes we do!!!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Hi mate how's Dan James doing.

  12. JBG
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Ugggghh... So happy when I saw a penalty, was hoping for -1 for Azpi.

  13. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy sitting on 3 bps, get the f in!!!

  14. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    If city don’t win, Pep will be fuming at Aguero

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Why? This game means next to nothing

      1. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Disagree. Mental advantage for the cup final

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Hardly.

        To win the title against your champions league opponents.

        The thing you've been working so hard for all season.

        Nothing??

  15. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Could have been Aguero brace. That was one of the worst pens I've seen outside Roberto Baggio. Mendy had time to dive and then get back up gain to save.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Pep will be biting Kun literally after that

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Pep's reaction was priceless - 'Oh ffs!'

    2. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Michael Owen is defending his dink... Mendy didn't dive away from centre, so he reckons it was a good execution, but a poor choice in strategy.

  16. Alan The Llama
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy points added. Hopefully he gets bonus points for that world class save too

  17. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Need a mendy red to even out the luck

  18. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    That was only Mendy's 2nd penalty save in his whole career. He's saved 2 out of 25.

  19. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Walked away from the TV all happy that the Chelsea cleanie was wiped and come back to Mendy saving a pen. F this game man

    1. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      its frustrating

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Nobody serious has him anyway, chill 🙂

    3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Probably an 8 point save

    4. JBG
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Same.. Ffs.

  20. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Snowflakes have nowhere to hide. You love to see it.

    😛

    1. JayLegend
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      NOWHERE, you absolutely LOVE to see it

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      😆 ffs. See this is fine as it’s obviously in jest

  21. Isco Disco
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Sergio should get some lessons from Ramos in how to score a Panenka gracefully

    1. Party time
        1 year, 15 days ago

        He should watch Zidane’s panenka

    2. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Perhaps starting Mendy but benching Rudiger wasnt stupid after all...

    3. Gizzachance
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      City players wanting kun to get in on the goals, will he have next pen duties?

    4. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Well what a few minutes that was. Mini league rivals have Azpil who was way ahead on bps and I only have Mendy having sold Christensen for a hit.

      Christensen does his hamstring so his double week is over with only 1pt and then Mendy gets gifted a pen save. Makes me feel better about the distastrous Leeds match.

      What an awful few moments for Aguero though. Should have scored the first goal but an awful touch and then that pen!

    5. RECKLESS
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      The lucky guy at ovr 1 who is likely to win this season has never had even 1mn rank finish 5 seasons trying. Such wins give such a bad name to FPL making it far too luck based, as with skill best you get 1k-10k finish, rest luck...Sadly only difference between me and overall 1 is not jumping on Son+Kane in early days and when I did, I kept Werner over Kane due to more attacking play of Chelsea that time..These are the decisions which cover 100 odd points over the season and luck plays most part

      1. RECKLESS
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        l make myself feel better by telling myself I can anyway afford the winning prize couple of times a year easily but God I hate to lose even after using my stat analysis similar to what I do for stock investments. Guess have to make peace with HOF top 500, atleast a great FPL record if not best

      2. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        It's only a game.

    6. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      not quite the AGUEROOOOO!!! title winning moment this season then. Not one for his scrap book.

    7. Mweene
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      That Mendy pen save puts me at 101 OR according to FFFix.

      Get another save point for that top 100 please!!

      1. GinjaWhinja
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        3 bonus on the way, don't worry!

        1. Mweene
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          That’s already counted I think

    8. Party time
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Think JLingz will dance tomorrow

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          I sold him.
          His purple patch is over

        2. DF
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          I do.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Still considering aguero

        Could have had a goal and assist against one of the tightest defences on another day

        Silly decision but surely will get plenty of chances in the run in to score

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Will captain him for the final game fir sure

        2. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Newcastle up next too, he loves a scoring against them.

        3. RECKLESS
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          you sure he will start all in league? looking at Vardy to Kane/Aguero. Was Kane sharp today?