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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. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Ziyech G

  2. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Love to see Ziyech proving me wrong

  3. fusen
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    that helps Mendy's bonus 🙂

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Magic

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Sweet strike.

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Ziyech G
    Azpi A

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Rodri at fault big time!

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    There's the consequences for Aguero and Citeh...

  8. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Blimey just saw a replay of that Aguero penalty shocker. What was he thinking?!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Legacy...

    2. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      "Got Mendy in my fantasy side"

  9. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Azpi 3 baps incoming

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    All my rivals get points. Yay

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Your rivals have Ziyech?

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        They have Azpi or Mendy

  11. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 11 days ago

    I have an exam in 2 weeks and I’m wasting time on this cr*p...

  12. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Aguero triple captained Mendy this week

  13. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    why do I play this game? sold Azpi, sold Raphina, benched Dallas, sold Bam. Only thing I did right was selling Kane

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Come on Rudiger, grab that goal

  15. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Chelsea might just be the best team in Europe this season

  16. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Ok feeling less happy at Azpi to Digne now!

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    This social media influencer at left back for City isn’t great at football.

  18. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Nooo not Azpi!

    Get the winner now then Rudiger

  19. Rik Waller
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Gotcha hat

  20. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Win today and we're third. Come on Chelsea.

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Luckily for City this is only their £500m back up team, won’t be winning their 1st UCL playing like this.

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      both Chelsea and City spent billions to win the CL which has a prize earning of 150m. Got to laugh!!

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        I think would be a bit more clued up on this given your username and all...

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          touch a raw nerve?

  22. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    It can just never be all good can it. Feeling good after Mendy pen save but now frikkin Azpiliqueta gets an assist and leads the bonus. F**k sake!

    1. Rik Waller
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Troll. Gotcha hat

  23. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Gundo & Foden coming on

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Kun & Torres off

  24. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Werner down like he’s been shot again

  25. fenomeno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Nacho to which 6.5 striker for the last three:
    a) Antonio
    b) Wilson
    c) Wood

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Antonio’s run in is great with West Ham fighting for something.

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle completely switch off now.

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Dodge Kun!

  27. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Just realised Torres has been on the pitch all this time. Another successful Pep signing.

  28. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    I bet Aguero’s going to take the scenic route back to the bench after that shocker of a penalty

  29. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Come on Gundogan!

  30. son of city
    4 months, 11 days ago

    f**k sake RUDIGER AND CANCELO cs gone!!