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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Lewandowski 1 goal away...

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      For?

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        From*

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Matching Muller's record.

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    -43% red arrow on livefpl as it stands, early days I know but disappointing nevertheless 🙁

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      High rank & lots of players left at least maybe?

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Early days. Stop stat-watching & enjoy the games 🙂

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        wise words 😉

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I've enjoyed many a good post from you. Enjoy the footie. Look forward to giving a bit more back to the community next season.

    3. Rik Waller
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Could literally not care less mate

  3. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Kun sympathy limp as usual

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      🙂 It's Aguero! That was a badly taken penalty in all honesty. He should have had a brace this game. No sympathy or lack of faith here.

  4. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Really need help lads. On WC:

    A) Kane
    B) Benteke

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      A. Don’t chase points

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner now a City defender 🙂

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Imagine if Chelsea win this, City fall apart and United win the Premier League!!

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Is that possible at this point? City need to win 1 game & Manu need to win all?

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    #LFC v Southampton:

    Alisson, Trent Phillips Williams Robertson, Fabinho Wijnaldum Thiago, Jota Salah Mane

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Jotaaaaaaa

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Williams, psssst

      No CS then

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Did see some rumours about a potential Kabak injury. Unlucky if you've got him.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I have Dallas first bench so hopefully he is out of the Man U match too.

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Need my triple Liverpool to haul for the sake of my OR even tho my ML rival has triple too

    5. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      where are you seeing this?

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Kick off is 20:15, you too early with team news

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        But he won't be wrong. See above link.

    7. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wow. Nearly went for Dallas to Kabak / Mitchell

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Late to the party but go on mendy lad!

  9. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Mahrez looking like may be good option for Newcastle game after rest today

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Thats not how Pep roulette works!

  10. ivantys
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Werner seriously stop wasting James assists

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      predict the penalty takers for Man City if the UCL final goes to penalties 🙂

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Rodri. .... er, that’s it.

      2. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Back to KDB

    • Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Mendy save and Azpi assist. It doesn't get better than that!

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Mendy down to 9 points only ffs, what a travesty

    • Eightball
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Son, Azpi, nacho and tekkers so far have played for me. This game week is looking to be GREAT!!!!

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Who do you think will be the new City striker for next season?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Kane

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Stop it - Kane's going to Chelsea

        2. Ozils Nozle
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Harry Kane

        3. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I hope it's Kane but somehow I doubt it

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Azpilicueta scored me 8 points in the last 4 GW, so got rid for McGuire -4..

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I know... finally got rid.

          It’s only a 7-8 pointer

        2. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I sat Azpilic for James, TAA, Shaw. Oh well, got Mendy too

      • Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I presume Aguero has Mendy in his fantasy team this week.

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I know neither side at full strength but Chelsea really do look good. Expect them to mount a real title challenge next season

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        How much would Werner cost in 1960s FPL?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          2 pound 50

      • Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Sold Azpi, Son, Bam and benched Dallas, on a - 12, but I'm happy as feel Jota will haul!

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Jota, you love to see it 🙂

      • BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        King of Offsides

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        CHO goal offside.

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        CHO armpit

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        They need to just get rid of the offside rule lol

      • moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Just the 3 Chelsea offside goals today then

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Quality Zooma.

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Some tackles are sometimes as beautiful as a nice goal, that Zouma tackle On Sterling is one of those.

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Great tackle..

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I think next season will be tricky with Tuchel and pep, Will Chelsea eventually get a settled side week in week out next year?

        1. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I think Chelsea need a striker to rotate and maybe another winger…

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I think Havertz maybe his golden boy next year..

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I'm not sure about settled, but it depends on what formation Tuchel wants us to play.

          Apparently he wasn't us to play something like a 424 (more or less) next season.

        3. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Already playing one side in Europe and another in the league, makes it very difficult to predict the line-ups, think it will just get worse next season.

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yes, they need a pre-season. Tuchel has done well shoring up def since he arrived. What they'll do with attack I don't know. Bit like Manu with the odd square plugs in round holes.

        5. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Mendy
          Azpi Silva Rudiger
          James Kante Kovacic Chilwell
          Mount Werner
          Havertz

          Kepa
          Christensen Tomori Zouma
          CHO Gilmour Jorginho Alonso
          Ziyech Pulisic
          Abraham

      • Sleepless in Settle FPL
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Who is that William