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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
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lewandowski 1 goal away...

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      For?

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        From*

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Matching Muller's record.

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      High rank & lots of players left at least maybe?

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        wise words 😉

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Could literally not care less mate

  3. No Need
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Kun sympathy limp as usual

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Really need help lads. On WC:

    A) Kane
    B) Benteke

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A. Don’t chase points

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Werner now a City defender 🙂

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    #LFC v Southampton:

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

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jotaaaaaaa

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Williams, psssst

      No CS then

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    5. Spirit of 1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      where are you seeing this?

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

    7. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wow. Nearly went for Dallas to Kabak / Mitchell

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Late to the party but go on mendy lad!

  9. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thats not how Pep roulette works!

  10. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Werner seriously stop wasting James assists

  11. Bookkeeper
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Rodri. .... er, that’s it.

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

      Back to KDB

  12. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  13. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mendy down to 9 points only ffs, what a travesty

  14. Eightball
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  15. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Kane

      1. Utopsis
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Stop it - Kane's going to Chelsea

    2. Bollard
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Harry Kane

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I hope it's Kane but somehow I doubt it

  16. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I know... finally got rid.

      It’s only a 7-8 pointer

    2. Indpush
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  17. Better off with a pin and a…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  18. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How much would Werner cost in 1960s FPL?

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      2 pound 50

  20. Je suis le chat
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  21. Bookkeeper
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Jota, you love to see it 🙂

  22. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    King of Offsides

  23. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    CHO goal offside.

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    CHO armpit

  25. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    They need to just get rid of the offside rule lol

  26. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Just the 3 Chelsea offside goals today then

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Quality Zooma.

  28. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Great tackle..

  29. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think Havertz maybe his golden boy next year..

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mendy
      Azpi Silva Rudiger
      James Kante Kovacic Chilwell
      Mount Werner
      Havertz

      Kepa
      Christensen Tomori Zouma
      CHO Gilmour Jorginho Alonso
      Ziyech Pulisic
      Abraham

  30. Non Penalty xGI
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who is that William