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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    LIVERPOOL : Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum (C), Jota, Mane, Salah
    Subs: Adrian, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Woodburn, Williams, Koumetio

    SOUTHAMPTON : Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestegaard, Stephens, Tella, Ward-Prowse (C), Armstrong, Redmond, Walcott, Adams
    Subs: McCarthy, Djenepo, Obafemi, Salisu, Diallo, Ramsay, N'Lundulu, Ferry, Jankewitz

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Trent, Jota and Salah. Nice. Where’s Kabak?

      1. Will Kane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        In my team 🙁

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I see - FPL slacking with his red flag

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Fail

      3. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        He's injured. Supposedly.

        https://twitter.com/SecretPrem/status/1391048355653033985?s=19

  2. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Jota, Salah, Phillips all start woo hoo

    1. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I have those too. Probably Jota off after 60 and Firmino on. Hopefully comes off with some points.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    How hasn’t Sterling been sent off twice?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      He didn't dive.

      He was clipped.

      Zouma stood on him 3 times!

  4. Utopsis
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Why on earth did Liverpool buy Ben Davies then?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      He’s been injured since he joined

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I see - FPL slacking with his red flag

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Profit.

    3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      They were looking for someone to cover Robertson but made an administrative error.

  5. Bob_the_builder
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Need Jota to feast and Salah to blank.

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    VAR... Where are you?

    Penally

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Penalty all day long.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I have to agree

      2. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        great defending

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          He got away with it.

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    That Liverpool bench 😆

    How did Klopp ever compete with Pep’s City...

  8. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Trent Jota Salah. Cmon boys.

    And cmon Rudiger get a GI mate

  9. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    No penalty? Really?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      His reputation done him.

    2. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Clearly not

  10. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    If it had been a penalty, imagine if someone did the Paneka!

  11. justaguy9
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Benched mendy for schmeichel.
      Sold azpilcueta and son.

      But a mendy penalty save and azpi assist is something that can never be imagined vs city.

    • gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Was nervous about getting Mendy in for a -4 for Leno (esp since he doesn't play next week). What luck for it to have paid off!!

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Theres something so satisfying about getting a GK haul.

      As someone who (regrettably) never owned Martinez this season, this Mendy haul is so nice

    • Will Kane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Need an absolute haul from Salah to have any chance of not finishing bottom of my ML... exciting times....

    • jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Phillps, Jota + Salah. Lets gooo

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Alonso goal

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Alonso G

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Mendy 3 baps on

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Wow

      1 2 Chelski

    • Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Mendy 3 BAPS - hold on

    • Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Lol

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Tuchel is a top coach.

      1. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I was thinking this too. The transformation under him has been amazing.

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Of course Alonso scores after I transfer him out.....

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Sooooo, who sold Alonso this week?

      1. Ejaaz11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        My mini league leader for digne

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      This means man utd will put out strong teams, since the title is still on... lol

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Alonso sellers punished

    • Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      this is all on kun

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Full deserved for Chelsea.

      If Pep rolls 3 CBs out in Istanbul/Villa Park...

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Sutherns spewing

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Chelsea in their heads now for the final!