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De Bruyne and Duffy benched as Man City face Brighton in evening kick-off

Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City is the last of six Premier League matches being contested on Saturday.

Kick-off at the Amex is at 17:30 BST.

There are a couple of high-profile benchings on the south coast in the form of Shane Duffy (£4.4m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) but no real shocks aside from that, with the other main players from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective all involved from kick-off.

Solly March‘s (£5.3m) recall and Duffy’s demotion to the bench is the one change that Graham Potter has made from the side that drew at Norwich last weekend, so Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) once again has to content himself with a place among the substitutes.

Pep Guardiola’s two changes from the midweek Champions League win at Club Bruges sees Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£7.2m) come in for De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m).

Raheem Sterling (£10.7m) misses out as a precaution.

All three of the Manchester City players who can boast a double-digit ownership, Ruben Dias (£6.2m), Joao Cancelo (£6.3m) and Jack Grealish (£7.9m), start this evening.

Cancelo is by some distance the most-owned City asset in the top 10k, with Phil Foden (£8.0m) a distance second:


GAMEWEEK 9 LINE-UPS

Brighton XI: Sanchez, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, Gross, March, Lallana, Moder, Cucurella,Trossard, Maupay.

Subs: Steele, Lamptey, Webster, Connolly, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Mwepu, Duffy, Richards.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Grealish, Foden Jesus.

Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Edozie, Palmer.


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1,596 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    In the season of injuries, I need 2 FTs every week for the inevitable injury every week

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      It is hopeless, im now in the state that 11 players playing is the goal..

  2. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Foden, time for that brace

  3. DAZZ
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    King last on my bench 🙁 surely he’s an option to start next week against Southampton?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      For sure

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Dennis last on mine. It happens. At least they are doing well.

  4. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 6 days ago

    So many cheap players doing well this season. Having just 1 premium seems ok now

  5. Daniyal
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Any chance Raphina makes it for Norwich ? Had just brought him in this week

    1. DAZZ
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Looked bad, he was really in discomfort. Judging from what i saw initially i’d say no, but obviously could easily play

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Maybe if it was just a heavy impact injury but I wouldn't be too hopeful.

      Bielsa is usually good for injury news so we should know pre-deadline.

    3. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Me too, for hit! On average I've been losing two players every week to injury, IB rest, rotation, and COVID. It's getting to a point where 15 viable players is't enough to cover your 1st 11.

    4. Podge
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I’m not expecting it

    5. Traction Engine Foot
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I doubt it

    6. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Didnt look great

  6. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Best mid upto 7.5 m

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Mbeumo, Mount, Foden

      1. maditass
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Foden isnt 7.5

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Ah yeah, sorry

    2. F4L
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      maybe Zaha after City

  7. Traction Engine Foot
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Might as well just have 4 4.5 mids and Salah at this rate, the rest of my midfield seems to be allergic to points.

  8. Bookkeeper
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    KDB will stay benched

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Please don't. I'm running out of players already

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Really hope so

  9. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team?

    Raya foster
    TAA chilwell james cancelo livra
    Salah Son Mount Mbeumo ESR
    Vardy Toney Broja

    No Bentonio worries me a bit..

    1. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Why u Wcing now? Team that bad? I have mine still...

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Scmeichel Ward
        Alonso cancelo duffy livra tsimikas
        Salah kdb kai cho benrahma
        Vardy Antonio perica

        Is it bad enough?

    2. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Looks good

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Looks dreamy

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Beautiful isn't a

        Fingers getting itchy to hit the button

  10. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    That Leeds goal was a right kick in the nuts as a Sa owner. Cannot get a clean sheet frm a keeper this season.

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      get mendy

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      That solid display from early GWs looks miles away now

  11. Giggs Boson
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    False 9 suits Grealish. It was probably the main role he was brought in for.

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Mount vs Newcastle -4.

    Have to risk it.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Feels a bit kneejerky - but that has been rewarded this season tbf

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Chilwell sorted my -1 lol

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          -12

          1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            There you go!

  13. BrockLanders
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    URGENT HELP REQUIRED.

    Sanchez
    Alonso* Marcal* Duffy* Tierney" Livramento
    Salah, Sarr* Gallagher Mahrez* Docoure*
    Kane, Antonio, Jimenez

    What the hell do I do with this??

    No WC as used. Help

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Delete team

      Sorry

      1. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Haha!! I know

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Damn?

      WC available?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Oops, missed bottom part of your post...

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Review why you brought those players in in the first place and radically overhaul your decision making process

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        If asking on here is your process, then I have to wonder why you.continue to do so

      2. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Tbf, Marcal, Docoure and Alonso have been unfortunate. The rest I should have seen they needed replaced

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Surprised you don’t have Raph1

    5. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Too many fires to put out. You know in your heart what you have to do if the wildcard is still intact.

      1. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        It's not. Probably gonna need a 12 point hit

        1. Al Moon Yeah
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          I'd say Doucoure Marcal and Alonso are your biggest concerns, the rest aren't that bad. Get rid of the three for azpi, leeds defender and a differential like cornett.

    6. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Use livefpl.net/myteam to create a plan. Take a mega hit. Make sure every move you make from now is predictive, not reactive

      My advice would be Alonso Marcal Duffy Tierney Mahrez Doucoure (non-starters only) to TAA Chilwell Cancelo James/Rudi Mbeumo D.Luiz

      4-3-3. Antonio to Toney for free in GW11. Roll with the rest of the season, with a good plan

      1. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers lad. That's a great plan actually

    7. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      A couple of hits would do that team the world of good. Work on a strategy. May as well try to get ahead of the curve at this point.

      Enjoy the restructure - it's still early days

  14. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Anybody not doing Raph > Mount?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      For -4 I might be in.

    2. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      looking at it

  15. Amartey Partey
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Raphinha's injury was coming. He has been playing way too much football. Needed a rest.

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Why is Duffy benched

    1. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Yep

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Potter thinks he's not the best defender for City, who don't do alot in the air - they do more along the ground

  17. Silecro
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Hwang a good shout for the next 5 games?

    1. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Probably. I mean at 5.6. You don't have much to lose.

    2. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Maybe

    3. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Maybe. Broja is decent option too

  18. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    So, Zaha and Raph 1 pointers and no Chelsea players (Alonso)

    Livramento my only player to have done well so far but everyone will have him this week

    1. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Surely Sanchez can actually get a save point v City!

    2. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Pretty sure he's highly owned. 16.5% . It's just a question of people benching him over more expensive defenders. He'll be introduced more in everyone's starting 11.

  19. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Sarr owners what are your thoughts? Thinking he might have lost his spot

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Will probably give him Saints at home then reassess. If he doesn't start that he's the easiest sell ever.

  20. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Doucoure injury may have screwed Everton until he is back. Not sure DCL would even be an option.

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

      The leading striker on points per match.

  21. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Bruyne benched, what a waste for the owners. No one's safe there.

  22. sirmorbach
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Come on Phil

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Come on Gabriel Fernando

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Cum on everybody.

        1. sirmorbach
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Pass

      2. sirmorbach
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Three players in one that lad

  23. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    A) WC
    B) Tierney + Raphinha to TAA + Mbuemo (-4)
    C) Cash to TAA

    Sanchez Steele
    Cancelo Azpilicueta Cash Tierney* Tsimikas*
    Salah Havertz* Raphinha* Gray Brownhill*
    Vardy Auba ASM*

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      WC

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

      You can sub some defensive players to sort that out.

  24. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Time to wildcard this?
    Sanchez- foster
    TAA - livra - tierney - Tsimi- Walker
    Salah, Sarr, raphinha, havertz - ESr
    Ronaldo- Antonio, Toney

  25. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Sanchez masterclass would be great!

  26. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Think Duffy might be benched against Liverpool after this one due to the perceived lack of speed reasoning.

    Time to cash in imo

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Duffy isn’t the most mobile. Will play against the physically bigger sides

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Agreed

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      You don't want him for City & Liverpool. NEW after...

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Wish I can save a room but those Chelsea defenders...

    3. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I think the problem is more that Brighton have players finally returning from injury. He was always going to drop back out the side eventually

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        How sad

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Lowton looking a decent option

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Nahh not enough CS 🙂

  27. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Sanchez to haul here

  28. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Sanchez is going to make two saves then let in every single shot after that.

  29. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Wow.. 1st time seeing this city kit.

    Wtf is going on with that? Horrendous kit.

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Looks like a 5euro Aldi t-shirt I got about 5 years ago

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    With the options in midfield getting bleaker and bleaker as the GW's go by, maybe time to go 433.

    Unfortunately 2 x 4.5ish mids.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Haven't checked the list, but off the top of my head presuming Raphinha is out, and out long enough to sell him I can't think of anyone worth bringing in that's his price or lower