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Man City v Chelsea team news: Mount and Dias benched as Foden returns

Double Gameweek 22 continues this Saturday lunchtime as Manchester City play host to Chelsea.

Kick-off at the Etihad is at 12:30 GMT.

This is the first of two scheduled fixtures for Thomas Tuchel’s side in Gameweek 22, with Brighton and Hove Albion next up on Tuesday.

More Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers bought Mason Mount than any other player who has two matches in the current Gameweek but the midfielder, who had completed 90 minutes in each of Chelsea’s last eight Premier League games, is only among the substitutes today.

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also pmitted as Tuchel opts for a slightly surprising front three of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku.

Pulisic and Ziyech are among five changes from the side that beat Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, with Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante all returning to the fray.

Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Werner and Jorginho are benched, while Andreas Christensen has Covid-19.

Pep Guardiola delivered the ominous news that Manchester City had some fresh cases of coronavirus in his pre-match press conference but the damage appears minimal when looking at the teamsheet.

Nathan Ake and Cole Palmer are the two players to miss out (the City website repeating the line that they are “short of full fitness”), while Oleksandr Zinchenko has picked up an injury and is also unavailable.

Ederson, John Stones, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling all come into a strong-looking side after missing the FA Cup win over Swindon Town, whilst Aymeric Laporte is restored to the starting line-up having been an unused substitute against the Robins.

Ruben Dias is surprisingly benched, along with Zack Steffen, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus. The missing Palmer and Ake had also been part of that starting XI at Swindon.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 22 LINE-UPS

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden.

Subs: Dias, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Steffen, Fernandinho, Mbete-Tabu, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku.

Subs: Jorginho, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz.

1,053 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Alonso haul banked & rested for Lamptey.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      He won't start that game

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Lamptey will get rested for his rest

  2. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Alonso CS secured

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      1 pointer secured

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      can't score?

  3. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Alonso off. 10 minutes too late

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Why 10 mins?

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Would have got the CS points

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          12 minutes*

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      20

      1. lespaul
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        12

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Lol. Back to school pal.

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Hudson is hungover by the looks of it?

  5. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Understand that the Spurs players and staff at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been informed that tomorrow's north London derby against Arsenal is off. The Premier League are set to announce their decision shortly. Alasdair Gold

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Nice.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Doesn’t surprise me.

      No problem I’ll use my new mid gameweek transfer to move Kane (C) to Ronaldo (C)

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Omg yes Mount is on

  7. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Sterling over KDB. Ugh

  8. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    After his game, i will gladly take one point.

  9. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Playing three at the back against Man City is also a tactical failure imho. End up with three centre backs marking a false nine, or just fresh air.

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say maybe Tuchel, who has a fairly decent track record as a manager, might have a better idea about tactics than Paul psychic octopus

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Just calling it as I see it. Have to be brave against Man City, and midfield is their strength, not centre forwards

  10. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Mount terrible

  11. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    KDB success

    Unironically eyeing up Chris Wood next

  12. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Just came in, any status update on NLD?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Below

    2. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      See below

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Read the hot topics. Read them and understand them

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Chill out fellas. There is more up to date info.

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Very aggressive comment when there’s nothing in hot topics about nld

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Precisely, so no need to ask

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            But there is news out so perfect example of why you can’t rely on hot topics

    4. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      It is off apparantly. Alastair Gold is reliable source.

    5. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Oh, thanks guys, didnt see that

  13. NLD confirmed off
    Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    https://twitter.com/AlasdairGold/status/1482353955187445761

    Understand that the Spurs players and staff at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been informed that tomorrow's north London derby against Arsenal is off. The Premier League are set to announce their decision shortly.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Thanks for posting. Maybe should be a hot topic

      1. BIGREDDOG
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Hahahah

      2. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Need a mod to be present for that to happen….they’re no existent these days

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        I see what you did there 😉

      4. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Did you flag the post for mods?

        1. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          What mods, they’ve given up supporting the site….

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            I flagged and a couple of minutes later hulked.

            Magic that

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Games dead everyone. We need a new hobby. Time to dust off the old chess board.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Already there on Chess.com.

        1. Stejson
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 19 hours ago

          I'm on there. Fancy a game?

      2. No Need
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Knowing my luck id run into Magnus on there

  14. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    OFF KDB
    ON Gundo

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      MotM

  15. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Ah Phil

  16. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Who dafuq is Toti? And will he be 4.0?

    1. stuck in a dream 🙂
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        dunno Toti

    2. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Jammy Cancelo bench points incoming

    3. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Oh foden you numpty

    4. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      KDB CS banked

    5. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Tuchel is probably one champions league exit away from getting sacked. That's how stupid their owner is

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        If Pep started a DM in the CL final Tuchel wouldn't be at the club.

      2. BIGREDDOG
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        I dunno I reckon he’s done quite well for himself in life and in football 😛

    6. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Rondon starts.

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        The nation breathes a collective sigh of relief at this most welcome news.

      2. Warblers Fear Satan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Rondon essential

    7. Lubic87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Bachmann dropped and Arsenal likely off. No keeper. Great start to the GW.

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Same here. Oh well, what can you do, eh?

      2. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Had the same combo and I took a hit for DDG.

        Always seemed likely and ramsdale blanks coming up too.

        DDG will probably get covid knowing my luck though.

    8. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      CHO minutes at LWB to prepare for midweek vs Lamptey?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Probably

    9. Kodap
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      KDB mouthing ‘it’s cramp’ as going off, phew

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        He was talking about Lukaku "he's crap"

    10. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Mount forgotten how to play football now I have him

    11. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      PL setting a dangerous precedent now by calling Spurs v Arsenal off. If Covid then fine but taking advantage because you've got a few knocks and have sent a couple out on loan, I expect plenty of others to do the same now

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        It started weeks ago

        Newcastle got saint maximin and Wilson injured and then the game was suddenly postponed. A couple of cases before that too

        Same with Liverpool for the league cup.

        1. Van der Faart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Arsenal have 1 Covid case. Didn't Liverpool have a lot more than that?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 20 hours ago

            As it turned out Liverpool didnt have any

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Now? It was set weeks ago, Arsenal might as well take advantage.

        PL messed up badly!

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        It’s been going on for weeks. Spurs exploited it to give conte more time with the squad when he took over

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          I think when the training ground is shut with multiple cases it's a bit different to 1 case, a reckless swiss midfielder and a load of loaning players.

          Dont blame arsenal though. If they can why wouldnt they?

        2. Van der Faart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Spurs had over 10 first team players actually out with Covid and their training ground shut down. Returned to training and played Liverpool 2 or 3 days later

      4. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        It has been set for some time

      5. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Meanwhile in 2006 while Spurs players should have been hooked up to drips they were told by David Dein of Arsenal and the PL, to get on with the game.

      6. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Leeds also played with 9 fit senior players and a bunch of reserves less than a month ago

      7. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Ridiculous decision to postpone. If you send players out on loan days before then you are making that choice.

        Also you know about AFCON before the season starts.

    12. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Rondon's still starting, ffs

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeh was hoping to see Richarlison 🙁

    13. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Spurs v Arsenal OFF

      According to Ornstein.

    14. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Feel like the entire board & team are behind him. Not his fault our defenders midfield all got injured & the former's contracts haven't been sorted yet.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Oops, RE comment on Tuchel/Chelsea owner.