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Man City v Chelsea team news: Haaland benched as champions make nine changes

Having secured their third Premier League title in a row on Saturday, Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium for their final home game of the season.

Kick-off is at 16:00 BST.

As for the all-important team news, Pep Guardiola has ripped up his usual team-sheet and makes nine changes from the side that beat Real Madrid on Wednesday.

That means Ederson, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and, most importantly, Erling Haaland are all on the bench.

Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji are the only players who keep their place in the starting XI, which includes Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez as the front three.

As for Chelsea, they make five alterations, as Frank Lampard brings in Kepa Arrizabalaga, Wesley Fofana, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz.

The players to drop out are Edouard Mendy, Benoit Badiashile, Mateo Kovacic, Noni Madueke and Joao Felix.

GAMEWEEK 37 LINE-UPS

Manchester City XI: Ortega, Walker, Akanji, Laporte, Gomez, Lewis, Phillips, Mahrez, Palmer, Foden, Alvarez

Subs: Ederson, Stones, Dias, Rodri, Grealish, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Haaland

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Fofana, Silva, Chalobah, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Enzo, Gallagher, Hall, Sterling, Havertz

Subs: Mendy, Koulibaly, Chukwuemeka, Pulisic, Mudryk, Ziyech, Fofana, Madueke, Joao Felix

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  1. Chenku╰☆╮
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Ortega owners rejoice. 3 bonus plus 8 points already

    1. Viprin
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      2 games 2 clean sheets

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      She's definitely an 11/10.

      Oh you meant Stefan...

    3. Alnair
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      "Hurray!"

      Said no one.

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Does Ederson get half of them?

      1. Fintroy
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        No, because if ederson played 100% he would have conceded

  2. George James
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Best GW38 punt move

    A) Wilson >> Awoniyi

    B) Grealish >> Odegaard

    C) Haaland >> Kane

    1. fantasist
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      C

  3. Chenku╰☆╮
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    I called this at HT. 1-0 done and dusteddd!

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Should've called it before the deadline mate

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I did..I captained Bruno for his blank though.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      You said Haaland was coring a hatty.

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/25896512

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I say hundred things. Only believe the ones that come true.

    3. Indpush
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Pretty genius. How much did you bet on it?

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I am so rich I only play free FPL and comment on this free site.

  4. tim
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    32 here w Wilson to go plus bench from now shows

  5. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Bonus Points
    3 - Ortega (38)
    2 - Álvarez (31)
    1 - Sergio Gómez (27)
    Walker (26)

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Means Ortega now has 18 points in his two appearances for City 😀

  6. Fintroy
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Scenes... Robot 1 pint haul

    1. Fintroy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Point

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        1 pint haul literally at some point tonight

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Well, they are celebrating

      1. Fintroy
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Lol, more than 1 pint drunk there tonight!

    3. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      I liked it when he put away 23 pints against Utd.
      Absolute carnage.

  7. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Haha MUFC players don't want anything to do with the plastic fans.

    1. v1nc3
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Enjoy eating these words after MU take over from the Qataris.

  8. ggfussball
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Pathetic from the fans, ruin it. Let the players enjoy the moment

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Can't be too harsh on plastics tbf

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Tbf it's a tradition

    3. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Most are just filming themselves with their phones.

      "Look at me mummy" moment.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        See the guy with his man bag and Grealish Alice band in his hair?

        Doesn't know how a month phone works either. Holding the mic to his ear.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          * mobile

          Bollox I give up.

        2. Piggs Boson
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          Don't really care how people dress tbh. Fashion has never interested me.

          They all seemed to have fun anyhow. Don't think anyone was hurt this time.

  9. Chenku╰☆╮
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Ortega was the dgw player to own.

  10. Philosopher's Stones
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Starting to fear Haaland may not start the Brighton game either

    1. Fintroy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Doubt it very much, but you never know with that idiot of a manager....

      1. Tinkermania
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Yes. How dare he disrepects FPL in his quest for the treble!

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Oooh you showed him Finty

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Pep is such an irritant for FPL.

    1. Old Man
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      I'm not sure that FPL is uppermost in his team selection process.

  12. putana
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    That was my chance to get into top 10k. Thanks mahrez

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Needed Ferguson.

  13. Fred54
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Fans had more movement on the pitch than the players in the actual game.

    1. Fintroy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Brilliant!!! And true!

  14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    arsenal were 8 points ahead in April and now 7 points behind and the season hasn’t even ended. Could be 10 points behind by Wednesday

    #notacollapse #notbottled

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      8 points ahead with City 2 games in hand, mind. So realistically was just a 2 point lead.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Neville was right!

    3. Chenku╰☆╮
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Agreed. Man city though are relentless. Grinding out results with b team says it all. For some reason I think teams give man city too much respect. No one ever really goes for it

    4. boc610
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      you seem really intent on everyone accepting this narrative bemba..what about the one where a dubiously run state owned mega club with no financial limits eventually came out on top??

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Let's be honest all top tier clubs have money. They just don't spend it wisely.

        1. Old Man
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          Very wise words.

        2. Total Foot 5 - romario 11
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          Exactly, che for that dude 80mln, joke

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Over past 5 seasons, City are 10th for net spend. Doesn't sit too well with your own narrative though does it.,

    5. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      And the other clubs that were predicted as challengers at the start did what this year? Where were Utd and Liverpool?Where were Spurs? What even is Chelsea now?

    6. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Saliba and Zinchenko absolutely crucial to Arsenal.
      And not much experience of fighting for titles.
      They had a great season, will have learned a lot, and should add some squad depth in the summer.
      But Man City are just too good.

    7. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      We did bottle it but I don't think you don't truly understand how bad Rob Holding is. People say it was just 1 player, no. If you put Nat Phillips at the back instead of Van Dijk for the last 5 years, Liverpool wouldn't have won anything.

      Holding is woeful and he cost us in the Liverpool, West Ham, Southampton and Man City games.

    8. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      City don't drop points in the run-in. It's a new phenomenon over the last few years. I don't think it's fair to focus on whether Arsenal have bottled it. They just couldn't keep up,and who expected them to? I didn't.

      10 - 15 years ago they'd still be competing. They were phenomenal for 3/4 of the season.

      As a Liverpool fan I know just how frustrating it is to compete with them, and we were magnificent.

      Pep's City are a machine.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        That's a very fair appraisal actually. Well-deserved upvote.

  15. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Disappointing number of big bananas on display.

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Imre Varadi lives!

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      What would be a pleasing number?

  16. The Polymath
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    After today who to drop for Eze in GW38?

    A) Mitoma
    B) MacAllister

    1. Bubz
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      A

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      C) Mahrez.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      A probably

  17. El Presidente
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Great collection of one pointers...

  18. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    RIP Haaland TCers

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Bro don't. It's real bad to do this

  19. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Geez. Enciso really bottled it for me lol

    1. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      *Here come the triggered Arsenal fans*

  20. ggfussball
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 27 days ago

    That haircut is criminal

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Pep doesn’t have much choice to be fair.

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Ederson? Looks like a comic con Mystique.

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Yep

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Cue Haland hatrick against Brighton.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Doubt he starts

      1. Utopsis
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I reckon he does but doesn't start 38. Selling him in 38 could be the play

  22. boc610
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Rashford GW22 TC'ers the real winners. Again.

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Someone in my league TC’d Wilson last week. There’s good and then there’s elite

  23. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Roll on next season

    1. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      FPL or Spurs? Bias aside, I think it might be about to get worse for Spurs. Though I did think you'd comfortably finish top 3 at the start of this season.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Both mate. Bad season in fpl and even worse for spurs. Need a major rebuild, too many players not good enough, also I think Kane to United is very likely

  24. Zenith UK
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    I want Ultimate FPL back next year. Please bring it back FPL!!!

  25. Firminooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Thanks for nothing Grealish and Rashford. Have Isak first on my bench. Have no idea what I should hope for.

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      They'll surely get minutes mid week, so hopefully some returns from them.

    2. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Sorry, I need a brace from Isak

    3. Indpush
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Isak gets two goals and Grealish and Rashford play 90 and aren't in on any of the goals?

    4. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Exactly the same here. Probably a Wilson hattrick as well to rub it in.

  26. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    Congrats, Man City! How sweet it is! x

  27. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 27 days ago

    So sick of City winning the league every year. When can another team step up and knock them off their perch?! Hopefully they will be relegated for being financial cheats.

    1. Old Man
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Arsenal fan?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 25 days ago

        No

    2. ringwraith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Man United.