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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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640 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Chenku╰☆╮
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ortega owners rejoice. 3 bonus plus 8 points already

    1. Viprin
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      2 games 2 clean sheets

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      She's definitely an 11/10.

      Oh you meant Stefan...

    3. Alnair
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      "Hurray!"

      Said no one.

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

      Does Ederson get half of them?

      1. Fintroy
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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

  2. George James
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best GW38 punt move

    A) Wilson >> Awoniyi

    B) Grealish >> Odegaard

    C) Haaland >> Kane

    1. fantasist
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

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

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

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

      Should've called it before the deadline mate

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

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

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

      You said Haaland was coring a hatty.

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

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

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

    3. Indpush
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pretty genius. How much did you bet on it?

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

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

  4. tim
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    32 here w Wilson to go plus bench from now shows

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

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

  6. Fintroy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Scenes... Robot 1 pint haul

    1. Fintroy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Point

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        1 pint haul literally at some point tonight

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

      Well, they are celebrating

      1. Fintroy
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Lol, more than 1 pint drunk there tonight!

    3. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

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

    1. v1nc3
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  8. ggfussball
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

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

      Can't be too harsh on plastics tbf

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

      Tbf it's a tradition

    3. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

          * mobile

          Bollox I give up.

        2. Piggs Boson
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

    Ortega was the dgw player to own.

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

    Starting to fear Haaland may not start the Brighton game either

    1. Fintroy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Tinkermania
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

        Oooh you showed him Finty

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

    Pep is such an irritant for FPL.

    1. Old Man
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

  12. putana
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

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

      Needed Ferguson.

  13. Fred54
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. Fintroy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Brilliant!!! And true!

  14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month 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
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Neville was right!

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

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

        1. Old Man
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Very wise words.

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

          Exactly, che for that dude 80mln, joke

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

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

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

    Disappointing number of big bananas on display.

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Imre Varadi lives!

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

      What would be a pleasing number?

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

    After today who to drop for Eze in GW38?

    A) Mitoma
    B) MacAllister

    1. Bubz
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C) Mahrez.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A probably

  17. El Presidente
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Great collection of one pointers...

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

    RIP Haaland TCers

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

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

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

    Geez. Enciso really bottled it for me lol

    1. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      *Here come the triggered Arsenal fans*

  20. ggfussball
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    That haircut is criminal

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pep doesn’t have much choice to be fair.

    2. Fred54
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ederson? Looks like a comic con Mystique.

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

      Yep

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Cue Haland hatrick against Brighton.

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

      Doubt he starts

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

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

  22. boc610
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Rashford GW22 TC'ers the real winners. Again.

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

    Roll on next season

    1. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

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

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

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

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

      Sorry, I need a brace from Isak

    3. Indpush
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

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

  26. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Congrats, Man City! How sweet it is! x

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

      Arsenal fan?

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

        No

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

      Man United.