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Jota and Firmino both start as Jesus returns for Man City’s clash with Liverpool

The Premier League winners and runners-up in each of the last two seasons clash at the Etihad this afternoon.

Manchester City v Liverpool gets underway at 16:30 GMT.

Debate has raged this week over whether Diogo Jota (£6.4m) or Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) would get the nod to join Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) and Sadio Mane (£12.0m) in the Liverpool attack but, in the end, both players start for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Barring any curveball formation choices, the Reds’ boss seems to have opted for a similar 4-2-3-1 set-up that he trialled in the Gameweek 6 win over Sheffield United.

Klopp has made two changes from last Saturday’s win over West Ham, with Jota replacing Curtis Jones (£4.4m) in one of those alterations.

Joel Matip (£5.4m) is in for Nat Phillips (£4.0m) at centre-half in the other.

Pep Guardiola has also made a brace of changes from Gameweek 7.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) is back to lead the line, with the Brazilian making his first Premier League appearance since the opening weekend of the season.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) also returns to the heart of the City midfield, with Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) making way.

There is again no place in the hosts’ starting XI for Phil Foden (£6.6m), who hasn’t started a league match since Gameweek 5.

It’s not often that we can say that the majority of City assets are differentials in FPL but that is the case at present, with Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) the only member of Guardiola’s squad who boasts a double-digit ownership.

They are even less popular within the top 10k, with Kyle Walker (£6.1m) – who sits in 8.15% of these squads – the most-selected option.

Salah is by some distance the most-owned player in this fixture, both within the top 10k (65.34%) and overall (46.9%).


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jota, Firmino, Mané, Salah.

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1,570 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Let's go Diogo!

  2. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    I will take Foden staying on the bench as an early Christmas present please Pep

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Cos he’s more solid and a better tackler than Foden I would guess

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Reply fail... was meant as an answer to why Gundy is starting

  3. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Come ooooon Robbo

  4. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Gundogan starts again

    Why, Pep?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Very strange

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 20 days ago

      4-2-3-1 double pivot, worked brilliantly against Liverpool last time

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He always plays 2 'holding' midfielders in tougher games.

      Ederson
      Walker Dias LaPorte Mendy
      Rodri KDB Gundogan
      Mahrez Aguero Sterling

      Against weaker teams, Gundogan will drop out and Bernardo will come in.

      Steffen
      Cancelo Stones Ake Zinchenko
      Fernandinho Bernardo ?????
      Torres Jesus Foden

      Pep is short a holding midfielder in his squad, particularly with Fernandinho now past his best.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks

  5. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Are KDB/Sterling the only viable options from City? Moving to Jesus would be a lot easier?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Takes sone faith, especially with Kun returning soon, still early along the nice fixture run of 13 GWs

  6. ivantys
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Must win game for city

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Zaha to Torres? After the Spurs game

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Score predictions?
      I reckon it'll be 3-1 City.

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        2:2 or 2:1 for either team. Robbo will deliver against Walker imo

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Salah upfront Bobby CAM

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I reckon that’s how they’ll line up yeah

    • Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      KDB still a minor differential sitting on only 15.9% ownership which is low for a marquee fpl asset such Kevin is.

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Can see him getting points today

      2. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Mane even more so btw.

      3. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        BGW1 really skewed ownerships

        Then Kane + Son happened

        Then he had blanks, and got injured

    • shiraz
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Have 2ft and 1.2 itb. How do i fit KDB, bruno, jesus/kun/vardy? Thinking of switching to 352

        McCarthy Ryan
        Robbo PVA Coufal Lamptey Dunne Son Salah Rashford Grealish Anguissa
        DCL Maupay Jim

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Anyone else on a Liverpool defensive double up still?

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Mahrez dropped after falling out with KDB?

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        The best CWilson replacement up to 6.0 mil.
        Watkins, Bamford or someone else? Thx.

        1. Davros
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Why get rid Wilson- fixtures look tasty. And don’t like the look of bamford’s next 3

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Injured.

        2. Whiskerz
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Bamford if you have grealish already

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            No, I don’t. So Watkins?

      • Hattrick Harry
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 days ago

        KDB hatrick in cards

      • Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Any other Salah cappers knocking about?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          My rival missed the deadline so still has Salah captain, expect a big score!

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Normally the way things like that go...

      • FredrikH
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Bit premature but Son Brewster -> Jota Cavani tempting transfers if feeling punty for after the IB.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Mate

      • thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Mistake from Klopp playing only 2 recognised MFers...

        They gunna get over run in CM today I reckon

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Only Mané left. Hope he does me proud!

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 20 days ago

        This is going to be amazing

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Logged on to say just this. Extremely open in first couple minutes.

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Trent looks up for this

        2 great passes already

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Firmino bottling it already

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Hope this is a good game. Fpl aside for once. Going to try and just enjoy the game.
        Promising start.

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Here here

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        This game looks like it could be bonkers

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          More like a basketball match than a football game.

      • George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I think ziyech isn’t going to make my team. I have chilwell for coverage.

        What do u think?

        Martinez
        Chilwell, Lamptey, Taylor
        Kdb, salah, Bruno, grealish,
        DCL, bamford, Kane

        Forster, Mitchell, Lewis, Bissouma

        1. Ode
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Excellent team

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        KDB CAM? 4-2-3-1?

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        This looks a potential goalfest. One to enjoy!

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Robbo looking good but will end up with 1 point as I started him over Justin

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Don't worry mate. I benched him so he will score

      • Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Looking an incredibly open game already

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        First 5 mins have been better than the entire 180 minutes of the previous 2 games