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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. BeWater
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've got Trent and Jota. Why can't something go right occasionally. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You are a casual

      2. turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Jota > Broken clock ?

      3. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You are a casual

    • Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ruben or Cancelo?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cancelo

      2. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cancelo bombs forward and bosses stats

        Dias is possibly more nailed (won't know until Mendy returns)

        Ceiling vs floor argument

      3. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ruben nailed, Cancelo for explosiveness if you have good bench

    • Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What a pen from De Bruyne. Surely Kun back on them

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      KDB off pens?

      1. super zlatan
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You tell us Pep

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        They can’t just change it every time someone misses one, Aguero has missed pens before, same with players like Auba.

        KDB has scored a lot of penalties.

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Whose assist was it for man city pen?

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Kdb

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Got some work to do on my team after this, think it's about time Trent gets out my squad though...

    • xiMoxiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Next week captaincy is a bit up in the air. Anyone given it any thought?

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        International Break

      2. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bruno if I get him or DCL/Grealish. Salah also an option

      3. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Salah comfortably.

      4. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Salah. Or punt on Chilwell

      5. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Salah

      6. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I have put on Ziyech in my bus team

      7. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bruno

      8. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bruno for me

        Between Salah and DCL for VC

    • djoker_nole
        2 months, 13 days ago

        KDB essential after GW 9

      • Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Munster final in the balance.

        Kerry have not lost to Cork in 8 years but they have a great chance of ending that today by the looks of it. 🙁

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Munster semi final i mean

        2. Dreams
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hey ogie. How are you doing?

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Hi Dreams,nice to see you again,it's been a long time. 🙂

            I am keeping well and hope you are too.

            1. Dreams
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Oh yeah. Enjoying this crazy season to the fullest.

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                That is nice to hear.

                I might have to make a return to the deadzone if you are back in town. 🙂

                1. Dreams
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Sure. Can make some occasional posts. Not possible to be as regular as before though.

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Who is more essential for the next few game weeks?

        Fernandes
        or
        KDB?

        Can't have both...

        1. djoker_nole
            2 months, 13 days ago

            KDB

          • My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            KdB

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Fernandes next week, KDB the weeks after

          • Kannbury
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Kdb, city fixtures gold.

          • Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            RMWCT?

            Martinez Steer
            PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
            Salah KdB Rashford Grealish Soucek
            Werner Richarlison Brewster

            1.3 ITB

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Bruno over Rashford.

              1. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                The money ITB is for Vardy in GW 10.

                Where else can I downgrade?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Defence needs work tbh.

            2. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              No Ziyech or Chilwell?

              1. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Tricky December for them.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Easy November though?

          • Olson
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Pundits are making a huge deal of the KdB miss but it's not like he has a 5 year history of burying pens. I think he's been one of the best players in the world for a few seasons now, but prior to last season he was actually quite poor (relative to his quality) in front of goal. He really wasn't the player you wanted shooting given time and space. He improved dramatically between 2018/19 and 2019/20.

            It really isn't a 'frame that because you'll not see it again' moment

          • Mweene
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Could be on for 100 points here lads...

            Just one of those where everything goes right. Could happen to anyone any week.

            1. turd ferguson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              good luck

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Ok

            3. Olson
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Get in. Open yourself a beer and knock one out

            4. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah me too if Grealish can get me about 40 points 🙂

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Fair point. I am also on for 100 points if Grealish and Marty can knock out 40

          • F4L
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Why are Sky complaining so much about the handball, the point is Gomez had time to move his arm out the way. Their commentary is insufferable.

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              They love Pool, biased beyond belief

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                should have Richards on match commentary instead of Neville. Neville just sucks up to Carragher when Liverpool are playing and on the commentary team together.

              2. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Think it’s that most people are biased against Liverpool. Sky are the normal view

            2. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He did move it away and still hit slightly. A pen with current rules but very difficult to do better than Gomez imo.

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                It does depend on whether you want the rules to change at the end of the day (I don't think they should because Gomez does gain an advantage their from the ball hitting the arm). And it's much more of a pen than some of the handballs this season with the distance between KDB and Gomez.

                Having said that I wouldn't want to be a defender nowadays with the added pressure of keeping your arms out of harms way.

            3. michaelington
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Come off it. He tried to move it out of the way but the ball has a lot of pace on it. It’s a handball according to the rules but we all know the rules are broken.

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Gomez gains an advantage from the ball hitting his arm, I don't think the rules should be changed for an incident like that.

          • Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            There should be a Darwinian-like wooden spoon award for the funniest/most ridiculous top of page for the season. Base it on upvotes alone, no need for more admin or officialdom - have a laff! Yay/Nay?

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Have Sterling and Martial. Son to:

            1) Fernandes
            2) KDB
            3) Keep Son

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              C

            2. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Martial > Bruno

            3. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              1

            4. F4L
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Don't get rid of Son

          • Sco
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            OMG Keane LMAO

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              What was said?

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                the presenter asked him how Mane won the penalty and he replied "because he's up against an idiot" referring to Walker 😆

            2. Utopsis
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He grinds my gears - goes on as if he never had bad days/games

                1. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  He speaks his mind which is refreshing to see

                  1. Utopsis
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Yeah but it's possible to do that in a respectful way

              • jtreble
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                How many FPL points is a missed pen?

                1. Meinhoff
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  -2

                2. GROBARI
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    -2 points

                  • jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Thanks all.

                3. Rinseboy
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  What would you do with this sh*t show of a team? Happy to take some punts as ranked so bad!

                  Players I want rid of are Robbo, Semedo, Saiss, Foden...possibly Kane/Son.

                  Martinez
                  Semedo Saiss Lamptey Robbo Mitchell
                  Son Salah Grealish Foden Ziyech
                  Kane DCL Brewster
                  0.6 ITB

                  1. Hattrick Harry
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Saiss > Coufal/Cresswell and then change Foden to cheaper like bissouma/soucek. Use extra money to midfield or attack.

                4. Right In The Stanchion
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Barkley, Rodriguez and Mitrovic

                    To

                    Jota, Soucek and Richarlison

                    -4

                    Hames is out for me. Richarlison is Everton’s talisman

                    1. Leonard hatred
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      feels like a casual move, but good luck if you go for it

                  • youneedmorecavaleiro
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    McCarthy - Steer
                    Chilwell - Cresswell - Justin - Shaw - Ferguson
                    Salah - KDB - Rashford - Podence - Anguissa
                    Kane - DCL - Wilson

                    0.5 ITB, 2 FT, WC available

                    Who needs to go?

                    1. GROBARI
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        International break coming on. You have 2 weeks to make changes

                      • TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Podence, Kane, Rashford

                    2. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Great skill by Jesus. Obviously meant it.

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        He’s a cracking player...

                        Sometimes

                      2. Dreams
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Oh yeah. No way Aguero would start over him.

                      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        TM, read your post earlier contemplating -8. But do you wait until after IB and ignire price changes? Want to get rid of those exact 3 players...

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Waiting for sure.

                          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Cheers mate

                      4. JJO
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Hahha yeah for sure

                    3. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      On 69 with Salah playing, how’s everyone else doing

                      1. Right In The Stanchion
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          113 without bonus

                        • thegaffer82
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          59 with Salah, Martinez & Grealish to come. No complaints here...

                        • Dreams
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          60 with Salah, Robertson and Taa playing. Watkins yet to play.

                        • Leonard hatred
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          63, including harry's baps. salah and TAA playing, grealish to come.

                        • youneedmorecavaleiro
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          65 w/ Salah and KDB

                        • Arctic monkeys
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Keep us updated

                        • Meinhoff
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          65+Grealish and Martinez

                        • GROBARI
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            52 with KDB Salah (second half) and Martinez to come

                            1. GROBARI
                                2 months, 13 days ago

                                51* sorry

                            2. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              55 with Salah playing now, Martinez and Grealish to go

                            3. Stand By Mee
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              75 -8 with Salah, Grealish and Martinez. Not bad for a -8 gw

                          • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Vardy+Jota or Bruno+Bamford?

                          • Big Hippo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            If there was a way to delete your team that KDB miss would have been enough for me.

                          • wulfranian
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Best midfielder up to 7.3 except Grealish,Zaha to replace Trossard?

                            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Jota...maybe

                          • Firminoooo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Kept KdB through his injury. A penaltymiss is my return. When everybody brings him in he will start to haul. Well, good for Liverpool atleast.

                            1. GROBARI
                                2 months, 13 days ago

                                City will have good run of fixtures after GW9.

                            2. tricpic
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Anyone else do the Bruno to KDB transfer this week? *cries

                              1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 13 days ago

                                Wow

                            3. Danno - Emre Canada
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Did Roy Keane just call Walker an idiot and car crash?!?!?... bit much

                              1. Sco
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 13 days ago

                                😆

                                Walker is dodgy though. Didn't he give away a pen v Leicester with a similar daft challenge? Like Keane said, he's 30 and he still hasn't learned.

                                1. Danno - Emre Canada
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 13 days ago

                                  Haha yeah sure but an idiot hahahaahah

                            4. Coaly
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Zouma or Cancelo?