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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. PP6
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Half time suggestions?
    0 FT .5 ITB

    Doing Kane ➡️ Martial allows me to get KDB and Cancelo in for Son and Saïss the week after?

    Martinez
    Chillwell Saïss Targett Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah Son Grealish Bowen Burke
    DCL Kane Vardy

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Wait til end of gameweek

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks Kap

    2. Jones Town
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Martial? He's so off form - I think he could be dropped for Cavani

  2. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Just going to get Bruno for the pens

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Misses the next one and Rashford will be back on them 😉

  3. shiraz
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Good idea to do robbo to chilwell? Need to free up some extra fund, and chilwell value might rise tonight.

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        we're playing so bad 🙁

        City will thrash us in the 2nd half.

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          ... go for Chilwell. Jota might be my only LFC player very soon. Imo Chilwell is the best left back in prem.

          1. shiraz
              7 months, 6 days ago

              And fixture wise, chelsea aren't that bad too

      2. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Would you lose Aubameyang in a draft (for the season) if it meant picking up Jesus and Jota?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Tough call

          No

        2. Sco
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          No

        3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Nope

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          No - part-timers

      3. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Best replacements for Saiss & Foden - £12.5m available. Share your best combos with me pls! 🙂

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 6 days ago

          I did them both to Coufal and Ziyech - paying off so far, bang on 12.5m too

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers Tim. Definitely considering Coufal as trees up a bit of extra cash. Already have Ziyech so any alternatives?

            1. TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 6 days ago

              I think Zaha would be best punt

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Cheers!

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Coufal Grealish

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers Zico. Coufal - yes. Got Grealish. Any alternatives that aren’t - Salah - Son - Grealish - Ziyech?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Zaha for next 3

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Always get trolled by Zaha so no doubt he will brace every week now but going to avoid! Cheers though mate.

        3. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Ziyech & Coufal

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Alternatives to Ziyech that aren’t Grealish??

            1. GROBARI
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Zaha

          2. djoker_nole
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Masuaku, Ziyech/Grealish

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Do you think Masuaku better than Coufal out of interest? Just keen to hear why? Cheers Djok!

                1. djoker_nole
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Don't think he is as nailed but certainly looks very attacking in all games I have seen so far!

            • GROBARI
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Kdb brace incoming.

              • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Vardy+Jota
                Or
                Bruno+Bamford?

              • waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                A) Son and kane to kdb and vardy
                B) son and r James to kdb and coufal
                C) son, Kane, bissouma to kdb, grealish, Antonio

                Mccarthy button
                Chilwell James ayling Taylor mitchell
                Mané Bruno son soucek bissouma
                DCL Kane Bamford

              • Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                That KdB brace would've got me over 100 points!

                Ughhhh lol

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Brace? He hasnt even scored 1 yet.

              • Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Did KDB hit the target with his pen?

                1. Sco
                  • 7 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  No

                2. JBG
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  No.

                3. GROBARI
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    No

                  • Seanigula
                    • 12 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    No

                  • TorresMagic™
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 12 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    no

                  • Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Nope

                    Hit the advertisement board well though

                  • Gandalf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Pulled it wide to the left with the goalkeeper diving the other way

                4. Olson
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  the word casual is now so banal and dated that we really need a word filter that replaces it with that picture of the captain pickard facepalm

                  1. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Love a bit of banal.

                  2. Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    People who use it are usually those not doing so well 😉

                5. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Been sick all day so missed everything 🙁
                  How were Spurs? Bale starting is likely to take points away from Son we reckon?

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Pathetic
                    Lucky to win

                    Take care

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      lol thanks, well grinding out those small results is important! If you play bad but still win, thats great

                  2. Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    🙂 Good call - get better!

                6. Please Answer Me
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Is Bruno worth the extra cash over Rashford? Are their non penalty xG similar ?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 12 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Get Bruno

                  2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                    • 8 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Yes

                  3. Og
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Bruno is a class above rashford even without pens

                7. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Son Kane > Jesus Fernandes?

                8. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Is that... KDB down...?

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Back up

                9. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Matip yellow

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Doc will handle that

                10. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Seriously considering packing the game in this year.

                  Just cant make a correct call and its becoming difficult to actual enjoy watching the games now

                  I was back and forth all week on 2 options with 2ft, safe and no hits or big team changes and a -20 ( see my linked comments), decided to stay patient

                  The -20 hit would have got me 40 points total so far which tells you everything about this year

                  Down almost 1 million in 4 weeks to 1.2mil currently. Game aint good for the head.

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    This game is complete luck mate

                  2. DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Jack it in or man up and take the bad days

                    1. FPL_trail_runner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      Its not the bad days per day, more so i dont enjoy watching the games anymore

                      Have actually watched less this year since playing again

                      Its been about 10 years since i played ( Played 2 seasons back in the 2009-11 and finished 50k and 5k) and then didnt do anymore

                      The lockdown i decided to play abit again.

                  3. Trophé Mourinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    1.2 mil isnt bad dude, so many people are around 3 million. Dont do a -20, madness, will pay off < 10% of the time

                    1. FPL_trail_runner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      I meant the -20 i didnt to going into this week was worth 40 points so far this weekend

                      Sorry for the confusion

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        Im a bit picky with what games I watch, some days I will watch a few, others day none at all. VAR is a bit painful, at the weekend im invested in fantasy, but during the week I dont typically spend too mcuh time on it anymore.
                        Spending all week thinking about it and tinkering, just sets yourself up for a dissappointing weekend I find.

                        I'd rather forget fantasy until Thursday or Friday and then check on injuries and think about moves at that point, this game needs a lot of patience, people often want instant gratification, you cannot or very rare;y get instant gratification from this game. Accept it for what it is and be patient, its always eays to claw back position over time

                  4. TorresMagic™
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 12 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Could have sold my 2 Wolves for a hit but didn't. Would have been an instant win.

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      Saiss>James, Jimi.Werner? I did it and it actually worked for once

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        well kinda, James didnt exactly get anything. Hardly a big win

                      2. TorresMagic™
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 12 Years
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        Sold Saiss for Coufal.
                        I mean Jim & Podence.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          ah ok

                  5. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    *hugs*

                    When the fun stops, stop

                    If you need a break, take it. As long as you want

                  6. Sir Alex Telles.
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    stuck at 2M and enjoying the game. it's call psychological.

                  7. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Take it with a pinch of salt (I know it’s easy for to say having a great season).

                    I think sometimes you may be trying to be too clever, and get ahead of the curve. Still early days, lots to swing

                  8. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    In my best ever season, I was 1 million OR at the start of January and finished top 3k.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      That’s insane

                  9. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    There will come a time where something will switch in your brain and none of it will annoy you anymore

                11. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Well with so many more penalties we are going to see more penalty misses and saves

                12. DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  KDB crocked

                13. Parsnips
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Martinez

                    Robo. Chilwell. Coufal
                    Salah. Zaha. Son. Barkley
                    Werner. Jimenez. DCL

                    Ryan. Mitchell. Anguissa. Dunne

                    What should I do? I want to get fernandes and de bruyne in but idk how to do it

                  • Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    GW11 included and onwards who would you rather keep, DCL or Kane?

                  • waldofeen
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Worth an 8 point hit?
                    Son to Ziyech
                    Zouma to Bellerin
                    Podence to Jota
                    Will also leave 0.5 ITB
                    Team would be

                    McCarthy Nyland
                    Bellerin Chilwell Lamptey Justin Mitchell
                    Salah Ziyech Grealish Jota Zaha
                    DCL Kane Warner
                    Think what I will do is leave Jota for Podence until the following Gameweek and take a -4 hit.

                  • George Agdgdgwngo
                    • 11 Years
                    7 months, 6 days ago

                    Kevin’s hobbling

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      What a surprise, he's fine as soon as they attack

                      1. George Agdgdgwngo
                        • 11 Years
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        That was the point, after the attack he was hobbling again

                  • pisces91
                      7 months, 6 days ago

                      which one is better?

                      A. chilwell - kdb - 4.5mid
                      B. lamptey - bruno - jota

                      1. GROBARI
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          A

                      2. Bubz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        Terrible shot Jota

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Could have scored!

                        2. Nightcrawler
                          • 2 Years
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Its okay hes 6.6

                      3. arkom
                        • 4 Years
                        7 months, 6 days ago

                        A) Robertson (7.0£)
                        or?
                        B) TAA (7.4£)

                        to Chilwell

                      4. GROBARI
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Bad game tbh

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            7 months, 6 days ago

                            Rubbish now

                        • Hattrick Harry
                          • 1 Year
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Missing DSilva is huge for ManC, can’t replace him

                          1. Hulk Smash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            7 months, 6 days ago

                            You say that but he didn't play every game the last couple of seasons and I'm pretty sure they still won most games without him.

                        • Sir Alex Telles.
                          • 4 Years
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Not watching the game. Have cancelo. should I be keeping or looking to get rid?

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            7 months, 6 days ago

                            Didn't realise he was playing

                          2. NATSTER
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            7 months, 6 days ago

                            He just did a brilliant cross.

                        • Abra Dubravka
                          • 2 Years
                          7 months, 6 days ago

                          Best defender up to £4.7m going forward?

                          A) Vestergaard
                          B) Coufal
                          C) KWP
                          D) Lamptey?

                          1. GROBARI
                              7 months, 6 days ago

                              B