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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    This game could go either way, no idea who wins it. Preferably Liverpool for my acca though

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      I have Salah anytime, Jesus anytime, 3+ corners each and Rodri yellow. Bit disappointed with the corners

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Not surprised - 3+ corners each is a stretch - what odds?

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          30/1

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Nice if it comes through - BOL!

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    I am sold by Cancelo.

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Same.

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Yea looks to have nailed that lb spot. Mendy never fit. Had a howler last game and Zinch not even close to either of their level

  3. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Jesus absolute sitter cancelo A

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Cancelo lovely pass.

  5. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Bobby is terrible. Wastes Robbo assist too

    1. ...al
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Looks well down on his confidence

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        2 years of poor confidence?

        1. ...al
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Sure

  6. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Shaq attack

  7. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Does Salah ever miss a penalty?

  8. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Wtf shaqiri is still at pool?

  9. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Robertson -> Cancelo no brainer

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Exactly this.

  10. ...al
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Shaq looks pretty intense and slightly confused

  11. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling been stinking up my team for weeks.

    1. Mighty Wings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Same here

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

      Yi! - who transferred him in? Who made the decision each gw to hold? Sterling/Pep problem or is it between your seat & keyboard?

  12. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Walker lmao

  13. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Firmino off

  14. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Bobby out, Jota is nailed on

  15. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Bobby fail

  16. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Need to stop letting my loyalties and/ or promise of what players ‘should’ be doing hinder my FPL choices!

    Held Robbo “for one more” and decided I had to play him at his price.... over KWP who’s sitting pretty on the bench with his 9 points. Luvvly jubbly!

  17. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Firmino is such a strange player

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Bad is the word you are looking for.

  18. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Stonewall penalty

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Haha never a pen

  19. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Wow, Firmino is finished

  20. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Firmino has been rubbish

  21. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Bobby off before Jota, interesting

  22. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling yc

  23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling yellow

  24. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Really pains me to see Bobby struggle as a Liverpool fan

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Not a Pool fan but I do like Firmino as a player. So unselfish. Hope he gets his confidence back.

  25. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling good commitment but yc

  26. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Razz YC

  27. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    TAA down

  28. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Trent down

  29. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Trent down

  30. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Trent broke