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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    TAA INJURED

  2. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Trent injured. What a disaster hes been this season

  3. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    TAA crooked

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    TAA International injury

  5. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    TAA down 3-4 weeks out by the looks of it

    1. Oi! Shadders!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      And you know that how?

  6. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    TAA down

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Trent calf injury

  8. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Brilliant why the hell do I own sterling

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Same

    2. aborg
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I’ve got him too but it’s not just Sterling...it’s the way that City have regressed in their play in the final third of the pitch.

  9. cilz88
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Wildcard time - please help

    Wildcard team is looking like
    Leno Steele
    Coufal Chilwell Mitchell Struijk Kilman
    Salah Fernandes Ziyech Grealish Bissouma
    Kane Werner Watkins

    Unsure whether to go Barkley and Brewster over Bissouma and Watkins. Thoughts?

    1. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I like it and am considering similar.

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Bamford over Watkins? I own the latter but would prefer Bamford on WC

      1. cilz88
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah also thinking that but think my heart is ruling my head. We have a good run of fixtures coming up.

  10. GROBARI
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Pathetic from Sterling

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yes

    • Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Calf injury by the looks of it.

    • ...al
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Uh ohs

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      4.0m full back for Liverpool watch time

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Milner

      2. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Isn’t he 3.9m?

      3. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yes sir

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Ffs Sterling

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Could be a good few weeks out

      Muscle tissue injury?

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah

        Those could take a month to heal at least.

    • denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Jesus does look sharp. Always put off getting him though.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Mildly coming on

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Milly f@@king auto correct

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Time for Neco Williams

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        3.9.

        I hope TAA is fine but if he's out long term that might be the most appealing transfer of all time.

    • The Chosen One...
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Trent injured. Advantage Liverpool

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Milner time

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A Trent injury could mean a lot of early transfers in the international break

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not looking good for TAA. Milner getting ready.

      Why not Williams?

    • COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sterling you imbecile

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Let's please be decent

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Can’t wait to sell sterling.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Thank God, sold TAA and kept Robbo!

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        You still need to sell Robbo

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Milner on to steal pens.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Good look getting the ball off Salah 🙂

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Stubborn Trent owners finally getting the push they need to remove him.

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      TAA price to drop at least twice over the IB break?

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      TAA clean sheet banked....

    • Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      TAA avoids a -1 and makes it to 60, that's a haul 😎