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

    Milner on pens

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Wrong

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Lol no

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    If TAA is out Chilwell is ready for a triple rise

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      He's already quadruple risen

  3. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Tearing calf is 4 weeks minimum, and if bad 6-8 weeks oit

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      But he maybe didn't tear it

      1. Hattrick Harry
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Yes not tearing badly is possible but still few weeks

  4. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Feck it, time to wc.

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I envy you

  5. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    TM you got lucky by benching TAA

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Make your own luck.
      City were always scoring.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe. But he might have scored

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          If continued to play.

          Well I see you doing a -8 or -12 now

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Ffs, wanted TAA owners to keep him

    1. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Lfmao

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I bet we all have him come the end of the season

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    This has been a disaster for those with anyone other than salah in this game

  8. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Need 4 penalty saves from Martinez to save my season

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      lol me too, plus a few goals from grealish

  9. sambyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Great minute as Sterling captainer and Trent owner.

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Owning sterling has been a Nightmare

    2. GROBARI
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Sterling captain vs Liverpool? Sterling is bad when he play against them

      • Kannbury
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Same! 🙁

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        How unfortunate, oh well makes TAA to Chilwell nice and easy

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Was the plan anyways

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Would probably have done it GW10

      • DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        TAA + Jimi > Chilwell + Werner worked great!

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Wow very lucky

      • JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        That should help the Liverpool defence

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        TAA drops incomimg

      • Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Lamptey to get a call up for England with TAA out?

      • Kannbury
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Terrible couple of minutes for us Sterling and TAA owners. :-/

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          People still own TAA?

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Takes me back to your posts about him before the season if anything

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 10 days ago

              What did he say?

              1. COK3Y5MURF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 10 days ago

                Went on and on about how he was criminally underpriced. I think he said he'd own him 8.5 or 9

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 10 days ago

                  *at

                2. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 10 days ago

                  This

                3. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 10 days ago

                  the amount of people who said TAA should be 8.5 lmao, what a joke.

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 10 days ago

              Oh yes. Trent should be 8.5/9.0

        • JBG
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          TAA will come good, lol.

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Have the exact cash to do Bamford + Foden to Vardy + Soucek. Should I? Both will rise and become unaffordable before the next GW starts for sure.

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Should have got Chillwell lads

        • Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Not any serious player still have TAA anyway

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          FFS planned TAA to Cresswell this week and missed the deadline. Knew it would cost me points.

          I'll be delighted to get rid. What a disaster he's been this season

        • Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Made my decision to take trent out a lot easier...

          Trent & Son > KDB & R James?

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Oh yes. Leaning towards something similar. Would have to have a drink first

          2. PartyPooper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Why would you buy R James now? In looking to sell

        • Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          David Clifford magic 🙂

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Easy to sell Trent now 😆

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            1.5m to play with getting Chilwell, yum yum

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Sterling (c) booked. Looking like yet another captain fail. My captain scores this season:
          Auba 7
          Auba 5
          KDB 2
          KDB 2
          Fernandez 11
          Sterling 2
          Mane 2
          Sterling 1

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Damn...

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Don't own Salah?

          3. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Start captaining Salah and follow the poll here

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 10 days ago

              Don't have Salah. Not interested in polls. Can make my own mind up. I've just been unlucky. It's been an absolute joke of a season. Never had such bad luck in 15yrs of FPL.

        • The Chosen One...
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Son will outscore Sterling with his tough fixtures

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Nah

            1. The Chosen One...
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 10 days ago

              Spurs will play on the counter in those games which will suit him

        • Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          TAA & Podence -> Chilwell & Ziyech with 2Fts one of my better moves this season. After selling Mccarthy & Adams in recent weeks I'll happily take it!

        • Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Actually this wasn't good for TAA non owners.

          1. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            This

          2. Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Yes, it was

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            And not for Liverpool

        • manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Sterling or KDB for gw10?

        • Manani
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          how did podence play earlier?

          1. GROBARI
              5 months, 10 days ago

              Casual game