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

    Whats up with TAA this season? Any one checked out his stats to see the contrast between his stats this season and previous ones?

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

      Attacking-wise, he still looks a threat.

      Maybe it’s just the lack of CS that is making it seem much worse, which is obviously down to the team rather than being all on the individual.

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

        Was is last season that they didnt have many CS for ages also? But from what I remember he was probably still returning, just didnt make the double up viable at the start of the season.

  2. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Fraud Alexander Arnold

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

      This

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

        Unfair

  3. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    TAA looking like returning in this game?

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

      Yes.

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Can't wait to laugh at the sellers

        1. Yeboah Power XI
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Haha great timing!

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

      subbed for Milner

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

    Wish I knew if Telles would start... Easy transfer from TAA.

  5. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Treat em like Trent in Kent
    If they lack we're taking corners

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

    Sterling and Saiss to Bruno and Chilwell?

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Yip

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

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Coufal - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
    Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
    DCL - Kane - Werner

    -4 hit to do Son & Trent to KDB & who... (max price of 5.6m)

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Zouma?

    2. shiraz
        7 months, 6 days ago

        PVA?

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

      Think I’m going to go...

      Saiss Foden Son ➡️ Cancelo KDB Soucek (-4)

      Y/N?

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Ffs TAA owners will finally take him out now

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

        Don't worry I won't

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

      Bonus Points

      3 - Jesus (25)
      2 - Salah (22)
      1 - Wijnaldum, Mané (15)

    6. Dog and Fox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      More hair on Shaqiris head each time he gets on the pitch!

    7. Parsnips
        7 months, 6 days ago

        How’s many bonus points for salah?

        1. GROBARI
            7 months, 6 days ago

            2 for now

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            2 atm but plenty of time to piss them away

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

          Everyone is going to sell TAA now.

          Booooooo

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            So they said 6 gameweeks ago

          2. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            3 weeks running now!!!

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

          Robbo to Williams is on the cards for me. Much needed cash for upfront

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

          James Milner has now played in everything position for Liverpool except between the sticks.

          1. GROBARI
              7 months, 6 days ago

              This.

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

            Cancelo doing a great tackle against Salah. He looks nailed to me

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

            Cancelo passing his FPL audition in flying colours here

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

              I'll never be certain he's nailed but he's just incredible man. Still worth it possibly

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

              *with

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

                True. Thanks

          4. michaelington
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Just got to laugh at this season. The worst luck with injuries.

          5. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Trent > Cancelo looking like a good move?

            Are we sure Cancelo keeps his spot?

            1. NoSalah'd
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 6 days ago

              I think so, I am going to do it 2 weeks early I think

              1. Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Im debating Trent & Son > KDB & Cancelo

                1. NoSalah'd
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Go for it, I am keeping Son as Spurs will play on counter attack, which favours him.

            2. ...al
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Likely

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

              Never sure with pep

            4. Kannbury
                7 months, 6 days ago

                This City defence looks fairly settled.

            5. NoSalah'd
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Should I do Trent, Bissouma and Ings for Fernandes, Cancelo and Davis?

            6. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Come on Liverpool, concede another

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

              Scenes?

            8. Saosin
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Jesus nailed?

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

                He was yes and has a decent cross on him.

              2. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Historically yes.

            9. Party time
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Time to get Bruno Penaldes

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

                What about Kevin De Penalduyne?

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 6 days ago

                  Tempting. I need to have a beer. Then rage transfer

            10. Phlajo
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Vardy, Son, Hames, TAA to Bruno, KdB, Bellerin, Brewster

              That would be a -8 :/

              1. NoSalah'd
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Yes, I am gonna do TAA, Bissouma and Ings to Cancelo, Bruno and Davis.

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

              At least Trent made it to the 60th minute I guess

            12. Saïss doesn't mat…
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              SCOORE AGAIN SALAAAAH

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

                Ok

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Please no

            13. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Bring back Aguero please

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                What would Aguero do?

            14. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Come on Robo get that 1 bap

            15. Snooze ya lose
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Best Saiss replacement?

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

                I’m tempted with Cancelo. Or Coufal if saving cash