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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. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    TAA Robbo maxx exodus coming up

    Chilwell and zouma to soar in price?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Chilwell hauled most recently so it'll be him

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah true. Zouma top of the points list will be popular replacement too

    2. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      If I had both I’d be bringing in Chillwell and Cancelo

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Cresswell

  2. lindeg
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    salah is actually an awful footballer

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Done well to be behind only Messi for goals and assists since arriving at Liverpool then

      1. Das Boot
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Aye. but that's no good enough apparently.

      2. lindeg
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        pens and tap ins, hasn't dribbled past a man since 2017

        1. Das Boot
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Is his job not to score goals or is he paid to just dribble past people?

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Yes u get assists through pens and tap ins. Genius

        3. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Hahahaha - Jesus this forum is pure gold

    2. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Great post. stuff of legends.

      1. Das Boot
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        lol

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        More bell than leg

    3. Steve McCroskey
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Just the opinion of your average football fan that has no real knowledge of the game whatsoever

    4. Stoic
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      His finishing has improved a lot this season

    5. Dreams
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah. Sure.

    6. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      and selfish too

  3. Babelcopter
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Fecking IB I want to use my 2ft right now!

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      This! I want Coufal Bruno and Vardy ASAP

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    City defense doing decent

  5. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    this is about the time Salah gets his second

  6. aborg
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    First 30 mins of this game looked like it was gonna be a thriller, now it just become as exciting as watching the ballots being counted in the US before the winner !

  7. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Foden seems to be so far down the pecking order. Not only behind the usual suspects, but also Torres & Bilva.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah, he’s got to go

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      yes time to sell

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Any sign of foden coming on? Sooner take my chances with Konsa

  9. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    what websites do you guys use for price changes?

    1. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Fplstatistics mate

  10. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Without Firmino.. liverpool struggle with pressing

  11. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    I actually can't remember the last time I was happy enough with my team to leave it alone for a week

  12. JBG
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    TAA has been such a waste of ownership this season.

  13. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Dias or Cancelo?

  14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Would you consider getting Jota on a WC?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Nah, too many better options

  15. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Pool level dropped since bibby went off

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      thissss

  16. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    booted out Trent and Foden for Ziyech and Chillwell.

    only correct decision I've made in this shite season. Was for a hit too.

  17. gryffsonofarthur
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Who's getting the winner in this? Or we calling a draw?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Draw

  18. SM001
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Even KDB can't be relied on anymore.

  19. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    WC?

    McCarthy
    Robbo Lamptey Dallas
    Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
    Kane DCL

    Button Davis Mitchell Ferguson

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      you serious!? not at all. it's a manageable team. just need to use ft's to get rid of foden and podence. you can get rid of deadwood on bench when you do WC later

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Yep

    3. Steve McCroskey
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Lol at Mitchell and Ferguson. Not worth a WC in my opinion

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Take a few hits to clear the rubbish.

    5. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Thanks for your input everyone! Cheers!

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        No

    6. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Kane foden > Antonio, Bruno? Enough money?

  20. Underdogs11
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling 4.7 PPG
    de Bruyne 4.2
    Bamford 7.2
    So weird.

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      L.U.C.K

  21. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    This is all City

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Funny how sterling thinks he can dribble through 4 defenders

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      No footballing brain

  23. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Too much feeding for the trolls going on here

  24. Begbie.
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling... ugh.

  25. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Lol, was that a suplex?

  26. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Laporte YC

  27. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    I'm pretty sure Bumford will become shite as soon as I transfer him in

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Do it. Then I don't have to get him.

  28. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 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 & Cancelo.. yay or nay?

  29. The Chosen One...
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling is overpriced this season

  30. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    TAA to Chilwell or Cancel?

    1. Begbie.
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      chill