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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. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    TAA Robbo maxx exodus coming up

    Chilwell and zouma to soar in price?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Chilwell hauled most recently so it'll be him

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cresswell

  2. lindeg
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    salah is actually an awful footballer

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Aye. but that's no good enough apparently.

      2. lindeg
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. Das Boot
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

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

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yes u get assists through pens and tap ins. Genius

        3. Utopsis
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Hahahaha - Jesus this forum is pure gold

      3. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Great post. stuff of legends.

        1. Das Boot
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          lol

        2. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          More bell than leg

      4. Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

      5. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        His finishing has improved a lot this season

      6. Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah. Sure.

      7. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        and selfish too

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

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

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        This! I want Coufal Bruno and Vardy ASAP

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

      City defense doing decent

    4. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      this is about the time Salah gets his second

    5. aborg
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 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 !

    6. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 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
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah, he’s got to go

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        yes time to sell

    7. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    8. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      what websites do you guys use for price changes?

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Fplstatistics mate

    9. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Without Firmino.. liverpool struggle with pressing

    10. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    11. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      TAA has been such a waste of ownership this season.

    12. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Dias or Cancelo?

    13. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Would you consider getting Jota on a WC?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Nah, too many better options

    14. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Pool level dropped since bibby went off

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        thissss

    15. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 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.

    16. gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Draw

    17. SM001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Even KDB can't be relied on anymore.

    18. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      WC?

      McCarthy
      Robbo Lamptey Dallas
      Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
      Kane DCL

      Button Davis Mitchell Ferguson

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 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
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yep

      3. Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Take a few hits to clear the rubbish.

      5. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks for your input everyone! Cheers!

        1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          No

      6. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Kane foden > Antonio, Bruno? Enough money?

    19. Underdogs11
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sterling 4.7 PPG
        de Bruyne 4.2
        Bamford 7.2
        So weird.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          L.U.C.K

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        This is all City

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Funny how sterling thinks he can dribble through 4 defenders

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          No footballing brain

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Too much feeding for the trolls going on here

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sterling... ugh.

      • BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Lol, was that a suplex?

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Laporte YC

      • Sir Alex Telles.
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

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

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 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?

      • The Chosen One...
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sterling is overpriced this season

      • Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        TAA to Chilwell or Cancel?

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          chill