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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. gryffsonofarthur
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    FFS. I swear Alexander Mitrovic is a Witch. Been wanting to get him out last 4 game weeks but injuries and other issues have conspired for me to make other moves.

    Have 2 FT's aND was excited to use one on Mitro. Now Wilson and TAA get injured.

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Hahahahahahah

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

      long break, one could recover

    3. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Just take the odd hit to get rid of dead wood. For players in teams that bad, there’s more chance the -4 pays off than not.

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

      Was in a similar position but luckily I have the opportunity this international break with my 2 FT's. The guy is shockingly bad and him refusing to take a penalty just summed up his time in my team.

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 23 days ago

        He isnt bad. He plays for bad team

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

          He is a bad PL striker. An excellent Championship striker. That's a fact.

    5. Z
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Wilson could be back.

      This injury on TAA is good for you, trust me 🙂

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

      Exact same situation here, Ings kept him in my team this GW & pretty sure Foden/Son/Saiss will keep him there after the IB. I have a nagging hope that he'll relish playing against Pickford.

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

    Sterling badly exposed without sane and silva.

    The signs were there last season with no sane. No dilva now either.

    The two sources of half his tap ins

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Time to say goodbye.

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

    I still have Nyland and Ferguson, whens Ferguson gonna start? And I think Nyland left the league lol

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

      Lol didnt even realise nyland left and i have him as 2nd keeper 😆

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

        lol, I was like why is Nyland always red flagged! Oh right....
        I had one week where I didnt even field a keeper

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

      Ferguson will be a bargain in DGW 34 🙂
      I have him too

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

        thats a long hold 😀

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I have Amartey and Ferguson 😆

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

        I kinda like a crocked and AWOL bench, it makes it look like im so confident in my team that I dont even need a living bench

  4. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    RMWCT??

    Martinez Steer
    PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
    Salah KdB Rashford Grealish Soucek
    Werner Richarlison Brewster

    1.3 ITB

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Def is tooooooo weak

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Need some Che at the back

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Che Adams is a forward

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

    Would you WC this lot ?

    Martinez - Button

    Chilwell - James - Justin - Reguillon - Mitchell

    Salah - Sterling - Son - Podence - Bissouma

    Kane- DCL - Mitrovic

    1. Zilla
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Nope

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Nah.

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

      Just do mitro sterling and podence out to 3 inform players and your good

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

    Hit the trigger on this for free?
    TAA + Hames to Bruno + Bellerin.

    Exact cash so likely to be priced out tomorrow. Also have WC left which could be activated If IB screws me.

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

      yes but wait until after the arsenal game just in case...

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

        Yeah ofc pending Bellerin doesn't brake later 🙂

        And thx

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

      do it

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

        Cheers

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

    Robertson yellow card in 5 minutes

  8. Costa Nostra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Surely nobody who is a serious manager still owns TAA right?? 5 straight blanks?

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      You don't take out TAA for a hit, and midfield and attack tend to be the priority for transfers. Not everyone used wildcard early

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        Exactly. Had so many issues in my team that TAA has remained by default

      2. Costa Nostra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        There will be plenty taking him out for a hit this coming week. You could have taken him out this week for a bit and made points...lots of 6s amd 8s from D this week.

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Sure, it's different if an injury involved.

          Also hindsight is a beautiful thing.. he's been getting into plenty of attacking positions recently so was no reason to take a hit to drop him

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

    Salah getting more than 1 bap with just 1 attacking return must be a first

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

    Ok Cancelo is a boss!

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      In game- YES
      In FPL- NO

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

    Your courent rank lads??

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I'm a millionaire

      Went from 3M to 2M

    2. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      160k

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      Current bun

    4. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      35k. Grealish to come.

    5. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      16th

  12. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Foden not coming on today? Don't want those bench CS points to kill the rank!

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

    Cancelo so good!

  14. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    This game is boring.

  15. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Who would you rather to replace Trent?

    1. Cancelo
    2. Bellerin
    3. Zouma
    4. RJames

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      You have Chilwell?

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 23 days ago

        I don't but he's out of budget.. got 5.6m!

        1. Z
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 23 days ago

          Zouma then

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

      1

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

    Mane. What skill.

  17. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    That's one of the most insane passes Ive ever seen by Mane 😮

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

    Would you WC this week? Or wait 1 week
    McCarthy (Steer)
    Chilwell KWP Justin (Saiss)(Mitchell)
    Salah Rashford Grealish Rodriguez (Bissouma)
    Kane Werner Maupay

    0ft

    Thinking of activating WC because I would almost WC the same team next week so better to catch the price rises now to afford it.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      It won’t matter, WC or not, will still be out of luck this season.

    2. Ghost86
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 23 days ago

      I’m in a similar situation was leaning towards waiting one more week.

      Your team is pretty good. What would you change?

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

    Shaqiri plays really poor

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

    Cancelo you absolute beast

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

    Sterling does my head in. How long do you need to shoot!

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

      He wastes a lot of chances but he gets so many

  22. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Foden time

  23. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Want rid of sterling! Best replacement?

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

      KDB

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

    Mane is an unbelievable player

  25. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Fode on soon

  26. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Foden coming on

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

    Foden coming on to play 5 mins

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

    Foden on to save the day

  29. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Son and Trent to
    KDB and Cancelo for a -4
    Would rather wait a week but exact cash.

  30. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling is the weakest link of MCI attack, cannot make half chance to materialise