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

        Hahahahahahah

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        long break, one could recover

      • Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 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.

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 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
            2 months, 16 days ago

            He isnt bad. He plays for bad team

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

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

        2. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Wilson could be back.

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

        3. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 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.

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 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
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Time to say goodbye.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 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
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            thats a long hold 😀

        3. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I have Amartey and Ferguson 😆

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 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

      • Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        RMWCT??

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

        1.3 ITB

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Def is tooooooo weak

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Need some Che at the back

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Che Adams is a forward

      • lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Would you WC this lot ?

        Martinez - Button

        Chilwell - James - Justin - Reguillon - Mitchell

        Salah - Sterling - Son - Podence - Bissouma

        Kane- DCL - Mitrovic

        1. Zilla
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Nope

        2. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Nah.

        3. Lukaku_time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

      • Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 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. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah ofc pending Bellerin doesn't brake later 🙂

            And thx

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          do it

          1. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Cheers

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Robertson yellow card in 5 minutes

      • Costa Nostra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 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
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

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

          2. Costa Nostra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 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
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 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

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Ok Cancelo is a boss!

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          In game- YES
          In FPL- NO

      • Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Your courent rank lads??

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I'm a millionaire

          Went from 3M to 2M

        2. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          160k

        3. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Current bun

        4. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          35k. Grealish to come.

        5. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          16th

      • sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

      • Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cancelo so good!

      • Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        This game is boring.

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Who would you rather to replace Trent?

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

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          You have Chilwell?

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Zouma then

        2. Babelcopter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          1

      • Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Mane. What skill.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 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. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

        2. Ghost86
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

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

          Your team is pretty good. What would you change?

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Shaqiri plays really poor

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cancelo you absolute beast

      • SM001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          He wastes a lot of chances but he gets so many

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Foden time

      • Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Want rid of sterling! Best replacement?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 16 days ago

          KDB

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Mane is an unbelievable player

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Fode on soon

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Foden coming on

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Foden coming on to play 5 mins

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Foden on to save the day

      • Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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