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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Did Foden get lost on his way onto the pitch or something?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      No

    2. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      With Foden playing and Soucek first sub, that was the most dramatic few mins of the game for me

      1. PartyPooper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Same here. Only KWP first sub 🙂

        1. FeverPitch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Love that kind of fantasy drama (when it goes your way)

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    If only Trent was on for this

  3. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Scores one penalty, 2 bps, gotta love it

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      set up TAA chance as well

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Is that it?

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          A goal + big chance created and then the little things add up. In a 1-1 draw not surprised Salah will get 2 bonus.

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Superb result especially considering all the injuries

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Liverpool? Short of a great result. Fans come to see goals. No doubt EPL is a grounder and football reality check

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Ederson bap for making 2 saves haha

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I say it every week, the bonus system is so flawed. People always defend it though.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      made lots of passes

  6. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    So are you selling Trent now?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not yet.

      1. NOMONEY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        @TM will TAA drop in price tonight? or is he price protected?

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Why Kevin Why?

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Had a shocker today.

  8. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    What to do here with 2FTs and 1.4 ITB ?
    Gauita
    Lamptey/Reguilon/Chilwell
    Salah/Son/Zaha /Grealish
    Kane/DCL/Bamford
    Forster. Semedo /Bissouma/Dunne

    1. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Son to Jota. Roll the other transfer

  9. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Foden not coming on has saved my gameweek. Absolutely buzzing. Charlie Taylor off the bench.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      :p

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Who's going to tell him..

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        He didnt come on mate

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Ah you're right! Saw him by side of pitch all ready to go and didn't realise he didn't actually come on

      2. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Who is gonna tell you 🙂 ?

  10. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Jesus. 12 points from my lot today (Son (c), Sterling, Foden, Robbo, Jimi, Podence)

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A lot of deadwood there

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Yeh I had sterling, foden and robbo. No Salah so frustrating that he did nothing all game bar that pen

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Ah you're right! Saw him by side of pitch all ready to go and didn't realise he didn't actually come on

  11. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Jota 90 minutes looks nailed,Bowen > Jota ?

  12. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Sterling is a dreadful player. Not surprising at all that City flatters to deceive when he actually has to play football and not just tap in D. Silva and KDB assists from 2 yards over and over.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Stat pads against lesser teams at the end of the season.

      I don’t remember the last time he played so well in a big big game.

  13. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Poor game in the second half, a result both sides will take

  14. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    This is where my season turns

    Foden no show makes room for towering header and 15 pointer from Konsa

  15. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    60 after BAPS with Leno and Grealish to go - reckon they'll only get 1 point each

  16. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Completely forgot I have Watkins left for the next game because he's that useless

  17. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Trent is out for me, can't have the most expensive player in the game and have 5 blanks in a row!

  18. Frucke
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Is kane getting 3 baps?

    1. Lukaku_time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Thank you 🙂

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Why shouldn't he?

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Was unsure about the rules when 2 players get same points

  19. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    C: 3 points

    VC: 17 points

    Haunted me last season

  20. arkom
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    A) Robertson (7.0£)
    or?
    B) TAA (7.4£)

    to Chilwell..

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B surely

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The one likely to miss GW9.

  21. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    A) Fernandes
    B) KdB

    1) Cancelo
    2) Dias

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A2

    2. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A1

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B1

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B2

    5. Lukaku_time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B for sure and 2 for nailedness

    6. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      AB1

    7. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A1

  22. A Kun & Mateta
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Going to be a great season. Feel it's between Liv, Chelsea and Spurs.

  23. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    If Saiss drops in price, but my current selling price for him is 5.1, I do not lose that 0.1 if I wait to sell right?

    Thinking of doing Saiss to Digne before the price drop

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Depends on purchase price.

      1. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks for the reply. I have him since GW 2, so paid 5.0 for him

  24. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Feksake.
    Now I have to endure two weeks of my lei supporter pal bragging on about being top of the league.
    Hell.

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Going to Anfield in two weeks though...won't last long

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Auba gonna make a case for himself tonight with a bracette

  26. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Best decision I made this season;

    TAA + Jimi + Foden 》》》Chilwell + Kane (C) + Armstrong for -8

    Don't understand why I kept them for far too long. Good riddance at last

  27. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    42 with Grealish and Martinez left, need a Villa masterclass. Or 2.5mil as it stands, can't catch a break

    1. NOMONEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      im on a similar boat, really need those two to do well to save my gameweek

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      same here 🙁

    3. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Same here. Did drastic changes at last for this gw, could have been horrendous hadn't I pulled the trigger.

    4. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      4.5m here, not had a green arrow all season.

  28. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Foden to play next game or get rid ASAP?

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I'm getting rid, he's not a good pick, even taking a hit to remove.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Why would you wait for a player who is not nailed on to play?

    3. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Get rid. Even if he plays the next game you'll be wondering about the one after that and so on.

    4. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I've already made my changes for the next GW for -4.

      Left Foden in and I'm so livid I've kept with him for so long, I'm going to get rid of him for another -4.

      Best replacement?

  29. NOMONEY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    what to do with TAA? will he be price protected?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sell if on WC

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Nope

    3. NOMONEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      no WC, i guess i will sell him tonight

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Just sell anyway.

        Taking up too much budget and doing sweet f a.

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    69 plus Grealish and Martinez to go, not bad?

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Terrible mate.

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Average

    3. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Obviously good.

    4. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Exact same here, relieved Mo capper.

    5. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      That's very good mate, although you'll probably only get 4/5 points from both of them combined.

    6. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not bad at all.

    7. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I would brag a lot with that score,hate humble brags