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

    0-0 please

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Henderson Rodri 1-1 please

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Too much luck needed for that.

    3. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Nearly impossible

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

      Wouldn't mind 0-0 tbh.

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

      Sorry

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

    What should i do with this lot?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Coufal - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
    Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
    DCL - Werner - Kane

    1ft & 0.4m itb!

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Get Son out for Rashford or Zyiech.

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

    Reguilon/Son/Kane ➡️
    PVA/Bruno/Vardy - 4?

    Sick of spurs and need to shake things up oner IB

    Have money tied up for Bruno➡️Kdb of city show signs of improvement..

  4. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Trent please score 🙁 worst GW ever...

  5. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Pool can’t create anything, just watching and running around and finally getting tired

  6. Coaly
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Saiss to Zouma or Cancelo?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Zouma GW9. Cancelo GW10.

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Penalty Liverpool

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Here we go

  8. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Peno pool

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

    Liverpool penalty!

  10. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Pen for Liverpool. Come on Mo

  11. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Season of penalties

    1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Keeping Kane than, selling Son

  12. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Trent please take it

    1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Good one

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

    Salah pen incoming

  14. youneedmorecavaleiro
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    McCarthy - Steer
    Chilwell - Cresswell - Justin - Shaw - Ferguson
    Salah - KDB - Rashford - Podence - Anguissa
    Kane - DCL - Wilson

    0.5 ITB, 2 FT, WC available

    Ideas? Podence and Shaw are priorities to get out, right?

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Don’t know why walker gets so much hype, loves giving away penno’s

    1. Bada Bing
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      He's a terrible defender, always late and lunging.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Poor mans aurier

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

    Pen!

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

    Penalty Salah, so obvious, ML rival still has him captain after missing the deadline

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      can't be much of a rival if he's missing deadlines can he.

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

        He's inside the top 100k so he's pretty good

  18. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    A penalty only for the captainers.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Not this GW, owners getting benefit this time.

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

      ..... 😉

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

    Salahhhhhh Goooaaaaal

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Salah G

  21. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Salalalalalalalahhhh

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

    Anything but a Liverpool clean sheet, I beg you, pleeeaaassseee!!!

  23. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Go Mo...!!

  24. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Always captain salah

  25. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Yessss Salah

  26. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Son cap over Salah hurting...

  27. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Well taken penalty.

  28. ivantys
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Stupid foul not given to city earlier, useless ref

    • seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      TGFS!

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

      Great camera angle for that pen.