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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. aborg
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    If you own Sterling by now do you sell or keep for GW10 onwards with the great fixtures?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Keep

    2. Lukaku_time
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 20 days ago

      I sold him before this gameweek and used the funds to upgrade my team

    3. dshv
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      I am on the same boat.. maybe will switch him with kevin again...

      1. aborg
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        That’s the thing, maybe switch him for KDB but why waste a precious transfer for that. A bit too sideways I think and it could go either way.

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Keep

      1. aborg
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        Cheers

    5. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      100% keep

      1. aborg
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        Thnks

    6. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      I have the feeling if I ditch Raz, he suddenly oxplodes with a haul :/
      But get KDB back as he was his placekeeper, then hthe picture looks much different..
      Really a toss.

      1. aborg
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        True. I’m just tired of having tied so much money on Sterling for so many blanks.
        Will just keep for a hopeful redemption in the next few games.

  2. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Do people still have double Villa defence?

  3. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Red arrow after autosubs because of jammy Foden owners. Fuming... always this game rewards terrible picks.

    1. ALI_G
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      annoying isn't it

      the rule needs to be changed

      players picking balanced squads penalised

    2. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Not when you have multiple of them like Saiss/Mitchell/Burke, meaning you end up with 10 men when the little twerp doesn't even get on the pitch.

  4. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Benched Taylor for Cancelo but happy enough to witness his performance this evening

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    What moves would you do here? Not using WC & not concerned with my bench! Open to taking hits.

    1 FT 0 ITB

    McCarthy
    Robbo Dallas Lamptey
    Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
    Kane DCL

    Button Davis Mitchell Ferguson

  6. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Andrew Robertson is the best left back in the world.

    1. djoker_nole
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Have you seen Marcelo play?

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        yes

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Not even the best Scottish left back

    3. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      not even the best left back on merseyside.

    4. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      haters

  7. 1zverGGadeM
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Keep Sterling anymore?

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Gone for me.

    2. Babit1967
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Bruno or KDB seem a good transfer

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Cheers!

  8. Harper (No more Penandes)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    KDB probably 11 points down because of penalty miss, damn that is brutal, no reward for patience

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      This season is killing me.

  9. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Current team:
    McCarthy, Nyland
    Zouma, Cancelo, Saiss, KWP, Justin
    Salah, Sterling, Son, Podence, Soucek
    Kane, Jimenez, Davis

    Several spots to address, in my estimation, so activate WC:
    1) during IB
    2) after IB (fxt swing even worse going into gw10)

  10. ZeBestee
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    I can see good CS potential in that City defence after the Spurs game. Cancelo, Walker and even Dias could be worth an inclusion.

    1. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      I like Dias, he scored a fair few goals for Benfica, I fear rotation for Cancelo

      1. ZeBestee
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        Yes. Dias seem like rock solid, and as you say, he will get goals once he settles down.

  11. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Crystal Palace scored as many goals this gameweek as City, Liverpool, Spurs, Wolves and Leicester combined

    I wonder how often that will ever happen

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      There's a chance of Arsenal joining this list tonight while it stays relevant

  12. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    37 points, that Vardy pen miss as captain really summed up my season

  13. Babelcopter
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Jack Grealish masterclass coming now. Fully expect 15-20 pts

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Yes jack Grealish master class against the best defence in the league...

  14. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Is there any good TAA replacements that isn't traveling on international duty

  15. NOMONEY
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    will TAA drop in price tonight,

    1. NOMONEY
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      ?

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Looks like it, but who knows. FPL prices have been weird.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Already on - 95 on fplstatistics so yes. Most likely drop twice over IB

  16. Galza-The Wanton Trader
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Can I please get 12 pts from Jack to hit the magic ton... 😉

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      You'll do well to get to 90.

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        Probably, but he may get lucky.

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      wow! possible.

    3. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      depends if he can get lucky with another deflected goal 😛

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 20 days ago

        I’ll take anything. One of the shin, who cares.

  17. thetommy14
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 20 days ago

    KDB + Cancelo for Robbo + Son good -4?

  18. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Would you wildcard this lot?

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Ayling Justin Mitchell Chilwell
    Salah Son Hamez Podence Bissouma
    DCL Kane Bamford

    1. Manani
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      no

  19. F4L
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Cancelo nailing down that LB spot though, very performance again today.

  20. Eewraks
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 20 days ago

    TAA to

    1) Cancelo
    2) Bellerin
    3) Cresswell
    4) Chilwell

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      4

    2. thetommy14
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 20 days ago

      4

  21. C_G
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    is 58 with Martinez to go avg?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Yes

  22. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Reguillon lost his bap ?

  23. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    So Mohammed and Jesus both scored...

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Everyone happy.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Same story just different interpretations...

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      The faithful rewarded.

    4. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Ha ha!

    5. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Only buddha blanked

  24. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Come on Grealish make me happy

  25. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    So time sell Fraud Alexander Arnold, what a fall from grace this fpl season has been for him so far.
    Think I will go ultra cheap to transfer funds into power 5 midfield.

  26. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Give me a replacement for Sterling?

  27. chelseabrad
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    2FT with 0.9 ITB, Mitchell > Kilman tonight before Mitchell drops?

    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Chilwell Bellerin KWP Mitchell
    Salah Son Hamez Grealish Neto
    Kane Wilson Bamford

  28. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    54 with Martinez to go. Not the best of gws, but decent I guess

  29. AD2110
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Which one of Kane or Son to keep for the upcoming fixtures?

    Thinking Son probably more likely to grab a few on counter attacks but quite reluctant to get rid of Kane with his current form

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Kane will punish sellers.

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Kane

    3. thetommy14
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 20 days ago

      Keeping Kane

  30. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 20 days ago

    Martinez
    Robbo Zouma kwp Lamptey Mitchell
    Mo Son Podence Trossard Stephens
    DCL Werner Kane

    A) Son -> Bruno
    B) Kane, Pod, Tros -> Bam, Grealish, Bruno -8

    Leaning towards the hit since imo I get mor than I lose. Opinions?