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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. Dele
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Liverpool defence is dead, time to offload the lot

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A month ago.

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        This. Kept double for way too long.

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      See what I mean? Deserves an award. Have an upvote o/

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      They concede 1 against City, a game in which they had a 15% chance of a CS and suddenly they're dead? I'm a Robbo owner but I benched for this game for a reason. Anyone who blindly played them and are now wanting to rage transfer them out are idiots.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I got rid in GW3. One of the few good decisions I made on that wildcard.

  2. Manani
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    TAA replacement? Already have Chiwell.
    Thinking Robertson, or go cheap and get Coufal or KWP

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Coufal, KWP

    2. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      City or Arsenal defender

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Anyone who can get more than 2 points is an improvement on Trent.

      Fpl wise he's been utter 7.5m garbage this season.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Coufal Cancelo Vestergaard/KWP
      Justin next few may be useful

      1. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Cancelo interesting. Never crossed my mind

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I did last week giving me 8 + 3 the last two weeks, bombarding forward with MCI fixtures turn good

    5. thetommy14
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Cancelo or Dias

      • Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Coufal

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Grealish left for this GW 5pts expectation too much?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Look below 😀 I'm expecting even more!

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Grealish can get points here

    7. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      79 with Grealish to go. Get me to my highest points score this week please Jack. Just a 6 pointer from you.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        ARS defence is quite solid but who knows

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Congrats great score

      3. aborg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Don’t push your luck mate 😉

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Fair enough 😀 80+ points will do me

    8. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Podence to Jota for -4?

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Meh... not for a hit imo.

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

        no way

      3. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Pod has great fixture

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Gets subbed 60-75 and does f all really.

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Eze

      5. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Nuno did the opposite

      6. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No

      7. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        It's Pod or Mitro out for me this week, and I think Pod will be cut tbh, just no output and plays only 60 mins. I'll be bringing in either Ziyech or Jota, but not sure I'd do it for a hit.

    9. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bottomed.

      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?

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B looks good, tho risky getting rid of Kane

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Agree completely. Still, it’s tempting. Could Son cover Kane? No, but Grealish and Bruno could make up the difference.

      2. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        A

      3. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not sure I'd be bringing in Bamford looking at the fixtures. Reckon Adams looks a better option at that price.

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Cheers!

    10. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Which sounds better?
      A) Kane, Foden, Podence to Bamford, Bruno(C), Jota-4?
      B) Saiss and Foden to Cancelo and Jota ( bench Podence). Keep Kane for now

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B imo..

      2. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Similar to mine above. Tough to get rid of Kane. Seems clinical atm. Maybe B for you and next week Podence out.

      3. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B

    11. aborg
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How odd is it that I have to rely on Barkley tonight to have an average GW ?? :/

    12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Leno worth going for on WC? McCarthy seems best 4.5 but his fixtures are awful long term. Have Chilwell so don't want Mendy..

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Fabianski?

      2. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Also on WC I'm likely going for Leno. Gunners are solid and great long term fixtures

    13. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

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

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe just Trent to Cancelo

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

          Thanks I can always keep an eye on the prices and see how it is going and save the hit. Makes sense cheers.

          1. puhd
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Good luck mate

    14. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Pity TAA is injured. Now everyone will sell him.

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I sold him weeks ago...

    15. puhd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I hope my Sterling to Grealish pays off!

    16. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Gonna take a punt on Nico Williams. Great if it pays off, if it doesn’t then I have a 3.9m fodder

    17. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah tempted by coufal

    18. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Going to need to replace Saïss -(also got TAA and Mitchell flagged now so may need hit before extra game) but best option to replace Saïss between

      A Vestergaard
      B Coufal

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Coufal
        But check also Dann whether he is nailed, fixtures next 3!

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

        Probably B for mid-term fixtures and attacking potential

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        * or go up to C PVA or D Cancelo

    19. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Need Grealish to save my season....

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ok Chucky.

      2. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 10 days ago

          same thing every week 😀

        • puhd
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Just brought him in. Hope he does well too!

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

          cry me a river

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I only see one person crying. Stop being so obsessed, its pathetic

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          EO too high to be able to be a savior unless [C]

        • Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Boring now

      3. Tinmen
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Evening folks, should I make this move tonight?
        I’ve the exact money as Jota is rising

        Barnes and Son to Bruno(C) and Jota -4

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Looks good

      4. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Stopped short of TAA to Coufal for -4 this week (didn’t like the risks, or taking -4 on a defender).

        Worth doing early to avoid drops and rises?

        1FT
        Martinez Steer
        TAA* Justin Zouma Struijk Mitchell *
        Salah Son Bruno Podence Reed
        Kane DCL Maupay

        Thanks!

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I'd do it now yeah

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          A lot of football to be played. Wait as you wont be priced out of anything

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Cheers. Will monitor it as would like to avoid a potential 0.2 swing if possible

      5. The Road to Turfdom
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        TAA, Barnes, Podence -> Bruno, Coufal, Soucek (-4)?

        Exact cash

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yes

          1. The Road to Turfdom
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks!

      6. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        How long is Mitchel out for?

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          As long as PVA is fit.

          1. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            This still inconclusive.
            When pva came on two weeks ago Clyne came off , mitch moved to rb.

            1. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              I think he is a nice cheapie to have, but PVA coming back and playing well is not good for his future prospect. Cant see him getting many games at RB tbh.

              1. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Fergusson due back very soon. Might be a straight swap on the card

        2. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Projected end of mth

      7. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Going to fall back to sub 2mil this gw.
        Decided to just give in and have fun.
        -16 for me next gw.
        Who's with me.

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          It's still early days, I wouldn't recommend self-destructing like that

          1. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Agree, I'm up almost a million at the moment, from 2.3 to 1.4m with Barkley&Laca yet to play, point differences are not so big still.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Precisely. Always keep hope.

        2. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I did -8 this gw, paid off heavily. Going to do at least -4 for next gw. Need to start chasing from now onwards.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I did -4 for 4 GWs in a row climbing from 3.8M to 1.4M-ish

            1. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Yes. Would try and chase as I lost patience this gw. Before, I did only 1 hit all season but I had to take out the non performing expensive assets. Glad I did.

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I would calm down, will not take -16 with rush

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Agreed

      8. tarantino2005
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Saiss out for signs or cancelo?

        1. tarantino2005
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Digne or cancelo?

          1. thetommy14
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Cancelo better fixtures coming up

            • PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Cancelo

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

          Foden > Jota is looking a good move actually.

          I wanted to hold Foden but 0 minutes in this key game is quite discouraging. He might not play enough of those good fixtures. Jota meanwhile is starting and Firmino is basically a midfielder. Jota looks like he's taken over as part of the front 3.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Yes. Leicester solid once again though. May be worth waiting, or at least punting on someone else for the next round of fixtures.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Leicester... Last year TAA got 24 points in that one. I don't buy it. Their defense is good but it's not THAT good. Burnley scored twice against them.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I don't know. Fofana has come in and he's really good.

              2. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                He won't get 24 this year. He might not get any.

              3. Marcin the Pole
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                We played a back 4 against Burnley, whereas our back 3 with Fofana in it has looked very solid indeed. We are nowhere near as leaky as we once were, Rodgers has become more pragmatic defensively. No guarantee Liverpool run riot again imo.

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Any interests in Eze?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              No. Too expensive.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                5.8 isn't it? good fixtures next 3 and taking all dead balls?

          3. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Avoid both imo

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              And get who? At that price bracket there's really not much.

              I already have Grealish. I think Jota is worth the risk.

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Try to find funds for Ziyech

          4. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Not for me. Foden to ziyech / Bruno

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          How's this for luck?

          GW1 benched Mitchell, clean sheet!
          Gw2 benched Mitchell, assist
          Gw3 benched KWP, clean sheet
          Gw4 VVD -2
          Gw5 defenders score 1 1 1
          Gw6 bench Justin, clean sheet
          Gw7 benched Lamptey, scores
          Gw8 benched Justin, clean sheet

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            That's unlucky. You've benched as many CS as all my defenders and GK have combined this season!

          2. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Sorry, there's no luck in Fpl, game is all about skill

            1. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Agreed lol

          3. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            That is rotten luck

        4. Jimbo-Jones
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Cancelo or Chilwell for TAA ?

          1. thetommy14
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Chilwell

            • ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Chilwell as he is nailed on, attacking, on set pieces and playing for an improved Chelsea defence.

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Chilwell out of those but I would try to fit in both

          2. Mr.K
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            TAA & Wilson -> Dias & Vardy

            Aye or Nay?

            Could get Kane too but Vardy's fixtures seem much better and have Son.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Would not be losing Wilson.

              Upgrade one of your mids to City guys. I know they've been lacklustre, but KdB puts that penalty in and he's on 14 points from that game. Fixtures are godly too starting in GW10.

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Wilson is inj

                1. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  How long for though. It’s a 2 week break now

          3. thetommy14
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Do I need to rush out Reguilon from my team with that attacking potential?

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Coufal or Cresswell?

              Creswell has a lot going for him, but I suppose there's a fair few benchable fixtures coming up.

              1. The Road to Turfdom
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Coufal. Not sure any WHU defender is worth £5m

              2. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Cresswell got 7, 15, 5 v Wolves, Spurs and Leicester.

            • wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Fernandes or Ziyech?

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                F

              2. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Bruno

              3. wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                cheers

            • ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Can Managers on here remember that Pool Leicester game when TAA utterly destroyed Lei?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                You mean...last season?

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Yup, that was one hell of a performance after many took TAA out of their teams. Something to ponder for owners if he is our short term.

              2. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Trying to get people to keep TAA. Love it.

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Lol, it's a lesson we should learn from.