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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
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Shoooooot FFS

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Excellent from Matip

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Mane so good, hope he can do more

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I thought you were a City fan?

  4. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Sterling Foden in my XI. Robbo on the bench. FML

  5. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Son against this defence next GW will be fun... captain material.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yup, those gaps in behind with balls from Kane De Bruyne

  6. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Son -> Bruno(c) for free

    Yay/ Nay?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      You’re sandwiched between to pro-Spurs comments

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        *two

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Looking at the game vs WBA today, I don't think it will be walk in the park for United. That being said, in low scoring affair, Bruno can haul, goal and/or assist practically guaranties him three bonus points.

  7. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Keeping Kane is more appealing now

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Selfish from sterling

  9. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Sterling and scoring is difficult in same sentence

  10. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Pretty much gaurenteed Foden coming on right?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah

  11. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Sterling is hilariously overrated. Technique like Diana Ross taking that penalty in the 94 World Cup opening ceremony.

    1. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He's a million times better than you to be fair.

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I've already scored in this game mate.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Good positioning. Probably the best in the premier league at finding the right spot for a tap in

      Terrible technique and hardly ever takes on his man though

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah his movement is fantastic that's why he scores a lot of tap ins. Always finds the perfect space for the cut back.

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        The weird thing is he used to take them on

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Haha great simile!

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      🙂 Harsh in the extreme. Diana hadn't warmed up

  12. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    How’s my gorgeous Trent looking?

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Slightly

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He actually looks more offensive today than he has most games this season

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Good stuff

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Raheem the dream lol... more like Raheem the meme

  14. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Backing city has done huge damage to my season already. I will not be doing it again this season.

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      They literally don’t create any chances.

  15. dark91
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Apart from pace, can someone explain why is Sterling a popular football player?
    Man can't finish and has awful decision making and passing

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Check fpl history for a start... Then find some others with similar history and see if they are rubbish too.

    2. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Game intelligence and balance, the opposite of Walker.

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 days ago

        + Balance, great shout!

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Electric pace, great feet, and his finishing has vastly improved. Still struggles with decision making though.

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        His finishing was sooo bad and improved noe to maybe acceptable. Don't forget the amount of tap ins he scored vs the number of decent chances he misses

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah agreed - He can certainly improve his finishing, he just needs a masterclass from Son.

  16. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    David Silva such a big miss for this Man City team. But a lot of these players aren't as good as they were 3 seasons ago because of age/injury. Aguero, Walker, Gundogan, Fernandinho all regressed compared to how good they were. The 'youngsters' such as Bernardo, Rodri, Foden, Jesus just have not been able to reach those old guys levels.

    1. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He scores 20+ goals every season in all comps. He's obviously one of the best players in the league and in Europe.

  17. Joyce1998
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    I've had an all right week

    McCarthy
    Taa, Ctaylor, Justin
    Salah(c), Sterling, Bruno, Klich
    Jimmy, Wilson, Dcl

    Steer, Alzate, Saiss, Mitchell

  18. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Obviously waiting on this game..

    But how does Trent & Son > James & Fernandes for free sound?

    Would leave me 1.2m in the bank to upgrade Fernandes to KDB/Sterling once they start firing?

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Sounds good to me

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    OMG jesus

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Demba can I have OMG Trent please next?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        *Bemba even

  20. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Jesus. Some goal

  21. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Lovely goal.

    Jesus G
    KDB A

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Great goal

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Damn!!! Trent cleanie gone 🙁

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      A clean sheet was always unlikely in this one tbf

  24. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Sexy goal by Jesus

  25. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    KDB assist?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

  26. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Foden assist from the bench by any chance?

  27. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Lovely KDB assist 🙂

  28. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Lovely, overpriced Liverpool defenders clean sheet wiped

  29. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    TAA defense LOL

    1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      But seriously? people still have TAA/Robertson? wow.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Check fixtures

  30. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    BTTS as expected.