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

    Salah CS gone

    1. Utopsis
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Lol

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

      Yesss destroy those expensive clean sheets

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

      Wooohoooo all my players getting points except Kilman

      KDB get more!!

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Keep us updated every 2 minutes - I'm sure you will.

    4. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Robbo fail. I am fed up by overpriced Liverpool defense. Should have sold for Coufal

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

        should have sold for soufflé

    5. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      KDB ESSENTIAL

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

        Haha not at all, he had nothing to do with that goal

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

          I mean... that’s a bit far lol

    6. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Jesus aka Romario

    7. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      That goal would be unlikely to happen if VVD had been there

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Or a wall.

        Or a unicorn.

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

      OMG get the f out of my team Robertson

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

        Did you expect a clean sheet today?

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

          This

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

          Just some attacking returns will do - it is City after all 😉

    9. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      TAA > Chilwell
      Saiss > Coufal
      Foden > ZIyech

      -4 paying off so far.... hope I don't jinx it 😀

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

        Looking like excellent moves!

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Cheers!

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

        Did you get that advice on here?

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

      That just confirms my transfers..

      Son > Fernandes
      Trent > James

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        That last one will end in tears. Lampard has previous for making you think James is nailed then out of nowhere he's benched for a few weeks. Chilwell much better option if you can afford.

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

          I can, but the extra 0.9 would help me go from Fernandes > KDB at a later date.

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

      What a goal.

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

        Agree

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

      Might get in Jesus actually..

      1. Og
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Son to jota. Wilson to jesus. Tasty

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

          Much prefer the Son and Wilson tbh

    13. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Jesus you beauty!

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

      I deserve this for not having the balls to bench TAA for Taylor.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        You won’t be saying once he curls in that free kick 🙂

    15. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Imagine owning Pool defenders

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

        Casuals

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

        Robbo not a good pick anymore?

    16. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Liverpool vs Leicester predictions?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        2-1

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

        Goals.

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

        1-1

      4. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Tight game

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          No 4-0 like last season?

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Can't see it. 1-1 or maybe 2-1. Leicester have defensively impressed despite their injuries.

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

        2-2

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

        3-1

      7. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        2-0

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

        1-1

    17. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Been relying on Foden for City. Jesus great if Aguero out weeks more?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Same here. I think KDB is a must tbh, but Kane to Jesus is tempting if keeping son

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

          surely you'd rather keep Kane than Son????

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah rn thinking is KDB and Kane over Son and Jesus, but son much more likely to do well against good opponents on the counter. KDB and Kane also 2M more

            Who really knows this season though

    18. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Need KDB asap

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

      One more City goal & Liverpool have the joint worst defence along with Leeds & West Brom crazy !

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

      Jesus an option as Kane replacement?

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

        a poor replacement, Kane has still got some goals in him during this run

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

        Nah Jesus won’t come close to Kane tbh

    21. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Jesus.. that goal world class striker

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

        flukey

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

        Complete fluke

    22. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Kdb or Bruno to replace Barnes?

      5m itb so can afford both

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        both

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

          🙂

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

        Bruno

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

        Bruno for the next GW then KDB after.

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

        I think the home to West Brom is a trap...KDB for me

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

      Jesus did not try for that at all, so lucky

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Made his own luck.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          He wasn't trying to stop the ball, he meant it.

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

            No way,
            He was trying to turn but not like that!!

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Watch it again. Outside leg inside tap.

          2. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Looked like he meant it to me, too.

          3. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Agree.

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

        Nope, he did it. TAA was wrong positioned by 2 metres away from him...
        Sometimes you have to dismiss social distancing in such occasions 🙁

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

      Why the hell have I Sterling.

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

        Scores 20+ goals a season?

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

          Not this one by the looks of it.

    25. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

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

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

    26. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cmon kev

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

      Would you use your WC to do these changes?

      Out: Son, Kane, Dier, Wilson, Robbo, Jimenez, Justin, Zaha, Bissouma (fodder)
      In: KdB, Salah, Antonio, Chilwell, DCL, Coufal, Ziyech, Lamptey, K.Davies (fodder)

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

      Who's a better buy?

      Cancelo or Dias?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Dias imo

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

        Dias. Mendy will take up Cancelo's minutes once the fixtures start piling up imo

    29. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Tottenham or even United if they get their home form together could win the PL

    30. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Pen