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

    That’s a pen

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

    Should be a pen

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

    That isn't a penalty IMO.

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

    Clear pen this

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

    City pen probably

  6. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Should’ve never made the switch from KDB to Sterling when he was out.

    Sterling’s useless. Worth a transfer for the switch back?

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

    Never in a million years is that a pen 😆

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Neither was wolves

      So have to give it

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

        Agree on that count. Ruining football with this crap.

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

        2 wrongs don’t make a right

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

          Consistency adds value

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

            Someone needs to have ball to change it

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

              *the balls

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

        Because of the rules which are terrible

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

      Always a pen, every year

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

      Based on previous it is.

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

      It’s worse than the Wolves one.

      Shame about the rules, but they have to give it.

    5. djoker_nole
        2 months, 10 days ago

        cry some more

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

        Didn't Leicester just get a pen for less?

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

      Haha pen city

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

      Penalty surely

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

        Running with his arms out like he was looking for a group hug!

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

      Clear pen

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

      Could be a penalty

    10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      29% own TAA. 29% dead teams?

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

      Anyone know KDB's owenership?

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

        15%

    12. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      KDB first goal coming oh yeah

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

      I've somehow got to get Salah, Kane, Bruno and KDB into my team. Headaches....

    14. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Has to be a pen if the Leicester v Wolves one was.

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

      Ive been way too patient.

      Down from 300k to 1.2mil in 2 weeks despite no hits.

      Crazy to think but the 12-16point hit i was debating midweek to buy coufal, lamptey, Chilwell, Kane (c) (and didnt do ) and sell robbo taa, saiss and antonio would have me around 20points better off now

      Season has been ruined by poor decisions past few weeks

    16. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      City pen given

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

      This is the same as the penalty at Leicester. Almost identical. Should be given.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        This

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

      Please miss Kev

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

        Thank you Kev x

    19. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      If Kilman's was given, this should be as well.

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

      Pen given

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

      Given

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

      Poor from Gomez

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

      I said robbo would get 1 point

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

      Come on KDB

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

      if that's a penalty then the rules are totally mental!

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

      WOW Should have bought KDB 🙁

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

      Clearest penalty ever

    28. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      KDB misses