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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Never a pen, ridiculous

  2. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    KDB wide

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Yessss KDB brace!!!

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      Nvm stream is slow

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      Watch the game then post LOL

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      You mean brace himself to get taken off pens, lol.

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Kdb miss

  5. Begbie.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Justice.

    1. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      for what?

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    KDB miss

  7. TimoTime
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    :O

  8. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Oh dear what a miss

  9. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Missed

  10. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    KDDDBBBB MISSSSSSS

  11. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Hahahahha Missed

  12. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Loooool

  13. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Kevin the failure

  14. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    What a miss!

  15. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    KDB missed :-O

  16. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    omg

  17. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    He's human after all

  18. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    The premiership has becoming PATHETIC

  19. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Imagine owning KDB

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      Hahaha.

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Really bad pen

    Could be off pens now

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      Yes Jesus will take next one

  21. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    KDB misses pen

  22. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Hahaha

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    WTF KDB

  24. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    JESUSSSSS ON PENNN NOWWWW

  25. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Lol

  26. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Oh dear

  27. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Damn. Didn't see that coming.

  28. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Where to go for City attackers? Pens a bit part of KDB's appeal

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 23 days ago

      Ederson must be moving up the list.

  29. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    Sick

  30. FISSH
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 days ago

    I hate football now