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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Kdb owners in a state of utter disarray

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Don't own him, but he's Injured, Covid mid-game or what?

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    KdB vs Lookman

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      GW11 preamble

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        HA!

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Least Lookman hit the target.

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Oooh right in the feels...

  3. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Lol, Jesus on pens!

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      THISSS

  4. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Wide

  5. Kannbury
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Finally some good news today! 😉

    • The Gambler.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Thats. A. Massive. LOL

    • FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      JUSTICE DONE

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Oooo... dear me.

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Of course, my season going as usual...

    • Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Rofl. Wow.

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Give them to Jesus!

    • TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Kevin de blank

    • GROBARI
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Season over.

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        There's someone out there that owns KDB, Vardy and Lookman 😆

        1. GROBARI
            3 months, 21 days ago

            I own Vardy and KDB. Pain.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Wow

        3. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Justice served. Terrible penalty by KDB who presumably is now hugely overrated and a fraud.

        4. elchilangles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          KDB best player in the premiership! hahahahahahaha

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Don't be an idiot please.

          2. dark91
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Are you ok?

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Hindsight warrior, having his moment

          3. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Act your age.

          4. Robson-Canoe
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            So you've never made a mistake in your life?

        5. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Clear pen, commentator needs to stop moaning

        6. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Jesus now essential ?

        7. Joey Tribbiani
            3 months, 21 days ago

            justice.

          • Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            NO -1 for TRENT 😎

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Taa essential, basically a 7.5 mid, no 7.5 mid will score more

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Yet he isn’t scoring anything

            2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Look at all those goals / assists.

            3. JJO
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Timing
              Lucky for your idiotc post 🙂

            4. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Sold for Coufal and pretty happy so far. Also money to upgrade Son/Watkins.

          • GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            There goes my 13+ KDB haul 🙁

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Yup

          • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Best possible result as someone who doesn't own KDB yet.

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            KEVIN DE BOTTLER 😆 😆

            1. BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Lol, funny but harsh.

          • UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Knew he’d miss that, the week of pen misses

          • keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Harsh decision but at least consistent with the Kilman one earlier today

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            There have been more missed penalties this week than ones that were scored xD

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 21 days ago

            kdb 🙁

          • Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Trent almost lol

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Nearly wet myself with that Salah to TAA chance