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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
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Kdb owners in a state of utter disarray

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

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

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    KdB vs Lookman

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      GW11 preamble

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        HA!

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Least Lookman hit the target.

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Oooh right in the feels...

  3. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Lol, Jesus on pens!

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      THISSS

  4. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Wide

  5. Levi's 501
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Finally some good news today! 😉

  6. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Thats. A. Massive. LOL

  7. FISSH
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    JUSTICE DONE

  8. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Oooo... dear me.

  9. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Of course, my season going as usual...

  10. Pavsboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Rofl. Wow.

  11. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Give them to Jesus!

  12. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Kevin de blank

  13. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Season over.

  14. Begbie.
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I own Vardy and KDB. Pain.

  15. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Wow

  16. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  17. elchilangles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    KDB best player in the premiership! hahahahahahaha

    1. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Don't be an idiot please.

    2. dark91
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Are you ok?

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Hindsight warrior, having his moment

    3. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Act your age.

    4. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

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

  18. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Clear pen, commentator needs to stop moaning

  19. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Jesus now essential ?

  20. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    justice.

  21. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    NO -1 for TRENT 😎

  22. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yet he isn’t scoring anything

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Look at all those goals / assists.

    3. JJO
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Timing
      Lucky for your idiotc post 🙂

    4. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

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

  23. GenerationalTalent
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    There goes my 13+ KDB haul 🙁

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yup

  24. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  25. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    KEVIN DE BOTTLER 😆 😆

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Lol, funny but harsh.

  26. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  27. keefyefc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  28. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  29. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    kdb 🙁

  30. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Trent almost lol

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Nearly wet myself with that Salah to TAA chance