Dugout Discussion

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. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Sterling on pens now.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      lol

    2. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Think it will be Ederson next

    3. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Worst in the whole City roster

    4. Kannbury
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Would love this!

    5. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Remember Mahrez grabbing it off Jesus at Anfield last year?

    6. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Keep the faith in TAA they said

      The ball will bounce off Chilly for a goal they never said

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        He’s looking immense

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Jesus spun him I don't care if he bags a hatty

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Yes you would, come on now

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

        Who said ?

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

          Nobody

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Trent close!!

    8. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      KDB captain...

    9. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      The sooner they make the rules clearer & easier to enforce the sooner the game will improve!

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

      Keep your pen misses until i get you KDB

    11. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Trent!!! Why didn’t you bury that

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

      Omg TAA so close

    13. aborg
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Pheww Trent was close

    14. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Trent almost!

    15. schlupptheweek
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      My players are allergic to scoring penalties!

    16. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      As a Trent and KDB owner, all I feel is pain

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

        Feel bad for you man

    17. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Kdb essential

    18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      All you to do is aim the ball for the hand

    19. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Kdb has never really been good at pens

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

      That’s a rare sight. Mind you I bet he still hauls in this game.

    21. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Heart in my throat on that TAA shot. Dropped him this week.

    22. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Both TAA and Jota were close, phewww

    23. Lamplighters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Been playing the game for over 50 years and now don’t understand what constitutes a hand ball.......and obviously nobody else does as well.

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

        Ball hitting hand or arm.

      2. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Grandad, is that you?

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

      Now we wait for the drop in EO. KdB will score BIG in the next few imo

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

        Any idea what his EO is currently?

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

          No. But I reckon it's not much

    25. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Nearly had a heart attack with that TAA shot. That goes in I'm in dreamland.

    26. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Have Sterling. Should I also get KDB? Will need to transfer Son out.

    27. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Trent range

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        please score

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

      Transferred taa out. Bet he scores this.

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

        Saved twice now. Phew. Lovely game this! 😀

    29. The Reptile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I had 6.5m itb and sold Foden for Bowen, could l have got KDB or Bruno but the pen miss is making me feel a bit better..
      Just over thought it expecting WH to turn over Fulham..

    30. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Lol that would have been a salah assist had he scored

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

        Remember ahsley young getting 2 assists for similar rooney free kicks

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Ashley young assist

    31. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      In a draft league, so need to think long term...

      Best picks over the season?

      A) Jota & Jesus
      B) Aubameyang & Brewster

      A nailed-on-ness worries me.

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

        A

    32. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      KDB off pens now.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        ?**

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

        Sure will put it down as a blip and keep them until at least the next miss

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

      Trent regressing on FKs... someone else should get a chance soon