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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. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Sterling on pens now.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      lol

    2. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Think it will be Ederson next

    3. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Worst in the whole City roster

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

      Would love this!

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

    Remember Mahrez grabbing it off Jesus at Anfield last year?

  3. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 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
      11 months, 14 days ago

      He’s looking immense

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Yes you would, come on now

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

      Who said ?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Nobody

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Trent close!!

  5. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    KDB captain...

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

    Keep your pen misses until i get you KDB

  8. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Trent!!! Why didn’t you bury that

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

    Omg TAA so close

  10. aborg
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Pheww Trent was close

  11. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Trent almost!

  12. schlupptheweek
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    My players are allergic to scoring penalties!

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

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

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

      Feel bad for you man

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

    Kdb essential

  15. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    All you to do is aim the ball for the hand

  16. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Kdb has never really been good at pens

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

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

  18. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  19. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Both TAA and Jota were close, phewww

  20. Gerd Mueller’s thighs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 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™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Ball hitting hand or arm.

    2. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Grandad, is that you?

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

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

    1. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Any idea what his EO is currently?

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

        No. But I reckon it's not much

  22. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  23. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  24. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Trent range

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

      please score

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

    Transferred taa out. Bet he scores this.

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

      Saved twice now. Phew. Lovely game this! 😀

  26. The Reptile
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 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..

  27. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Lol that would have been a salah assist had he scored

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Remember ahsley young getting 2 assists for similar rooney free kicks

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Ashley young assist

  28. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 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
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      A

  29. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    KDB off pens now.

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      ?**

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

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

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

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