Dugout Discussion

Mane, Fabinho and Alisson return for Liverpool as Guardiola benches Jesus

The most-anticipated Premier League fixture of the weekend, and perhaps the calendar year so far, sees reigning champions Liverpool take on current league leaders Manchester City.

Kick-off at Anfield is at 16:30 GMT.

A win for City would take them ten points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the blue half of Manchester also having a game in hand to play on top of that.

Klopp has brought back three of his big guns from illness and injury for this fixture, with Sadio Mane, Alisson and Fabinho returning to the starting XI.

Fabinho will be deployed alongside Jordan Henderson at centre-half, with the Liverpool boss resisting the urge to hand a first start to new recruits Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies – the latter of whom doesn’t even make the matchday squad.

Along with the three returning players above, Curtis Jones is recalled to the hosts’ line-up.

Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Nat Phillips and Caoimhin Kelleher are the men to make way.

Guardiola has made two changes to his City line-up as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Phil Foden start in place of the benched Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus.

The form book points to City in this fixture, with the visitors on a nine-match winning run in the top flight.

Guardiola’s troops have recorded 11 shut-outs in their last 13 matches, too.

Liverpool have won only two of their last eight Premier League games, meanwhile, with many of their key FPL assets in poor form.

Andrew Robertson is on his longest barren run without an attacking return since his debut season at Anfield, while Mohamed Salah – who is still the division’s top goalscorer, lest we forget – hasn’t found the net on Merseyside since Gameweek 13.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.

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2,350 Comments Post a Comment
  1. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    61 (if Alonso doesn’t come on) with Bamford and Dallas to go

    I’ll take with Antonio(c)

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      And bloody Gundo benched lol

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Nice score
      57 with Bamford
      DCL benched ouch

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      65 with Antonio captain, Salah benched, Soucek zero and double City defense.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Same score with Chilwell Raphinha and Bamford to go, 29 pts on the bench

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Ouch

        1. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          76 all out with Targett coming in for Dier but left DCL on my bench

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    With WBA and Newcastle to come and possible DGW 26 which United player do you think best option alongside Bruno?

    A Rashford
    B Shaw
    C Cavani
    D Any better option?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

    3. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

    4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    5. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Captain prospect next week?
    A. DCL
    B. Gundogan
    C. Pope

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    3. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A at the moment

    4. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      a

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

    6. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Dias for me...

  4. Littlefish92
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Score predictions for Chelsea game ?

    Any assets here we think

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      0-2 Chelsea

  5. Dosh
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Best 3rd player from City? I own Gundo and Cancelo.

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Dias

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Dias

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Foden with a decent bench option

  6. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias • Mee • Targett
    Sterling • Gundo • Son • Grealish • Bruno
    DCL • Bamford

    Forster • Dallas • Struijk • Brewster

    Anything need a hit here with 7.5 ITB?

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Gundo (C) locked in for next week. Was a tough decision before but that performance has cleared all doubts.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Over DCL because Gundo has two haulable fixtures and DCL has one.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        True

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Gundo for sure. DCL plays City and an ultra defensive Fulham. Even two 60 min appearances from Gundo should be enough.

    3. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don’t forget the Jesus factor...

  8. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Any suggestions? 1FT and £1.9M itb

    Pope
    Digne Dias Cancelo Maguire
    Salah Gundogan Bruno Rashford
    Bamford DCL

    Steer Grealish Coufal Brewster

  9. Says
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Roy Keane on another great rant

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Telling it like it is.

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He’s right though. And one could say it’s been like this since they lost to Watford last year.

  10. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez, Forster
    Cancelo*, Stones*, Coufal, Dallas, Douglas
    Bruno, Salah, Son, Gundogan*, Grealish
    DCL*, Bamford, Antonio

    2 FT, 5.1M ITB

    Tempted to transfer:
    Forster + Douglas > Pope + Digne

    and BB this bunch in 24. Good idea or go with the popular WC 25, BB 26 strategy?

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    People need to relax over (c) and transfers for next GW. Let the FA Cup fixtures play out in midweek.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I may do this for a change..

    2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Always my tactic, even if prices may change. Got to be wary of injuries

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    what's everyones view on foden?

    the difference now is no kdb + I think he is above bilva and Mahrez in the pecking order

    if he gets a rest in the cup will anyone be tempted for the double ?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He is a rotation risk because he is young and City have a lot of games in a short space of time.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      If he misses the Swansea game I will probably bring him in

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Thing is I’m not sure he will be rotated much less than stones, and the upside seems a lot bigger

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Think Stones has had his haul now so can live without the additional clean sheet from Stones. Foden has much more upside while City are playing like this

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Rotation risk

  13. rupopo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    GW 10 - 2.6 million. Finally made it in to top 100k (77k) with Bamford and Raphinia to go! Did the wrong Hokey kokey with Son / Kane at the beginning of season and playing catch-up in all mini leagues since then.

    Not supposed to be a brag, just happy and am sure if everyone on this site keeps plugging away then ranks will keep going in the right direction 🙂

    Only just past half way and some big weeks coming up too to make up more points...

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Well done
      Took me forever to get to top 10k and almost became a chess game
      Kinda less fun but still enjoyable when you doing ok

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Impressive week by week progress!

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Very well done.. I’m with you, took a -12 couple of weeks back and I dropped around 200k to 400k.. This week everything went right, I even bought son (c) + Shaw in for Soucek/Robertson-4 I just went with my own decisions and ended up on 81 with 1 to play..

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Nice work! 🙂

        I do tend to find when you go with gut instinct it tends to pay off. But this site is great for giving you all the knowledge you could possibly need in one place. Then just a case of making your mind up from everything..

  14. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    "It's a problem that we have. In important moments we cannot miss it, and it doesn't matter the taker. Again, I'm going to think about Ederson, he might be the taker next time."

    Ederson essential? Haha

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Why can't it be Ederson?

      Chilavert used to take them because he was the best in the team. Just leave a few more players back in case he misses.

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I think he will take but not at 0-0 or 1-0. At 3-0 last 10mins maybe.

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Gotta see it happen first

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Well, I have Ederson so why not

  15. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    For DGW24 I have Cancelo, stones, Gund, DCL..with two FTs who is most important to get in? Have 8M ITB

    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Burnley defender probably, or Leeds player for GW26

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Pope

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Mee and Raphinha

  16. Vazza
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Who are the two best Man City defenders to own?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Dias and Cancelo

      2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Stones and Cancelo

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Are Kane and son both essential for dgw26?

      Spurs have Burnley home and likely to get another decent home game

      Many will triple one of those players.

      Will cost me - 8 to have them both - but think it may need to be done.....thanks

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yes I think so

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Me too

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I think one of them is enough. There are other players who could easily haul too. Triple Villa essential there and Everton might be too if they beat spurs in the cup.

      3. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Who would you C if you had both Gundo and Sterling?

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

          The one on pens

          1. Cancelo Culture
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Is Gündo still on pens after that? I guess Sterling did the same not long ago but it’s surely anybody’s guess right now.

        2. Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Honestly I only have Gündo but i’d pick him of the two for cap.

        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Gundo

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

        Best Burnley defender?

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Mee

        2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Mee

        3. Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Mee?

        4. The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Tarkowski

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

          Cheers 🙂

        6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Mee

        7. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Lowton for price.

      5. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        McCarthy
        Dias Stones Shaw
        Salah Grealish Bruno Gundagon
        DCL Bamford Antonio

        Forster, Son, Holding, Mitchell.

        McCarthy > Martinez for free?

        A. Yay
        B. Nay

        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Would do Pope if you can

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I can. But I want to set and forget on Keepers

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Get Martinez in that case

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Cheers

        2. Skymonkey
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yes, McCarthy has been killing my team for weeks

          • Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Get Pope for double. I have Pope and Mart

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Thought about it. But I’d leave Martinez there for the season. Pope would be a transfer waiting for happen imo

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I want to rank high as possible

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  And I think Martinez outscores Pope!

        3. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Did Chilwell > Mee this week. Meaning, Chilwell will score today. Sometimes I need to just follow my gut.

          1. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I did Chilwell to Dallas

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Mine was in preparation for dgw24.

        4. mr messi
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Is Dias, Cancelo, Gundo, Pope and a possible Taylor enough for the double or should I take a hit to bring in another dgw player?

        5. Tinmen
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Folks, am I playing the right players?

          Martinez
          Dias Stones Cresswell Rudiger
          Salah Bruno Grealish Gundy
          DCL Cavani
          Bamford Son Mitchell

          1. Skymonkey
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Not Cavani IMO, Bamford or son. Cavani is rotation risk

            • MoSalalalalalalalalah
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Mitchell not ideal and I'm not sold on Cavani, but otherwise looks good

          2. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            28 points on the bench... Can anybody beat that?

            1. user.n
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Hshssh

            2. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              31

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Martinez Watkins DCL Digne

                1. Chilli Heatwave
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  My commiserations

            3. Skymonkey
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Dude I had Gundo on the bench and Soucek starting.

              • AT
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                No but 99 over the last 4 weeks, gutted I didn't get the 100

            4. user.n
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Bruno to Rashford ore Son to Foden to get Kane?

              1. Cancelo Culture
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Or just stick with Son?

              2. Skymonkey
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  You possibly cannot take away Bruno. You have to have Son and Kane in the same team IMO. Get rid of salah if you have him

                • MoSalalalalalalalalah
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Son to Foden, but there is a rotation risk

                • Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Stick with Son

              3. bigdip
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Thoughts guys? (No FT and 3.8mn itb)

                Mcarthy (Forster)
                Pieter Rudiger Cancelo (Justin, Lewis)
                Salah Fernandes Gundogan SON (SOUCEK)
                Antonio Bamford DCL

                A) Son to Sterling for -4 hit for DGW
                B) Soucek to JRod or 9mn mid for -4 hit for DGW (bench Bamford)
                C) No hit

                1. FPL Space
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    C

                2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Already preparing for my next H2H ML. Which one scores more:

                  A) Pope Son Maddison
                  B) Martinez Salah Mee

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    A

                  2. Cancelo Culture
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    B

                3. kenzo.
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Hey guys off topic but what was the name of the second person who started the Fantasy Football Scout podcast along with Mark? Thanks

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Granville.

                    1. kenzo.
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Thank you

                  2. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Granville

                    1. kenzo.
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Thank you

                4. JIMMY764
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Foden benched next game for gobbing off during his post-match interview about City starting off slow etc lol.

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

                    No chance Pep glowing saying he is learning every game he play

                    1. JIMMY764
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      My comment was tongue in cheek to be fair.

                      Dunno what you were watching, but Pep effectively used his post-match interview on SkySports to reprimand Foden. Zoned in on his lack of positional awareness in the false 9 position first-half, kept making the point that he's very young and needs to learn etc.

                5. wulfrunian
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  After a long time Wolves played well tonight and should have won.One more poor performance from Semedo and Neto didn't play well.Doherty is a big loss.