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Firmino return forces Jota onto Liverpool bench for Arsenal trip

Diogo Jota (£6.7m) is among the Liverpool substitutes for Saturday’s Gameweek 30 trip to Arsenal.

After the midfielder impressed on international duty following a goal in Gameweek 28, over 200,000 Fantasy Premier League managers signed him for the season run-in.

However, Roberto Firmino (£9.0m) has frustrated Jota’s 6.4% ownership by making his first start since returning from injury.

The Brazilian missed each of Liverpool’s least two league outings but was declared fit and available by Jurgen Klopp in his Friday press conference.

The rest of the Reds’ starting line-up provides fewer shocks, with Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) and Sadio Mané (£11.8m) either side of Firmino.

Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) are the full-backs with Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m) paired with Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) for a fourth Premier League start from the last five.

Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m) have not passed their fitness races for Gameweek 30, left out of the Arsenal squad today.

Martin Ødegaard (£6.0m) is able to hang onto the number 10 role at the Emirates Stadium while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) and Nicolas Pépé (£7.6m) provide the width for Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) up-front.

Mikel Arteta continues to shake things up at the back. He has now named a different centre-back duo in eight of Arsenal’s last nine Premier League matches.

Rob Holding (£4.2m) and Gabriel (£4.9m) get the nod today with Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) and Calum Chambers (£4.5m) at left and right-back respectively.

Gameweek 30 Line-ups

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Chambers; Partey, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Ødegaard, Pépé; Lacazette.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Thiago, Milner; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Gameweek 30 so far…

Pep Guardiola was arguably the key man in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Leicester as he rang the changes.

Ilkay Gündogan (£6.1m), John Stones (£5.3m) and João Cancelo (£6.1m) were all benched for Gameweek 30 and, thankfully for their owners, none of them took to the pitch for one-point cameos.

Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) emerged to get a second-half assist while Phil Foden (£6.1m) replaced Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) in the 88th minute and was unable to involve himself in the goals.

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) kept up his run of starts, making his eighth in a row and capitalising on Manchester City’s 17th clean sheet of the campaign.

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) got his second goal of the season while Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) now has four in his last four starts.

Meanwhile, this match was also notable for the return of James Maddison (£7.1m) coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Marc Albrighton (£5.2m).

Provision bonus points

  • 3 – Benjamin Mendy
  • 2 – Gabriel Jesus
  • 1 – Aymeric Laporte

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634 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Shame Salah scored, I was looking forward to seeing how many blanks it took until his EO drops to less than 10%.

    How many do we reckon it would have taken?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      He’s a season keeper. End of.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Like Trent was 🙂

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Jota and Trent in next week for Cancelo and Gundo!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1nweek late 😆

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Not sure it would have been worth a -8 though

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Clearly would have been

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            At the time Captain Hindsight lol

  3. JBG
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Arsenal are so awful, it's hilarious.

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      They play well but when they slip it really goes to pieces.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Arteta is awful

  4. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    All aboard!

  5. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Jota(C)

  6. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Jota could be a good option for GW31 wildcarders

  7. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Ooh did Mane touch it?

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      That'll be a Mane assist

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes.

  8. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Salah over jota is so annoying right now

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hindsight

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Mane touched that, right?

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yep =[

  10. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I love you Jota 🙂

  11. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Can't ignore Jota now.

  12. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Those WC in GW31 have you already activated?

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    All aboard at Jota Junction!

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Raphinha to Jota feels a very easy transfer to make right now. Question is whether that's enough or if we also play the WC.

  14. gogs67
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Is the triple Liverpool WC gonna be the big thing now? 🙂

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yes with their fixture run in

    • Isca Extremadura
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pool need Jota..

      1. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jota picking up where he left off,
        Got Pools mojo back for Real Madrid Tue

    • Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Auba and Stones > KDB and Cresswell?

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Salah or Jota the priority?

      Gotta be Jota?

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jota, Salah as well if you can make it work

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Got to be Jota

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jota, he's the new Gundo

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Jota, Salah not worth the price for the odd return

    • Naby K8a
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Jota is so good but wow Arsenal have looked relegation bound today

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Jota train in full effect

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Might get him in as a cheeky differential

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Too late imho.

    • The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      does salah cover Jota?

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Not for the price

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      An assist yet Mane did nothing to actially attempt to get that to Jota

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      This game...TAA,Salah and Jota first on my WC list and didnt WC this GW coz Ars away tough fixture

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Arsenal players shouldn't be paid for this match

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Games started: 7
      Goals scored: 8
      Diogo Jota, an absolute gem...

    • Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I think we haven't seen performances like this since Suarez.

    • Jurgen Flopp
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Diogo Jota you absolute effin beauty.

    • Scoring freely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      This is an absolute disgrace from Arsenal, can't string two passes together. Worst performance I've seen from any team this season, except for maybe Newcastle against Brighton.

    • Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      When teams were anounced I thought my decision not to do Odegaard -> Jota was good.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      The only thing to consider with Liverpool assets is they won't play Arsenal every week.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        They will probably be back to Liverpool of previous weeks next week after I bring in Jota and TAA

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Fixtures are good anyway, Kabak and Phillips work fine, Jota is electric, Jota and TAA or Phillips is an easy decision.

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        They're different gravy when Fabinho plays in midfield.

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Can just afford this for a -8. Exact money

      A. Do it now.
      B. Wait
      C. Don’t do it!
      D. Wait and if changes get Mane and Trent instead of Salah and Robbo

      Raph. Konsa. Lingaard >>> Salah. Robbo. Jota

      1. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        B