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Injury crisis eases for Everton as Ancelotti appointed new manager

With the strange situation of both Everton and Arsenal being under caretaker managers for one last match, the early Gameweek 18 kick-off is more so about the players impressing real-life bosses rather than Fantasy ones.

Carlo Ancelotti – announced as Everton’s new boss just before the 11.30am team news – and Mikel Arteta will both assess their soon-to-be squads at Goodison Park this afternoon.

The Toffees welcome back Lucas Digne (£5.7m), Djibril Sidibe (£5.3m), Fabian Delph (£5.3m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) from a range of injuries and illness.

Richarlison (£7.9m), brought in by nearly 150,000 managers for GW18, is named to start for a wide-left attacking position. If the Brazilian does remain in that berth for 90 minutes, it could be a clue as to how Ancelotti plans to use Everton’s top scorer.

Digne is actually the most-selected FPL asset in Everton’s squad at 11.4%. Owners and potential investors will be looking for the Frenchman to return to the creative ways that saw him become an extremely popular asset last season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) again leads the line for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) benched for the third league game in a row.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) is set to miss the Christmas period with an ankle problem, while Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) is out until March with a shoulder injury. FPL midfielder Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) looks set to operate at left-back, which will pit him against ex-Arsenal man Alex Iwobi (£5.6m).

More young Gunners in the shape of Reiss Nelson (£5.3m) and Emile Smith-Rowe (unlisted) also start in attacking midfield for Freddie Ljungberg, while budget forward Gabriel Martinelli (£4.5m) could be one to monitor for FPL bosses using a 3-5-2 formation.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Holgate, Sidibe; Delph, Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Saka, David Luiz, Chambers, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Torreira; Martinelli, Smith-Rowe, Nelson; Aubameyang.

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814 Comments Post a Comment
  1. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    There's really no quality whatsoever

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sums up the comments section

  2. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Duncan Ferguson embarrassed a black player last week and a Muslim this week. Brexit means Brexit

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Liverpool and Scotland both voted to Remain. So statistically he is more likely to be a Remain voter.

      1. The gospel according to Mar…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Don't let facts get in the way of a good slogan mate. Have you learned nothing from Brexit?

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Must be a remoaner haha

  3. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Chambers yc and suspended

    1. Nightcrawler
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nooooo

      • Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        ****!

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

      Mina holding his in the middle of the game

    3. BenjoBD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Anywhere which shows live captaincy stats? Live FPS shows some but not comprehensive.

      Cheers

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Just increased the number of captains shown to 12 on http://www.livefpl.net/top10k and http://www.livefpl.net/Overall

        1. BenjoBD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cheers.

          Wow. We’ll spread out I’ve had Alli and he must be 1% or less!

    4. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Why no Willems today

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Just signed for United.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Joking, dont have a clue. He was projected to start. Warm-up injury probably.

              1. manu4life99
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Haha I had to check skysports (we have enough average full backs)

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Lol.

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

            Got to say arsenal needed this. They need to build from the back, be more organised and make it hard for teams

            When they got the confidence in defence it spreads throughout the team and gradually can then start to become more expressive in attack again

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Wilson due a goal to get Arsenal back to normal next GW.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                My super troller Wilson

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

              Nothing like conceding and going a goal down constantly which in turns out constant pressure on the attackers to return

            3. Random Name
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              It's been at best, woeful

              1. Holy See
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Ain't that the truth

            4. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Point away from home is what a team in a relegation battle would crave...oh I see.

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

              Emery's insistence on playing it around at the back (with players not good enough to do it) was a major issue for Arsenal

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

            Back to the important matters, Stupendous’ coffee...

            How do you like yours? Or prefer tea?

            1. lilmessipran
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              No sugar

            2. The gospel according to Mar…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Tea. Two tea bags, brewed for 3-4 minutes. Drop of milk, no sugar.

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

              like my women.

              black and strong

              1. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Saucy! I like

            4. stupendous
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Always been a tea drinker but coffee rivalling these days.

              Black coffee no sugar.
              Tea two milks one sugar stirred clockwise.

            5. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Black with sugar

            6. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Can't stand coffee, think most people drink it to be trendy. Tried it once, so bitter. Latte/Cappuccino are more milk with coffee.

              More of a tea drinker, but just the one a day will do.

              1. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                The obsession is mad. I like it enough but many people are literally addicted and obsessed. It's not the best thing to drink by any means I agree!

                1. Celt Abroad
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  This is true, but drinking beer at work is frowned upon.

              2. The gospel according to Mar…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                One tea per day? That's like only breathing in once a day.

            7. HashAttack
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Tea first mug of the day ... then coffee until 6pm ,,. than back onto Tea

              I prefer both in large mugs

            8. Celt Abroad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Straight black, 4 or 5 cups a day.

            9. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Tea. Twinings Ceylon.
              Fresh coffee smells wonderful but the taste never delivers. Maybe it's all an acquired taste.

            10. stupendous
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              What's everyone's had or having for lunch today?

              Airport food for me

              1. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Everyone

              2. The gospel according to Mar…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Off somewhere nice?

            11. dark91
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Definitely tea anytime

            12. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Flagged for HOT topic

            13. Prisoner B5160-8
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Mug of tea, strong, no sugar. Bacon butty with HP sauce.

          4. Jurgen Flopp
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Richarlison (c) FAIL.

            Red arrow incoming.

            1. socho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Same here 🙁

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

              I captained him last season vs Cardiff and failed. Never again.

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

              Same boat, terrible decision in hindsight

            4. iL PiStOlErO
                2 months, 3 days ago

                That was optimistic in the first place. It is poor team for a very good player.

              • RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Great fixtures and ancelotti will build team around him. Hopefully strong back next week

              • Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                3 points will probably beat most of the other contenders this week

              • seewhyaxe
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Same here.

              • Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Don't worry - you'll score more than me this week and I don't have him.

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

                He didn't get 5th yellow!

            5. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Gutted about Willems, bought him about 3 weeks ago with this week in mind.

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Pure bad luck, hopefully a decent sub.

                1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Sucks, but that’s just a perfect summary of FPL for you isn’t it I guess.....

                  Soyuncu sub....

                  1. Eastman
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Same. Not happy

            6. danlynch13
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Why does Pickford just kick the ball as hard as he can every time

              1. Fred54
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Doesn't trust any of his team mates to string more than two passes together.

              2. tiger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                short arm syndrome?

            7. Jainica
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Hahha I could've never imagined a 0-0 between these two

            8. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              How will that Palace 11 lineup ?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Maybe McCarthy RB & Kelly CB. Or Kouyate to CB.

                451/442.

                1. Hits from the Bong
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Kouyate is immense at centre back. He prefers playing midfield, but is far more assured at centre half

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

              Holgate is such a bad player. Richarlison has to work too much in the defense because all his teammates sucks.

            10. acesingh
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Bps so close ... digne on 2 or 3 ...

            11. lilmessipran
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              At nearly 2.6 to 1 those were some ridiculous odds you were getting for under 2.5 goals before the game started.. pretty hard to call this though

            12. JammySprat
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              What's happened to Willems??

            13. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              0-0 FT.

              Good result for Richarlison non-owners

              1. Grand Thibauto
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Still better than Mane

              2. Jafoole_88
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Jiz2ing in my pants laughing at those who brought him in this week

                1. Hits from the Bong
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Who the hell would buy Richarlison in the winter?

                  1. Jafoole_88
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    The guy's a b£ll-£nd with a chip on his shoulder for not being the next Rivaldo

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

                Yes, good for Grealish owners, I’ll hide behind the coach

            14. Cilly Bonnolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              That’s one of the worst games of football I’ve ever watched.

            15. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Richarlison, ya troll.

              1. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                He was supposed to destroy arsenal youngsters no?

            16. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Will Richarlison be back for next GW?

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Injured?

            17. Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Does anyone still own Digne?

              1. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Owned him for first 10gws in a rollercoaster run

                No room at the moment due to lots of cheapies performing well

            18. Hy liverpool
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Poor Arteta and carlo

              1. in sane in de bruyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Should both get fired

            19. lordkippe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Only 3 players tomorrow. Forgot about the captaincy and it is on Sterling. Would have wanted Son. Red arrow incoming for sure....

            20. King Henrik
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Grealish Captain here.

              Genius or Doomed ?

              1. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Hope its genius since i got him in this gw

                1. Saint Channon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I got him in for Zaha and captain. So hoping genius.

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Doomed

            21. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              My live rank is showing a green arrow even though I did not have a player in this first game 🙂

              1. jason_ni
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                2k drop for me!

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  1k drop for me now ... I’ll take that 🙂

            22. Dont give a fuchs
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Captaincy stats out for this GW?

                1. Dont give a fuchs
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Thanks. Wow alot of vardy C.

                2. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Son a big differential there

            23. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Well that was a rubbish game!

            24. jason_ni
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Cup opponent has played his free hit ffs... will take something really special to get through this!

            25. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Vardy EO, anyone?

              1. Jurgen Flopp
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                103

                1. jason_ni
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  So as non capt I want him to do well.. is it only if it's like 120 plus I'd take a hit if he hauls?