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Traore benched for Wolves as Nuno switches up front three

Having dislocated his shoulder early on in Wolves’ 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United in Gameweek 34, Adama Traoré (£5.6m) is only a substitute for today’s clash against Everton.

The rapid winger did manage 78 minutes at Bramall Lane but drops out in favour of the returning Pedro Neto (£5.0m).

On the other flank, Daniel Podence (£4.9m) replaces Diogo Jota (£6.0m) while Joao Moutinho (£5.4m) joins his countryman on the bench as Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) starts the game.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s chosen widemen Podence and Neto play either side of Raul Jimenez (£8.1m), who is on a run of three consecutive blanks.

Mason Holgate (£4.4m) fails to make the Everton matchday squad due to injury, despite Carlo Ancelotti being hopeful that the defender could make a quick return to action after picking up a shin problem in GW33.

The Italian manager has also made three line-up changes, with Leighton Baines (£4.9m) earning a rare start in place of the benched Seamus Coleman (£5.3m).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) replaces Andre Gomes (£5.2m) – another player who is absent through injury – while Theo Walcott (£6.2m) earns his first post-restart minutes in place of fellow ex-Arsenal man Alex Iwobi (£5.6m).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.3m), who has yet to register an FPL return since the return of the Premier League, partners Richarlison (£8.2m) up top.

Ancelotti was not in the mood to give much away in his pre-match interview on Sky Sports but was pushed to reveal that Everton will use a wing-back system.

Eleven players that I would like to see defend well and attack well. It’s not a clear line-up for you.

For the players and for me, we didn’t have a lot of time to try but I hope it’s going to work.

Three at the back, I think so. Sometimes three, sometimes five, it depends. – Carlo Ancelotti

Nuno was slightly more insightful as to why he has changed around the Wolves line-up and on Traoré’s benching.

We created a lot of situations [v Sheffield United] that required finishing the action, shooting on goal. Bad positioning, bad passing, something that we have to improve.

[Traoré is] available. He’s been dealing with his shoulder problem. He’s been struggling with pain but he’s available. If we consider that we can use him, we will do so. – Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Neves, Dendoncker, Doherty; Podence, Jimenez, Neto.

Everton XI (3-5-2): Pickford; Baines, Keane, Mina; Digne, Gordon, Davies, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

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  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Doherty almost

  2. Marvin III
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Anybody else find the idea of the Champions league final taking place with no fans incredibly depressing?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It's a corporate event these days.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It's not high on the list of current things that depresses me really, plenty of other contenders.

      1. Marvin III
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'm sorry to hear that.

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      More concerned that the non league is going to be with no fans. This seems like a travesty to me when we dont have enough fans to break social distancing at Wembley.

      1. Marvin III
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Fair point. But the prospect of such a grand event being played in an empty stadium just seems really sad to me.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Its not like there are any real fans there anyway

      1. Marvin III
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That's not true mate. I agree that more tickets should be allocated to the two teams involved but to say there are none there isn't accurate.

  3. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Digne playing CB

    1. Vazza
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes wile Baines is on the wing

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 1 day ago

            While *

        2. ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Still on set pieces one would hope

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Jimmy and Doherty please help me get into double digits for this GW 😀 score loads of goals....

      • teneighty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Can't wait for DCL to score a hatty against my double Wolves defence after I sold him.

      • Cheesyzoot
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        On FH would you rather:

        A) Willian + Pulisic

        B) Willian/Puli + Antonio

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          b

          1. Cheesyzoot
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            If B, who you prefer to Willian and Puli?

            Im leaning towards Willian personally as my ML chaser has him and he has all the set pieces

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          A this week

          B til end

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'm looking at Sterling's minutes and he was subbed at 60' minute only once, two games ago vs Soton. When he starts he usually plays 90 minutes or is subbed in 80ish minute.

        1. tokara
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Conclusion? Will he start next game?

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I don't know. The conclusion is that he usually either play full games or doesn't feature at all.

            1. tokara
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Agst NEW, he came on from bench. Before the restart, what u said is correct. Either he start or he don't play at all.

          2. jamiejoe
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            No

        2. jamiejoe
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          "Another four, five, six players will play against Bournemouth and against Arsenal I will select what I believe is best for the team."

          Pep

        3. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I cant see him starting but I am wrong a lot.

      • Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Digne playing as cb. Tactical switch from Carlo wtf! LOL

        1. beric
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          You sound like trump

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            😆

      • The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Jimi is one of those players that never looks dangerous, but has a great goal scoring record. Hard to watch as an owner

        1. gers23
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Absolutely. The more I watch of him live, the more I don't like.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        siggy has taken a massive decline as a footballer

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 1 day ago

            True

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Good on Swansea for rinsing Everton, like most clubs do.

            1. Marvin III
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I've got an Everton fan friend who pretty much thinks that Koeman is satan himself.

          • diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Played in the wrong position. Pace and tackling was never his thing. His thing was playing wide left and putting in crosses and set pieces into a big striker. In this team they expect Siggy to open up teams with incisive passing or to sit deeper and make tackles. Just not what he is about.

          • IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Only promise Swansea had, but has been mostly disappointing since signing for the Toffees. Good player when he has time but lacks pace and intensity

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Hmmm
            Captain a Chelsea player the way to go.

            1. jamiejoe
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              It's tough.

              Presumably you still play Bruno in midfield.

              Then I favour David Silva and B Silva home to Bournemouth.

              But that only leaves one Chelsea midfield slot if you want to play Antonio home to Watford and drop Foden.

              Everton in defence.

        2. SAINTS
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I’m playing the Sky game alongside the official one. Only two transfers left this season but should I swap Holgate for Justin?

          1. SAINTS
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Ignore me. I thought it kicked off at 12:30!

        3. trafalgarlaw
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          RM FH

          McCarthy
          Azpili Digne AWB
          Willian Pulisic (C) Bruno Sterling KDB
          Ings Jesus

          Greenwood Saiss Lascelles

          KDB to Dilva ?

        4. Silecro
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          For the next gw:

          A) play son (new) & ings (bha)
          B) play willian (nor) & jimenez (bur)
          C) play willian & ings (-4)

          Cheers!

        5. Ciarant20
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          A few people have mentioned waiting on leaked teams before making transfer decisions, where do you get this info?

          1. AnAngryBiscuit
              1 month, 1 day ago

              For me it's FPL_Rockstar on Twitter.

              1. Wild Rover
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                ‘For me’ 😆

            • Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              twitter is usually a good source.

            • Wild Rover
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              It will be posted on here if we get any leaks

              1. jamiejoe
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Might only be time for a few teams though.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Think I’m going to stick to having just KdB as my City cover next gameweek and captain him to hopefully offset some risk.

            Madness?

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Possibly as he may nit start.

              Any Chelsea players?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Nope, front 7:

                Salah | Mane | KdB | Bruno | Martial
                Vardy | Greenwood

                1. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  kdb probably a good choice then.

                  Just have a good VC

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Cheers mate

              2. tokara
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                He was sub off early

                Mostl likely to start

            2. Klaren
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I don’t think he’ll start but good luck with it!

              1. jamiejoe
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                This

          3. Zilla
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            what a dumb ref

            1. Zilla
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              at least in this case.. like how you can be pressured so much without fans

          4. Hybrid.power
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Digne yellow

            1. beric
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              God damn it

          5. Free Hat
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Theo Walcott and DCL looking very similar with that haircut

          6. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Jimenez, Mahrez > Ings, Pulisic for free good moves?

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              yeah think so

            2. PompeyUpNorth!
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yep

          7. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Not taking anything away from Sheff Utd but I don't think it's a coincidence that Pulisic and Willian are suddenly much more ineffective when Tammy starts rather than Giroud, the latter has far superior build up play and is great at making space for others, that's why Hazard always preferred playing with him.

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yeah I think I may get Giroud in for next week

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                The problem is that he's just never a big points scorer himself, more a facilitator for others.

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yea Tammy just gets in the way of everyone else. But surely Giroud is likely to start the next

            3. Ginkapo FPL
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Giroud is criminally undervalued

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                How many goals for France? He is Firmino-esque

                1. La Roja
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  And what is wrong with Firmino-esque players?

                2. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Won the World Cup without having a shot on target.

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    That’s my point. Great for structure and team fluidity but that doesn’t translate to FPL points

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I know, I was agreeing with you!

                      1. Would Ed Woodward
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I just love that stat about him.

                        1. IRBOX ⚽
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Amazing numbers. Sometimes people fail to recognise the integrity of players if they aren’t relevant to FPL. Holding mids the prime example

                    2. Ginkapo FPL
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I think you misunderstood this to be a discussion about the fpl potential of Giroud. Its not. Its about Pulisic and Willian.

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Or we are all just miscommunicating. I dont think anyone disagrees here

                        1. La Roja
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          lol

                      2. Would Ed Woodward
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Thank you.

                3. Ginkapo FPL
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  39 in 97. Pretty damn good for a creator

            4. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              On his entire career, Giroud has been massively underrated

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Giroud has always been towards the higher end of the purification scale in FPL

              Has a career average of 100.8 minutes per goal /assist (83 G 33 A in 12,700 minutes)

              That's extraordinary output considering he's trended to have been restricted to super sub roles in recent years

              If he was assured of starts he'd be in everyone's FPL team within weeks - fantastic player

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                *productivity scale not purification scale

                Purification scale sounds a bit too Hitler-ish

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                The statistics manipulator strikes again!

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  You never did seem to have a good grasp of basic statistics in fairness kiddo - you can still learn though 😉

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Please continue to be a condescending pompous fellow - that has been evident for all to see

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Ah bless he's all worked up again 🙂

                      Whilst it may have seemed impossible - You actually do appear to somehow have managed to become even MORE menstrual during your hiatus

                      That takes some doing - congrats 😉

                      1. IRBOX ⚽
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Making yourself look even more silly than usual with unnecessary personal insults, great job son

                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Are you referring to yourself again here? We know how confused you get at this stuff 😉

              3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                108 minutes, predictive text NIGHTMARE

          8. Traction Engine Foot
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Is going without Bruno on fh stupid?

            1. tokara
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              No

            2. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Nope

            3. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              He’s average, would bet against

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                lol

            4. Maddamotha
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yes

            5. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Nothing is stupid on internet

          9. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Digne playing CB and gets booked ...

            This GW is literal hell.

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              He might score from a corner

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                But also he wasnt magically going to stop playing for Everton which seems like the real issue

          10. AnAngryBiscuit
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Focus is on my ML, both my rival have Ings - Play safe and get him or go risky and hope he gets blanks...

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Depends if you’re above or below. If above defo get him or if close behind. If catching up go different and pray

                1. AnAngryBiscuit
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    They're either side by 40 or so points.

                    1. PompeyUpNorth!
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Tough 1 but I’d say get him then personally

              2. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Poor game so far.

                1. Hybrid.power
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Big time

                2. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  wouldn't expect anything less.

              3. PompeyUpNorth!
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Free hit this week or save till 38?
                .6 ITB 1 FT which will probably be Jimmi to Ings

                Martinez Button

                VVD Aurier Doherty Holgate Ngokia

                KDB Bruno Martial Pulisic (C) Sterling

                Vardy Jimmi Greenwood

                A use Free hit
                B Save for week 38
                Cheers!

              4. Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Thoughts on Mahrez and Salah to DSilva and Pullisic this week?

                Pope Martinez
                TAA Doherty Aurier Fernandez Diop
                Salah KDB Bruno Martial Mahrez
                Vardy Greenwood DCL

                1. AnAngryBiscuit
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I have a faith Mahrez will haul soon, unlucky not to recently.

                    1. Rinseboy
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      true. Could do Salah to Pullisic and Vardy to Jesus instead?

                    2. Maddamotha
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Probably benched against Bournemouth tho

                2. gers23
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I hold onto players way too long, out of fear of them punishing me.

                  1. beric
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Me too

                3. Hybrid.power
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Are the drinks breaks a covid thing or a playing in the summer thing?

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Playing in the summer/advertising revenue thing

                  2. Marvin III
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    They're drinking disinfectant.

                  3. Team Cruel
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mostly because of hectic schedule after a non-existing pre season

                  4. ALI_G
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    summer thing

                    Strawberries and cream, pimms and jazz music like a Cambridge college garden party

                  5. Jekori
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mainly covid. Just like the 5 subs

                  6. Giggs Boson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    The breaks are to protect against injuries. Not to do with drinks.

                4. Gudjohnsen
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Auba to Giroud or Jesus?

                  Got no Chelsea and 2 City, KDB and Foden

                  1. Rinseboy
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    tough you'll want Auba back in a week

                  2. Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    thinking of Giroud myself.
                    Probably more likely to start.