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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Jimenez still playing as CDM

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Taking some pointers from Kane. The modern striker role is fascinating

  2. Thomas M.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    How's more likely to rest of:
    A. Mahrez
    B. KDB
    C. Sterling

    Mahrez right?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yes but I expect all to have reduced minutes at the very least

      1. Thomas M.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        ofc, m2. but i need to replace one and I think I´ll replace Mahrez with either Dilva or X.

        Vardy + Mahrez -> Jesus/Ings + Dilva/X -4 worth?

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

          Dsilva is risky, foden likely to start

        2. Traction Engine Foot
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Looks good to me.

    2. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Should be

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

      Mahrez is due a rest imo

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Mahrez/Kdb

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        This

    5. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      C
      B
      Then A too.

      6 changes coming.

    6. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Think Mahrez is less likely to haul then the other two

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Seriously.. both teams look lost

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

      Both on the beach kind of

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    This experiment isn't working.

    Lucas Digne is clueless at playing centre back haha

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      yeah

      Digne at CB and Walcott at RWB is awful

    2. tokara
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Italian coaches lol

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    LOL Pickford

  6. Hybrid.power
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What a terrible game

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Excreble

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    TOT-ARS NLD today
    A. Goals galore
    B. 0-0
    C. Others

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      1-1 is more likely

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

      2-1

    3. Thomas M.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Hoping for B or 0-1

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      2-2

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

      0-0. I hope!

      I have Martinez + Aurier.

  8. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Imagine owning non-defenders in this game

  9. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Jimenez lol

  10. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Am I the only one that benched my wolves defender ( in favour of soyuncu)

    Another poor move...

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      You made the right decision. Soyuncu more likely to get CS than a Wolves defender!

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

        Let's see

    2. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I have double def so they will concede late like last gw.

  11. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    I'm not sure how much more of this I can watch, it ain't great.

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Jiminez quite possibly the most overrated fpl pick of recent times. Hope fully prices 9m next season so people break the bank to get him

    When he's not on form he looks this bad and when hes on form his returns are limited to 1 per game. Would be a good pick if there were no transfers in fpl but certianly not in this format

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

      Except that time when I dropped him and he scored 13 points, the git

  13. JJO
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Think NES completely missed the formation here

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Nuno been clueless since the restart. They struggle to break down teams and they are afraid of committing too many players forward.

  14. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What an awful game

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Never thought id say this but wolves have become the most boring predictable side

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Not sure how Everton are failing to attack when they have a team entirely made up of attacking players! Bar Keane everyone of them has a goal in him.

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

    Guys, Some help for next week please. Pick one from each please..........

    A, Pulisic or Willian ??
    B. Ings or Jesus ??
    C. Salah or Sterling............

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

      Willian, Jesus, Sterling

  16. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Garbage game this is

  17. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    RIP Wolves and Everton defence non owners

    no way there is a goal in this game

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

      Pickford could still throw one in.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        thats the only hope haha

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Have DCL and Saiss rhink ill take a 0-0 tbh

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

        Why? DCL 9, Saïss 2 is better than Saïss 6, DCL 2

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Dcl 9 is just not going to happen tho is it

          Ml rivals dont have wolves def so ill take whatever ibcan get

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

      Errr. 1-0 Jimmy scores

  18. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What transfer should be prioritised?

    A) Mane -> Pulisic/Willian
    B) Jimenez -> Ings
    C) Both for a -4

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Need to see how Ings gets on later first

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B

  19. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    For the first time in recent years, I've seen Nuno being this clueless!

  20. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Pickford carrying a injury now. Think stars are lined up to punish me selling Jiminez!

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Stekelenburg will do a better job than Pickford

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

        I bet even Nico Hulkenberg could.

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Hahaha

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Oh I actually have steklenburg as my back up keeper! Forgot - could be useful with villa up next that!

  21. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    0-0 written all over this

  22. The Knights Template
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    How to make this gsme more exciting? Suggestions? Give some of the players tridents and nets?

    1. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      More balls in play, more goals to score in!

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Get the keeper more involved in play by giving him a browning 9mm

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Pickford would drop it.

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Absinthe at the drinks breaks.

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Does Boly possess any aerial threat in corners and free kicks?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      He does. Him and Saiss usually go up for them with Coady left back.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Left back is jonny

    2. Vazza
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yes - he’s nearly 2 metres tall!

  24. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Lol why i am still watching
    oh wait i have jimenez 🙁

  25. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    This is so boring

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

    Hopefully Doherty is subbed pre-60 mins today.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      59 mins

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Hopefully you chill

  27. Hybrid.power
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    100% chance neither of these goalkeepers will get any save points today

  28. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Wolves has setup as they usually do, try and attack through the wings or through the defensive line. But since Ancelotti is such a good tactician, he has setup his team to negate anything Wolves does in attack. Which leaves us viewers with a snooze fest of a match.

  29. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Would you do Rashford > Greenwood & Hayden > Dsilva this week for free?

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

      Yes.

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

    Operation "Get Cleansheets from Boly & Saiss" : second attempt

    Hopefully they can make it past the 93rd minute this time