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Ancelotti and Bilic name unchanged teams for Gameweek 2 opener

It’s as you were for both Everton and West Bromwich Albion in the opening match of Gameweek 2.

Fresh from a 1-0 win at Spurs, Carlo Ancelotti has gone with the same XI that impressed there.

That means another start in the front-three for James Rodriguez (£7.5m), who was highly sought-after in the Fantasy Premier League transfer market this week.

The Colombian international is joined at that end of the pitch by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.1m) and Richarlison (£8.0m), both of whom scored or had chances to in Gameweek 1.

The midfield trio of Allan (£5.5m), Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.5m) and André Gomes (£5.5m) gets another chance to dictate proceedings in front of an unchanged back-four.

Lucas Digne (£6.1m) is at left-back, Seamus Coleman (£5.0m) on the right-hand side of Michael Keane (£5.0m) and Yerry Mina (£5.5m).

Considering his slight personnel issues, Slaven Bilic has named a five-man defence once again, despite conceding three times at home to Leicester last time out.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) is not ready for involvement yet, so Kieran Gibbs (£4.5m) and Darnell Furlong (£4.5m) sit either side of Dara O’Shea (£4.5m), Kyle Bartley (£4.5m) and Semi Ajayi (£5.0m).

Grady Diangana (£5.5m) and Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) provide some additional width in midfield with Romaine Sawyers (£5.0m) and Jake Livermore (£5.0m) operating centrally.

For the second week in a row, Callum Robinson (£5.5m) has been named as the lone centre-forward.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Doucouré, Allan, Gomes; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Gibbs, O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi, Furlong; Diangana, Sawyers, Livermore, M Pereira; C Robinson.

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2,277 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pickford almost sends Digne owners apoplectic!

  2. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pickford up to tricks...

  3. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Swear absolutely everyone in my mini league has brought James Rodriguez in

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Same. Loads of WCs, all with JRod.

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think that you'll be OK. Wel priced but not expecting him to be that prolific. Cue brace+assist.

  4. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pickford manufacturing a save for himself, good man

  5. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Everton have James Rodriguez and Allan...but they also have Pickford

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lol

  6. AC Me Rollin’
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Well I've activated my early WC and I think it will pay off:

    Pope
    Taylor / Buur / Digne
    Salah / De Bruyne / Fernandes / Rodríguez
    Calvert-Lewin / Mitrović / Jiménez

    Nyland / Oriol Romeu / Struijk / Mitchell

    The main reasoning is that if I didn't, I would be taking a hit, and now I feel I have players that I will be keeping long-term.

    I also lost 0.2M in the first game week, so activating this now, I'll get the price rises throughout the week to build a better team long-term.

    My current team for GW2 is:

    Nyland
    TAA / Walker-Peters / Saliba
    Son / Salah / Aubameyang / Saint-Maximin
    Mitrović / Werner / Wilson

    McCarthy / Stephens / Mitchell / Douglas

    What are your thoughts on this decision?

  7. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Wow big DCL miss

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      It begins

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ruined a Hamez assist

  8. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Hamez CC

  9. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Wow...thank god!

  10. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    DCL does what he does...

  11. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    What other sports do you guys enjoy watching?

    Mine are boxing, golf, F1

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Fall guys

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Boxing

    3. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      GAA, boxing, golf, rugby union, basketball

    4. Brooksy86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cricket... Sounds like we'd make a pretty beige duo

    5. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      MMA

    6. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hurling the only one I watch, the rest I follow feeds (golf, cycling, soccer).

    7. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Tennis

  12. fusen
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Should have been a James assist that

  13. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    That is a very annoying miss. Suppose it comes with the territory of owning DCL

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      James Rod assist too

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Wouldve been dreamland

  14. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    West Brom are scoring today...

  15. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    DCL close

  16. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    DCL should've scored that one! Freaking donkey!

  17. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pickford being Pickford...

  18. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Allan looks a great signing. Winning ball back already

  19. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Need Donkey Calvert Lewin goal

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ha ha ha

  20. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Get a new goalkeeper Everton ffs

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah he does not inspire confidence

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Should’ve replaced with Martinez

  21. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any Martial cappers?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yep

    2. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Aye

  22. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    James Rodríguez has now created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season (6)

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Means nothing if no points

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It shows that he is likely to score points...

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          WTF Pickford !!!!

    2. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      bit of a nothing stat really though after less than 2 games

  23. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    When people refer to Hamez I always think they have mixed up the names of Hakim Z & Havertz at Chelsea 😉

  24. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Forest fluffing at home again, never going up at this rate!

  25. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Already regretting my DCL over Wilson choice

  26. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Banter

  27. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GOALLLLLLLL WBA

  28. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Yesss.... Everton CS gone... Wohooo

  29. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Loooooool

  30. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    What a goal