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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. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    DCL, nice hair-do.

  2. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Everton wagon choooo choooooo.

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

    Digne knee jerkers punished is music in my ears. Loving every lol

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Absolutely magnificent

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Absolutely loving it 🙂

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Took a hit for Digne and Hames so not surprised they conceded

  5. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    this is purely anecdotal but 12.30 kickoffs often seem to be unpredictable to me

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      All kick offs you mean

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        no, I mean 12.30 ones

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          anecdotally

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          No

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I never captain a player in the early kickoff.

    3. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Lunch must be the reason

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        yes, half the players need a poo and have to wait until half time

  6. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Robinson close now too, jaysus

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

      You know it’s bad when...

  7. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Just realised Periera got the assist and I benched him.

    1. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I transfered him James Rod lol

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    WBA not that bad

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      the are playing everton

  9. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Lol hits galore and 8 people have wasted their WC’d in my main league, hilarious, and now stuck with Everton players. Looking good.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Finally a season where casuals get their just deserts

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I think we haven't quite hit the critical mass yet to make that call

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Indeed haha

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      ... umm ... i think you jumped the gun with this comment 😉

  10. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    *transfers in Diangana*

  11. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Digne most transferred player out already

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      lmao

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      LOOOOL

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      People are so volatile. Relax

  12. Drizz ✅
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Saw a lot of posters on here taking Trent out for Digne for a hit. Hope doesn't bite them back..

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Hope it does

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      They did it to get players like bruno so still worth it

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Don't make them even more kneejerky.

    3. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      No you didn't Karen, you may have seen one or two people contemplating using those extra funds to improve another player, probably a United or City attacker.

      If those one or two people did go ahead with that transfer Karen, then it will be at the end of the game week that they see if it was a successful move or not.

  13. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    DCL essential

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Hilarious that weren’t it haha!

  14. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Rodriguez a bit anonymous here

    1. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      19 minutes....

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Was always gonna be

  15. boc610
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    If Jordan Pickford can play for England so can I ( just to update that 90s terrace chant about lee Dixon)

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      It was Wise actually, Sixon has too many syllables.

  16. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Someone has to come to take Digne off Everton, he's playing with a bunch of muppets

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Swap deal with Luke Shaw. Amen.

  17. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Going forward Everton are doing alright, the big issue is when they lose the ball west brom have easy opportunities to counter

    1. Planet Jo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      This is what Allan was bought to prevent

  18. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Pickford save

  19. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Werner will destroy WBA with his speed...

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Only 2 players from my team playing today.

    Auba (C) and Martial (VC)

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bilmey!! What is your team?!

  21. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    West Brom look so much more confident here

    1. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      On the counter they do. Everton passing at such a slow speed to let them keep their shape in defence too

  22. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Games was a bad pick, looks like the next Öz. Il

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Özil

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      From a non-hames owner thats funny

    3. Carky
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Its 20minutes into game 2. chill out

  23. JamTart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Early door but wondering if the Alli to James transfer for a hit is premature. He'll still create changes but DCL is just a donkey

  24. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Christ sake Keown. How do you manage to mispronounce a name like Mina?

  25. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Still with the likes of Ings, TAA, KWP and Mane

    Almost a retro feel already

  26. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    6.0 defender who can't keep a cs against wba looooool

    (Incoming digne fk goal)

  27. Napoleon IV
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    I've got a hack that will allow my team multiple triple captain chips this year. I'm looking forward to a high ranking!

  28. Planet Jo
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    GW1 - 28 points from my three defenders.

    GW2 - I guess every coin has two sides.

  29. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    This is what you get for kneejerking

  30. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Diag just smoked Hames there