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Rodriguez passed fit to start as Sigurdsson returns to the Everton side for Saints clash

James Rodriguez (£8.0m) is fit to start for Everton this afternoon as the Premier League’s only unbeaten side head south to face Southampton.

Kick-off at St Mary’s is at 14:00 GMT.

It’s been a rollercoaster week for owners of Rodriguez, whose manager initially deemed him a major doubt for this Gameweek 6 clash.

The prognosis was a lot more hopeful in Friday’s press conference and, to complete his Lazarus-like recovery from a “haematoma”, Rodriguez is passed fit to feature against the Saints this afternoon.

Carlo Ancelotti has been forced into two changes, however, with the injured Seamus Coleman (£5.0m) and the suspended Richarlison (£7.8m) unavailable.

Ben Godfrey (£5.0m) makes his first Premier League start for the Toffees at right-back, while Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) is recalled down the left flank.

The Everton has made another, unenforced alteration to his starting XI, dropping Andre Gomes (£5.5m) to the bench and handing a run-out to Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m).

That’s a significant inclusion from a penalty-taking perspective, of course, with the Iceland international having been first in line from 12 yards for the Toffees for several years now – albeit with mixed results.

The hosts’ one change from Gameweek 5 has also been imposed on them, with loanee Theo Walcott (£5.5m) ineligible to face his parent club.

The fit-again Stuart Armstrong (£5.8m), who returns from a period of self-isolation, is back in the Saints’ line-up on the right of midfield.

The flagged Rodriguez has suffered 423,083 Fantasy Premier League transfers out ahead of this fixture, although that was offset by 280,064 purchases.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s (£7.7m) popularity in FPL continues to rise, however, with the in-form striker now the most popular player in the game and boasting a 56.8% ownership.

He has scored in all five Premier League matches this season, taking his tally to 15 since Ancelotti first took charge at Goodison Park in Gameweek 19 last season.

Danny Ings (£8.5m), who starts for the Saints this afternoon, is the only FPL forward who can match that tally in that time.


Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Adams, Ings.

Everton XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne, Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.


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1,272 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vazza
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      This game is turning out to be similar to the Crystal Palace game from yesterday- they were 2-0 up, then had a man advantage and Fulham scored a consolation goal. Can Everton score in the dying mins?

    • Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Hamez next for a red

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Probably

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Are you sure he’s even out there?

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      My team averaging 2pts a player so far this gw..

      14 frm 7. My god.

      1. Crouching Tiger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        12 from 7 including captain. Beat that.

        1. Kabayan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Beat you by 1 point

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Will the real Mark Sutherns please stand up 🙂 ?

      1. Vazza
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          We’re gonna have a problem here?

          1. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            ahahahah

      2. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Kilman Saiss Podence Jimmy All in

      3. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Digne to Chilwell, obvious

      4. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Fraser playing. Loving that as a Wilson owner

      5. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Digne red wow 😀

      6. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        No Digne and Rich is not good for Rich at all

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          James and DCL*

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Exactly.

      7. jdoyle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Rodriguez is going to finish this with a red or yellow.

      8. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        I think Everton will win the league

        Them or Villa

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Has this post just arrived from last week?

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Lol

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Evertons luck and in particular the English Mitrovic's was never going to last.

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Savage 🙂

          2. Plant Based Footballer
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Well... losing Richarlison was a major blow... just too many duds today in the lineup:

            Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Godfrey

            I'm not saying some of the others are world bearers, though, that's true.

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              *english inzaghi i beg ya pardon

        3. Joey Tribbiani
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Took Digne out for -4 for this gameweek, I guess that was good decision

          • Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Rule number one of FPL. Never get optimistic.

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Happiness = Reality / Expectation

          • fr3d
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Ings looks knackered. No goals for him today

          • Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            Chucky not in heaven....

          • ivantys
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              This could be a hammering now

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Mark is having a nightmare. Double Liverpool defense and Digne with Salah (c).

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                So, he’s basically having the same kind of week that most of us have had every weekend this season, then?

              2. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Filthy casual

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Have never seen a player more able to troll than Digne

            • Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              wheres your tap ins wheres your tap ins wheeers your tapins DCLLLL

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                we want tap ings

            • Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Not so happy sat with Hotrod and Calvert-Lewnadowski now

            • Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Looking like TAA -> Kilman, followed by diving into the money like Scrooge McDuck.

              1. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Thinking the same 😆

              2. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                how is mcduck?

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 4 hours ago

                  Going through an expensive divorce, the last I heard.

              3. bigwig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Lol. I did it last week and it afforded me to go Wilson > Kane. I felt like scrooge McDuck

            • Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Fraser RB for Bruce...

            • Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 hours ago

              Newcastle goal would be beautiful today

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

              McCarthy owners, my hat off to you

              1. Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                You don't have a hat. 😀

              2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Played Ryan, but thanks.

              3. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Same kind of hat you and I had yesterday on 93th minute with Mitchell? Not yet.

            • BarryManilows
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Dcl out bamford in?

              • Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                The line is getting higher and higher, just saying 😉

              • Van der Faart
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 4 hours ago

                Come on McCarthy. 1 more save

              • ivantys
                  1 month, 4 hours ago

                  Bertrand and Vesteguard almost stealing all the bonuses

                • Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 hours ago

                  Semedo haul today?

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 4 hours ago

                    Yes