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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. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 8 hours ago

    Captain Salah, Bruno and DCL with a whopping 9 points combined.

    Dropped from 500k to 900k in rank.

    1. Jdpz
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        How many points so far?

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 7 hours ago

          321

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        Tough, a season of great swings so far.

    2. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Last chance for Podence.

    3. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      need FPL to add my Choupo points from 2 seasons ago to save my GW...

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        😆

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        Still fuming!!!

    4. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Keep Werner or sell?

      Chelsea's next 3 fixtures are great

      1. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        Keep

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        Keep

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        You’ve answered your own question

      4. Utopsis
          29 days, 7 hours ago

          Only sell for Kane

      5. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        First thing Everton do in January is sign Romero

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 7 hours ago

          They already signed a better keeper. Carlo has had an attack of the Southgate’s.

      6. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        Foden > JRod over the IB really has not worked out

      7. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        Dcl yc

        1. Vazza
            29 days, 7 hours ago

            Doesn’t matter, everyone has dcl pretty much so the net effect is somewhat neutral

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Ings playing well in this new midfield role, should pick up quite a few assists 🙂

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            The budget Kane

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            POO

        3. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          DCL delivers!

        4. Van der Faart
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          DCL YC

        5. ALI_G
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          f this GW

          DCL YC just to rub it in

        6. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Just keeps getting better!

        7. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Beautiful YC for English Mitrovic

        8. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Martinez, Robertson, Salah (c), Rodriguez, Grealish, DCL

          Next up on the blank express is Semedo

        9. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Thats more red than dignes

        10. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          DCL yc nice

        11. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          DCL returns

          You all doubted him?

        12. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          Looooool DCL yellow 😆

        13. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 8 hours ago

          And now DCL yellow ffs!

        14. ivantys
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            DCL lucky to escape with just a yellow there

          • tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            DCL yellow...even the odd 1 and 2 points are being taken away this week

          • how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Villa and Everton bandwagons derailed.

            New wc template again then.

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              Bruno/Rashford time

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              People going to quickly realise why tripling up on mid table teams like villa and everton was a huge mistake.

          • Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            3 from JRod + DCL look like as a steal now. Thanks God for these 3 points.

          • Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Could easily have been a red there - maybe should have been

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              Always find it funny how certain things never get replayed by TV coverage ....DCL is a favored man.

          • Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            20 points with Kane Son Saiss left. Ffs

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              That's not bad.

            2. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              Brutal I'm not far off though.

            3. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              No reason to complain, more than double what I got 😛

            4. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              Weird flex...

            5. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 7 hours ago

              14 with them plus lamptey podence...

          • Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Lamptey to save my season....

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              Castagne here 🙂

            2. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              He owes us for last week.

          • DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Everton a busted flush.

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            14 from 6 including captain, brilliant.

            Who'd have thought selling Werner for DCL would be such a fail

          • Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Over to you Wolves. The only team left that can save my gameweek.

          • aborg
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            DCL yellow card. Does not matter really as every manager and his dog has him anyway !