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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Hamez DCL (currently) Robbo Havertz Martinez Salah(c) = blanks
    Podence Saiss Lamptey Son Kane = ?

    Not a great week so far! Bamford and Zaha owners winning

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      My prediction of no team scoring more than 2 is still currently on target

      But yes its gona be a very low scoring week

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Leeds scored 3 goals in the first game

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          *Sorry i meant to write 3 😀

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    FFS KWP FFS

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Everton red card incoming

  4. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    2 peno takers involved for me right now.. cmon ref give penos asap...

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Salah cappers, we need Son and Kane blank right ?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      100%

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Do we? I hope not. I just want points lol.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        I have both, but 1st in ML have Son as C, and 2nd have Kane as C. Yes i want them to blank.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Cheat

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            Sorry, misread

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Depends on your rank.

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Yup

    4. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Yes. Bleak GW all round for everyone needed

    5. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      yes

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Maybe Kane but definitely not Son

    7. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Not me. Only 2 others in my 15 team ML have Kane. Everyone has Son, only one capper tho

    8. sambyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Well yeah cause I have neither of them.

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Thoughts on Chilwell?

    Could replace either Robbo or Taylor for me...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Keep Robbo

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      i am going Robo - Chilwel combo

    3. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Really like him after watching the new look Chelsea defence in the Manu game. Still not super keen on replacing Robbo tho.

  7. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Anyone sold TAA for Chilwell? The funds it frees up are tempting..

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      I may just keep both TAA and Robbo

      The money they give i can only use with a -8, and id only get Kane for that, who may already be too late to get in.

      Im coming around to the idea of holding both, TAA reluctantly

      if i dont its chilwell

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Did it two weeks ago to fund Son [c]

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Ahead of the game. Nice one

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Yes for Chilwell but will try to get Robbo later (swap TAA Robbo via Chilwell)

    3. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Im going for TAA Robbo Chilwell

  8. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Ings on for a MONSTER haul..

  9. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    INGS CLOSE

  10. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Ings was offside anyway

  11. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Ings misses sitter

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Was offside anyway

  12. Pavsboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Gonna be kinda ironic if the guy I was going to play on field (KWP) when Hamez was ruled out ends up with a higher scorer than 90 mins of Hamez.

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      This season in a nutshell

  13. ivantys
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Is Adams suddenly an option? He's more forward than Ings

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Nah

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        He's been more forward the entire season. And yes I think he's a good option.

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        No

      4. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Has been an option since season started

      5. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        It’s like any of the budget strikers.

        Lots of good choices but can’t expect more than 1 return in 3. Need to be patient / get lucky

      6. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        He s always good options when you dont own him

    • Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Danny boy getting closer

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Well left Ings

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Taylor or Podence a bigger issue to ditch?

      Podence been playing week in week out with no returns yet for me. Foden or Bamford (formation change) the moves there with 1.2 ITB

      Taylor benched most weeks (been starting Lamptey Saiss Robbo) - but Chilwell in would mean Lamptey benched more instead

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Podence

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. Cemented transfer out if he blanks again today.

          Just to decide between straight to Foden (or anyone else 6.7 or below) or a hit to move to Bamford, going 343 formation (gives an extra playing sub in bissouma too)

    • FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      So TAA captain almost worked ,...right?....right?

      That shot from the halfway line just being tipped over eh 🙂

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Still the best option mate XD

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          My pre game predictions went pretty on spot for the game overall.

          Sheffield underlying data was showing very good stats for defense and i expected Liverpool to struggle to break them down and at max score 2. I just saw it as a 2-0.

          On another day Liverpool get the cleansheet and i have 12 -20 points as a captain for TAA

          But yes he is super deep now with henderson on the right wing

          Its very strange from Klopp to essentially take his most creative wing option and ask him to say 20 yards deeper and not gain much if anything from it defensively

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        :p got as much as salah cappers

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Hamez on pens ?

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Lads, in which minute will DCL score and scrap McCarthy CS ?

    • ivantys
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Southampton up to 5th in the league

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Confused why (at least in terms of OR) Salah cappers should want Son/Kane blanks (assuming they also own both, that is - I get why you'd want blanks if you didn't own lol)

        Kane has high EO (above 100 in top 400k) but below 100% below 400k OR.

        Son meanwhile is below 100% EO at all rank tiers... so surely for most owners, points are points

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          You are right. Unless you are really focused on top 10k and believe those managers who are top 10k now will be your competition for top 10k long term (I don't) then you want Kane to score points

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        0 penalty area touches by DCL today... you just know he will score with his first

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          well i hope so. hamez assist? 🙂

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        The FPL gods have forsaken me

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Digne hardly on set pieces

        Not keeping cleanies

        Fairly expensive

        Thanks for the points and price rise but tine to go cheap

        1. Del Griffith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Digne defo out now

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Bernard should get 2nd YC

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        All these low(ish) scoring games just making me think Kane or son are going to tee off tomorrow

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Bernard should have been off

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Need McCarthy 3 rd save

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Should be red there, one of those definite yellows if not already on one

      • denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        I had Ings GW 1. Moral victory.