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Pickford benched as £4.0m FPL defender Nkounkou deputises for banned Digne

An under-strength Everton will attempt to bounce back to winning ways at St James’ Park this afternoon, following their first defeat of the campaign against Southampton.

The Toffees face Newcastle United in the second of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday, with kick-off on Tyneside at 14:00 GMT.

Carlo Ancelotti is without the suspended Lucas Digne (£6.1m) and Richarlison (£7.8m) this afternoon, while James Rodriguez (£7.9m) and Seamus Coleman (£4.9m) miss out through injury.

Budget Fantasy Premier League defenders Jonjoe Kenny (£4.3m) and Niels Nkounkou (£4.0m) are brought into the full-back positions in the absence of the aforementioned first-team regulars.

That defensive duo are among five changes that Ancelotti has made from the Gameweek 6 defeat on the south coast.

Andre Gomes (£5.5m) and Fabian Delph (£4.9m) are recalled in central midfield, while the most notable alteration sees Robin Olsen (£4.5m) replace the benched Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) between the posts.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m), who blanked for the first time this season in that defeat at Southampton, starts up front.

Cenk Tosun (£6.0m) returns from a lengthy lay-off and is among the substitutes.

As for the hosts, Steve Bruce makes one change to the team that drew 1-1 at Wolves last Sunday.

Sean Longstaff (£4.8m) comes into the centre of midfield in place of Ryan Fraser (£5.7m), who drops to the bench.

Jamaal Lascelles (£4.4m) has recovered from a knock to start in the heart of the defence for the Magpies.

Digne and Rodriguez were the most-sold FPL assets of Gameweek 7, with each player transferred out by over 400,000 Fantasy managers ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Only Calvert-Lewin and Callum Wilson (£6.5m) have double-digit ownerships among the two starting XIs today.


Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis, Hendrick, S Longstaff, Murphy, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Everton XI: Olsen, Kenny, Keane, Mina, Nkounkou, Gomes, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Allan, Delph, Calvert-Lewin

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1,268 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Son and Kane owner but non captainer with rank 1M+ would you want them to blank or to run riots?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Upps top of the page 😆

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Run riot

    3. doher.ty
        2 months, 18 days ago

        You want them to blank

      • Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Not everyone one owns both

      • Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Kane 7 points, Son 10 points.

    4. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Fellow Bruno owners what do we expect today?

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Rashford hatty

      2. doher.ty
          2 months, 18 days ago

          No Jammy Pens Please

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Jammy pen

        • Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not a Bruno owner but as a Leno owner, penalty saved.... 🙂

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Planning to bench Ings next GW if he is out. His next game post that will be in 20 days from now. Hope he recovers by then.

        The other option would be to just do Ings to Kane for a -4 (rage transferred TAA to Coufal, which is not a bad move actually)

        Martinez
        James Lamptey Coufal
        Salah Sterling Son Foden Podence
        DCL Bamford

        Steere Dallas Mitchell Ings

      4. Tross007
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bamford or Wilson?

        Wilson has the fixtures
        Leeds more attacking

      5. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Do a players morals count when choosing an fpl asset? Regardless of the digression, whether it's philandering, racism or other, I'm curious; would you?

        A. Pick regardless, it's all about potential points
        B. Not pick due to a personal moral standpoint
        C. Would consider very strongly my choices and would hopefully opt for a more decent individual with similar points gain

        1. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          It's only fpl!

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            That's an A then 🙂

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          A - it's just a game

        3. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          C

        4. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          This is just a game. Or should we all perma pick and C Rashford, since he has fed more children than Jesus?

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Not too sure how good an answer that is, but it's witty! Exactly how many loaves and fishes has Rash multiplied out? 😉 Joking btw, he's a good man for the effort, but you didn't answer my question. Purely curiosity, not meant to rile

      6. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        this is like watching Burnley v Wbrom

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          A world away from the Keane vs Vieira battles of the early 2000s

      7. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Crazy to be thinking about PVA captain, home vs Leeds? Am I correct in thinking he's on pens?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          PVA I reckon is a good pick based on past performance and upcoming fixtures. Capping a def is going against the odds. He's been injured for a while; Milo's on red, so I reckon it's between Zaha & PVA for pens.

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Hmm my gut says to do it. I seem to captain a defender once a season and it always seems to pay off.

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I'm judging you weren't one of the cappers of Doherty last season then? Me neither btw - never capped a def based on the risk v higher upside of an attacking player

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Forget to add - go with your gut or others. I don't rate myself as the best guy to give advice on def assets, far too precarious

      8. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Spurs to blank later...

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Trying to jinx it?