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Rodriguez returns to Everton line-up as Greenwood misses out for Manchester United

James Rodriguez (£7.9m) is back in the Everton starting line-up after missing the past two gameweeks through injury.

The Colombian has so far racked up 34 points in three home games, including one 18-point haul against Brighton in Gameweek 4.

Rodriguez is set to operate on the right of a front three for the Toffees, with Bernard (£5.8m) playing from the left in the absence of the suspended Richarlison (£7.8m).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m), fresh from an overnight price rise, leads the line for Everton.

Seamus Coleman (£4.9m) is another injury returnee at right-back, while Lucas Digne (£6.1m) resumes his place on the other side of defence following a reduced one-game ban.

The fit-again Mason Holgate (£4.8m) is preferred at centre-back over Yerry Mina (£5.5m). Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) returns between the sticks for the Toffees, having been dropped in favour of Robin Olsen (£4.5m) in Gameweek 7.

Ancelotti made it clear in is pre-match press conference yesterday that Pickford would come back into the Everton XI.

On the pitch he [Pickford] has to be focused on what he’s doing. He has to know where his quality is. He knows what to do tomorrow. His mentality is good, I don’t want to change it.

I think sometimes he made mistakes because he thought too much. He has to use his instinct more, which is really good. – Carlo Ancelotti

Anthony Martial (£8.7m), back from a three-game suspension, begins up front for Manchester United.

Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) is absent from the Red Devils’ matchday squad so Juan Mata (£5.9m) earns a start in attacking midfield.

The Spaniard could play from the right or centrally, potentially interchanging with Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), while Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) looks set to face off against Coleman from his usual left-side attacking berth.

Alex Telles (£5.5m) is back in training but does not make the 18, while Paul Pogba (£7.8m) is on the United bench.

Victor Lindelof (£4.9m) has recovered from a back injury to take up his spot in central defence beside Harry Maguire (£5.4m).

Victor is feeling okay in his back, hopefully he can last the game because he has had trouble with it. The energy of Scott McTominay and Fred after not playing this midweek [in the Champions League] will help us. – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

On Richarlison, who will return for the Toffees’ sweet clash away to Fulham in GW9, Ancelotti said last night:

it is impossible to replace Richarlison. There is no player in the world like Richarlison. So we have to replace him with another player with different quality.

We have to change a little bit our style of play without Richarlison, but the defeat [against Newcastle] was not because Richarlison was not there. It was because we did not play well. Simple.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was full of praise for the Everton manager when quizzed by BT Sport on his decision to join the Merseyside outfit.

I needed to play under a coach who knows me; how I behave on and off the pitch. Carlo was exactly what I needed for coming to this club.

It was because of both reasons [Carlo and the club] that I moved here. They trusted me when no one else did. I;ll be forever grateful to the club and to Carlo. – James Rodriguez

Everton XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Digne, Keane, Holgate, Coleman; Sigurdsson, Allan, Doucouré; Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, B Fernandes, Mata; Martial.

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  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bruno pen for the hat trick then?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      2

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        2?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I think he still believes rashford scored the second

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Ahh ok, think Opta have already called it as Bruno

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    does DCL score goals outside 2 yards of the goal? 😉

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No which is brilliant because he always there

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        makes him quite limited as a player too

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bruno YC. Season over

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    That took the shine off

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Should still get 3 BAPs don’t worry

  5. Tripleh123
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Need advice on who take and offload upcoming weeks. Which of these between Sterling, KDB, Fernandes or Vardy is essential? Currently have Salah, Son and Kane.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I'll be switching Son and Kane for KDB and Vardy over the next 2 weeks, so I'd say those two.

        1. Tripleh123
            2 months, 15 days ago

            The worrying problem is Son has ownership of 60%, almost everyone in my league has Son.

        2. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I'd probably lose Sterling. Fernandez has been a set and forget for me personally

          1. Tripleh123
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Currently have Salah ,Son and Kane. Who do you reckon should i drop for Fernandes?

        3. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          James is dreadful

          If he didnt score that goal at wc 6 years ago nobody would have him

          1. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Ah yes. Cherry pick a single game to highlight what made him once attractive and then another (which isn't even over) to fit your agenda that he's a poor choice.

            Has been one of the best players early in the season and this is his first game back against decent opposition.

            You're drawing on cheddar with a biro thinking you've got Stilton.

            1. Utopsis
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Hahaha

          2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Hamez has been completely noshow

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Siggy needs telling he is rubbish at dead balls & passes back & side to side to much!

          4. Heavy Data
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Son to Fernandes (have Kane)?

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              yep

          5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            People are expecting Hamez to perform like a premium priced asset

            1. Lazaretti
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Imo it's bcs he is premium player. Team might not be..., atm.

          6. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            So much vitriol and ridiculous opinion/conjecture being thrown around on this site and we're not even an hour into this game.

            The amount people let themselves get worked up because a player they own hasn't scored and the game isn't even over is baffling.

            And so much confirmation bias/hindsight being flung around by supposed armchair experts.

            100% not conducive to a good state of mind. And everyone is always right. And if you disagree you're immediately ridiculed based on which party owns who.

            Bizarre. Entertaining to watch you all lose your minds over something so arbitrary but bizarre nonetheless.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              you're on a fpl forum, this is quite normal fella

              1. ReindeerHotdog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 15 days ago

                I suppose it's to be expected but there's genuinely some really, really good players on here who consistently finish high in the rankings.

                Perhaps they're not the ones doing all the moaning. I'd imagine so anyway.

                So many people are far too reactionary. I get the appeal of FF but I'm not going to get so annoyed I find myself losing my mind over a single performance.

            2. Utopsis
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Par for the course on here fella

              • Utopsis
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  I'm with you though, it's thoroughly entertaining stuff.

                • diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  FPL is about predicting the future (you're trying to work out who is going to score FPL points).

                  You need opinion and conjecture to do this. If you have no opinion, how can you decide which players to choose?

                  1. ReindeerHotdog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    ...that's 100% not what I've said at all.

                    If course opinion is required. We're all trying to figure out what's going to happen.

                    I'm quite clearly referring to a) the people who pipe up to say "I told you he was a great choice this week haha LOL" when a player does well and b) those who moan if their asset doesn't return after 20 minutes.

                    Those comments add nothing to the group think and it just highlights how so many people are just looking for something to moan about or brag about.

                    A debate is always wanted. Talking to yourself and expecting an interesting response never usually goes well. But screaming into a comment because a player hasn't scored after 45 minutes - that's not helpful.

                    I agree with what you're saying - I'm just not sure why you think I was contradicting your point.

              • davies
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                A) Kane Bruno Soucek

                B) Antonio Bruno Son (-4)

                C) Vardy Jota Son

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  a

                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  I have A if that helps

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    But also have Son

              • Niho992
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Bruno RC would be nice

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  if by RC you mean Real Chance that he scores from, I agree.

              • Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Useless Bruno YC.... Remind me why I own you ...

                1. villa_til_i_die
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Subtle brag!

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Rashford has been terrible. He can’t even seem to make a simple pass

              • Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Guys stop complaining about Hamez. U got him at 7.5. He's still a bargain. Fulham next

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Just realised, Irbox must be fuming. Hates Bruno and is an Everton fan

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Haha funny

                2. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Hates Mane too and he scored against them too

                3. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Even if loves Bruno he is Neverton fan. HAHAHAHAAHAH

                  1. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Nah he hates him. go down a little 😆

              • Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Losing one of Son/Kane for who?
                A. Bruno (WBA sou whu)
                B. Vardy (liv FUL shu)
                C. Jesus (tot BUR FUL)

                1. Ings_is_the_king
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    A

                  • Tony Martial
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Both for 2 of them

                2. Ings_is_the_king
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Should I bring in Mane or KDB for Son, as I can’t afford Salah and have Sterling?

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Pickford howler

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Should be benched from now on

                  • Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Pickford Gahahahahahahahahahah

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Should have been a pen

                  • IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    It’s actually impossible to like the diving cheat that is Bruno Fernandes. No matter how good a player he may be, will always be remembered for diving and cheating

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Come on mate, SO many players dive, it’s part of the game now and VAR virtually encourages it (as there appears to be rare percussions for doing so)

                      1. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Don't enable him

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          Jus ignore

                      2. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        *repercussions

                  • JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Pickford at it again. The guy should be gone

                  • Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Hehehe. Naughty Pickford 😆

                  • sambyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Should be a penalty

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Pickford took out Maguire with a kick

                  • KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    How on earth is that not a penalty?!

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Unless still being checked

                  • Captain Vantastic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Pickford is so f stupid

                  • PremKraut
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    clear penalty against that little t rex in goal