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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. ivantys
      2 months, 14 days ago

      That everton defence will it ever keep any CS again lol

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Even weirder that it was against Spurs

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Clear Bruno goal

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Bruno mostly owned by lower ranked managers?

      1. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I’m in top 500k and had him since he started playing

      2. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        That would be me, so yes.

      3. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        mostly owned by casuals,the same people who own jorginho as well...

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          😆

          1. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            😉

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Zaha, Bamford, Wilson... the list goes on

      4. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yup

      5. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yep and UTD fans .

    • denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Utd turn up again. Jesus wept.

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Always when Solskjaer is on the verge of the sack just to drag out the mediocrity a bit longer.

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Bruno my VC... Son v WBA really made it hard for me not to C him.

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Oh no

    • Pariße
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Rash assist
      Bruno goal

      1. bobbyg
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How can it be Rash assist?

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          He passed it to Bruno and Bruno scored?

        2. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gave it to Bruno?

        3. DAVESAVES
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          How can it not be?

      2. bobbyg
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        opps yeah sorry guys. Only saw the last phase with Rash going for header

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Very poor from Pickford

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Damn all transfers backfire Bruno > Rash

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It's a foolish move anyway

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why would you transfer Bruno to Rash though, thats a downgrade.

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        thats a downgrade

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Pickford, oh dear, bench time

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Steve McMananam: ignore video evidence... we'll just ask him instead.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Didn't realise Bruno had 20% ownership, ouch
      Will triple rise over the IB now due to the Man Utd fanbase

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Son --> Bruno DONE before triple rise

    • jwong23
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      The new CB pairing for Eve is an absolute disaster

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why has he dropped Mina? He was playing fairly well.

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Bruno now to bb on penos to get his hatrick 😎

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        He will give to Rash

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      DCL keeping assist?

      1. Epic ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes.

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I'll have to watch a replay but it looked like lindelof flicked it not DCL

        1. Epic ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It was blatantly Lindelof, but DCL will still keep it. That's how FPL roll.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        you'd be blind to think otherwise

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Haven't seen it

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Rashford didn’t touch it, but are we sure DCL did?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        yes

        1. Utopsis
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Haha

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Bruno essential?

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yes

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          As always and that's why I don't have him :O

      3. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Where’s my Rash goal?

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Ok BBC have changed their text comm now

      4. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Heck! Ancelotti allowing utd dominate possession

      5. mb1983
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ah Bruno! Should've captained him... consistently delivers the goods away from home.

      6. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Time to say goodbye to Hames I think

      7. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        BBC have awarded Rashford with the assist.

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah, he passed it to bruno in the first instance

          1. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks

      8. United 99 4Ever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        was going to do Son > KDB, now thinking Son > Bruno

      9. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Funny seeing how much people hyped up Holgate earlier...

      10. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        martial lol, even if that was offside

        1. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          He's so bad up top. Greenwood is miles ahead of him, Can't understand why he's not playing.

      11. FPLGOOD
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Bruno captain YEEEE 🙂

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Beautiful stuff

      12. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why i own this muppet JRoD

      13. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Looks like Pogba will be perma benched till Jan.. then bye bye!!

      14. Weeb Kakashi
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How is that not a Rashford goal?