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

    Why is Siggy on set pieces?

    1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Because of Don Carlo's stupidity

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Don’t know but I’m selling Hames if it carry’s on.

      • Free Hat
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He has himself on FPL, not James R.

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Because hes good at them

    3. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I brought Bruno in for Hamez this week, probably the first time I've got a transfer right this season.

      On a separate note, I've got Kane and Son - are people keeping both for the next 3 tough fixtures?

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

        Son. Cheaper. Enables a big 5 midfield of Salah KDB Bruno Son Grealish

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

        Only have Kane so keeping, wouldnt keep both.

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

        I'm getting rid of Son for sure. Undecided on Kane, will likely keep for next week and then assess.

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

      Kane, Son, Maupay, Stephens to KDB, Bruno, Antonio, Brewster(-8) looking tempting

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        😆

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

        Not really

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

      James the biggest flop pick since last int break. Glad i didnt fall into the trap after his last haul

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

      James Rodriguez really needs to be on more deadball situations. He's a lot better than Siggurdsson at them

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

        Even the deadball situations that favour a right footed player

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

        Agreed

      3. Utopsis
          2 months, 15 days ago

          The reality is the difference between them at set pieces is minimal, you only think that because he's in your team

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Terrible opinion

            1. Utopsis
                2 months, 15 days ago

                That's your opinion

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

              I think that because I support Everton and James is a lot more accurate

              1. Utopsis
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  He's doing nothing to support my claim and everything to support yours atm!

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

              Lol @ deluded hames owners

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

                I couldn't care about the points he's giving me. I want Everton to actually score goals from set pieces

          2. Vazza
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Thoughts on Jimenez to Martial for a hit?

              1. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                You seen how Martial has been playing? If I was tripling on Utd I wouldn’t even have him (Bruno Rash and a defender)

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

                See below

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                How about you watch the game and we'll see if you still want to make that move

            • Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Martial has been terrible

            • Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Easy Barnes to Bruno switch?

              The 5m itb finally coming to use

              1. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Yup

            • Underdogs11
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Why don't more people gave Bruno? It's the Fank Lampard profile - good player in a top 6 team who scores on a regular basis. Like Sanchez, Son etc.. And he doesn't cost 12 mn. The only question was uniteds poor form right?

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

                  They hate united

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

                    There u go. The 2 people below me pretty much summed uo my point quite well

                2. Epic ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Top 6 team?

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

                    He missed the 1...* top 16

                  2. Underdogs11
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      At least in economical terms 🙂

                  3. Underdogs11
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Sorry, forgot to write midfielder.

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

                      suits me, I hope is ownership stays this way

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

                    God Tony has been awful.

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

                      Have a word with yourself 🙂

                    2. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      rename yourself quick

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

                    Martial has been terrible

                  6. dark91
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Why is Martial still on the pitch?!!

                  7. Dannyb
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Martial is awful, I'd rather have Daniel James playing.

                  8. Balls in Behind
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    No assist for DCL on sky app now, so maybe it will be removed

                    1. Troll hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Fantasy assist?

                      1. Balls in Behind
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        It should be removed, he didn’t touch it, but theres always a few each season they mess up, not the end of the world

                      2. JJO
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Well thats real assist and dantasy assist if he touched the ball
                        But since he didnt...

                  9. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Rodriguez/Robbo -> Bruno/Coufal?

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

                      Like it

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

                        Cheers

                  10. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    How's Séamus looking?

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

                      Old
                      Getting targeted by United

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

                        As long as he's good for Wembley on Thursday night that's the main thing 😉

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

                          Okay Okay

                  11. Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Bugger off Bruno, cba.

                    United are so hot and cold that I keep not wanting him even with those fixtures - don’t know how to get him

                  12. F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    104 points in 9 and a half away PL games for Bruno since joining. Noice.

                  13. Athletic Nasherbo
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Yay Bruno captain!

                    Have Rashford too so hopefully he can get a goal second half!

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

                      Awesome mate !

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

                      Link says Kane?

                  14. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    So are we selling United players or buying them ?
                    😎

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

                      No. Bruno's enough for me for now. Not sure how nailed on the rest are or how steady defence will be.

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

                      Buying Tony

                      1. Royal5
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        He should be benched.

                    3. Vazza
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        They just scored a couple of goals. Of course people are going to start chasing those points!

                      • evilfish
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Sadly, I don't have any to sell.

                      • Africa United
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Not players just a single player as a place holder for sterling/kdb Just son to Bruno for three weeks or so 😀

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

                      Will that DCL assist be removed?

                      1. fr3d
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Yes

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

                        Hopefully 😉 non owner too?

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

                        The people without him will say yes and people with him will say no. So you'll have to wait to find out

                    5. The Mandalorian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Unless they have the footage to replay the DCL assist how can they be sure to remove it.

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

                        They haven't footage to confirm it either.

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

                        Haha see my 2-3 comes in

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

                          *if

                    6. Baines on Toast...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Forgot how painful it is being united fan without Bruno when he’s on form.

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

                        Me too

                      2. HODGE
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        I'm a Liverpool fan and I own Bruno, hang.your head in shame

                    7. diesel001
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      There is an unwritten rule in FPL that if a high ownership player is involved in a dubious assist, they will give it.

                      I don't know what the 'high ownership' threshold is though (I reckon it is 10% or more).

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

                        I’m still waiting for my Sane assist from a few seasons ago

                      2. fr3d
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        You speak a lot of nonsense Diesel mate

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

                        How can you give it if he doesnt even touch the ball
                        But yeah they are idiots so will give it

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

                        15 % and up

                      5. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        lol

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

                      Hopefully in good stead to save FT after the international break?

                      Can then see what I can do re City/Chelsea/Leicester assets in GW20

                      Martinez
                      TAA | Lamptey | Dallas
                      Salah | Bruno | Son | Grealish | Soucek
                      Kane | DCL

                      Steer | Brewster | Kilman | Mitchell*

                      0.3ITB

                      1. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        You are ticking along nicely with that heavy hitter team.. Even though soucek doesnt give you any points

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

                          Yes, possibility to downgrade TAA and upgrade Soucek.

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

                        *GW10

                    9. Free Hat
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Seen 2 replays (from far above) from pickfords point of view.
                      Then it looks like a dcl assist.

                      But 3rd replay from de gea point of view seems Lindelof assist.

                    10. Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Man the servers for the this website on matchday

                      Since I'm not a paying member nor ever will be I suppose I can't complain

                      1. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Yet you still did 😉

                    11. Top Lad Dakes.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Robbie Podence Kane to Chilwell Bruno 8.5fwd does tempt...

                    12. Jolly Good
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      If hamez wasn’t back I was planning to captain Bruno

                      But if hamez wasn’t injured last week I was all set on Bruno -> KDB last week so count my blessings I guess 🙂