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Mitrovic benched for Fulham as Richarlison returns for Everton

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.7m) had appeared to be another international break casualty for Fantasy Premier League bosses in Gameweek 9.

Having been on Serbia duty following Fulham’s calamitous penalty situation involving Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) back in Gameweek 8, Mitrovic finds himself on the bench for Everton’s visit on Sunday afternoon.

However, when asked by BBC Sport if the decision to demote Mitrovic was related to fitness or tactics, Scott Parker responded:

Mainly tactical, really. Obviously Aleks has come back from international duty.

The team I’ve decided to go with today is a team that I feel can hurt Everton, can cause them problems.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) looks set to lead the Fulham line ahead of an attacking midfield trio of Lookman, Tom Cairney (£5.3m) and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m).

Lookman missed a last-minute penalty in GW8 as Fulham lost 1-0 to West Ham

Having missed the last three gameweeks through suspension, Richarlison (£7.8m) returns to the Everton starting line-up.

On the Brazilian attacker’s absence coinciding with a poor run of form for the Toffees, Ancelotti stated in his pre-match press conference:

We didn’t lose because Richarlison wasn’t there. He’s a striker and the problem we had was that we didn’t defend properly.

He’s really important for us, a top player and it’s important to have him.

He has everything, I think he can reach the top level in football. He’s still young but a really humble guy, I think he can be at the top soon.

The Everton manager could possibly be going for a formation switch at Craven Cottage, with Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) included in the Toffees’ XI along with Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) and James Rodriguez (£7.9m).

The Italian also had some interesting words on Rodriguez’s position on Friday.

“His position is number 10. It doesn’t matter if he is a little to the right, his best position is to the front. It doesn’t matter in the middle or to the right. Every game he has played in the front.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Ben Godfrey (£5.0m) deputises at right-back for the injured Seamus Coleman (£4.9m), with natural full-back Jonjoe Kenny (£4.3m) not in the matchday sqaud.

Fulham XI: Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Reed, Lemina; Lookman, Cairney Cavaleiro; De Cordova-Reid.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Godfrey; Iwobi, Allan, Doucouré; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez.

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  1. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Absolutely beautiful football from the Toffees

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It's Fulham. 😀

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes but that doesn’t take away from their quality in movement and passing

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Fair enough, great movement.

    2. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Well done boys, COYB!

  2. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Richarlison my captain the only one who cany score this match

    1. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      *cant

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Give it time mate.. brace incoming

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He should already be on 2 mate 🙂

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Can’t believe that air shot in the 6 yard box

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Digne just keeps crossing without any FUL players closing in at all, madness!

  4. deathcabofdevil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Digne punishing GW5 sellers.

  5. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Have players like Zaha and Rodriguez where I'm just waiting for the good fixtures to end so I can feel good about getting rid lol

  6. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Richa misses sitter ffs

  7. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is it Justin who will be playing on the left for Leicester vs. Fulham with Castagne back?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Until Periera is back yes

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Everything has been going down Fulham's right, and Castagne will be done there.

  8. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Kane to vardy anyone?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Considering it

    2. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      That could make the the season. 20 pointer for Vardy next week.

    3. Guba
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Probably doing it

    4. Hiddenpaw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah I’m thinking the same. Then maybe vardy to Kun the week after.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah its possible to have captains v Fulham for the next 3 weeks.

        Vardy gw 10

        Kun / kdb gw 11

        Salah gw 12

  9. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    It's refreshing watching this Everton performance and how they are prioritizing getting the ball into the danger area quickly and using width properly.

    1. ZAMUNDA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Keyword: Ancelotti

  10. Right In The Stanchion
      2 months, 1 day ago

      All the people bitching about Hames haven’t owned him for his hauls. Just point chasers

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Digne smells more assists

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Crzay how 3-5-2 / 3-4-3 has become fashionable. Go back five years and it was unheard of in the PL and you had pundits criticising managers for trying it.

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Antonio Conte got it to England

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Conte won the league in dominating fashion with the 3-5-2. Alonso wing back was a monster.

          1. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            In that system, even Moses was a force for Chelsea as a wing back on the right.

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        We used it in our fpl teams before it got mainstream 🙂 pioneers we are 😆

      3. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        3,4,3 not 3,5,2 under Conte which was 2015.

    • ZAMUNDA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      In an attack line of KDB (2 pts), Ziyech (3 pts), Grealish (1 pt), Watkins (2 pts) I have Bruno (C) and DCL (VC) making up for those fails.

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Anyone who doesn't own DCL to make me feel good because I own him but didn't captained him ?

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Dont own him. Think you need to get a grip tbh.

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I bet he capped Bruno no less..

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      James shot saved

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Rodriguez shot on target at least.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Hamez SOT

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      How come so many in top 10k dont have dcl??

      Surely that cant be right

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Top10k is mostly casuals this season

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They got to the Top 10k because they own Son, Kane, Grealish, Salah. Don't need DCL.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Casuals going to get hammered with the fixture swings

      3. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Whats his ownership in the top10k mate?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          EO 72%

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wilson to Vardy next week looks a bit of a no brainer for me

    • JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Richa + James
      1 assist total
      Cant believe this

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Theres another 5 or 6 goals left in this

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is there a better passer in the league than James Rodriguez? His touch, vision and deft pass into the box is second to none. Beautiful to watch!!!

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        KDB.
        Harry Kane.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          You are dreaming to put Kane in that category mate

          1. SH1M1
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            9 assists says different 🙂

      2. RED_ARMY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kev says hi

      3. tokara
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I think hames is better than kdb as a no. 10 and a better cross

      4. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Bruno
        KDB
        Kane

      5. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        KDB, TAA

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          TAA whips crosses but his passing generally is not fantastic

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I’ve been blown away by some of his cross field long balls. He is incredibly accurate.

      6. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        KDB & Ziyech might have something to say about that!

      7. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kane KDB

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Fulham are shocking. Absolutely atrocious team in every part of the pitch. Vardy (C) next week. Then City player tbd (C), then Salah (C).

      1. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Tevin be Druyne

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Vardy is a poor shout. He only scores counter and pens. Not suited to Fulham

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Doesnt matter when Fulham literally let the opposition stroll around in their box with the ball. They also love giving away dumb penalties.

        2. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Fulham has been wide open to counters this first half???
          Richarlison could have scored on atleast 2 of those counters

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yea this, they give the ball away in their own half constantly. Thats perfect for Vardy whos always waiting for the opportunity to run in behind the instant they win the ball.

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Richarlison is a clown. Love watching him miss sitters. Real crybaby.

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Right up your ally. You would be best mates actually on that fact alone!

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Everton plays some sexy football under Carlo

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Kane to vardy seems so obvious. But so did son to grealish.
      Might just stick

    • tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good for Leicester full backs next week... And Vardy.

    • Chucky
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Richarlison so wasteful.. Digne should have had 4-5 assists instead of 2.. 🙁

    • CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Someone on here was recently advocating a transfer strategy which involved captaining whichever player in their team plays Fulham each week.

      I think they may have a point.

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I would go even further and say hit for doubling teams playing Fulham

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hmm maybe someone else was too. But i was as well. I have DCL captain right now. Vardy next week. KDB the week after. Then Salah.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Their defenders look like they have already resigned to relegation. Not even trying

      4. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Only if their name isn't Rodriguez

    • Chucky
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      DCL captain real hattie and Digne hattie of assists too much to ask for? 😀

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Rich owners - we are getting a pen in the second 45

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        with James getting the assist..yeah please

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Should’ve stuck with gut with DCL captain - ah well!

      Points are points atm, and at least Bruno didn’t blank