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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, 3 days ago

    THE BOYS!!!

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

      Less than minute 🙂

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Haha what a start!

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

      Incredible

  3. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    40 seconds and my captain scores. Man, I need all I can get in this game...

  4. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Kane > Vardy (c) done!

  5. sambyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Yes DCL C! That didn't take long.

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yess my capitanooooo

  6. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Ohhhh DCL (C) are the winners

  7. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    lmao this is gonna be a massacre

  8. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    DCL captain reporting for duty sir!!!

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

    DCLLLLLL

  10. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Took Everton just 40 seconds to score.

  11. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Got to love that accidental finish!

  12. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    no assist?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Richarlison

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

      Richarlison

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Richarlison has been given it

    4. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Richa

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Rich - despite a deflection it is intended target

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

    We want 10 😀 cmon Hamez and Digne get involved

  14. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Should have capped DCL haha 😀

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

    DCLLLLLLLLLLLL

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Dial-up?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Was washing my face smh

  16. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    That was it for DCL.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yep. Needs another one if you captained him given Bruno got 11 pts.

  17. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    DCL YA BEAUTTTTYYYYYYYY LETS GO MY CAPTAINNNNNNNNN

  18. Railwayman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wish Rodriguez scored that goal...

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

    How lucky is that guy?

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Always in the right place isn't luck. Just good striker senses.

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

        He didnt even see the ball hahah

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

        Are you guys even watching games or?

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I thought he was lucky. But then heard Ancelotti's interviews on DCL. And realised he has changed what DCL does. Gets him higher up the pitch, closer to goal, and told him just shoot when it comes to you in the box.

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

        Im talking about tidays goal

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah, but still look at his positioning. Ancelotti has changed him. DCL would not have been in that spot 12 months ago. He would have been back post waiting for the floated one to the back post.

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

      Got to be in right place at the right time.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Top class poacher.

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      It's not luck if he's consistently doing it.

    6. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      That’s what I said about Ings, Vardy and Bruno last season.. have to eventually realise they consistently make it sustainable

  20. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    *Checks to see who’s playing Fulham each week

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Vardy (c)
      KDB (c)
      Salah (c)

      Next 3 GWs covered.

  21. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    ultimate poacher ... but everyone has him

    1. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I don't.
      Might be why I am sitting 1M -.-

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        dude ... sort yourself out 😉

  22. Kannbury
      2 months, 3 days ago

      What chance a Pickford hatty today?!

    • grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Richarlison DCL double up paying off already.

      1. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Well done mate

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

        Amen brother.. that’s what the better managers have done!

    • Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Captain Grealish massive fail

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

        Humungous flop.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      DCL IS THE KIING

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Brought in DCL and Fernandes for the first time ever this week. Nice to be on the right side of a typical DCL tap in and fortunate Bruno pen for once!

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Me too!

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I don't think I could've asked for anything better than this 😀 WE WANT 5

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yea boys DCL cap 😀

    • Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Hat trick incoming!

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Thank you Richarlison, very cool!