Dugout Discussion

Digne reverts to left-back in attacking Everton line-up

After a brief stint at left midfield, Lucas Digne (£6.0m) returns to full-back in an attacking line-up from Carlo Ancelotti.

At his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Toffees chief spoke about his team needing to get the best out of James Rodriguez (£7.7m), Richarlison (£7.8m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m).

“We have more consistency now defensively and it’s true most of the game [against Leicester] we defended instead of attacking. We want to attack more but to be able to defend well is important. One of the qualities of a team is to read the situations.

When we have the defensive line deep, James [Rodriguez], [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison have difficulty showing their quality, they are not defenders. We have to give them more opportunity to have the ball and use their quality.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti looks to have followed through on his pre-game assertion, with Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) regaining the right-back spot ahead of Mason Holgate (£4.8m).

“We have two full-backs that can push. It’s true that we want to win, to attack but we also want to have balance in the team.” – Carlo Ancelotti to BT ahead of kick off

In midfield, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m) partners Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.2m), who returns from a one-game ban having collected five yellow cards.

That could be in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 set-up, with Richarlison either set to operate from the left of an attacking midfield trio or partner Calvert-Lewin up front.

Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) should operate from the right-hand side in either scenario, while Rodriguez could play centrally or on the flank.

Newcastle’s formation will also be one to monitor, with the official team graphic suggesting Isaac Hayden (£4.7m) will be part of a back three.

The ex-Arsenal man could also operate in his defined midfield role as part of a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

In any case, Callum Wilson (£6.6m) will lead the Magpies line. Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) is on the Newcastle bench.

“Basically he’s been idle for the best part of eight weeks. We’ve just got to gently ease him in. The one thing we don’t want to do is risk him and he pulls a muscle or whatever.” – Steve Bruce to BT on Allan Saint-Maximin

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Coleman; Doucouré, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, James Rodriguez, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

Newcastle United XI: Darlow; Lewis, Schar, Lascelles, Hayden, Manquillo; Fraser, Shelvey, Hendrick, Almiron; Wilson.

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  1. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Fudgy with Gundogan captain is guaranteed to fail the amount he whinges on here.

    FFS going to be fire around 16.17pm when he’s subbed off early.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Definitely not worth a repost.

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    DCL let's go

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      In partnership with Richarlison. Go go!

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        DCL © - lets GOOOO

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

    Gundog hattrick today!

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Would be nice.

  4. Long ago I drew a walrus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Missed the deadline with Digne (c). Blessing in disguise? Or epic fail? :p

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

      Epic Fail. Everton has a terrible defence when the backline is Pickford, Digne, Coleman, Mina and Keane.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Can't argue with that. Hoping for an attacking return then

  5. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    DCL will at least scores 2 today. It's a very attacking Everton formation.

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

      Not with Lascelles defending >:D

  6. jammie26
      2 months, 13 days ago

      1 nil Newcastle, ta

    • Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Newcastle may have a goal here but will be heavily defeated by Everton

    • Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What is difference between cup and star sports cup ?

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

        The latter is India only cup.

        1. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Cool

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Star sports has more tits

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Massive benching headache next week. Early thoughts on the priority to play these? Only 2 ultimately make it to the XI.

      A) Mitchell (new)
      B) Tierney (wol)
      C) Saka (wol)
      D) ESR (wol)
      E) Son (CHE)

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        E
        C
        B
        D
        A

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, that's what I have at the moment. Maybe it's obvious. Will watch the games/.highlights and hope for a shocker from Spurs, as I want a reason to get Son off for Tierney 😀

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wouldn't even consider benching Son

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah I think most wouldn't, but I think considering things is good. An obvious candidate for a benching imo, but time will tell whether I decide to play him or not. Probably will, at this point.

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Why is Son even on this list!

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I would project him to get fewer points than his average vs Chelsea, right now, and could potentially be without Kane again (might be a good or bad thing, will need to assess). While the other options have a decent chance to match him or better imo. I don't buy into 'ceilings' and 'upside chasing', assuming those are related 'concepts'.

      4. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        C and E, and not close imo

      5. Benjustjamin
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        E, B

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Never needed a Dcl fail more.

    • gauzah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone fancy Zaha for GW22 onwards? Fixtures are absolutely delightful.

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Planning to get him next week.

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I will get him in gw22

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Cup opponent has only 3 players in common!

      Him: Sterling(c), DCL, Wilson, Dallas, Meslier, Targett, Zaha, Grealish

      Vs

      Me: Salah(c), Gundogan, Stones, Cancelo, Soucek, McCarthy, Bamford, Maguire + 8 points

      WHO wins?

      YOU DECIDE!

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Last time I participated you said I was talking nonsense. 🙁

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          U said id lose that round!

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            So did the other two who replied. 😀
            If it weren't going to be close, why would you ask?
            Baiting us with the promise of power... I decide
            That you will lose! Don't take this away from me! 😈

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Its all a bit tongue i cheek. Even i didnt think id win that round tbh lol

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah, I like tongues in cheeks. 😛
                I even wrote my retort in some sort of verse.
                I hope you enjoyed the emjambement.

      2. Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Probably him, just. City clean sheet huge

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes only thing going for me really is that hit he took and city defs i have

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Has @Sun Jihai posted the EOs and professional watch?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Every time someone shows interest in the professiona watch i assume theyre being sarcastic

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I quite like seeing it to be fair

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            my assumptions are almost never true lol

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Same

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Not that I’ve seen.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks guys

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

        LR with Barnes (C)

    • jammie26
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is this on bt or sky?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It’s top secret. Just check FPL site. Look at fixtures and forever more you will know what channel it’s on. Welcome.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          First game Saturday is always BT Sport unless it's a takeover which tends to be midweek Prime or one of the other main broadcasters.

          BBC sport has a 3pm slot today but WBA v Fulham.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Love how BBC get all the dead rubbers

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Come on Callum, come on DCL. Let's go boys!

      • Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Captain next week Sterling or Bruno?

        1. Breezyy
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sterling never seems to play vs Burnley

          1. Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            He’ll play then rest at Swansea

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Dunno. I’d at least want to see them play first.

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Don’t laugh but could Jesse be an option supplying Antonio from mid field?

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

          Hahahaha lols

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I had him a few years ago & did very well with him?

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

              Jk, wait and see

        2. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I think I'd like to observe that first 😀

          Watch (B)-list.

        3. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Can’t see him getting in the lineup

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

        Top10k Captains:

        Sterling 26.2%
        Gundogan 25.3%
        Salah 17.3%
        Son 9.5%
        DCL 6.7%

        Highest EOs
        Bruno 100.2% (surprise?)
        Salah 87.7%
        Gundo 84.4%
        Son 67.2%
        Cancelo 63.9%

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thought I was being differential with Sterling (c) 🙄

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Still only 26% EO

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I don’t have the 2nd and 3rd highest EOs and I haven’t capped Bruno either...

        3. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Some may miss the deadline to change the Bruno captain

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Dead teams

        4. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Got all 5 EO's so can relax!

        5. tambourineman
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Michael Oliver has awarded 13 penalties in 14 matches this season, Bruno the obvious captain pick

      • HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Let’s go Richarlison punt

        1. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          With or without DCL? Somehow I picked Richarlison over DCL, trying to be smart I guess

      • Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Kane (c) let’s go

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Your username

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not even joking

            Bench workers at its finest

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Just noticed that for the first time in a long time we actually have a handfull of 3pm kick offs on a Saturday. May have to watch Soccer Saturday again!

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Oh yeah.

      • camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Digne capt let's go. Who's with me.

        Not many I'd say 🙁

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gonna root for you as an owner. About damn time he gets a goal!

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Give me a smile baby, why angry face?

        3. realJPickford
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I’m with you mate! Had cancelo (c) last week to good effect so hoping for more of the same

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Are hits taken into account in the cup?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers both

      • RedWolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Have the next dgw fixtures been confirmed yet? If not, when? Been off the pace the last couple of weeks

        1. TyroneGAA
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Think it’s he 26 no idea of fixtures

      • TyroneGAA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ended up with this and feeling confident

        De gea

        TAA stones Dias cancelo Shaw

        Son Fernandez salah (c)

        Dcl bamford

        Neto Antonio bassouma

      • lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Team not looking good this gw. Hoping for some luck

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          GL

      • acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        COYG
        Cup opponent has DDG and Maguire..

      • jammie26
          2 months, 13 days ago

          My cup opponent is 900k OR, I'm 4k..should be a walkover right?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yes. I don't know why they haven't given it to you already

            1. jammie26
                2 months, 13 days ago

              • jammie26
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Oops emoji fail. Like Cheltenham against man city this tie.

            2. OneDennisBergkamp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              everyone buying Mane is absolutely baffling lol

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I understand it.

                1. OneDennisBergkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  please help me to

            3. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              We’re about to get early season DCL back this game. Hatrick incoming