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Calvert-Lewin on the bench as Everton visit Liverpool

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) makes an important return for Everton but not how his 34.0% Fantasy Premier League ownership would have hoped.

After missing two matches with a hamstring problem, the mid-priced forward has been named on the Toffees’ bench for the Double Gameweek 25 Merseyside derby.

With Josh King (£5.4m) also among the substitutes, Richarlison (£7.9m) leads the line for Everton today with James Rodríguez (£7.7m) in support.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted for a rather defensive set-up behind those two, choosing three central defenders as well as Lucas Digne (£6.1m) and Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) with Tom Davies (£5.2m), André Gomes (£5.3m) and Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.2m) forming the central midfield trio.

They also have Allan (£5.2m) to send into the mixed, making his return from injury on the bench and awaiting his first Premier League minutes since Gameweek 13.

Such a set-up might make life difficult for Liverpool’s key Fantasy assets, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) in his usual right-hand station of the front-three with 43.2% overall Fantasy ownership.

That said, the Egyptian has four goals over the last four Gameweeks and has led the league for shots in the box and shots on target during that period.

Sadio Mané (£11.8m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) complete the attack although they are owned by just 5.4% and 5.1% respectively.

Despite conceding three times at Leicester in this configuration, Jurgen Klopp has not changed his back-four.

That means Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) partners Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) at centre-back with Andrew Robertson (£7.2m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) in the full-back positions.

Double Gameweek 25 Line-ups

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, Henderson, Kabak, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, C Jones, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Everton XI: Pickford; Keane, Holgate, Godfrey; Digne, T Davies, Gomes, Doucouré; Coleman; Rodríguez; Richarlison.

Double Gameweek 25 so far…

Burnley collected their ninth clean sheet of the season as they drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

However, owners of their defensive assets can probably consider themselves a little fortunate to benefit from the shut-out.

It looked, at first, that a red card for Semi Ajayi (£4.8m) in the opening period would severely dent the Baggies’ ability to trouble Nick Pope (£5.6m) but the exact opposite happened.

West Brom were comfortably the more attacking of the two outfits in the second half at Turf Moor and really should have found the net on multiple occasions.

Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) had a close-range effort cleared onto the crossbar while Matheus Pereira (£5.4m) fluffed a golden chance in front of a largely unguarded goal after a square-ball.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) really should have blasted the loose ball home, instead playing a sideways pass back to Pereira whose second effort was cleared off the line by James Tarkowski (£5.3m).

The centre-back is currently on for maximum bonus while Pope, who made two saves, is projected to receive two. Matt Lowton (£4.5m) is on two bonus as well, despite a late yellow card.

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  1. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    That pen gave me an idea. Good idea to crash my car to someone's rear bumper tomorrow? That seems to lead to getting benefits.

    1. Bounce
        2 months, 26 days ago

        You would have still lost even without then pen lmao.

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I know. But I am man of justice and that bites more than the actual loss.

      • BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I was totally ok with 0-1 but that pen just was not a pen.

      • Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Just make sure that the car is empty so you don’t hurt anyone other than yourself and then please try it and let us know

        • el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Good luck.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          No VAR for that action, mind

        • mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I don't think it's a pen but did that car overtake you at the last second to end up right infront of you leaving you no choice to crash?

          1. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Good point for the car example 😀

        • MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yea if he suddenly flipped the car Infront of you and stopped it's legit to crash in him and get benefits!

      • Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Step 1: Injure their main defender
        Step 2: Wait for them to capitulate
        Step 3: Play a blinder, get a clean sheet and first Anfield win in 20 years

        4D chess from Pickford

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          prickford useful finally

      • ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        On the up side, Liverpool have reached the 40 point mark and won’t be relegated 🙄

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          That bad of an expectation? 😉

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            They are shocking at present

        2. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Thank god.

      • pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Holgate last on my bench. 🙁

        Didn’t get Salah in on my WC team. 😀

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I want to punch you

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            What??!!!

            Violent much?

      • MOZIL
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        For DGW
        A) Kane + Raphinha
        B) Watkins + Maddison or Jrog

        Have Son

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Sold Richarlison and Digne for Dallas and Ings! At least they both returned similar in their dgw last week. If Either Dallas or Ings gets somthing in theirs I won’t be too annoyed I guess.

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Interesting to see how Pool fans are reacting here! As if they have been robbed and this was a shock result. The team has been poor since that loss to Watford!

        1. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          But why are everton celebratibg like they just won the league 🙂

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Still doesn't beat the Pool celebrations when they drew playing against Brom!

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Its a Derby, and the 1st win at anfield in what 20 years?

            It would be weird if they didn't celebrate that.

        2. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Nah, we have been struggling for a long while, with a couple of good games in between lots of dire ones, particularly struggling to create when teams sit back.

        3. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Shocking, Everton deserve their win!

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Absolutely!

        4. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          We were not robbed 3p or even 1p. But I was furious for that pen. Before that I was honestly pretty calm since this has been our level for many games with this squad so the result was pretty much deserved.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That was a pen. Deliberate or not, DCL was denied a goal scoring opportunity. Similar to Luiz's vs Wolves.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Could have just not dived over him.... it was very avoidable

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Avoidable?!

      • Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Kean and Holgate were an absolute beasts. Luckily for Everton, Mina is out injured. That guy is a trainwreck.

        1. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mina has been excellent lately. Mina and Keane first choice.

      • Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        This is so sad I may take one for the team and sell Salah. Want Liverpool to win again and Salah stop blanking.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Please and thanks

      • PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Digne delight

      • Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Not beyond the realms of possibility that Gündogan, Grealish and Cancelo don’t play. Would get me bench jam of DCL and Digne 2nd and 3rd on bench.

      • SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I kept digne 3rd on my bench who plays for a team who can't keep cleanie against fulham, classic fpl..Thinking all day along and comes up with logical decisions and then plays the luck..

      • MikeS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Lolapool.. nearly as bad as arsenal now

      • bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Who would you keep for the next few weeks, Ings or Bamford? I have Raphina.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Ings if you do not care much for BGW29 (FH or projected having enough players), Bamford if otherwise

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        So, serious question, what to do with Salah on a WC?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Looking at switch to kdb at some point but will leave salah for the dgw

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Yeah KDB is fit at potentially at the right time

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          No idea tbh

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            This is the right answer 😛

        3. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Let the dust settle .... make the call in a few days. But I’m really conflicted.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Classic 10 min before the bell, yeah am with you 😉

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          KDB for me if he looks fit.

      • Jurgen Flopp
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looking for a defensive punt for next week. Options are

        A) Digne
        B) Perriera
        C) Ben Davies
        D) Alonso

        1. Dosh
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          A Or C

      • vova
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Gonna play a WC, might look a bit unsual but I want to catch my friend in a mini league

        Ederson McGill
        Keane Dier Konsa Aina Struijk
        Sterling Fernandes Son Gundogan Raphinha
        Kane DCL Watkins

        Thoughts?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Kdb over sterling. You seem to be taking punts in defence, from 8 is fairly template. Defence isn’t great tho and very limited upside

          1. vova
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            yeah, just want to see KDB start vs Arsenal and will take him instead. Defence isn't great, I agree. Dier and Keane have very good fixtures so clean sheets are possible.

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Honestly, whether you think it was a pen or not, what's the point of var and the monitor, when the ref doesn't even look at the incident?

        He just backed he original decision, and was never changing it.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Didn’t even look at the near side comedy camera.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          It looks like he got impeded by TAA's head.
          So you can discuss intent.

          But DCL was intent on scoring.

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I'm not even talking on if it was or wasn't, just the fact that the ref took no more than a 1sec glance at the monitor, it was pointless him going to it.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yeah that was bizarre.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            He was going over ; he had no intention to get the ball

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Swear the more they show that near side camera of DCL’s dice the funnier it gets.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Dive? Did you not see the king of diving Salah against Man City? He’s doing it every week now.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Relevance to DCLs diving?

      • FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        To think Vestegaard may well score more than Salah this GW....

      • Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Raphinha 2 bonus are the highlight of my week so far

      • gomez123
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Wildcard active and thinking of going without Salah....madness?? Y/N

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          See above

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Tough as he’s got a double so might not be time to lose him but if kdb looks good I’d be tempted to go kdb over him

        3. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Haven’t had Salah since GW20 and up 400k or so.

      • Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        So now, if you had to keep one of Bruno or Salah, who would you keep?

        Salah has Sheff Utd, Chelsea, Fulham and wolves in the next 4

        Bruno has Chelsea, Palace, City and West Ham but you watch him and feel like he can haul in any game. Tricky one.

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Love to see follow up on this....
        https://youtu.be/ockmBsjWCAM

      • Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I was all set to take Bruno out for Vardy next week. But now I’m confused so appreciate some help here.
        Who should I sacrifice to have a frontline of Kane DCL Vardy....Bruno or Salah?

        1. Dosh
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          For today, the answer is Salah.

      • HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Guessing Mbappe to Anfield rumours can stop now with no champions league next season. FFS

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Ouch

        2. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Good chance they could win it.

          • Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That was never going to happen. Liverpool aren’t going to spend 200m+ on a player.

          • Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Mbappe to Madrid is inevitable

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Can’t afford him. He’s staying at PSG

        3. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Hoping for a Cavani, Gundogan and Grealish no show now 😉

          • HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Still reeling from my rage transfer of Richarlison to DCL after
            the Utd game
            Blank then sold for Ings
            Back to back goals for Rich

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Pool is lucky that TAA was not shown a red!