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Sigurdsson benched as James returns from injury for final match of Gameweek 36

How do you follow that?

After Alisson’s dramatic last-gasp winner for Liverpool over West Bromwich Albion, a truncated Blank Gameweek 36 finishes at Goodison Park this evening.

Relegated Sheffield United are Everton’s visitors, with kick-off on Merseyside at 19:00 BST.

The Toffees will not get a better chance to improve their fairly dismal home record, with the Blades having taken only four points on the road all season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side lie 15th in the Premier League’s ‘home’ table and have taken 18 fewer points on their own turf than they have on their travels.

James Rodriguez (£7.7m) is back to help Everton’s push for a UEFA Europa League qualification spot following three games out with a calf injury.

He replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) in Ancelotti’s only change from their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Thursday.

Paul Heckingbottom hands a first senior start to teenage striker Daniel Jebbison (£4.5m), meanwhile.

Jebbison, Jack Robinson (£4.2m) and Ben Osborn (£4.7m) replace Kean Bryan (£3.9m) and the injured Sander Berge (£4.9m) and Oliver Burke (£4.1m) in the Blades’ starting XI.


Everton XI: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Coleman, Doucoure, Allan, Rodriguez, Digne, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Sheff Utd XI: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Stevens, Osborn, Norwood, Fleck, Jebbison, McGoldrick.

SUNDAY’S PREVIOUS GAMEWEEK 36 ACTION

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A dramatic, emotional, last-gasp goal from Alisson (£5.9m) kept UEFA Champions League qualification in Liverpool’s hands at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Brazilian nodded in Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s (£7.7m) stoppage-time corner to hand the Reds all three points.

Six points for a goal seems like scant reward for such a rare occurrence but attacking returns and bonus points for Alisson and Alexander-Arnold at least compensated for yet another clean sheet loss: Jurgen Klopp’s side have recorded just four shut-outs in their last 18 matches.

Despite this, Alexander-Arnold has only blanked in one of his last eight appearances.

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) has delivered a goal or assist in each of his last six starts, meanwhile, and it was his beautifully taken strike from a Sadio Mane (£11.7m) lay-off that restored parity after Hal Robson-Kanu‘s (£5.2m) opener.

Matheus Pereira (£5.4m) continued his fine form, with an assist for Albion’s goal his eighth goal contribution in the last seven Gameweeks.

And for those that missed the news: an injured Diogo Jota (£7.0m) wasn’t involved in the Black Country and will now be sidelined for the rest of 2020/21.

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712 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dansmusen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    17 points this GW...any worse ??

    1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Matzi11a only scored 13.

  2. popey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Really glad i watched that rubbish for my Pickford/DCL hauls

    Priority for this week;

    a) Play Madddison and Castagne > Dallas
    b) Play Castagne and Maddison > punty mid (already have Greenwood/Raph)

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I think A. Unless you fancy a punt on ASM or Willock.

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        not especially! will need to be someone a little leftfield maybe as 15 and 19 points off top of ML's

        1. BeWater
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Surely Maddison has to start now after sitting out the cup final.

          1. popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            You'd hope so - I think you are right though, the Dallas move looks best over last two. over last 4 games higher xGI than Lingard and CS points thrown in to boot

          2. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            You mean the match they just won against the tram they’re about to play? Why would Rogers change anything?

            1. BeWater
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              There is only 3 days between games and Perez played nearly the whole game. I figured Maddison would have a chance to start.

      2. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Who would you pick. Willock or ASM

  3. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    F Torres to keep his place for last 2 games?

    Thinking him to replace Jota?

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Don't get into that guessing game.

      Unless you have the bench to compensate, looking for an alternative.

  4. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Any United fans?...Chances of Cavani starting v Fulham?

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Very high. Ole will want to show him to the fans!

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Does that mean Greenwood won't start?

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          He’ll start. I think he’ll go attacking with Greenwood cavani rashford all starting. Bruno in front of pogba and maybe Fred or Mc

  5. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Guys, who doesn't have Bruno or any other United player? Are you concerned about it and doing something to counter the risk?

    Jota injury for me gives me an obvious free move to Greenwood.

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah Jota to Greenwood is 99% what I’m doing.
      I might just do Rodriguez > Greenwood instead so I don’t trick myself into starting him. (But probably not)

  6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    So -8 over two gw 's and rank increases from 19k to 8.5k during those two he's. 57(-4) this gw.

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Nice work!

  7. Wee Jinky
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Replacement for Jota? Greenwood or Harrison?

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Same dilemma. Will Greenwood start?

    2. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Pretty sure I will get Greenwood but going to wait until the last possible minute.

  8. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Is Willock over Raphinha a better shout?

    Amazing goal scoring form, vs Sheffield, at home, in front of fans next game...

  9. Rasping Drive
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    73 all out on FH; bench saved me after a calamitous start. Blessed.

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Thats a great score in an overall low scoring week for most.

      I only got 56 on free hit. Went too heavy on Man City and feel its a chip wasted in all honesty.