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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. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Ok, Pickford. One more save and we are good.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Really...

      Not been counting.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      There it was.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Never a foul.

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Do something DCL WTF

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      *DCL gets booked.*

  3. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Holgate is up there with Bale as my worst transfer of the season ffs.

  4. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Sheffield United waited all season to play well just to scupper my free hit.

  5. Pabster
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Best triple captain option left this season?

    Kane or Salah this this gameweek?

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

      Kun in 38 also not a bad shout

      1. Pabster
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Good thought. Not sure I can bring myself to do that though.

        1. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          You already brought yourself to GW37 without using TC

          1. Pabster
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Ha, yes. I have a chip hoarding problem.

  6. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    This is dire. I am flabbergasted!

  7. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on Jota > ASM ? Or is raph better pick ?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Harrison

    2. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Cool kids going Willock

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I am going with Raph

    4. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Willock in better scoring form if you want to go Newcastle.

    5. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood v Fulham then sell

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Everton have a knack of having a couple of good results then a complete stinker at home

    Remember when they lost to Fulham earlier in the season and hardly had a kick

  9. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Coleman has clearly overstayed his welcome. Time ti hand up the boots or move to US

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Think you are overrating how good Everton are. There are not many (perhaps none?) players that any of the Big 6 + Leicester would want out of their team. That tells you something.

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        yup team full of players that failed at the biggest clubs or too good for bottom end teams but not good enough for the elite

        mediocre level overall

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

    Everton always do this. Every season, they're at home to the league's whipping boys and some how labour to a pathetic loss.

    What a frustrating team.

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Kane(c) vs Villa and hope that Mings is still out injured.

  12. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Worth -4 to get Bruno back in?

    A) Jota DCL to Bruno Davis (-4)
    B) Jota Son to Bruno Willock (-4)
    C) Jota to anyone up to 8.1

    Meslier
    TAA Digne Dallas
    Salah Son Greenwood Raph
    Kane DCL Antonio

    Areola Coufal Lawton Jota

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      C

  13. George James
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Best option

    A) Target + Greenwood + 4 points

    B) TAA + Willock

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

  14. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So, who's on triple SHU defence?

    1. Abaddon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Last year lol

  15. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Wow this is absolutely shocking from Everton

  16. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Pickford, do an Alisson please

  17. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    57 (-4) from 9 and a failed Aguero (c) transfer and punt.

    Pretty happy

  18. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Who on earth are you lot getting in for jota ? Feel like taking a stupid wild punt on someone, any suggestions ?

    1. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood is simple swap

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

      Saints v Leeds could be a 3-3 so any attackers in that one

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Foden.

    4. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Willock or Harrison

    5. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I'm going to defend my ML pole position, so I will just get Raphinha to cover the other teams.

      Greenwood is a nice choice!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        If he plays.

    6. Abaddon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ferran maybe

    7. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Greenwood will play just the one but still worth it

    8. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Now more than ever is the time to stay true to the template while others lose their heads, Sir Steve. Raphinha if you must.

  19. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Kane or Salah captain then ?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Kane, Villa shocking right now

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Salah.

  20. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Gw 37 and 38 will allow fans for all of the games?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yep, some.

  21. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Good riddance Sheffield, my wishes for relegation next year as well

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Mean spirited.

      They were excellent last season.

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I hope get relegeated again and again until the go bankrupt. They were useless all year with the exception of the game I have 3 players of the opposing team

  22. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Haha! I took a -4 hit to get 11 players on the pitch. In the end, only 9 players played and I scored -2 points with the glorious -4 hit.
    It's a funny old game, but today I don't care.
    Bring on next GW!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A hit here to do bruno + Nacho + Davis >> Mahrez + DCL + Antonio, just Lol.
      Looking at another hit now if I want Bruno back for Fulham, gotta laugh

  23. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Give mggoldrick the ballon dor already!

  24. FantasyTony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Everton really are pound shop United.

    1. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      They're the Wilko Pick & Mix.

  25. DRIZ ✅
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    EPL can really be so frustrating to watch

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Almost as slow as La Liga.

  26. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Everton still 8th and above Arsenal, Leeds and Villa.

  27. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Free hit went well. Started with Foden and Mahrez no shows and ends with triple Everton blanks. Thankfully it'll all be over this time next week.

  28. DavidBadWillie
      2 months, 8 days ago

      The season has really tailed off with some BS results.

      The real winners are the bookies.

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

      Thank God it's all over next Sunday.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Really thought Everton were nailed on for an easy win.

      Ha!