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Everton v Aston Villa team news: Coutinho makes his first Villa start

Double Gameweek 23 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) continues this Saturday lunchtime, as Everton contest their first match following the sacking of Rafael Benitez.

Duncan Ferguson takes temporary charge of the Toffees, as he did just over two years ago, and his starting XI has a familiar feel as he turns to (what is presumably) a 4-4-2 and pairs Dominic Calvert-Lewin with Richarlison up top.

This is the first time that Everton’s two forwards have made the same line-up since August.

Ferguson has made five changes in all, with Richarlison, Andros Townsend, Yerry Mina, Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate all restored to the team.

Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Anthony Gordon and Salomon Rondon drop to the bench, while Vitaliy Mykolenko misses out altogether. Fellow summer signing Nathan Patterson is also absent from the matchday squad but Allan is back on the bench after illness.

The big news from the Villa camp is that Philippe Coutinho makes his first start for the club after scoring off the bench last weekend. The Brazilian replaces Danny Ings in the Villans’ front three.

John McGinn also returns from suspension as Morgan Sanson drops to the bench.

Lucas Digne starts against his former club, meanwhile.

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Everton v Aston Villa team news: Coutinho makes his first Villa start

GAMEWEEK 23 LINE-UPS

Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Doucoure, Gomes, Townsend Gray, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Begovic, Keane, Allan, Coleman, Gordon, Gbamin, Rondon, Dobbin, Onyango.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Buendia, Coutinho, Watkins.

Subs: Olsen, Targett, Sanson, Young, Ings, Hayden, Hause, Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam.

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619 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gubby-Allen
      5 months, 5 days ago

      On the BBC site for the P. L Top Scorers, there are 25 on there (everyone with 6 goals). I think 19 of them are midfielders in the game and six forwards.

      Will any of Salah, Martinelli, Sterling, Son etc be moved to forwards in the next season, even if they stay in the same position? They are in other fantasy games.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        They should be forwards tbh.

        But in FPL terms forwards are only those who play through the middle. So they’ll stay as “midfielders”

      2. Gubby-Allen
          5 months, 5 days ago

          I am on my wildcard trying to choose from KDB, Salah, Son, Maddison, Martinelli, Cornet, Raphina, Bowen etc

          Most of those are their sides' primary attacker or two, but there is barely a forward that I want.

        • Diamondgeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          I hope so to make it more interesting.
          I particularly would like Salah to be a forward. It would give us something to think about if he was 13m and a forward.

        • Cok3y5murf
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          No, just Jota

      3. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        This has 0-0 written all over it…..

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Digne goal to rub it in.

          1. Milkman Bruno
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 5 days ago

            OG

      4. Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Both teams fighting like a bunch of sixth grades.

        Pathetic!

      5. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Lot of hype around Digne but never really seen it.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          0,0,1,0,1,0,-1

        2. Cilly Bonnolly
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          He’s exciting to own. You could get minus two or you could get eighteen.

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            I’ll stick with Laporte.

            1. Cilly Bonnolly
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Cool.

              1. Weak Become Heros
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                🙂

      6. Londongeezaa
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I’m just patiently waiting for Watkins to get 60mins, so I can get back to 0 points again.

      7. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Everton still garbage then?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Can't make good omelet without good eggs.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Villa not much better

        3. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Absolutely. & always will be

        4. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Rafa brought in garbage

        5. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Dog chocolate can’t be cleaned from the carpet overnight……

        6. DARE TO BISCAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Just the way they like it.

      8. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        DCL and Watkins have been some steaming picks, thank god I wildcarded them out this week

        1. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Problem is other forwards aren’t delivering either. So it doesn’t really matter

          1. have you seen cyan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Both been terrible picks for me, had Watkins for a while now and then jumped on dcl early. Absolutely nothing from either them in like 10 games combined

        2. ZimZalabim
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          This has that famous last words feel about it

      9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins misses a sitter

      10. Sim Simma
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins close

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Plus or minus baps?

          1. Milkman Bruno
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Minus

            1. Jafooli
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Boooo…..thanks

      11. Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins BIG chance missed

      12. AzzaroMax99
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Seems like a boring game.
        C’mon Watkins! Do something useful ffs!

      13. EDUARDO DA SILVA
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins created that chance.

      14. Kodap
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Come on watkins

        1. DARE TO BISCAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          No, thank you.

      15. EDUARDO DA SILVA
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Classic english reff, poor and ignorant.

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          I do hope you’re not basing his ability on his nationality.

      16. Jon Snow
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        2 GWs and only disappointment, Dennis is leaving my team for good out of principle

      17. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        This game is lacking quality. Really poor

        1. Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          The premiership is lacking quality

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            That ended years ago

      18. ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        whos on pens for villa ?

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Luiz?

        2. DRIZ ✅
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Watkins?

      19. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Composure there from Mings

      20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins massive miss again

      21. Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins you muppet!

      22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        World class save? Terrible moss

        But way offside

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          That was a decent save to be fair

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Close range though. Seems to have just hit him

      23. AIRMILES
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        BT Sports not working. Anyone else having this issue?

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Working fine for me on my 75inch LG.

          1. Londongeezaa
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            LG? Yuck

          2. have you seen cyan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Having issues on my 82 inch Samsung

          3. Boppin' Marv
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Well hello Mr fancy pants.

        2. notlob legin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          not working for me either - mind you that's probably because I can't afford the monthly cost!!!

      24. Londongeezaa
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Is Watkins a striker?

        1. james 101
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Visually?

      25. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Almost dcl assisr

      26. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        OMG buendia

      27. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Buendia G Digne A

      28. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I’m very much looking forward to going to bed at half time.

      29. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        DIGNE ASSIST

      30. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        What a header

      31. Cilly Bonnolly
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Digne assist? There he is!