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

    Digne assist for any doubters , please shut up if you have no clue about fpl

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      An awful pass from Doucoure from setting up Everton goal, and the goal is xg 0.1, and it is 47.30 on the clock. Nobody argued he can cross and get some assists. Its his atrocious defending which is the problem. Lucky this time he was not punished. And a defence of Cash, Mings and Digne, thats calamity show.

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

    Digne rubbing more salt to Everton

    1. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Im surprised there wasn't some kind of gentlemans agreement between the clubs for him not to play

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

    Pickford stopped Townsend getting it off the line lol

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

    lol Digne assist

  5. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Digne trap set 😉

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

      😆

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

      Funny

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

    Was so close to taking a -4 and bringing in digne aswell as watkins, oh well..

  7. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Yay Digne assist 🙂

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

      Still playing?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I did setup another fresh team for fun on a new account

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

    Do something gray, bloody usless

    1. Bada Bing
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Was he even on the pitch? I don't think he touched the ball once.

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

    Would love to see Everton relegated

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

      That would be there first time ever, right?

  10. PartyTime
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Everton are still shite

    • Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      This game just needs a Gomes goal now for non owners..

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

      Just been clicking around on the FPL site (headphones on listening to the game on PC)
      Found this league
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/2429525/standings/h?page_standings=4
      Loads of teams called "Change Name" with huge numbers of transfers

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

        I have used the report offensive name button to report the league. Clearly the hackers testing league

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

          Is it?

          That would rather be a smoking gun to identify them or at least their username and whatever email address they used.

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

            it looks like it given all those accs are hacked

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

        Geez, what a state FPL is in with all these hackers and so forth.

        Integrity of the games is close to breaking point…..

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

          It really is

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

            Also all this business with multi-teams and highest value teams etc…..kinda losing its soul, as folk just totally abuse the rules which clearly aren’t enforced.

            More players, however pointless they are, more revenue, more guff…..

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

          Just doing a random check on the squads
          All valued at £72m plus funds in the bank
          Transfers for this week in the hundreds

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

            This very long team name appears loads of times
            https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1560369/event/23
            Obviously found a way around the team name length

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

              Yep, I can see a major collapse of the game soon…l

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

            It’s just a pointless mess, but FPL just happy to see ‘users’ increase, no matter what mess it makes of the game…l

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

              Aprox 3350 teams in this league

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

                Madness…..

    • The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Couldn’t do that for Everton! Could he?

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

        Hard when he’s not on the pitch

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Hadn’t done much the past 2 years.
          Was benched only recently.

          1. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Are we talking about Digne? If yes, in the past three years (this season included) only Trent and Robbo have more assists as a defender than Digne. You OK?

      2. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Not when he’s benched.

      3. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        At Everton he was a stay back left back. Has much more freedom to get forward under Gerrard

    • BECKS TO THE FUTURE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Captaining Dennis and benching Digne looking like smart business…

    • Junglist95
        5 months, 5 days ago

        How is Watkins looking?

        1. Podge
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Ok

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

          TrashKINS

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

          Well, from the comments on here.. lacking ability to finish haha

        4. Ode
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          One big chance missed, one chance created, nothing special

        5. Junglist95
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Cheers all

        6. Zalk
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Digne you beauty!

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Still not going there again.

        7. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Everton fans can't cope with losing - well, get used to it

        8. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          aaargghhh the only two i considered getting in

        9. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Get in Digne!!

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

          Looking back at Digne previous seasons

          9a 9cs
          8a 9cs
          4g 5a 13cs

          Terrible numbers lol

          1. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            No defender except for Trent and Robbo has more assists than him across those three seasons... Also let's be honest here, he's playing for Everton...

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

              I really like him and don't the haters not one little bit

              1. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                I think he's quality

        11. Podge
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Commentator saying he was celebrating provocatively
          He can celebrate however he likes

          1. Dr Van Nostrand
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Typical must absolve the moronic fan that keeps the entire rotten moneymaking machine going

          2. Run DCL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 5 days ago

            He really can’t

            1. Dr Van Nostrand
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Why are some fans that insecure?

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

              Of course he can. Some fans need to get a grip on things.

        12. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Digne haters distraught

        13. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Digne 12 pointer.. Becoming essential

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

            rofl, digne isnt getting 12 points, no chance.

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

            Do not jinx it

          3. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Calm down bud. Its Everton.

        14. Viprin
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Az strikes again

        15. Old Bull
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Digne first on my bench. Dennis pick just hurt more

        16. Pep Roulette
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          First shot from Everton comes from a fan hitting Digne & Cash with a bottle. Absolutely disgusting.

        17. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Starting to think DCL may never score again… those fixtures and meant-to-be DGW really tricked the hell out of me…

          But at least my soon-to-be Reguilon replacement in Digne looks good

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

            I saw DCL wearing a skirt the other day, footballs off his mind.

        18. Free Hat
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Coutinho pretty underwhelming. Buendia looks more central to attack.

        19. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          For those watching, how is Coutinho doing? Getting in front of goal often?

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

            Looks off the pace.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              The next Ronaldo?

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

            Pretty underwhelming. Buendia looking more central.

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Cheers all

          4. griffzinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Getting lost in a helter skelter physical enough game. Buendia far more involved.

        20. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          It's clearly a mistake to have DCL in my team.

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

            Most go into denial and get stubborn but you have a fresh realistic approach that will serve you well going forward.