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

    How this wildcard looking?

    De gea / sa
    Trent cancelo Laporte digne lowton
    Salah jota foden Bowen Gallagher
    Antonio Watkins broja

    Any one you would 100 % have that I’ve not included here ?

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

      Robbo

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Comfortable with the City triple up? Postponements, CL, etc.

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

        Quite comfortable with it considering the bench yeah, something to bear in mind though for sure

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

        Both city and Pool double up may be risky, yesh

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

        I'm aiming for a City & Pool triple up!

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Aerosmith

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

      Buendia

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

      Raphinha over Gallagher

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

        This

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Good call

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

      Really good I think except for maybe De Gea

    6. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Coutinho instead of Gallagher

    7. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Would have Raph in there for Gallagher/Foden
      Maybe get a cheaper keeper than DDG as Utd are Shiite defensively

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

      Really still on DDG just for save points?

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

        Who else to get ?

        1. Fish up a tree
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Ramsdale as Sa covers his blanks & Arsenal will have 4 DGWs at some point

    9. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Maddison for me. I'd probably have him over Jota and take Robertson over the second city DEF. Depends a bit on how you're looking to play the extra matches some teams have; city assets now play less games than any others.

    10. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Downgrade Laporte, and find a way to upgrade Foden to KDB.

      Don't need Sa and DDG, pick one.

      Also prefer Raph to Gallagher

  2. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Digne is back!

  3. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    There will be goals for both sides in the 2nd half.
    Watkins on the counter for sure one of them

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

      And Doucoure?

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        If there's someone who can score in this Everton team then it's Richarlison

  4. pundit of punts
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    RMWCT

    Ederson - Foster
    TAA - Cancelo - Digne - Ait Nouri - Williams
    Salah - Fernandes - Foden - Coutinho - Bowen
    DCL - Watkins - Richardson

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

      I like the Ederson pick personally if you have the cash.

    2. Junglist95
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Dcl? No thanks

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

        Double Everton forwards?

        1. pundit of punts
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Nope

          4.4m fodder Richardson

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

            Aha - might even get some minutes looking at Burnley's forward situation!

      • Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Looks weak up front but I know the options are limited!

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

      Watkins has been such a disappointing pick.

      All fart no poo 🙁

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

        Not even fart tbf

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

        This, and can’t get rid of him because of the fixtures

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

      Why is everyone playing their WC? What have I missed?

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

        most peoples teams, well only a mother could love

      2. Pep's Money Laundry
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        They probably own too many Chelsea & arsenal players and want Salah back

      3. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        International break, I guess. Also probably a lot of teams in a bit of a mess after postponements and these wonderful doubles.

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

        Something to do over IB I guess.

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

        Oh haha great/curious minds think alike. Didn’t see this.

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

        Squad frustrations...

        Up to 10 changes.

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

        Cheers all….

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

      DCL yellow

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

        Says you….

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

      Any news on Ronaldo and Antonio?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Both will start

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

      Bernardo Alonso > Salah digne seems like an easy hit.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Yep. Will be doing ESR Alonso to Salah Digne myself

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

        Huge price difference.

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

      Seeing a few WC teams popping up. What’s the thinking behind that?

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

        Get rid of the triple Watford players 🙂

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

          Haha I wish I’d tripled up on Watford rather than Dennis (C)

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

      Calvert Lewin has been such a bad transfer. 0 pts in 21 after missing a pen and second game being cancelled. Then blanks against Norwich and now looks like Villa

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

        Lovely stuff from DCL non-owner

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

      Is there a World Cup this year? When does it start, December?

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

        November through Dec.

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

        November

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

        21st of Nov i think

      4. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        In Qatar starting November.

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

        Cheers all….that FPL a massive mess next season as well then 😆

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

          Yer, but I’m loving the absolute panic on these pages this season. More chaos, please.

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

          Just takes a break.

          FIFA selling out the domestic leagues for corruption and letting Russia get their way too.

    11. Razor Ramon
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Still hope my Watkins > Dennis© (-4) transfer pays off this gameweek

      1. MissouriMarten
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

    12. hueycho
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      everton is so so so bad lol

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

        That you Rafa?

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

          yes, duncan aint gnna change nothin

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

          No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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

      Drunken Duncan really making a difference here

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

        Fun watching as a player though….

    14. Firmino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Frustrating, would have had Digne without Watford DGW

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

        Same

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

      Coutinho/Digne range 😎

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

        I thought you didnt have a team

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

          Set a fresh one up but just for fun

          1. Firmino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Come on mate, time to log off

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

      GW starts soon boys 1 hour and 10 mins

    17. Jet5605
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Never a foul by Mina. Kept his position and Ramsay ran straight into him

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

        Gerry Meaner

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

      Looks like Ronaldo starts
      https://twitter.com/OddsOnFPL/status/1484884840390565889

      1. Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        He starts when he wants!

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        West ham win confirmed

    19. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      That was never a free kick

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

      Does anyone remember that guy, his name was dribbles. His game history was very funny, he had like a 5k finish then all his other finishes were like 7 million, and then his last season I saw (2 or 3 seasons ago), he manually did like a -1000 😀

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

      Really good battle in midfield here

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        You love to see it don't you! This is how it should be

    22. fplgaruda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 5 days ago

      DCL any good?

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Just created a big chance 2mins ago

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

          And missed one just after

    23. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Didn't realise how poor a player Kenny is! Ponderous in defence and clumsy going forward

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Patterson is better, weird he doesn't get a chance.

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

      DCL sitter

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Shocking

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

      Was Gray subbed off?

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

        No

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

          Actually did he go off for Gordon? They didn’t show it

          1. TheTinman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            No Townsend did

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

          Flashscores says he was

          1. TheTinman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            He wasn't. Doucoure off Andre silva and Townsend off

      2. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        No

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

      Score that dominic ffs

    27. Shark Team
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Gordon is great
      DCL no words

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

      Mina wide