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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. Jafooli
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Bemba post

    1. TheTinman
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Omg!

  2. Gubby-Allen
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Bowen and Maguire are my first two subs, so it will be 1-1 with them two scoring.

      1. TheTinman
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        You benched Bowen? Must have some team!!

        1. Gubby-Allen
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Only as I have Antonio with Ronaldo and Dennis. It was a toss up between those two.

            Silva, ESR, Raphina and Maddison in midfield.

      2. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Watkins has been one of my worst investments this season.

        1. Union_Jacks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          His time will come

        2. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Have a feeling he will return in the next few games

        3. Gubby-Allen
            6 months, 17 days ago

            He could get an Arsenal offer, if they don't get the Serbian.

            1. SINGH
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              don't want him. would rather play Nketiah as they are both the same.

        4. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Spare a thought for those who ‘attacked the doubles’ and ended up this week with Dennis (c) king, dcl and gray!

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            F

        5. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          So Glad Digne hauled after being rediculed. Or he is just setting a trap for a binary code returns?

          1. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Not full time yet

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Still a haul for his standards, unless he gets red

        6. g40steve
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Forest 2 Derby 0

          1. Kun Tozser
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            U reds

        7. boc610
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          LoLie Watkins

        8. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Gordon is by far the best Everton player

        9. EmreCan Hustle
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          I am surprised at how much Gerrard trusts Ramsey

          1. Milkman Bruno
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            His performances have warranted his trust to be fair. Not really done much wrong

        10. DycheDycheBaby
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          No Jimenez?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Injured

            1. DycheDycheBaby
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Ok thanks

        11. Kodap
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Wish I’d gone with my first plan & done Rudiger > digne & kept Ronaldo.

          The ‘injury’ news swayed me into doing ronaldo > Watkins & not bringing in digne. Watch Ronny bag a hatty now..

          1. fplgaruda
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Ok.

          2. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Same for me just worse, got Dennis and captained him

        12. Viprin
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Striker choices are dreadful again this week

          1. james 101
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Value is in defence and mids mate

        13. Shultan
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          I did Ron(C) to Dennis (C) with FT after ronaldo injury news & Watford DGW announcement

          Fully expecting double digit score from Ron now

          1. TheTinman
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            It would be classic Ronaldo to bounce back with a hat trick tbf

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              5 years ago

              1. TheTinman
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                We will see

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Will be like in GW19-20 when he got 1 point when most captained vs. Newcastle and then 12 points the following GW

          3. JoeSoap
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Same as that and no doubt he will.

        14. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Look at Villa fixtures... How can I get rid of Watkins without it coming back to bite my arse?

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah got other fires to put out

        15. TheTinman
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Richarlison is crap

          Gordon looks Evertons best player

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            No doubt. And that idiot Ferguson kept him on the bench

            1. TheTinman
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              I don't think he will make the same mistake twice

          2. Razor Ramon
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Gordon looks like a baller. Considering him as part of my route back to Salah.

          3. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Probably because he supports Everton

        16. JBay
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          My biggest mini-league rival has Dennis as a captain and Digne 3rd on bench. This makes me happy.

        17. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 17 days ago

          How many set pieces do one team need without even coming close to scoring

          1. Milkman Bruno
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            8 corners and numerous frees and only can close with that one Mina header

        18. COLLIN QUANER
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Hoping Ronaldo scores at least a goal as I have him in my starting 11

        19. TheTinman
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Villa parking the bus. Scrappy goal loading

        20. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Please Ronaldo ffs do something today

          1. JBG
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            This 1000x

          2. Shultan
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            I sold him so he will

        21. Shultan
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          I have Gray, Dennis, King, bsilva, Mount, rudiger, dalot non playing keeper
          Surely WC time

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            I have Maddison, Watkins, Dennis, Keane, Livra, Gilmour and King. Thinking about WC.

            1. Atimis
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              What is wrong with Maddison

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Terrible fixtures

              2. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Unless those DGWs get booked...

                1. Gubby-Allen
                    6 months, 17 days ago

                    They can't as they have the two Europa games in 25 and 26.

          2. fedolefan
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Just score a goal Everton, you useless team.

            1. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              1 shot on target and load of yellow cards. Utter poop

          3. DRIZ ✅
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Digne 12 pts?

          4. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            lol, so glad I’ve just wildcarded and sold grey

            First one to go

            1. TheTinman
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Very poor

          5. Not again Shirley
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Zero from 3 any good?

            1. DRIZ ✅
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Wow shocking team

            2. COLLIN QUANER
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Probably average in all honesty!

          6. TheTinman
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Has Gray manager to get a single ball into the box?

            Playing 2 guys up front good in the air

            1. Lord.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Gray report is a damp squib, as expected.

          7. Roy Hudd
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Such a fortunate clean sheet this. Casual Digne moves paying off.

          8. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Digne 12 pointer!
            Now all set for a 1 pointer next GW and a red card in the first game of a double

          9. g40steve
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Front three have scored 2 in total including Captain cracking week 🙁

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Ditto

            2. Je suis le chat
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Same trio here, currently on net - 2 from 5!

          10. Atimis
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Sometimes I’m amazed how stupid moves I can make. Went Laporte over Digne, which as I’ve just realised, blocks me from doing Maddison to KDB or Salah for free, can just do something like Martinelli to Foden/Sterling…

            Hours of tinkering with bad outcomes as always

            1. DRIZ ✅
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Too much following crowd.

            2. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              You said the same thing 22 mins ago....