Premier League ever presents Everton have good fixtures to begin the season which will gain the attention of Fantasy Premier League managers.
We analyse those fixtures, look at their home and away form from last season, and, of course, discuss their best FPL player options.
Everton 2018/19 Home and Away
|Finishing Position: 8th|
|Home (7th)||Away (12th)|
The Toffees finished a satisfactory 8th by their standards. Even the most ardent Everton fan may admit that breaching the current top 6 is a bridge too far. However, they will have been disappointed to finish behind Wolves.
With Marco Silva now having a full season under his belt, there will be renewed optimism heading into 2019/20.
Everton have traditionally been stronger at home than away and this was the case last season.
- Top 4 finish: 16/1
- Expected Premier League finish: 7th
Fixtures Couldn’t Be Better
Everton will be looking to take advantage of what many consider to be the best opening run of fixtures in the Premier League. They avoid top 6 opposition in the first 6 games – something no other club can claim.
Their opener against Crystal Palace (a) might not sound great on paper but Palace did have the 18th best home record last season. From there they host Watford and then travel to newly promoted Aston Villa.
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Wolves at home and Bournemouth away in Gameweek 4 and 5 isn’t too daunting and then they face another newly promoted team, at home, in Sheffield United.
Man City at home follows that but those first 6 fixtures may force FPL managers to include an Everton player, or two.
Which Everton Players To Pick?
The blue half of Merseyside kept 14 clean sheets last season, the 4th most of all Premier League teams. Understandably, Everton’s defensive players are on the radar as a result.
Pickford Worth The Money?
Jordan Pickford was the third highest scoring goalkeeper last season, only trailing Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes.
In terms of value (points per £m) he only trails, very slightly, Alisson. However, £5.5m is a lot to shell out on a goalkeeper that doesn’t belong to a top 4 side.
His value is also amplified by the fact he saved three penalties last season – something which statistically is unlikely to reoccur this season.
Can Digne Replicate Last Season’s Returns?
The former Barcelona man was one of 6 defenders to score four goals last season – with only Shane Duffy scoring more. He also contributed 5 assists.
While, according to Understat, he scored more than he was expected to, he didn’t assist as many as expected.
Lucas Digne is priced at £6.0m this time around, a fair increase considering the 158 points he returned. FPL managers appear to agree as he is currently picked by 26.2%.
Can You Ignore Sigurdsson?
Gylfi Sigurdsson, along with teammate Richarlison, are the only midfielders from non-top 6 clubs that costs more than £7.5m. Following his excellent performances last season, where he finished as the 4th highest point scoring midfielder, his price has been increased to £8.0m.
His 13 goals are his best Premier League goal scoring season yet – he also contributed 6 assists. First choice free kick taker, penalty taker as well as being a certain starter means it’s difficult to ignore the Icelandic international.
It is these factors along with Everton’s superb fixtures that has resulted in him being picked by 14.9% of FPL managers.
Richarlison Starts Hot
The 22 year old Brazilian has started each of his Premier League seasons on fire. In his two campaigns, the first being Watford, he has scored 153 and 125 points respectively.
13 goals and three assists has seen him, just as Sigurdsson did, rise to £8.0m. Fantasy Premier League managers are currently opting for Sigurdsson though, as Richarlison is picked by 9.9%.
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This is understandable, as Sigurdsson seems as pivotal as anyone to the Everton team. Along with his set piece taking duties, his expected goals and assists really make him difficult to ignore at £8.0m. That isn’t to say Richarlison won’t also be a good choice and some may even opt for the both of them.
Moise Kean Hype?
The Italian comes to Goodison with much hype behind him following goals at Juventus. He isn’t currently listed on FPL but will likely catch the eye of managers depending on his price.
Elsewhere, some FPL managers are tempted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin at £6.0m. With the introduction of Kean, we’d recommend looking elsewhere, however.
Calvert-Lewin probably won’t start and will at the very least have his minutes limited by Kean and Cenk Tosun. There are also safer options to opt for at the price of £6.0m such as Glenn Murray, Troy Deeney and Joshua King – albeit two of those are £6.5m.
Update: Kean has been listed at £7.0m – £1.0m more than Calvert-Lewin.
What Will Everton’s Starting Lineup Be?
A lot FPL managers will want to know what Everton’s lineup will be so they can safely include their players. The Toffee’s lineup is more certain than others and will be listed on our Fantasy Premier League Team News page shortly.
Page last updated 15:01 BST, August 5, 2019