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Everton kept up their solid home form with another win and clean sheet, their third straight in each department, today disposing of Burnley, 1-0.

It looked like a potential disaster for the Toffees in this one just 10 minutes in, when Aaron Lennon was brought down by David Jones and a penalty was awarded, though it appeared Lennon wasn't quite all the way in the area. For unknown reasons, Ross Barkley took the spot kick and it was saved rather easily by Tom Heaton, causing the Goodison Park crowd to understandably grown. Mirallas would help put that event past them though on the half hour mark. He collected a McCarthy cross that touched Arouna Kone on the way over and slotted home at the far post, though he scuffed his original kick. The Toffees couldn't seal the points with an additional goal but their ability to keep the Clarets out was aided by Ashley Barnes' sending off just before the break, giving Everton the man advantage for the final 45.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 18 - 12:10 PM

Roberto Martinez has stated that Romelu Lukaku should be available for Everton as they host Burnley this weekend, assuming the striker has no setbacks between now and match day.

It would be nice to get a firm green light without the caveat from Martinez but it is positive news nonetheless. A fit Lukaku looks like one of the stronger forward options in this shortened gameweek but proceed at your own risk. If Martinez has any hesitation tomorrow, he can turn to Arouna Kone to lead the line and Steven Naismith can play up top as well. Still, it may be a move worth risking for those looking for a boom or bust play at this stage of the season.
Apr 17 - 10:08 AM

Roberto Martinez has revealed Leon Osman could recover from a soft tissue problem in time to face Burnley this weekend at Goodison Park.

Osman limped to the sidelines against Swansea last time out because of a minor groin issue but subsequent scans and tests have revealed the injury is not as bad as originally feared. Martinez will give the midfielder as much time as possible to prove his fitness but Everton do have options if Osman fails a late test with Steven Pienaar the player most likely to step-up. Romelu Lukaku is expected to return to the squad although the striker won’t be fit-enough for 90 minutes while Bryan Oviedo should be back by early May having joined the main group in training. Aiden McGeady has recovered from a minor back complaint leaving Tony Hibbert as the only long-term absentee.
Apr 16 - 6:52 AM

Absent since February with a hamstring strain, Bryan Oviedo is set to return soon as Roberto Martinez targets "the start of May" for the left back.

Martinez went on to say that he hopes Oviedo can begin training within the next couple of days and that it would take two to three weeks before he could be considered for selection, suggesting the Sunderland match as a potential target. There is no spot waiting for Oviedo's return, but expect to see him earn a start in the final few weeks if the Toffees fate has been sealed. He may be next season's starter at left back if the annual Leighton Baines summer transfer rumors come to fruition this year.
Apr 15 - 4:18 PM

James McCarthy supplied the assist for Everton's lone goal in their 1-1 draw with Swansea City last weekend and has been quietly productive for the month.

As the Toffees form has gradually improved over the past month, so has McCarthy's fantasy stock. He has averaged 4 points a game over the past four which included the 10 pointer against the Swans and 14 points back in Week 29 when he scored a goal. McCarthy admittedly isn't as valuable as other defensive midfielders in other statistical areas so he is more dependent on attacking points to grab a nice haul, but priced at under 9m in the Yahoo game, he won't break your bank.
Apr 14 - 10:30 AM

Everton had their three game win streak snapped today but they still managed a point with a 1-1 draw against Swansea City, with the Toffee goal supplied by Aaron Lennon.

After feeling each other out for the majority of the first half, the deadlock was broken in the 41st minute. James McCarthy made a run down the left and was able to turn his cross back toward the front of goal where Lennon had been left unmarked. He slotted it home, giving him his second goal in three. With an assist added in from four matches ago, it is clear that Lennon is a major influence in their attack right now and should be a safe bet for a start next weekend. Stevem Pienaar looked sharp as well, coming in to replace Leon Osman who looked to have suffered a groin strain. With a shortened fixture list next weekend and a plus matchup, there should be a Toffee or two in your XI for Week 34.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 11 - 11:30 AM

An ongoing back problem is likely to keep Aidan McGeady out of this weekends’ trip to the Liberty Stadium while Martinez will also need to check on Romelu Lukaku who is rated as 50-50.

McGeady picked up the injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and the Toffees winger is rated as a big doubt for Saturday - this setback being the latest in a number of problems which have hampered his progress in 2015 [only two league starts]. However with the exception of Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert – all ruled out – the traffic in the treatment room at Finch Farm is beginning to ease giving Martinez lots of options for the season run-in. Everton travel to South Wales on the back of three straight wins and boast an excellent record against the Swans with no defeats in the previous nineteen league meetings.
Apr 9 - 6:41 AM

Investing in Everton attacking players has proven to be extremely risky as Roberto Martinez juggles his XI from week to week.

Aaron Lennon was quiet this past weekend after he had scored his first goal on his loan spell in the previous league match against QPR. He has been earning starts since Kevin Mirallas went down injured but Mirallas could be back at any time. Unless the Belgian is officially ruled out by Friday, backing Lennon, who has already passed Mirallas in price in the Yahoo game, is a risk. Then there's the curious case of Ross Barkley, who shows flashes of promise but has only started four of the past nine. Steven Naismith, only one goal behind Lukaku for the club lead, can't seem to buy a start, having done so just once in the last five. This creates plenty of budget prices across the board but at the cost of a possible zero if you invest. They do have the early Saturday kickoff this week however, so those playing fantasy games other than Yahoo may have a chance to see team news and make necessary changes before the deadline.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is in line to return to action this Saturday when the Toffees travel to Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.

The Belgian has been out of action since injuring a hamstring in the match against QPR. Since, he has missed the international break as well as Saturday's win over Southampton. According to Roberto Martinez, Lukaku has has a couple of positive sessions but has yet to mix in with the rest of the group. Anticipate an update on his status as the week progresses. Getting a positive result at Swansea isn't an easy task but his presence would surely help.
Apr 7 - 11:01 AM

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson may not play again this season after the club confirmed the Irish international fractured his metatarsal in training.

Gibson had been available for the visit of Southampton on Saturday after overcoming a minor abdominal problem which prompted his early return from international duty. However during the build-up to GW31 Gibson suffered a foot injury which threatens to end his season with a decision yet to be made whether he requires surgery - either way with only 7 games remaining the chances of recovery are unlikely. Everton were able to secure third successive win against Southampton – a game which marked the return of Gareth Barry, Kevin Mirallas plus Steven Pienaar – and the fit-again trio should help to ensure the Toffees have a number of midfield selection options for the remainder of the campaign.
Source: beIN Sports
Apr 5 - 7:36 AM

Phil Jagielka scored an early goal that ended up being the winner in a 1-0 Everton win over Southampton.

The win is the third consecutive win for Everton, who are now practically safe from relegation. Southampton must feel disappointed once again as they were arguably the better team but just couldn't finish in front of goal. Ronald Koeman stated after that he was disappointed by the result but not the performance, which is a fair evaluation of what happened. The Saints must either get Grazianno Pelle back in form or find goals from another source, but the drought must end soon if they want to fight for a spot in a European competition.
Apr 4 - 12:42 PM

Kevin Mirallas has been sidelined for the past three league games due to a dead leg picked up against Dynamo Kiev but is pushing for a return next weekend when the Toffees host Southampton.

Roberto Martinez expressed confidence earlier in the week that the Belgian would be back in action immediately after the international break but has since admitted that his availability for the match against the Saints is still in question. Unless there is extremely positive news heading into next weekend, it would be wise to avoid Mirallas for fear he may not start. However, his price in the Yahoo game has dropped drastically in recent weeks and is an absolute bargain once he gets his spot back. He is one to monitor for a barndoor move the next time his name makes Martinez's XI.
Mar 28 - 2:45 PM

Roberto Martinez is hoping Darron Gibson will be available to face Southampton in GW31 following the Everton midfielders withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a minor abdominal strain.

Gibson is one of a handful of players currently undergoing treatment at Finch Farm with Arouna Kone [knee & ankle] and Kevin Mirallas [dead leg] targeting a quick return while Romelu Lukaku [hamstring] is recovering with his national team in Belgium. Martinez confirmed South African midfielder Steven Pienaar [knee] will be back in full training from Monday after almost four months on the sidelines with Tony Hibbert also closing in on a return. Bryan Oviedo is progressing but could be a few weeks yet although he "is getting stronger every day" and Gareth Barry has completed a two match ban for his accumulation of 10 yellow cards.
Source: Goal.com
Mar 27 - 1:30 PM

Everton have been boosted by the news that the knee injury suffered by Arouna Kone at Loftus Road in GW30 is not serious although the striker remains a doubt for the visit of Southampton next time out.

Roberto Martinez confirmed following the win at QPR that Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone had picked up injuries which would need to be assessed although it was the latter who was the greater cause for concern. However following further tests it now looks the hamstring strain suffered by Lukaku could keep him out for around three weeks while Kone may be back within two. Steven Naismith is a potential option having been utilised in a more advanced role previously while Christian Atsu will be hoping for a rare opportunity to shine for the Toffees having managed just one league start since his loan move from Chelsea last summer.
Mar 26 - 7:04 PM

Seamus Coleman scored a crucial goal to help Everton to a win over QPR last weekend and he appears to be a better pick than Leighton Baines in fantasy at the moment.

It has been a while since we have seen the attacking exploits of Coleman, something that had been commonplace in the previous two seasons, but the tough reality is that it has been a while since Baines has been a fantasy stud either. To be fair to the left back, he is still the third-highest scoring defender in Yahoo this season, but unlike in previous seasons, he isn't creating much distance between himself and several defenders who are priced millions less. Just this past week Coleman outscored his teammate 13 to 4, yet Baines got the bigger rise in price even though both have the same ownership percentage. All it takes is for one penalty to set Baines up for a monster day, but week to week, Coleman is matching him on a points per pound basis. With his attacking form emerging, that should only tip the scales in Coleman's favor.
Mar 25 - 7:31 PM


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