Fixtures

First FPL Double Gameweek of the season confirmed

The Premier League have announced there will be two Manchester City and Everton fixtures in a Double Gameweek 25.

The two clubs’ postponed fixture from Gameweek 27, caused by City’s commitment to the League Cup final, has been brought forward to sit in the round of matches after the next one.

Everton will host Pep Guardiola’s men on Wednesday 6 February.

Manchester City’s combination of Arsenal (home) and Everton (away) is perhaps not quite as exciting as if Chelsea had been handed a Double Gameweek 25, but still offers them a chance for plenty of attacking returns.

However, it will be hard to pick out the key players who will start both of them given Pep Guardiola’s selection policy during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

Not only will the turnaround time between the Arsenal and Everton matches be short, just four days after the trip to Goodison Park comes an important Sunday afternoon meeting with Chelsea in Gameweek 26.

Perhaps the only players likely to play both matches in Double Gameweek 25 for Manchester City are Ederson (£5.6m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m), with plenty of options to rotate others around them.

Everton’s doubles don’t offer the same level of potential with Wolves their opponents already scheduled for that Gameweek.

Crucially, with Double Gameweek clubs then having a Blank in Gameweek 27, there will have to be careful management from Fantasy managers. They may want to stock up on Double Gameweek players for Gameweek 25, but they will be effectively useless in Blank Gameweek 27.

Some of the cheaper options such as Laporte or Lucas Digne (£5.3m) would be easier to bench,  but the likes of Raheem Sterling (£11.3m), Leroy Sané (£9.7m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) being inactive could make fielding a strong XI without taking hits a difficult task.

That particular dilemma could see some managers opt to use the Free Hit chip either in Double Gameweek 25 or Blank Gameweek 27, although it could have a bigger impact when the bigger Blank Gameweeks occur later in the campaign.

Also, Gameweek 25 could be the first time this season that a real opportunity for the deployment of the Triple Captain has presented itself.

Later opportunities to use the chip would include Gameweeks 32 or 35, which are currently expected to be Doubles, although the Bench Boost and Free Hit chips, as well as the second Wildcard, also need to be considered.

With the Bench Boost and Free Hit offering better potential in the bigger Double Gameweeks, and the Triple Captain only capable of affecting one match, the make-up of Double Gameweek 25 would present an appealing case for the chip.

Triple Captain aside, Fantasy managers will have to choose whether they want to use the Doubles to influence their armband decision at all. There will, of course, be the option to stick with the tried and tested, and captain a more reliable player even if they only have one fixture.

Recent standout candidate Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) will be away at West Ham in Gameweek 25, where he scored on his most recent league visit in August 2017. Furthermore, he has six double-figure hauls in his last eight Premier League matches.

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1,455 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Hi....who are people thinking of captaining in dgw25?

    Sane / sterling - 2 games but may not play both

    B...Salah at hammers

    C....hazard v hudds

    Thanks

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B or C but would cap Sterling if I had him probably.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Sane for me

      Tempted to bring in sterling or KDB

    3. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Aguero possibly

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      S, S or S.

      No way Haz!

    5. Jealous Viper
        3 months, 24 days ago

        C

      • TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        There's a few days between games, surely Sane is likely to play both if Mendy is out injured again.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Sane probably
        Should be nailed for both games given Mendy not being fit

      • fedolefan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        You pay the premium for Raz to captain him in these DGWs.

      • TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Not sure who I'll captain yet, not even decided on who I'm bringing on board yet 🙂

      • Jimmy Boy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Still hard to look past Hazard despite the double. Saying that as a non-owner

        1. fedolefan
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Only non-owners will say that.

          1. captainjilflex
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Aint that the truth 🙂

        2. Flynny
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I'll have sane but not sterling.....

          Guess I'll stick in on sane and hope for the best....

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        In Man City's last DGW, Sterling scored 3 points and Sane scored 17 btw

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          If only that was this season.

      • Devo-McDuff
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Sane for me. Reckon he'll play both even if Mendy fit. Sane is in great form and City can't afford to drop league points, think he will get his rests in cup games. Maybe I'm just trying to talk myself into TC him though ha.

      • Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Evening

        If you fancy joining EliteFPL for our discussion previewing GW24, then get involved in our live chat over at youtube.com/elitefplpodcast

        We start in 15mins (6pm)

        Cheers

      • Monkey Hanger
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        The way Everton defended in the FA Cup this weekend, I can easily see City putting five or six past them. Great for your City assets, not so the Everton ones. Another minus score for Digne? Seems to like them. 🙂

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Agree, I have him but despite two fixtures I’m not massively tempted to put him on the bench

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Pitch*

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Only 5 or 6? 😉

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Spurs the better team, but poor at taking their chances. Trippier, N'Koudou and Llorente particularly culpable.

        1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Yep, Spurs done well vs our reserve team.

      • Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Needed Var for that? lol

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          It was fair to check. That's what it's there for. Came out with the correct decision regardless.

          1. Deulofale
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Right, Without VAR, the ref has to commit to a decision, not knowing if he's correct. Aka guessing

        2. Deulofale
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Why not? The ref probably not 100% certain which part of his arm it hit. If it hit hit foreharm/hand, I would wager that VAR would give a penalty.

      • Canary_Kid
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Safe to say Aguero won't start Arsenal and Everton right?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Depends on Jesus and Pep.

          1. Canary_Kid
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Would expect Pep to start Jesus for one of them, no?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Pep is unpredictable but yes.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          No

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Another year and no silverware for spurs - crippling overspend on the stadium and likely a quite summer - if they lose a big player or manager and things will start to unravel

        1. fedolefan
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          They are exactly where Poch wants them. Fighting for the Champions League and the Premier League.

          1. boc610
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Eh How are they fighting for the prem league?I wouldnt even say they faught for it when Leicester won it. They don't make finals, they don't run anybody close.

            1. fedolefan
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              There was sarcasm there brah.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Don’t count them out of the title race yet. Or the CL!

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Hmmm under normal circumstances I think they’d have a good chance against Dortmund however all the injuries and the home game in two weeks - not so sure

            They have no chance of winning the prem

        3. Amey
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I think it's not IF but WHEN they loose their starts including manager 😉

        4. Luka - Man Like Serbia
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Get in!!!

        5. Shark Team
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          KOLASINAC or SHAW
          to replace Doherty?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Why replace Doherty?

            1. Shark Team
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He won't be in the starting 11 again... He played Vs Shrewsbury

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                If only it worked like that.

              2. Amey
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  😀
                  Save FT mate

                • Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  😀

                  Coady, Bennett & Neves too?

                  1. Shark Team
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    He rested Vinaigre and Jonny this is why

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Which City players are going to start both in DGW25?

                      1. Shark Team
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Ederson Fernandinho Sterling, I guess..

                        1. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Cheers Geoff.

                • Forza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Coady, Bennett and Neves also started that match. Either they've all been dropped simultaneously, or Nuno just wanted a relatively strong team.

            2. Niho992
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Why would you rid Doherty?

                1. Shark Team
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  He is gonna be benched again

            3. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Woy is furious

              1. diesel001
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                10 day rest for Spurs between CL first leg and PL game vs Burnley

            4. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Well wone Woy!

              1. Shark Team
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Who is woy

            5. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              @BenCrellin
              Spurs will only get a Blank in GW31 if Crystal Palace win their 5th Round tie (R5 draw is tomorrow night)
              Spurs will only get a Blank in GW33 if Brighton reach the FA Cup SFs

              @BenCrellin
              If Chelsea reach the SFs of both the FA Cup and the Europa League, they'll have three Blanks with only two free midweeks to move them to; That might mean they'd get a Triple GW and a Double GW in GWs 32+35.

              1. Jealous Viper
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Triple GW? That would be quite incredible. Definitely a triple captain for Haz then

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Do you think he'd play all 3?

                    1. Deulofale
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      More chance of playing 2 of 3 than 2 of 2 🙂

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        More chance of injury in the 2nd one 😉

                • Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Cheers. Personally hoping that Palace win their 5th round tie, Brighton fail to reach SFs and Chelsea not to reach SFs of both comps.

                  Sending my wish away. FPL Gods, do your work.

                • Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  TC Kepa TGW

                • Amey
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    TC hazard for Triple GW 😮
                    Awesome

                  • fedolefan
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    What the hell is a triple game week. Assuming there's a game at the weekend, they'll play 4 games in 7 days?

                    1. Deulofale
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Think you get to choose which gameweeks you want to combine in a single gameweek score. Depends on your team.

                      1. fedolefan
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        I think there is more chance of this happening than whatever crap Ben Crellin has been typing.

                • HD7
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Repost
                  Thoughts please 🙂

                  1FT
                  4m ITB

                  GW24 Anderson to Sane
                  GW26: Richa to Son
                  GW:27: Digne Sane to Pereira Anderson

                  Fab
                  Doherty VVD Robbo Digne
                  Salah Pogba Anderson Richa
                  Rashford Auba

                  Subs: Button, AWB, Camarasa, Success

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Looks fine.

                • Monkey Hanger
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Speroni is a Palace legend.

                  1. Monkey Hanger
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Rightly so.

                • Niho992
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Fanderson and Alonso OUT Sterling and Bednarek IN for -4 ?

                  • Farke4sure
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    How nailed is Danilo? He seems to be playing every game at the moment.

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Versatility & injuries help him but never will be nailed.

                      Not worth the headache.

                  • Silecro
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    I thought it was a fluke, but Townsend is being consistently involved for a while now in virtually every goal palace creates, be it goal or assist...nice differential or a bit too punty?

                    1. Giggs Boson.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Not enough returns.

                    2. Amey
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Nope.
                        Very nice punt

                      • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Prefer Mili boy

                    3. diesel001
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Come on Sheffield Wednesday!

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Given that Chelsea lineup, why not.

                        1. diesel001
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Think there is VAR in this game because it is at Stamford Bridge. That will help Chelsea though.

                    4. Numb
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Looks like Alonso owners may have a problem.

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Azpi owners too.

                        1. Numb
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          No, he’ll be fine.

                      2. CRO KLOPP
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        For last 10 gmwks

                    5. Geordie19
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      GTG? Thank you
                      Fab
                      TAA Doherty digne
                      Sane hazard salah (C) rich fanderson
                      Rash jimi
                      Alonso AWB Kamara

                    6. New Post
                    7. EgyptianKing
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Hi guys.

                      I am considering Guaita and Alli out // Ederson and Eriksen (or Son) in.

                      Do you think Son starts this GW?

                      1. Eat my goal!
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Nope

                        When do you expect CS’s for Ederson?

                        1. EgyptianKing
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          I consider there is a good potential of CS against both Newcastle and Everton, while some save points against Arsenal

                      2. tucaoneo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Who's your other keeper? If he's £4.0 I think Ederson is a legit move.

                        1. EgyptianKing
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Button.

                          I am not a big fan of premium GKs. However, given that currently I have spare cash and no need to invest elsewhere, I think Ederson may be a good alternative.

                          After the above mentionned transfers, I would be at:

                          Ederson
                          Robertson, TAA, Digne
                          Sane, Pogba, Eriksen, Hazard, Salah
                          Rashford, Jimenez

                          Button, Bissaka, Bednarek, Kamara

                          Cheers!

                    8. Monkey Hanger
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      That front lobe of Pep's brain, that's the bit that select's the team. If only I could get in there for two mins. 🙂

                      1. Eat my goal!
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        I doubt he’s even decided yet

                        Inception is the only way forwards - plant the seed

                    9. Bam Bam Bigelow
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      For DGW25; Auba (mci) + Superoni (FUL) to Firmino (whu) + Ederson (ARS, eve) looks worthy of a hit

                      1. RED_ARMY
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Auba to Kun

                        1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          already have Sterling + Sane

                    10. RED_ARMY
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Best City forward option for the DGW:
                      a) Kun
                      b) Sane
                      c) Sterling
                      d) KDB

                    11. Rinseboy
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Thoughts on Haz and Fanderson to Sane and Dilva in the DGW? Or get Rich instead of Dilva?

                      Pat
                      Doherty Digne Robbo
                      Sterling Haz Salah Pogba Fanderson
                      Rash Jimi
                      Hamer AWB Zaba long

                    12. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      The GK transfer market has been especially weird this year

                      Allison sitting with +0.5m, yet only 5 points ahead of Etheridge who has only +0.2m... who is only 1 point ahead of Ederson who has only +0.1m and looks set to drop

                      Then you have Fab & Kepa who are 10 points behind them yet have risen 0.2 & 0.1 respectively

                      I have Ederson, was originally planning to sell but now might hold, could easily see him being top GK on points by end of season, all it takes is one of his customary penalty saves & he’ll rocket up

                      1. FPLinho
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          A lot went for DDG at the start of the season, then a lot moved off Ederson after 7 or so blanks in a row, which has sort of messed things up before he got a few clean sheets there

                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            3 months, 6 hours ago

                            I’m now seriously having second thoughts about selling him.p, aside from the blanks, his fixtures are decent

                            Of the top 6 keepers, himself & Allison are up there without penalty saves, whereas Etheridge (3), Loris (1), Fabinaksi (1), Foster(1) are all benefitting from the extra pen save points.

                            I think it’s probably worth holding Ederson & hoping he saves a pen or two before end of season - if you don’t have budget issues elsewhere

                      2. FPLinho
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          Currently have Ederson and Hamer. Better to get in Schmeichel to set and forget for the next 5/6 weeks, or Fabianski for Hamer and play when Ederson blanks?