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What Premier League suspension means for FPL managers and FFScout

The Premier League have announced that all matches will be suspended until the weekend of April 4, 2020 in light of growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

That means that there will be no fixtures in Gameweek 30 and Gameweek 31.

That round of action is scheduled to take place after the next international break, although Euro 2020 play-off matches and friendlies are at risk of postponement in light of CONMEBOL already cancelling World Cup qualifiers.

As things stand, no decision has been taken on what the rest of the 2019/20 campaign will look like, or if the season will be declared null and void.

It looks as if the situation will be reviewed again as we approach Gameweek 32 next month while postponed fixtures will be rearranged when possible.

“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so. In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.” – Premier League statement

We will endeavour to bring you a breakdown of the exact impact on FPL as and when we have it.

What does this mean for FFScout?

As a result of the Premier League’s unprecedented, but not unexpected, announcement, we will cease all coverage of the build-up to Gameweek 30 with immediate effect.

We will spend the next few days assessing the situation and working out what content we can produce for the foreseeable future.

In that time, the production of articles, videos and podcasts will temporarily experience a shift in focus until we know more about what the future holds for the Premier League and Fantasy Football.

Over the next few days, we will endeavour to bring you as much news as is relevant to the situation and our focus on FPL strategy will, in line with the gravity of the situation, be stripped back.

We will be temporarily suspending the FFS Cup and Head-to-Head leagues and making a decision further down the line on how best to proceed with the competitions.

What is the latest on coronavirus in football?

The news of the Premier League’s suspension comes in the wake of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta testing positive for COVID-19 in the late hours of Thursday evening.

The Premier League had originally planned to see all Gameweek 30 matches proceed as scheduled but the news coming out of the Emirates Stadium seems to have forced their hand.

Not only has Arteta gone into self-isolation, but the entire Arsenal squad has also done the same, following contact with their manager while he has had COVID-19.

Naturally, this put the Gunners’ trip to Brighton on Saturday at extreme risk, and later on Thursday evening, it was officially postponed by the Seagulls.

Meanwhile, over the last 14 days, Arsenal’s squad and manager have also been in contact with Portsmouth and West Ham in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.

Since then, Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3m) has tested positive for COVID-19 and gone into self-isolation, while his team-mates have also entered into the same protocol.

There have also been subsequent updates from Watford, Everton and Bournemouth on Friday morning revealing a number of Premier League players have gone into self-isolation.

The wider football world will now look ahead to Tuesday when UEFA will convene a video conference between the 55 governing bodies it presides over to discuss the future of European football and the fate of the upcoming 2020 European Championships.

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus*

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

* Information taken from the official NHS website.

820 Comments Post a Comment
  1. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hit the WC now?
    If season is not void, would WC GW32 anyway

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah go on then.

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If you make it as far as 2:34 - Indeed it has 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wwtbQXTugo

  3. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Rate My Epidemiology?

    Lassa
    P Plague, Marburg, Yaws, B Plague
    #Covid19, E Bola, CJD, Zika
    Trips (c), Dengue

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Is Trips Trippier?

      1. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        You loose 5 geek points:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Trips

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Sars in for a hit?

      1. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        On the bench. Deadly finishing, but doesn't get round the pitch enough.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Captain COVID-19. Form over fixtures.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Think it has both, tbh.

    4. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I have my doubts about Zika's dedication. Proceed with caution.

    5. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Brave to go without Asian Flu but granted gametime has been quite low recently

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You need Pedro Flu in there

  4. MC Hammer
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    All those FPL related Twitter and YouTube accounts!!! haha

    1. OleGGMU
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Youtubers financial crisis, welcome to 2020 haha

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      What about them?

  5. Al Moon Yeah
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Everything not going according to plan now. All that careful transfers and hits to stock-up on gw31 players. Looks like I'll play my wildcard as soon as the games resume because I was dead-ending my team. I think fpl manager who've burned the wildcard and more importantly free hit chip could struggle navigating the last matches of the season, if there's a season left.

    However, I hope everyone recovers from this and life resumes as normal. Can't imagine what a country on lockdown feels like. Must be hard.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      The country isn't really on lock down. It is certain sports only

      1. Indpush
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Not yet

  6. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Strange that Wales vs Scotland is still on in the Six Nations.

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Social distancing can be observed....

      1. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        That would be an interesting game of rugby.

  7. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Partial refund of my FFS membership please.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Shameful post.

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Google, “Force Majeure”. 🙂

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Just joined Villa and classified as a defender. How much on FPL, any idea?

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          He’ll be the same price as Salah I guess ...

    3. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Free membership to all for the next two weeks

  8. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So worth wildcarding?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      a bit pointless imo

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Go try Fantasy Eliteserien if you have a tinker itch to scratch, season starts in early April. There is an article here on FFS as a starting point.

  9. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So should I expect a tiny ranking rise because of people getting -4 for this GW already?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, but tiny and probably only closer to rank 1 million or something like it.

  10. Dangerous Rhubarb
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I think FPL will freeze any transfers.....for the time being to preserve the status quo.

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      They could be Burning Bridges if they do that. Some people will want values to go Down Down.

    2. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Party time for anti-FPLs

      1. OleGGMU
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Ghost teams rising from the dead...FPL apocalypse has began

    3. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I think teams will be reset to the end of the last game week as if this was a free hit where everyone scored zero

  11. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    At least Enda Stevens will recover from injury by April 4th. There is always a bright side...

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks for finding it 🙂

    2. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I was going to ask if I should hold Maddison too but I think the answers would be like what you mean you still have him...

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Wait, what you mean? Don't say you still have him 😮 ?

  12. Random Name
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    They haven’t invented the words for the possibility that Liverpool’s pl title might be nullified. Who cursed them

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Fergie Time

  13. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Spend your FPL time understanding how the stock market works. Never a better time to invest than times of austerity.

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Any tips?
      Airlines, and hotels?

      1. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Pharmaceuticals I'd expect.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Insurance

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Toilet paper companies maybe?

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              The Andrex puppy is going to be working overtime

              1. MC Hammer
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                especially with all that free time on their hands for FFS members 😉

              2. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Seriously though, in my country a largest pasta company has gone up 25% in a day the government announced closure of schools and universities

      2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Blue chips stocks who have taken a hard it only because of Corona Virus.

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Guessing Disney will have dropped a bit today.

      3. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Companies in warmer countries whose entire staff can happily work from home like Tata Consultancy Services in India.
        Ofcourse pharma companies etc too.

        Or just hedge your bets and bank on the ftse 100.

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks Eggy

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      *Uncertainty?

    3. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Word!

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Pharma (there is a specific one here but can't share company name to avoid any legal issues, just do some research) and Netflix are good short term options IMO.

      There are some very good value investing options as well (stocks for established companies that provide good long term value that are on a discount price right now)

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Ship has already sailed on Inovio Pharaceuticals [NASDAQ INO]

        Share price has roughly doubled in a month due to their apparent proximity to some sort of vaccine

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Inovio isn't the only one that's close, there are some others and the market will be mostly led by speculation as we won't see anything certain until late summer.

    5. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Anything with a strong balance sheet in a government protected oligopoly that is essentially unaffected by the actual virus.

    6. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Buy the dip

    7. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Understand and stock market dont really go together in one sentence

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      The amount of blue chip stocks that can be snapped up for last year's prices...

      Where the bottom though - no point buying now & in a months time they're at 3 years ago prices or worse etc

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Reading the peaks and troughs - twas ever thus.

      2. Ason Willa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        It depends on how heavily invested you already are. Nobody can predict the bottom, so buy in tranches on the way down.

    9. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I already do and have and bought plenty

  14. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I bet that when they suggested a mid season break they weren't thinking of this.

  15. Klaren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If the rest of the season is played at some point, it looks like it will be all in 1 huge GW.

    GW30 and GW31 fixtures have all been removed but deadlines haven't changed.

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      BB disco inferno

  16. Jambot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I think get all managers together for a 20 man fifa session to end the season

    1. Demí
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Woy's fcked then

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Demi 😮

      2. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Mate, I reckon Woys got some skills. Mourinho can claim he controlled his players ‘like
        Puppets’ for real too

  17. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Best movies to watch on Netflix?

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      The Circle - a load of trapped stir-crazy people killing each other off one by one. Will be a good insight into how FFS is going to be over the next 3 months.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        😀

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Liverpool 19/20 Season - Return to Glory

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Too soon?

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Lol

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          😉

    3. ppv
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      12 Monkeys. Futuristic with Bruce Willis where a virus has destroyed most of worlds population. Great film

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Yep it was great one... I want something new

      2. Lord Tachanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Was that out before BW stopped caring completely?

  18. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Looks like FPL treats it like blank GW 30 and 31 for all clubs. Is Premier League supposed to resume from GW32 and those 2 GWs played later or all the fixtures are moved now and at 4th of April GW30 is played?

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      No-one knows

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I expect they will plan to keep the fixtures from GW32 as they were onwards and then add the GW30 / 31 fixtures in as GW39 / 40.

      In reality though I expect GW32 won’t happen either.

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah I agree sadly... Just imagine all those fixtures are moved to GW38 and all teams have triple or quadraple GW...

  19. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    The first thing I do every morning when I wake up is click on that hot topics button and review the overnight price changes.

    My life now feels empty 🙁

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Join the club

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yep - we lead a sad life. Cold turkey starts now.

  20. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Harry Kane expected back April 4th.

    1. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yep planning to bring him in on WC

  21. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Quadruple GW incoming?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Spreading rumours I had Covid-19? 😉 😛

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Lol 😉 ... good to see you are fit and healthy 😀

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          😎

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Pfft ... septuple.

  22. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I want my -12 back!

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Sorry, all sales final.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        But hits aren't 😉

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yes they are. Sorry.

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I want my -4 for C Auba back also!!!

    3. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      All TC Mane chips should be returned too.

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Free Hit and quit moaning.

  23. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Just noticed I have my GW32 team set up nicely already with triple Arsenal v Norwich.

  24. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Can't we start a new version based on buying players we think will get it? Arsenal and Chelsea players premium price....

  25. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Breaking news : Arsenal have contacted the English FA that the league should be canceled and be rewarded Alphabetically

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      AFC Bournemouth laughing!!!

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wolves spewing....

  26. How I met your Mata
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Time to get on footy index

  27. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Casuals finally punished. They've been gloating and praising this season for months and now the PL goes in and confirms it's been too much of a luck based season and that it might as well be canceled. Egg on the face of casuals

    1. MC Hammer
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Casuals probably don't even know about the suspension and busy making transfers still and messing up with the prices, ffs

    2. Hernandez Lynam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If you're still being embarrassed by casuals at this point in the season, you just need to hold your hands up and admit you're about as 'pro' as the FFS pundits and the @FPL crowd on twitter

    3. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wish you’d link your team so we could see how a professional plays the game. Have a feeling there’s a good reason you don’t.

      1. DNML
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        +1

    4. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Here he is 😀

  28. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    No way the season can be finished unless all games played before end-June.

    1. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It can be finished whenever it’s completed.

      1. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        It really can't, without leaving insufficient time to plan next season's programme

        1. Benteke Fried Chicken
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It can...

        2. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It absolutely can. Will probably actually help get in line for the winter World Cup too.

    2. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      My view is that next season can't start until this season finishes

      1. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        This is so obviously true. Can’t understand that people can’t see passed imaginary lines in the sand of when it starts and ends. If they can start a new season then they can finish this one

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Exactly mate. The 2020/21 fixtures would have an earlier pile up than usual but this season will no doubt finish. Just much later than expected

  29. hsduk101
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If prem league is cancelled as it stands now for this year. will there be a champion this year, or go back to lasts winner?

    Also who qualifies for next years champions league? (minus man city)

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Won’t be cancelled, no point discussing it.

  30. Releasebreaks
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    i have been preparing my team for the last 3 gameweeks, hit already -4 and -8 to be ready for gw31.. :(:(