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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. Trophé Mourinho
      2 months, 22 days ago

      The way I see it is; it’s inevitable ok the vast majority of us are going to catch it there’s no two ways about it. We may as well get it over with as soon as possible, all we are doing is delaying the inevitable. The sooner more people are exposed to it the sooner we will build an immunity against it. All we are doing is trying to buy time, yes there is a shortage of beds but that issue will exist in a week, a month and even six months.

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

        The burden on the NHS/emergency services needs to be spread out over time, not dumped on it all at once (https://twitter.com/wtgowers/status/1238395762716917765). If it's really inevitable that most of us will get it, the cases need to be a steady flow rather than a bottleneck. Exposing everyone to it ASAP would overwhelm hospitals.

        1. tm370
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Exactly this - if everyone gets it, it will be chaos. The health service has been struggling for years - dump this on top, at a time when seasonal colds and flus are still an issue, and people will be dieing in the corridors. People will still get it when everything is cancelled but waiting too long could/will lead to too many getting it too quickly. Madness that the football would have gone ahead if not for the infections and potential infections of key personnel.

      2. Hect.OR 98th
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        You see it wrong then.

      3. Feanor
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Congrats, you have it completely backwards.

        Google flattening the curve.

      4. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        All i can say is i am so grateful for your educated and informed view.

      5. Trophé Mourinho
          2 months, 22 days ago

          You guys are naive, the NHS will be overwhelmed at any point whether it’s now or in three months time. Not everyone who catches it will be hospitalised will they, only severe cases. Do you see the government building new hospitals right now like China is? No, so it’s hardly like we are using this bided time efficiently to prepare for it. And when the virus fully takes hold the amount of cases will sky rocket in a small period of time comparable to a mass exposure now.

      6. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Any Update from FPL so far?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Nope

      7. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Pogba doesn't help himself at times

        https://twitter.com/paulpogba/status/1238465606715944960?s=20

        1. Greek Freak
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It's pretty cringeworthy, but it's actually good advice, whether you call it 'dabbing' or 'coughing into your elbow'.

        2. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Instead he's helping millions of others with great health advice 😉

          1. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He deserves a lot if credit to be fair. Not for the health advice but for self isolating months ago. Ahead of the game.

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

              😆

            2. andy85wsm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              😆

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

          He's a virus

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

          On brand

        5. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Oh god

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

        I asked for advice to do Auba to Vardy early in case of price rises and told on here to do it for -4 because a hit was basically -2 with Arsenal in quarantine.

        Now I see the fixtures are cancelled and I will go out of the cup with a -4. Absolutely had it with the bad advice I get from so called pros on here...bunch of frauds

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          huh

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

            My opponent probably didn't take a hit

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

              That doesn't mean you lose. Surely your cup game is also suspended.
              Also if you don't like advice given, stop posting. You sound like a spoilt little ungrateful kid

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

                Of course I lose, the game week goes ahead and I will have -4 against 0. Ive given the people on here a lot of chances but losing me my cup game was the final straw

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

                  How do you know this is 100%??

                2. Benjustjamin
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  You made the transfer, you decided which advice you was going to take. IF this happens, it's all your own fault bro

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

                  cool story bro

        2. snowman
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          don't do it 🙂

        3. villa_til_i_die
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          And casuals!

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

          Hahah.

        5. tm370
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Is this a joke or satire?

          Why make early transfers in view of the obvious potential of a postponement?

        6. Crystal Alice
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Will the deadline stay as it is? Wouldn't it make sense to delay the deadline until an hour before first kickoff, whenever that may be?

        7. Checko
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Take some responsibility for your decisions mate - you made the call

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

            Maybe stop being a spoon fed casual and make your own decisions bro

          • BrutalLogiC
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Not sure if serious?

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

              As serious as niho 😉

          • ‘Tis the Season
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Brosstan ....excellent!
            Hahaha dry your eyes! It’s ADVICE, Take it as such. Immature child blames other people for their mistakes. Grow up man.

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

              Your replies sustain me

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Still crying?

        8. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I will finally get some green arrows after deadline

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

            🙂

        9. BNMC
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I saw a report that La Liga is considering using the "halfway table" (the table after GW19) to decide the league, should it be suspended. What do you guys think of doing that in the PL?

            The only issue I see with it is that GW19 was a repeat of GW8 so, for example, Leicester played Liverpool twice in the first 19 GWs but Wolves didn't play Liverpool at all.

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

              Watford would be pissed.

            2. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              They could use that gameweek where Liverpool played first time with Wolves instead GW where they playing 2nd time with Leicester

            3. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              It would make more sense to make next season 19 games in total than make games that have already been played not count from this season

            4. lespaul
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              they could discount return fixtures and include the first meeting of each team

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Just realised Stevens will be fit for next GW after all!

            1. Greek Freak
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Don't be so sure, he may tweak something before June or whenever next GW is!

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

              Pereira still a long shot 😆

            3. DA Minnion
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Harry Kane too.

          • DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Is it time to wildcard. At least 3 weeks of tinkering.

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

            A well connected PL ITK just told me they’re looking at running the end of this season (19/20) and the start of next (20/21) concurrently from August onwards.

            1. BNMC
                2 months, 22 days ago

                How so? Would that mean 47 PL games in total - no way they can fit that in.

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

                  thats pretty much a pre season followed by the new league season

                  Makes the most sense if its only safe to restart in august

              • Konstaapeli
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                😆

              • Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Not possible. Your friend is not a proper PL ITK

              • Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Your friend seems like a dummy to me

            2. FOO FIGHTER
                2 months, 22 days ago

                No lucky autosub points for KDB owners this coming GW 😀

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

                Glad I saved my WC & FT to navigate the next three BGWs.

                Anyone got any good draft teams?

              • Gazwaz80
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  When’s the next double gameweek 😉

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      It could be the very 1st GW once matches start again 😉

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

                      All game weeks will be double gameweeks when the league restarts I suspect.

                  2. Brendan95
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Can anyone explain how I have ended up with a red arrow since last night. Haven't took any hits or done anything this GW... has it updated something since last GW?

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

                      You should have a small green arrow. Strange.

                    2. Pukki Party
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Last gw took ages to update so you probably didn't notice the last update

                  3. MOTHRA
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    What would Man Utd fans prefer:

                    1. The League voided. Reverting back to 2018/19 final table. Liverpool don’t win the title, United finish 6th meaning Europa league.

                    Or

                    2. League placing a are fixed today. Liverpool win league, City lose CAS appeal, United get CL spot.

                    Just for the record I don't think option 2 is a feasible at all. But I’m curious.

                    1. BNMC
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Leicester and Sheffield wouldn't like option 1

                      • Greek Freak
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Someone's bound to argue to revert back to the 1998-99 final table.

                      • FOO FIGHTER
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Really desperate trolls on here today!

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

                          1.

                        • Yank Revolution
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          2 is the most fair and equitable. Its been done in other professional leagues so there's a track record.

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

                          Revert back to the 1998-99 final table

                      • Hakim Ziyech
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Tomorrow is going to be a very long day...

                      • Fit_to_drop
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Wolves looked a bit off last night. Granted got a draw, stadium was empty, players might have been a bit flat etc. Jota looked quiet. Doherty came off at half time. Adama did try hard to be fair to him. Draw with an away goal might be enough though.

                        • FOO FIGHTER
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Why are fixtures still showing beyond GW30 when GW30 has been blanked and the EPL has been suspended until 4 April?

                            1. FOO FIGHTER
                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                So will the Game start as it stands from GW32?

                                Cannot be...

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

                                Because GW 32 starts on 4th april. GW30 and 31 will go as planned in FPL with 0 fixtures played but possible to make transfers between the weeks.

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    So no GW's after GW31 are going to be altered?

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

                                      Postponed games from 30 and 31 could be added to gw32 onwards

                                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                                          2 months, 22 days ago

                                          I believe all remaining FPL fixtures should be blanked at this point.

                                  • Feanor
                                    • 10 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    Because those April 4th fixtures have not been postponed yet.

                                  • MOTHRA
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    Assuming league restarts, I’d imagine the next GW will be 30, albeit with different fixtures. As it can’t be a Game Week if there are no games... it’ll just be a week.

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

                                  What happens to our FTs for Wk 30-32, do we still get them or are they suspended?

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

                                    Well, who knows for sure. But I guess, unless FPL change the rules, we'll get three transfers between now and GW32.

                                3. Niho992
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 22 days ago

                                  Did anyone activated their WC for this GW?

                                  1. Pukki Party
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    There was a theory that international breaks was a good time to activate to get high team value

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

                                  Q and A section on here would be good, updated as things become clearer

                                  1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    The A's would all be worthless

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

                                  So, hands up who has taken a hit this week 🙂

                                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                                      2 months, 22 days ago

                                      You can bet at least 50% of active managers...

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

                                        Might get a bloody green arrow for a change this week. 🙂

                                        1. Tony Martial
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 22 days ago

                                          Yep

                                      2. lespaul
                                        • 10 Years
                                        2 months, 22 days ago

                                        more like 1%

                                  2. Coys96
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    Come on Kemboy and Chris's Dream

                                  3. Bury94
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                    Feels weird not thinking about FPL already, no point planning anything, no likey!

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

                                    This looks like a good time to get back into video games and any self respecting gamer should be well versed in the art of self isolation.

                                    Are you a gamer and if so what platform and games do you play?

                                    I am mainly a PC gamer myself and play games on Steam such as PES 2020,F1 2019,GTA V,Civilization V,Mortal Combat 11,The Tomb Raider series,Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon,South Park and Ace Combat.

                                    I also like to play arcade classics now and again like Sonic the Hedgehog 2,Streets of Rage 2+3,Road Rash 3,Desert Strike,Contra, Super Mario and Super Mario Cart.

                                    Also like board games like Monopoly and especially Chess when i can find someone to play against.

                                    1. Greek Freak
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 22 days ago

                                      Not a gamer per se but I often play Mario Kart online to pass the time, and I frequently have a Zelda game on the go.

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

                                        I never got into Zelda for some reason but i know lots of people that love the series.

                                        Mario Kart is a classic and is still just a exiting to play as many of the modern AAA titles.

                                        I forgot to mention i also play World of Tanks online.

                                        1. Greek Freak
                                          • 4 Years
                                          2 months, 22 days ago

                                          I never used to play either of them actually until my wife (back then my girlfriend) got me into them!

                                    2. FOO FIGHTER
                                        2 months, 22 days ago

                                        PS4 has been gathering dust for a very long time now.

                                        Not even my son uses it anymore lol

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

                                          Yeah i hardly never use mine either but the young ones in my family rather play on PS4 over the PC expect for Euro Truck Sim 2 which i have on PC and they are mad for.

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

                                      Season over. What a disaster

                                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                                          2 months, 22 days ago

                                          Chance to change your grav?

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

                                            Nah

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

                                        Anyone listening to Boris and the experts would know that the strategy is to push the peak to May/June. Season over.

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

                                          Season postponed...

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

                                            Cancelled*

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

                                          Over; doubtful. Postponed; most likely.

                                      3. FOO FIGHTER
                                          2 months, 22 days ago

                                          Why do some believe the season will or should be cancelled?

                                          What about those teams on the verge of promotion in the lower leagues who are struggling financially to keep the stadium lights on?

                                          Comon sense does not exist.

                                          1. Yank Revolution
                                            • 8 Years
                                            2 months, 22 days ago

                                            Because the logistics of starting anew are almost too mind boggling to imagine, especially if the delay lasts a month, or two, or three.

                                            1. FOO FIGHTER
                                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                                Unless you are a manc fan.

                                            1. Greek Freak
                                              • 4 Years
                                              2 months, 22 days ago

                                              Nice - green arrow incoming!

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

                                              Nothing on transfers?

                                              1. Greek Freak
                                                • 4 Years
                                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                                See my reply fail below

                                              2. Pukki Party
                                                • 2 Years
                                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                                There's info. Basicly we get two free free transfers

                                            3. Pukki Party
                                              • 2 Years
                                              2 months, 22 days ago

                                              Interesting for h2h leagues this.

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

                                              'Managers must also be aware that any transfers made, Wildcards or chips played in a Gameweek where all the fixtures are postponed will not be reinstated'

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

                                            ok.. since I did not take a hit, finally i will get a green arrow this week and 2 FTs ready for GW31..cant wait for GW 30 to end..

                                            1. Greek Freak
                                              • 4 Years
                                              2 months, 22 days ago

                                              "Any activity managers undertake ahead of each deadline will apply to that GW"

                                              and

                                              "Managers must also be aware that any transfers made, Wildcards or chips played in a Gameweek where all the fixtures are postponed will not be reinstated"

                                              1. Greek Freak
                                                • 4 Years
                                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                                Reply fail to Holmes

                                              2. El Presidente
                                                  2 months, 22 days ago

                                                  OMG

                                                • Holmes
                                                  • 6 Years
                                                  2 months, 22 days ago

                                                  So I'll have 2FTs for GW31 if I save this week? Will be forced to make one transfer next week then?

                                                  1. Greek Freak
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                                    Looks like it. Not 'forced' per se, personally I'm not going to do anything with 2 FTs since there will be little to no info about what's going on.

                                                  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                                    • 3 Years
                                                    2 months, 22 days ago

                                                    Yep

                                            2. FOO FIGHTER
                                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                                I would not make any transfers now with FPL confirming GW32.