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Premier League postponed indefinitely but plans remain to finish 2019/20 season

The Premier League have acknowledged that the 2019/20 season stands no chance of resuming at the beginning of May amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement released on Friday, the Premier League announced that top-flight football will only return when “it is safe and appropriate to do so” and said that the restart date remains “under constant review”.

However, the league’s administrative body and its 20 clubs remain committed to seeing the current campaign through to a climax if and when Government and medical guidance permits it.

In their previous video conference a fortnight ago, Premier League clubs and the powers-that-be agreed on a temporary suspension of play until April 30.

A resumption at the beginning of May is a non-starter, however, and we are set for a considerably longer period of downtime than initially bargained for in mid-March.

Fantasy Premier League may follow suit with an announcement given that the Gameweek 36-38 deadlines are going to be affected in the same way as the six sets of fixtures before it.

FPL have so far been retaining the pre-scheduled Gameweek deadlines, with no fixtures taking place but the usual rules surrounding free transfers, points hits and head-to-head scores still applying.

The next deadline (Gameweek 32) is on Saturday morning at 11.30am.

FPL confirm deadlines for Gameweeks 31-35 will remain unchanged

There were other issues on the agenda at Friday’s meeting, including an agreement that clubs would consult their players regarding a 30% pay cut.

The league also unanimously voted to advance funds of £125m to the EFL and National League, with some clubs further down the football pyramid starting to struggle.

The Premier League committed £20m to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, meanwhile.

The full statement can be read here, with the most pertinent passage concerning the restart below:

At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

First and foremost, it was reaffirmed that the overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters.

It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. 

With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.

However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows.

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  1. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I've tweeted them but don't expect a response as it's not a 'name the mystery player with this FPL record'

    "Trying not to make any comment on the severity of the situation and all the rest. Hypothetically if FPL 19/20 can continue, can you confirm whether or not the platform can support additional gameweeks GW39, GW40 etc? Or will anything remaining just be lumped into GW38?"

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Forget about FPL mate.

      1. Bossworld
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'm not particularly bothered (despite being well placed for a decent cash sum if it finished as-is) but I just don't understand why they have let the weeks tick on. From a technical perspective, if they can just let people know that the game cannot support multiple game weeks, it would mean half of us can probably just drop any lingering thoughts of FPL.

        It's well and truly at the back of my mind but given how invested everyone was for 30GWs (and lord knows how many hours) would be nice to have some temporary closure.

    2. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      That feels like a tweet they probably just wouldn't respond to. More likely to get an announcement and perhaps an article to go with it rather than responding to an individual tweet.

      Fingers crossed it can be finished along with the league, whenever that might be

    3. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      FPL will only alter the game once there's a confirmed decision by the PL which won't be anytime soon.

    4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      It can definitely support additional GWs. Whether they add them or not is a different matter.

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Of course it can support them, get new programmers if they can't manage it.

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Is it morally right for them to spend money updating a game when clubs are going out of business and staff are being laid off 😆

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            The Premier League and morals? 😀

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Oh yer true. M.O.L baby, money over lives

      2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Why would they go to all that bother. Not as if they are going to lose many players over it next season. They couldn't care less about people's cash leagues . Surely they concentrate on improving and updating the code for next season

    5. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wasting your time mate. They don't respond to hardly anything.

      1. Bossworld
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It's in the main comment thread of the announcement so hopefully one step removed from shouting at cars, but yeah, not expecting a reply

    6. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I asked FPL this exact question a few weeks and they seem incapable of giving an answer to a very straight forward question.

  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Better pick from AWB and Maguire?
    Looking to use a FT to upgrade Soyuncu.

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      AWB

  3. FPL_PEP_TALK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Still can't believe the decision the FPL took to just continue with the game regardless of the fact that there were no Premier League matches being played and nothing to score.

    They should have just frozen the game as soon as the first postponement was announced by the Premier League. Going to cause them a lot of issues having to rewrite the software to accomodated GW39, GW40, GW41 etc.

    1. alastair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Perhaps they are not going to rewrite the software and just have one mega GW38

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        but that would be a bad decision as well, because we would be stuck with the same starting 11 for 9/10 matches without the possibility of getting points from the bench if any of our players get injured, turning FPL into a total injury lottery.

        1. alastair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          With thousands of people dying I don't see that any serious person is going to be bothered about that. FPL players have nowhere else to go really and will be back in droves next season.

          1. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Thousands of people die every day at any point in time. You should just stop everything you are doing in life and mourn for those who have passed away at any point in time then.

            1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              LOL. ‘If you’re loved ones die from Coronavirus - who cares. Some other people also died today.’ Empathy lessons from Karen

              1. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Yeah because you should only care about people who die from covid-19 as that’s the big news right now. About 150,000 people who die from other reasons every day don’t matter right?

            2. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              This is the worst post I’ve seen on here in a long time

        2. FPL_PEP_TALK
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Too right, this idea would suck. Would be like playing paper based fantasy league from back in the 90s when you picked your team and then couldn't change it.

          1. alastair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Too bad - people are dying. Get a grip on what really matters.

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      If they had frozen the game they would have had to write the code to freeze the game within around two days from Arteta getting confirmed to the next gameweek. They would then be left with all the game weeks with fixtures in the wrong order because who knows what order the fixtures will be rearranged. By letting the weeks play out, it would be easier to continue the season if it had resumed in say gw36. They have more time now to add the additional game weeks when they are confirmed. This should not be too difficult if the code is well written and I expect them to do it.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I also think that most of the game development would take place during the summer usually and they would hire developers on short term contracts for this and keep minimum development staff throughout the season.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      At this point its a joke if they reprogram the game. It should be an octuple game week or nothing

  4. fusen
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hopefully they just shut the season down already. Void this and lets go again at the start of next season.

    1. alastair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      That will cost the PL £750m in lost revenue on the TV rights which is why they are not going to do it.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It will cost them even more if it ends up with next year's season cancelled instead.

        1. alastair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Provided next season can begin by October it should be possible to complete a full league season

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yeah this is it. Only a small window for them to fit both in.

      2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It will cost them 3 billion if next season doesn't happen

        1. fusen
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          See above, I'm fairly confident the football season will end somehow. This FPL season has turned into a farce though, just end it now.

          1. alastair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Why ? When football does resume why should fantasy managers be denied a simple pleasure ?

      3. fusen
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'm talking about the FPL season, I fully expect them to actually finish the football season.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Oh Ok.

          I would bet my left nut on FPL finishing as long as the real season does.

  5. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I’m downgrading VVD now to a sub 4.5m playing defender. Will be my 4th/5th to go with TAA,Doherty,Maguire,Lascelles.

    Best option?
    A) C.Taylor
    B) Holgate
    C) Tanganga.
    D) other
    No BB left so will be mainly be on the bench.

    1. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I am considering Taylor as he is nailed as well. Can advice me below?

    2. Soto Ayam
        1 month, 23 days ago

        D cathcart

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I don't think football as we know it will be playable again until an actual vaccine is available

      The strain was discovered in Nov'19 - so ~18 months from then would leave somewhere this time next year (In an absolute best-case scenario)

      It's looking like such a serious situation - one bigger than single team, league or country - there's surely a staggering amount of clubs throughout the divisions that could go under when no TV money has been paid for 12-18 months - this could possibly be the end of football as we know it, could take years to get back to "normal", if ever

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        And it probably shouldn't (but I expect it will).

        I'd rather they concentrated on helping to save lives rather than bringing back football.

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        We might see return to 90's money in football and end of mega 100m+ deals.
        What is worrying is how smaller clubs will manage to stay afloat during this crisis, I might be bit romantic about it but strongly believe that in a long run there cant be top football without grass roots one.

        As for world in general - we will have to learn to live with the virus, lockdown can't last forever.

        Many people will also need to reevaluate whats important for them in their lives.

      3. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hard to believe it's only been 15 days since I postulated a similar sentiment...
        https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21819108

    4. Weffie von Wobbegong
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      FFS seens to be ahead of Sky and the BBC in reporting this, well done. It's on the official PL site though, so I don't know how the others are missing it.

    5. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      So what are u doing with your mini cash leagues if they cancel rest of the season?
      Im leading all my 3 mini cash leagues and have all chips left except TC. Two of those leagues I have over 100p lead and voiding prizes doesnt feel right for me obviously.

      A) Void
      B) Current ranking and pay out all prizes.
      C) Current ranking and pay 50% of the prizes.
      D) Something else or no idea yet?

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        C

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It's gotta depend on what FPL do too. The season could be cancelled while the FPL standings count.

      3. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Up to whoever runs it

      4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I will be fighting to the death to get my entry fees back. Nothing less is acceptable unless they stated anything in the rules before

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          The league owner could decide to just keep all the fees. People paid to play the game (which they played), but there was no winner. Therefore the league owner gets to keep it all. 😎

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            If i was the league owner i would say fair is fair and just do that . As i am not i think its criminal

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Some cash league owners do that even when the season has actually been played.

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Priorities.

          Just saying...

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            What you mean?

            How is letting somone walk away with my cash for somthing they haven't properly won not a priority . Should i just not bother? Just because we are in a bad situation. I would rather get the money back and spend stuff on an nhs worker.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              It just made me laugh, it sounded like you didn’t give a crappy about people dying as long as you got you entry fee back.

              You have put some context on it in this and later posts, though, so fair play.

              1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                😀

                I can assure you i would actually trade a lifetime of football and any winnings if it meant i could stop this now.

                1. Syd.
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  😆

      5. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If the season doesn't restart ..

        E: Pay out on the % of games/gws played so far v original total. The rest (less already paid monthly prizes) is deemed null & void and should be paid back or kept as a deposit for next season, based on individual player preference

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Isn't that a bit harsh considering different chip usage?

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Possibly, but how would you factor that in?

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I don't think you can. There is no ideal solution really. No matter what you choose someone will/can have legitimate issues with it.

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Which body would arbitrate the issues that are legitimate or other? I doubt most cash leagues are how shall I say ...

                It has to be pay out or pay back, unless otherwise universally agreed

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              A bit late now. Just lose all the chips including wildcards & everyone is on the same footing and it won't matter if the season is incomplete.

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                So if a person has strategically retained WC (or any chip), they may lose OR & individual league placings?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Not much you can do this season. It’s just a big mess

    6. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Best 2 defenders upto 5.5mn who is not Liv/Wolves defender. Have 2FTs, need to burn1
      I feel
      1) Taylor(Bur)
      2) Maguire or Shaw/Bissaka better?
      3) Other?

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I’ve gone with Maguire but looking at Taylor for my 5th

    7. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I have had 2 and half weeks of quarantine till now with local govt orders and as the cases keep rising guess its going to be for a long time still. Driving me crazy but then its societal responsibility to protect the weak by cutting transmission. Anyone it 3 weeks and more? How you coping? Any tips?

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        And no I dont have Covid but then govt taking no chances

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I want to stay at home but have to work - key worker.

        My wife & kids in lockdown - everyday when coming home I got this horrible thought "did I brought something with me this time ?".

        Like a bad dream that's stuck in a loop.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I can imagine that's really tough. Respect!

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Thank you.
            I guess its even tougher on my wife - being all day on her own with 2 very energetic kids.
            You could argue that my life\routine didn't change that much.

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          My thoughts are genuinely with you guys.

          I’m lucky I am working from home and my wife has been furloughed on 80% pay.

          I’d rather have 20% less money and know she’s staying as safe as she can be in this current situation, than have her going into her office with 20 other people every day.

          Even though they were situating them at various different points in the office.

          I hope you and your loved ones stay safe through this.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Thank you for you kind words.

            I wanted to be furloughed but my boss said that I'm one of the critical people for the operation. Could always self isolate for 2 weeks but a) touch wood dont have genuine reason(yet) and b) 2 weeks and then what ?

            80% with money saved on commute and feeling that I'm staying safe would be great but for me is not an option at the moment 🙁

            Take care.

            1. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              As soon as you arrive home from work ignore everyone and head straight for the shower, put your work clothes aside from the rest of the family. Kids will always want huggies from Mam and Dad but reassure them they just need to wait a bit more now before you see them after work. Work helps I think, can talk to others and takes your mind off things.

              Reckless are you home alone or sharing or with family? Open up the windows for a while and let some fresh air into your place. Set a daily routine and stick to it. Get out in the fresh air at least once a day and if not get some exercise with windows open to get some fresh air in your lungs, helps you sleep. Try not getting into a staying up until 4 in the morning watching movies routine, have a regular sleep pattern, good for the immune system. I was off for a few days the last few weeks, just cold symptoms, but I found the more I heard about COVID symptoms the more I imagined I might have them! If you're on your own ring family or friends to check in and let them know you're good. Physical illness is one thing but isolation not good for the head for me, easy to get fairly down if you dwell on things.

              Stay well and happy everyone. FPL needs us 🙂

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Same as you, but less. I'm in 2 weeks+. Not trying to think of 3

        I like my work, but I'm trying to stick with the thought that there were a lot of times when I reckoned I needed some time off. Well this is it .. time for the wife & kids. Time & energy to read & engage in a book or pastime I wanted or one of the kids wanted. We may never get this opportunity again as we'll be busy doing other things like life.

        I think coping is a plan and then daily trying to change it up/out to make it interesting. I've found exercise useful in keeping the mood up. Have a look P.E with Joe Wicks on YT. Kids love it & I'm into it myself - great laugh & burn of energy - think of how we'll all look in June 🙂

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I started digging up some CDs and seeing how our two girls, 4 and 10 get on at musical history. Eased them in gently. Not impressed with Def Leppard, disbelieved the one armed drummer story. Like that the Housemartins sing about sheep and farmers but not impressed with their music. REM making a bit of impact. Can't see Metallica, Dylan, PJ Harvey, Pixies making an impression!

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            My son introduced me to Lil Nas X - Old Town Road ft. Billy Ray Cyrus. It's good & video is worth a watch on YT
            I introduced him to Eminem - Stan. He liked it. I wasn't a fan, but it was popular at the time, and now welll ... we'll see
            FUN, REM, some classical going down well so far. NOT big on the eagles AT ALL!

    8. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Finish this season and start next season late = loads of dgws next season

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It would be a struggling to fit in the cups (including those in Europe) as well, maybe a north and south league would work better with a final between the winners. It would also help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus which is likely to be around again next winter.

    9. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      When they finally restart, I can envisage 9 rounds of 10 matches equivalent to the GW's left.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Depends how quick they want to finish it, it could be done in 6 weeks, with 6 full GW's on weekends and 3 in midweek, along with midweek dates for the EFL Cup Final postponements, FA Cup QF's and SF's. Leave just the FA Cup Final, which could be played 6 weeks to the day after the season resumes.

    10. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      If a season gets voided, do goals still count in a players career record?

      Is son suspended for the first 2 games again?

      Do we still own eriksen?

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        As far as I know all results will be wiped from the records.

      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yep, and Bury get reinstated, and Kobe Bryant comes back to life.

      3. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No chance you will get Eriksen back (he wouldn't be interested in playing for Spurs anyway), I assume all records would be expunged (but it would be tight on the players, so theirs might stand), Son would be an interesting one.

    11. The Gobstopper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This actually simplifies things for FPL.

      Suspend FPL, add an additional wildcard to be used when games resume, all other chips remain. It was the rolling/uncertain nature that kind of kept FPL on this odd week-to-week thing, but now with games off for the rest of the season, they can just reschedule/restart. No need for super DGWs either.

      BTW, this shouldn't be that difficult from a programming perspective either. Given that we've already seen the game add an additional wildcard before and can manipulate teams/schedules for BGWs/DGWs. I really think it was just this odd waiting game that generated the week-to-week weirdness...

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yeah - simplifies.........

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        no don't do that ! Those of us who have been slow wildcarding using our weekly FT won't benefit.

    12. alastair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      The simplest thing for FPL to do is nothing - have one mega GW in 38 and no extra wildcards, chips etc. Why wouldn't they do that ?

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Aye, I'm pretty sure that's what they will do. I haven't seen anything which gives clues to anything other than that happening.

      2. The Gobstopper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        But why would you take that approach when you can just make it "business as usual" whenever the season resumes/concludes? I don't see any reason to have a mega-GW when you can just re-slot all the matches into new GWs. The pile-up that had been going on was simply the result of the uncertainty of when the season would resume, not because one massive GW actually makes much sense.

        1. alastair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Because how many people are going to complain if they don't ? About 5 on a website as far as I can see.

        2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          "Business as usual" is actually having a mega GW though. Just by doing nothing and carrying on as normal will result in a massive GW.

        3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Do you think fpl can just get the game ready fkr

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            * ready for the new season fully updated and advertised to the masses to get the millions they require in a few weeks.

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            ... thought you'd lost it and just gone into expletives *fkr @#%$ 🙂

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Haha...

              The final infamous post before blowing up on society

      3. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        because we would be stuck with the same starting 11 for 9/10 matches without the possibility of getting points from the bench if any of our players get injured, turning FPL into a total injury lottery.

        1. alastair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Again, who other than a tiny number of saddo's on here, is going to care ? And what can they do ?

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Not me I'm what the others on here would call a casual, but the more experienced/serious players on here and those battling it out for prizes league etc might. The answer to the second question should be obvious, add more GW's.

            1. alastair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I meant, what are the saddo's going to do ?

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        They won’t do that as if kills interest in FPL if the season restarts - once 38 side is selected people will turn off for weeks. It’s in their interest to keep people interested in the game and logging into their accounts.

    13. sttewwizza
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Anyone have problem with FT for this gameweek???
      When I go on Transfers , my FT have 0 FT... And when I try to replace one player with another it goes in -4 ?!?!
      Practical I don't have any FT for this week ?!

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It's been two weeks since the last GW deadline (it would have been an international break), so if you used your FT/FT's last week you won't have one this week.

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        When did you last make a transfer?

        1. sttewwizza
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Last Friday... 2 FT...

    14. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Just void FPL regardless of what the PL decides. Totally insignificant in relation to real life events.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        When football returns, so will FPL. Nothing needs to be done before that. As you say, more important things but voiding FPL prematurely solves nothing and creates a problem should the season return.

      2. Feanor
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        What would voiding the FPL season do to help "real life"?

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          It would help me get my real life entry fees back..... then ill have real life money in my real life bank account. It would also let real life people realise that real life means more than fantasy life. You dig it?

          1. Feanor
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I should have known there was some selfish angle at play.

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Whats selfish about it? You wanted real life activity and how it would help people's life. You didn't state who's life.

            2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Plus you don't know what i will do with the money. I may not spend it on me .

      3. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        How many lives will that save?

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Even if it only saves 1 life, would that be worth it? 😀

        2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You never know. Butterfly effect innit

      4. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        PL will restart when real life restarts. FPL is no different to any other form of entertainment (in an anorak world anyway 🙂 )

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          * all business and inter-playing social factors are important to economy. You get my drift 😉

    15. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Via Telegraph, Roddy Forsyth

      - Celtic to be awarded Scottish title
      - Aberdeen will be awarded spare EL place
      - No expansion of SPFL but winter break to be axed next season

      Due to cashflow problems apparently. Can't read full article as I'm not a subscriber.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Roddy Forsyth also works for the BBC so they will probably be reporting it soon.

    16. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Who would you recommend as best replacement for Pepe?
      Going to get rid of players in capitals one at a time for what it is worth. Nothing better to do.

      McCarthy GAZZA
      Robbo, taa, Taylor, RICO, KELLY
      Salah, Fernand, kdb, PEPE, DENDO
      Jota, INGS, Jimmy

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Haven't Arsenal got one fixture extra to play? Might be tempted to keep Pepe.

        Please help below thanks.

        1. JoeSoap
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Only got Pepe for Arsenal's two fixtures that never happened. Generally not a fan, all I could afford that week.

      2. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Gazza>Pope
        Kelly>Holgate
        Rico> Boly
        Ings>Dcl

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          What would you do with my team below? Thanks.

        2. JoeSoap
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thanks. Had earmarkd 3 of them though need to downgrade Pepe to make them upgrades. Any thoughts? Sarr, Barnes, other!

          1. liverpool01
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I would probably go for Barnes, I have Traore and also thinking of transferring him out but not a lot of options.

            1. JoeSoap
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Thanks. Options aren't great as you say. Chelsea have good remaining fixtures if you could trust any of them.

    17. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Any transfer you'd make to this team to use up one of 2 FTs? 0.8 itb, only BB chip left. Thanks.

      Pope, Button
      Ward, TAA, Stephens, Cathcart, Doherty
      Salah, KDB, Fernandez, Hayden, Saka
      Auba, Vardy, Jota

      1. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Would probably be looking at upgrading Hayden or Saka though that would mean downgrading Vardy or Auba. Maybe change Ward, Stephens or Cathcart to Egan/C Taylor.

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yeah thinking of selling Ward. Egan a possible replacement, or would like a Chelsea defender. I'm just going by who's got best fixtures with these transfers because everythings up in the air. What's the story with Zouma? Did he return from injury last game and is he likely to start? It's been so long I can't remember now, lol.

      2. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        What formation are you playing?

        I would downgrade Vardy> Dcl and upgrade Button to a gk who plays because you have bench boost.

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thanks. Sensible to look at Button. Think I'll keep Vardy for now though (value). If I downgrade him might go to Jimenez and double with Jota, as Everton fixtures nasty and Wolves great.

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          3-4-3

    18. art2gee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I have it on good authority that Pep is not rotating his squad this weekend.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Isolating them instead.

      2. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I saw him down at the local flea shop buying some old jigsaws

    19. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Be funny if all the players came back ridiculously out of shape and, like, 2 stone heavier.

      We’d be like, Son appears to have lost his pace!

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Good job Hazard got out when he did..

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Neville Southall might make a comeback if that was the case!

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Given he would take up half the goal he wouldn't have to move much to cover the remaining gaps.

      2. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Luke Shaw will probably resemble a weeble

      3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Luke Shaw would need to go into Sumo wrestling if so

      4. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Luke Shaw wouldn’t be able to get in/out the dressing room

      5. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wazza
        Hazard
        Shaw
        Ronaldo (Brazilian)

        All looks other way ... 😀

    20. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pangolin anteater hosts a pathogen that is benign to him and the animals in his environment.

      China's illegal wildlife trade comes along and trafficks the pangolin away from its natural environment and into a market full of humans for bogus medicine and sickening delicacies.

      Humans then come into contact with a pathogen that is deadly to them.

      Next thing you know, covid-19 is born and the world has shut down and countless people are dying.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        What kind of animal is a Pathogen?

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          It looks like a little pink maggot

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            A bit like my willy 😉

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              😀

            2. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Jesus christ 😆 😆 😆

            3. Optimus.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              😀

            4. Gnu Scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              😆 😆

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Probably best to focus on your slow wildcard.

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          😆

      3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Whats the moral of this story? Eat pathogen free animals?

      4. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It is always China's fault.

      5. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Tune in tomorrow night to learn about ye olde times when Ollie Cromwell asked some Irish lads if they were on the road to hell or they were heading to Connacht.....

    21. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Thoughts on this in the coming weeks? - / is the players I would be getting

      D.Henderson / Leno
      Cahill / AWB
      B.Williams /Jaanmat/Hanley
      Mané / Sané
      Jota / Rashford
      Fleck/ J.Henderson

    22. RealVirg
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Ouch not the best time to be graduating and starting a career in retail. Going to be a hopeless few years for some!

        1. Optimus.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Read hopeless as topless

          1. Optimus.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Which works too

      • Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Any transfer you'd make to this team to use up one of 2 FTs? 0.8 itb, only BB chip left. Cheers.

        Pope, Button
        Ward, TAA, Stephens, Cathcart, Doherty
        Salah, KDB, Fernandez, Hayden, Saka
        Auba, Vardy, Jota

        Thinking Ward out, probably for C.Taylor (because I've been considering all the alternative transfers for ages and head hurts)

        1. 2EyedTurk
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeah, got Taylor in last week, maybe switch Hayden as well? Dendoncker?

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Want to keep the third Wolves place open in case I want to double on Jota and Jimenez. what's wrong with Hayden as a 5th mid? Upgrade to better option for BB?

      • Weffie von Wobbegong
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I don't get why some people think they should be given an extra wildcard. They know what fixtures have to be played, they've had several free transfers, they'll have several more, get on with it.

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Agree. Any transfer you'd make to the above? Cheers.

          1. Weffie von Wobbegong
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Not sure Ward will stay fit or nailed so yeah. Saka obviously not but I'm delaying that sale myself as he's such a bargain if he is.

            1. Gentle_Turks
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Agree. Palace also nasty fixtures. +1 on Saka.

      • 2EyedTurk
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Anyone else with no transfers showing for this GW? Just wondering

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Mine working fine. Still showing 2.

          Any transfer you'd make to the above? Cheers.

        2. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          `The last two weeks were an international break so the deadline tomorrow will be the first for two weeks

          1. 2EyedTurk
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Ah, thanks for the info.

      • Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Interesting.
        If we get one bis GW38
        Whats the Team youd want?
        City Arsenal Villa Sheffield all have a GW more than others, right?

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Also BB
          and upgrade bench fodders.

      • FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Controversial opinion: the goals imminent table doesn't tell you who is about to score.

        It merely shows you which players have low shooting accuracy and poor goal conversion rate.

        All stats, but no follow through.

        1. Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Unlike bat soup.