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Early Double Gameweek set to take place as FPL confirm plans to resume

The news many of us were hoping for finally arrived on Saturday afternoon as Fantasy Premier League confirmed that they will resume in mid-June.

FPL will be back with a bang, too, as the two fixtures originally postponed due to the clash with the Carabao Cup final – and now scheduled to take place on June 17 – will form part of an early Double Gameweek.

Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal will all have two fixtures in the first post-hiatus Gameweek, then, should all go to plan.

In their statement, FPL announced that “additional multiple Gameweeks” will be created to absorb the remaining 92 matches once the dates and fixture schedule are finalised.

Reiterating what they said a fortnight ago, FPL also confirmed that any chips Fantasy managers still have intact (i.e. Triple Captain, Bench Boost, Free Hit and/or Wildcard) would remain available.

There was nothing in the statement about an additional Wildcard or unlimited transfers being granted before what will presumably be called Gameweek 39, nor was there any indication of whether transfers rolled over from Gameweek 38 will still be valid.

Further correspondence from FPL will follow, with the site itself still in a state of limbo at the time of writing.

Today’s full statement reads as follows:

Premier League Shareholders this week agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

The health and welfare of all participants are our priority.

We would like to offer an update to Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers wondering what this means for their teams.

Once a date is confirmed and the remaining fixtures have been announced, our plan is to resume FPL with additional multiple Gameweeks created to reflect the remaining 92 fixtures.

Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the Carabao Cup final, are scheduled to take place on 17 June, two days before a full match round commences on 19 June.

These two fixtures and the full match round that follows would constitute the first full Gameweek.

We would like to remind managers that any chips you retain at present (i.e. Triple Captain, Bench Boost, Free Hit and/or Wildcard) would remain available for you, in accordance with the Game Rules, for these Gameweeks.

We thank FPL managers for their continued patience and will provide you further updates on the game when appropriate.

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261 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Round 4 of covid testing in PL

    1130 tests, 0 positive

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Great news

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Boom.

      Let's ave it.

  2. Baravan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Yesss transfered him in and captained him. a nice hatrick

    1. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Well done.

  3. el polako
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Lewandowski scored in Bundesliga.
    In other news, sun sets in the west and water is wet.

    1. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      And dog bites man.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      And ice cream tastes good

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

    no sane lol

  5. BNMC
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Sane didn't play...
      Greenwood jammy first sub time!

    • Nomar
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      So KdB is great again in FPL and Sane is out of favour. 🙁

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        That extra weight suits him

    • KP - FPL
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      If this is probably the only DGW of the season, how does a FH sound like and loading up with Auba, Kun, KDB, Laporte, Tripple Shef defenders and Grealish?

      Or is that already an old plan?

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Sounds ok.

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        The current plan for me at least

      3. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        May as well as unlikely to be any more DGWs and with games coming thick and fast rotation is going to bite.

      4. I Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        It's a good plan but I think I'm going to Bench Boost.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          What's your bench like?

          1. I Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Pope, Egan, Hayden and Hanley.

      5. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I interpret FPL statement ..
        "FPL announced that “additional multiple Gameweeks” will be created to absorb the remaining 92 matches once the dates and fixture schedule are finalised."
        .. as there will be more double game weeks, so I don't think this will be the only one..
        I'll be saving my chips for bigger DGWs.

        1. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I cannot get my head around the phrasing.

          additional multiple gameweeks would almost certainly mean extra DGWs.

          multiple additional gameweeks would mean a bunch of extra 'normal' single game weeks.

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

            I think you're reading too much into it. Don't see any reason for any more double game weeks. Anyway, they'll tell us after the fixtures are announced if there are. They would annoy a lot of people if they snuck in a complete DGW for all teams.

      6. Dr Van Nostrand
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I'm not wasting any chips for GW39 as there will almost certainly be other DGWs. FA Cup has to be factored in and considering how prevalent the virus is still (more deaths in UK yesterday than all of Western Europe combined) some players will surely test positive at some point leading to postponements. Just like the Bundesliga had one the first week.

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I thought there were spare midweek slots in same GWs for games moved for FA Cup?

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

      WELL DONE WATFORD

    • Nomar
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Absolute disaster of a GW here.

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      First man on the GW39 teamsheet Mr Laporte, king of the doubles.

      1. I Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Think he plays both games? City have nothing to play for in the league. No reason for Pep to risk injuries to his key men.

        1. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          He needs game time more than anyone so yeah

          1. I Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            That doesn't mean he needs to play the first two games back. Plenty games for him to get match fit before the FA Cup and Champions League.

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Could go both ways. I'd say he has nailed as anyone at City to play both though, so if FH I'd take him.

    • Berbs
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      The Athletic have suggested that some clubs may arrange friendlies against each other

      This would be great if we can have access to line ups to determine fitness etc. KDB and Kane look very overweight to be honest

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Where are you seeing this?

        1. SweepaKeepa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          The Athletic, I guess.

        2. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          The Athletic, behind a paywall

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        How are friendlies 'Competitive Sport'?

    • BNMC
        2 months, 10 days ago

        85 points, my first green arrow in 6 weeks!
        Not the best return from Mane(TC) but I'll definitely take it.

        1. Ragabolly
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Well done mate 🙂

        2. Legomané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Nice!

      • The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ran Spurs sim 3 times away from home, no goals from spurs.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Maybe Son can wait a week then.

      • Nomar
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Wow. Was gutted as I had Snodgrass 2nd on my bench and Sane never played.

        Major jam, Lascalles was my 1st sub!

        1. Ragabolly
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Insane jam 😀

      • I Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thoughts on this BB squad?

        Leno, Pope
        TAA, Maguire, Lundstram, Egan, Hanley
        Salah, KDB, Grealish, 5.3m, Hayden
        Aubameyang, Jesus, Jimenez

        The mid would be Gundogan, Foden or Fleck.

        1. I Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I have a feeling that Aguero is completely unfit given he was so against the return to play so think Jesus will get more minutes than him early on.

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

          Keepers are decent but the three bench players aren't all that.

          1. I Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Agreed but I don't see when I'm ever going to have a stronger bench this season. When I wildcard I won't want my funds on the bench.

        3. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          If FTs roll I might bb too. I could get

          Ederson Henderson
          TAA Lascelles Saiss Taylor Egan
          Mo Mane KdB c Fernandes Grealish
          Jim Jota Ayew

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        A bit annoying that I used my WC planning for the last double GW and anticipated blanks - completely wasted really.

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Did the same, but moved some players around with FTs during the time off. Might fire off the bench boost for the first week back.

      • FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Triple captained Mane. 9 x 3 = 27.

        Could have been worse; could have been better.

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

          Did the same. Got to be satisfied.

      • Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Grey arrow added to my vFPL collection.
        Preferred the GWR1 tbh 🙂

        1. Ragabolly
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Nice one 🙂

      • Baravan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        79, 94, 93. the last 3 GWs. Mr. Ragabolly, is there any monthly prize?

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

          What were the other scores for May?

          1. Baravan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            71, 85, 53, 60. any chance of a Notebook or maybe a Ball or something like that?

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

              GW10 was the 1st GW in May.

        2. Ragabolly
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Well done! Your prize is a bunch of green arrows 😛

          Keep up this form as the 2nd cup starts tomorrow. Win it, and you get a prize 🙂

          1. Baravan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            just kidding, thanks for the amazing work, I am really enjoying it, currently 78 overall, still have a chance to win it.

            1. Ragabolly
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Yes you do. Fabio had a bad week finally

      • Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        FH or TC Kdb?

        Krul McCarthy
        Trent Boly Kabasele Fernandez Taylor
        KDB* Salah Bruno Martial Son
        DCL Jimenez Pukki

        Only 1 DGW player

        1. I Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          FH

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            cheers, probs what I'll do

        2. HamezMace
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Probably FH

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          FH

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        For those in cash leagues are u continuing or did u already make some other decision a while ago?

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I don’t see why any decision would’ve been made prior to an FPL announcement.

          All my money leagues are continuing as normal.

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Would be really weird if anyone had paid anything prior to this point. Has to be business as usual

        3. Feanor
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          They already canceled them cause you said FPL wouldn’t restart.

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            It's one thinking having an opinion, and it's another presenting them as facts. Mind you, I'm still waiting for Bobb to post.

            😆

      • pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        GK Pope
        DEF TAA, Maguire, Laporte
        MID Salah, De Bruyne, Fernandes, Grealish
        FWD DCL, Auba, Jiminez

        Subs (Woodman), Barnes,Saiss, Stephens

        GW 39 transfer will take me to 5 DGW (could well be Woodman to Reina) players. Have Free hit, Bench boost and wildcard left.

        May not use any chips tbh. I'd want free hit for the fa cup week for sure.

        Sound alright?

        1. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Cup weeks maybe single weeks anyway as PL fixtures maybe moved but kept in same GW if you see what I mean.

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Who will you bring in as your third Utd player?

        3. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Looking at a similar squad if I get 2 FTs but thinking BB - already have Ederson Henderson in situ.

          Thinking loads of rotation on the cards so week 1/39 is rational for bb.

          Could end up with 5 DGW players.

          Ederson Henderson
          TAA AWB Saiss Lascelles Taylor
          Mo KdB Fernandes Barnes Grealish
          Auba Jim Ayew

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Looks like a no brainer there

      • Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Was really confused until I realised half the posts on this page related to Virtual Fantasy Premier League.

        Stick to the real Fantasy game please, now there's a game you don't need a tablet, laptop or phone for....

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

          We've been here all lockdown and most have been playing vFPL. We're not having newcomers telling us what to do, 😀

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

          That’s quite disrespectful to Ragabolly who has worked hard and done a great job in running virtual FPL and those who are getting enjoyment from it while fpl on hold

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Not at all, nearly all my posts are tongue in cheek.

            This was merely a joke about how everything's become virtual and gone online... something we FPL players have been used to for ages.

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        real FPL...

        for those with FH and WC left, assuming first week is DGW, is FH the best option then use WC moving forward depending how the team is setup for the next run of fixtures?

        there is still over 25% of the season remaining, this is not a simple smash and grab many are thinking

        1. I Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I already have 6 DGW players so my plan is BB in 39, WC in 40 and FH some other week, maybe the final week of the season.

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Freehitting to have KDB, Kun, Sterling, Auba, Grealish & Triple SHU Defence could be fun for GW39

        3. Devo-McDuff
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          That's my plan unless there is anything between now and then to suggest there will be other DGWs.

      • Disturbed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Any suggestions for this team folks? No clue what to do. All chips available except tc.

        McCarthy
        Taa Stevens Doherty
        Salah kdb Fernandez grealish
        Auba jiminez ings

        Button soy Taylor dendo

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

          Just relax for 2 weeks. Team looks template so the obvious move won't be a secret.

          1. Disturbed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Forgot what the template even looked like. Cheers

      • paul1964
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I guess until the fixtures are confirmed we can't get more detail but it's really hard to plan until then. Plus it would be unfair to provide an additional Wild Card. The players who have saved their 2nd WC, BB and Triple captain need to be able to retain the advantages of having kept them as they are probably trailing in mini leagues due to not having used them and had planned to use them to catch up.

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          But it is fair to have the ability to revamp your team after a 3 month hiatus no one knew was going to happen and the sports rules have changed which will impact fpl greatly and the fixtures are all closer together which will impact fpl greatly. When you win your league with this new info in your pocket, you can put a nice fat asterix right next to it bud 😉

          1. Tambling5
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            See what you mean, but how can it be fair for people saving their wildcard not to have a meaningful chance to use it if everyone else has one with just a few weeks to go! I had used free hit and triple captain, should I get those back?!? Anyway, not being involved in any cash games, it's all good fun to have it back again. It's only a game after all.

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Agree bro. It's not fair either way. I am happy with no wildcard and I dont think you should get your chips back although especially if you didn't play both the week the game stopped. Which is impossible. Did you play either of them then? You didn't bring an unaffected trip cap and free hit into this discussion did you? I hope not. Some people lost trip cap in gw 29 and the double didn't happen. That is unfair. But no they should not get it back. I am just over these wildcard holders who think they deserve the world because they so cleverly held the most powerful chip for the well tested best strategy and now receive an unprecedented boost but dont even bat an eyelid and say as you were. It is a different game with different rules and the points variables will be higher than ever. Thousands wont keep playing and I dont blame them. You cant change the rules mid game and expect everyone to stay around the table. Of course those who benefit will stay and smugly smile at each other and say we are better than those losers.

      • BNMC
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I think I'm definitely going to be using my FH first week back. It's a small DGW so would require special attention to only four teams. Whereas if I think more DGWs are to be added for whatever reason, they would likely involve more than just four teams, which is much easier to prepare for without tearing apart my squad.

        • Tambling5
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Wow! having only looked at VFPL recently (great appearance off the bench by Vinagre for me yesterday), I had no recollection at all of where I was in real thing, how many chips, or what team I'd got. Discovered at 200k, wild card and bench boost left, and what looks a great team of
          Patricio; TAA, Robbo, Lundstram,(Lascelles, Stevens(Sot); Salah, KDB, Perez,Barnes(Traore); Auba, Jimi, Ings and 1.3 itb. I expect its template, but all to play for!
          Still a bit wary it won't happen seeing overpacked beaches yesterday, but now going to have to think tactics. Also need to think respectfully of any FPL players who have passed away from the terrible COVID 19 during this time.