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Newcastle’s Gameweek 11 trip to Aston Villa postponed as COVID-19 cases rise

Newcastle United have announced that their Gameweek 11 trip to Aston Villa has been postponed.

The match was originally scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 4 at 20:00 BST but a “significant increase” in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases at the Magpies’ Training Centre has forced the club to take action.

They report that “several” Newcastle players and staff members are now self-isolating after an upturn in positive tests over the last few days.

It has not been revealed which individuals have contracted the disease or when their respective isolations end at this stage.

Meanwhile, the knock-on impact on Gameweek 11 of Fantasy Premier League is similarly unclear.

What is certain is that the opening match of the round is no longer to take place on Friday, with Everton’s Saturday lunch-time trip to Burnley set to kick us off for Gameweek 11.

At this stage, it is unknown whether or not that game-makers at FPL Towers will change the deadline from 18:30 BST on Friday to 11:00 BST on Saturday, in line with it usually occurring 90 minutes before the first fixture of the Gameweek.

As for our squads, Jack Grealish (£7.7m), Callum Wilson (£6.5m), Emi Martínez (£4.8m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) are among the key Fantasy assets with significant ownership at the time of writing.

While it could be tempting to shift as many of these as possible, or even trigger a Wildcard or Free Hit in response to the postponement, we urge patience and caution to Fantasy managers.

Both Aston Villa and Newcastle have a free midweek fixture slot in the week beginning Monday, December 7.

If the protocols and ever-changing situation at the two clubs allows, we could see this fixture rearranged either for Tuesday, December 8 or Wednesday, December 9.

If that were to be the case, then it would remain in Gameweek 11 and still count towards your next collection of points.

Such a scenario would not be without its complications, of course. Confirmation of the fixture’s new date could be short notice, and come after the Gameweek 11 deadline.

Meanwhile, even if the game is confirmed as going ahead before we have to submit our next squads, the likes of Wilson, Karl Darlow (£5.0m) and Jamal Lewis (£4.3m) could all be among those self-isolating, so we will have to wait for more information on those specifics too.

Furthermore, the Premier League has now confirmed that Newcastle’s training ground is to remain closed until “Friday at the earliest”, which could affect the timing of any rescheduling.

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  1. Woy_is_back
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    KDB captain upcoming gw. How could you not?

    1. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      He is one of the obvious picks yes.

    2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      That's what they said about Vardy

  2. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Okay, Cancelo replacement.. who you picking? First to 3 votes..

    1. James
    2. Dias

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Avoid both, they will be rotated

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Who would you suggest otherwise then?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      James.

      Dias could be rested this weekend.

    3. Henrik Larsson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      James.

      Dias starting tonight could point to a weekend rest.

      1. Parsnips
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Is cancelo starting?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Both Cancelo and Dias are playing so no idea what's gonna happen.

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah

      2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        2

    4. AD2110
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Gutted I got Cancelo instead of Dias.

      Don’t have bench cover for Villa players this week. Would you do Watkins and Cancelo to Adam’s and Dias (-4)?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Dias could easily be rested v Fulham with Stones Laporte starting.

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      It will get more confusing if Sterling plays well and gets subbed off at half time or after the hour mark!

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Today is only Tuesday, so whatever the outcome I’m hoping they would have enough rest to play this weekend anyways.
        What do you think?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Possible. But we will never know!

    6. aborg
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      What are the chances that Sterling and Jota start in the PL this weekend since they both start in CL this evening?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Not good I think. Jota more likely to start at the weekend.

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          I would think the opposite

        2. aborg
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          You think Pep will bench Sterling for a second consecutive week running?
          I’m starting to think that Burnley benching was tactical as he has not played home against them for the past 3 games

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            It would be 3rd prem game in a row if he does

            1. aborg
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Oh....then highly unlikely to be benched again in my opinion !
              I am going to take the risk although I don’t have a good bench to replace him with if he does not play.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Exactly my thinking/(hope)

                1. aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Fingers crossed for us 🙂
                  If I’m not mistaken Sterling got a 15 min cameo off the bench 2 weeks ago though .... hope not the same happens :/

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    He did, but they were losing vs Spurs

    7. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Shakhtar 1 nil

    8. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Cancelo and Grealish
      To
      Mahrez and James

      Good moves?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        2FTs

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Use your bench to cover Grealish
        Cancelo to James yep

    9. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Commiserations to the 17005 managers who have already brought wilson in.

    10. xiMoxiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Anyone seriously considering FH this week?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Quietly but prob won’t. Too valuable a chip

      2. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I am not considering it yet. Doubles and blank around Christmas and possibly later in the year too I will try to hold FH for that. Some news on Villa game being rescheduled still within this GW would help.

      3. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        nah, we are all in the same boat.
        There could be another outbreak at another team next week.
        It's time to sort out a decent bench. Need to keep team flexible,

    11. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Should i play James McCarthy and hope for a point or sell him for Bissouma?

    12. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Think im going to buy Jesus as Jimenez replacement

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Sound.

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Ings if fit?

      3. Parsnips
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Good luck

      4. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I am just going to have to be patient and see how many hits I will take with just 1 FT but 3 Villa, Digne,Cancelo and Sterling it looks pretty bad right now.

      5. Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Cancelo to James ? or save.

      6. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Evening all!! So,I have Martinez and Steer and also Cancelo, would it be a sensible move to do Cancelo to Taylor(Burnley) and Steer to Meisler or McCarthy meaning I keep Martinez who has 2 games in hand now and bring Taylor in means I have him for his extra game too?? Thoughts welcomed it would be for -4
        Many thanks!!

      7. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Why playing Dias every fking game?
        Of course he will get rested this gw when my 3 Villa players dont play
        Ffs

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Yep he's due a rest

          1. Woy_is_back
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            yup

      8. Watermelons
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Best 4.5 defender other than Dallas for next 4 GWs?

      9. MMN
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Mendy started midweek last week and then started on the weekend so I wouldn't rule Cancelo out yet. Hopefully comes off as Mendy did last week around the 75 mark but admittedly not looking good for us owners. Wishing I went Dias or Zaha > Jota instead ...

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          This, holding optimistically for now

        2. Dead Tom
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            We live in hope

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            The importance of a left footed left back in a possession based team... Cancelo will need a Walker injury.

        3. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          I have Martinez/Steer, Mitchell, Kilman, Bissouma, Grealish & Wilson.

          What should I do?

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            whats wrong with Bissouma?

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Keep grealish. Keep Wilson too as no similar priced striker with decent game....

              I'm thinking martinez and mitchell out for a hit.....what do u reckon??

        4. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          What to do here please? Thoughts on: 1.5mitb. 1ft

          Martinez and mitchell to Mccarthy and cheap defender - 4?

          Can't see worthy watkins replacement and keeping jack....thanks

          (Martinez)
          Chilwell james cancelo lamptey (Mitchell)
          Bruno kdb ziyech burke (grealish)
          Vardy dcl (watkins)

        5. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          My word. Can Malian get a century.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Only if Buttler will allow him to.

          2. Parsnips
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              This is why Malan is 1st T20 rated batsman in the world

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Ruben Dias so overdue a rest now, Stones & Laporte rested tonight too...

            Squads could get very thin this GW, no hit and getting 11 out will be a great start.

          4. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Given City's starting lineup, how does Son/Grealish > KDB/Mahrez (-4) sound?

            1. JJeyy
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              similar thoughts. Tough to lose grealish though

              1. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                I would definitely want him back, but probably not for until GW13.

          5. Henrik Larsson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            I dont know why everyone's panicking over Cancelo. He was always going to start tonight if not playing at the weekend. Doesnt mean he won't also start at the weekend.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Walker or Mendy not starting two in a row would be very weird.

            2. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Mendy is on form

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Mendy is an absolute shambles of a player. Will probably start again though

          6. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Mahrez anyone?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              All aboard, Choo choo

          7. Woy_is_back
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Who´s your Martinez replacement?

            1. Slitherene
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Forster

            2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Steer haha

              1. Woy_is_back
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Same, wish I didnt have to make a tranny :/

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Me too mate and wanna keep Martinez for possible doubles now too, may upgrade Steer to Meisler or McCarthy

            3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Nada

            4. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Peacock

            5. DAZZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Mccarthy as Forster my sub GK

            6. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              McCarthy.

            7. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Buttons

              1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Pussycat one?

            8. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Probably Meslier if I'd sell Martinez but probably saving my ft and keeping him.

            9. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Mendy was mine

          8. Gringo Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Not possible to avoid FH this week

            Currently on Sterling, Dias, Mitchell, Burke, triple Villa, Lewis, Coufal

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              How’s it looking

              1. Gringo Kid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Martinez/Steer
                Dias/Chilwell/Mitchell/Lewis/Coufal
                Salah/Sterling/De Bruyne/Son/Burke
                Bamford/DCL/Watkins

                0 FT, 0.2 ITB

          9. Henrik Larsson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            McCarthy or Meslier as Martinez replacement?

            (Have Dallas already)

          10. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Knowing my luck will finally move Sterling out for Kdb this week.
            Kdb has a freak accident on way out the tunnell on Saturday, Sterling will be called into the starting line up and goes on to score a hat trick including one penalty and assist two more goals.

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              exactly

          11. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Everyone needs to stop flapping about Cancelo. We all knew that he is a rotation risk in that Man City squad and we went for him regardless. Walker has been playing a fair few games recently, so it may very well be Walker that's getting a rest on the weekend and Cancelo starts in his natural RB slot. No point in guessing

          12. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Maybe it's insane, but Cancelo > Stones?

            He'll definitely start at the weekend imo and that raises funds for me to be able to do Sterling > Salah in GW12.

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              I thought you used to say every transfer was worth 4 points even if not for a hit. But now you're prepared to use one to get Stones, who will just be another fire to put out soon after?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                It is but if Stones gets a CS and Cancelo is benched, it'll have been worth it

            2. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Stones 😀