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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. JayJay96
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    If you were doing a free hit, who would you put in and why?

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

      KDB, Mahrez, Jesus - points.

      1. JayJay96
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks

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

        This - and then Jota, Chilwell, Bruno and some others

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

      Kane, Son, Reguilon, James, Chilwell, Werner, Mahrez, Jesus, KDB, Salah, Robbo and probably Jota if he is expected to start. I'd pick from those

    3. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Target city, Spurs and Chelsea players

      1. JayJay96
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Abraham one week punt?

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Preferably Werner and Chelsea defenders

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

    Martinez, Button
    Zouma, Lamptey, Coufal, Killman, (Douglas....)
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Ziyech, Jack
    Kane, DCL, Brewster

    a. Son and Killman > Chillwell and Jota for a -4?
    b. Grealish > Jota WK10 play Son in NLD, Son and Killman > Grealish and Chillwell WK 11

  3. gers23
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Greenwood to Mahrez for free? Or find a way to get Kdb for a hit?

    1. The Littlest Robbo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Mahrez isn't worth the hassle, try to get kdb even for a hit

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

      Mahrez has six points more than KDB & played a game less for 3.5m less

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

        0, 12, 2, 3, 2, 3, 0, 2, 21

        lots of 0s,1s, 2s, and 3s in there

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

    Gonna do Cancelo > James, can get away with benching Grealish.. but what are people doing with Martinez, keeping & just accepting a 0 pointer?

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

      Keeping and hoping Forster to get first start of the season

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

      Yep accepting a 0 from Martinez. Remember that getting rid also means you're missing out on future double gameweeks and Villa now have 2 games in hand.

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

      Keeping and getting 0. Also benching Grealish for a staggering 1-pointer from Brewster

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    No Villa or Newcastle in my team. Phew!

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

      Nice

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

      3 Villans, 1 Newc and Cancelo 🙁

      Got 2FTs though, so I might get 11 out and no hit.

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

      Only Targett and Barkley here and the latter doesn't count.

  6. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Any suggestions on what to do here. I was hoping to roll and use 2FT to bring in Salah but maybe I need to use the FT this GW.

    1FT 0.2itb
    Martinez*
    Chilwell Cancelo* Justin
    Grealish* Son KDB Bruno
    Watkins* DCL Vardy
    (Peacock Ayling Taylor Bissouma)

    1. BeWater
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        You've got good cover for Cancelo and Grealish should be going nowhere so I would get Watkins out for anyone in the price range you fancy. Not sure if you wanted Martinez long term but I would maybe move him out as you can do it for free.

    2. BeWater
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Cancelo could score a hatrick, cook Pep dinner and come up with a cure for baldness tonight and he'll still be benched on the weekend.

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

          Same can be said about KDB

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

            Not at all. KdB is benched for the midweek game so he'll 100% play vs FUL imo.

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

              Yeah just pulling his leg 🙂

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

          Mendy played the last CL game then started in the league. Pep could easily start Cancelo. Nobody knows what this man is going to do

          1. BeWater
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              That's why there is no way I'm talking Cancelo out for Mendy. Imagine doing that and he starts Cancelo!

          2. BeWater
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              I'm just going to play Cancelo. Got Taylor to sub in at least.

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

              Hahhaaa:D

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

            Martinez is a hold I think. No good fixtures for 4.5 goalkeepers next GW and Martinez Will have 2 double GWs in future.

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

              I concur

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

            Nooooo. Malan you dumb ass

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

              Hahaha! He looked so confused in the end. I will call it the SA2003 WC syndrome!

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

                I need to go for a run or something. I just can’t believe it. He’s now the third England batsman to bloody hit 99. Driving me mad.

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

                  Crazy

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

            Martinez
            Robertson Chilwell Cancelo Dallas
            Fernandes Son JamesR Foden
            DCL Vardy

            Forster Brewster Grealish Ferguson

            1 FT, 1.7 itb

            1. Robertson JamesR >> Vestergaard KDB (-4)
            2. JamesR Vardy >> KDB Adams (-4)
            3. Foden JamesR >> Stephens KDB (-4)
            4. Other?

          6. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            damn just got the news of villa game postponement... are they giving extra FT to cover that?

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

              Lol no.

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

              Don't think so

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

              ha! good one

            4. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Free WC apparently

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

              No but those with no bench are worried.

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

              No but you get 25% discount at sportsdirect for every Newcastle player you own.

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                They are free at Debenhams

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

              They gave it already but the deadline for it to be used was 30 minutes ago, unlucky Chucky.

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

              They gave me two since I have two Villa players. Just refresh your app!

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

              lol... guess I will have to take 8 point hit again...

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

            Grealish to Mahrez, surely it's too good to pass up?

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

              I'm thinking the same...

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

                it it's looks too good, it probably is, but if you don't and he hauls, you know it's the 20 pointer that got away.

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              I’m not, they’ll have a double at some point fairly soon and I don’t have my wc anymore.

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

                nothing to stop transfer back in, it's not as if grealish is gone forever

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  True, but with salah to get and other problems in my team don’t really want to spend 2 transfers and lose value on that

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

                    sure, i could probably live without grealish for wolves, but then need a transfer back for burnley
                    however, i'll have to take bissouma's 2pts, instead of whatever mahrez is having this week

            3. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Tempted, would make it difficult for me to get Salah for gw12 though

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

              One is talisman, one is in a roulette

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

                Mahrez has six points more than KDB & played a game less for 3.5m saving.

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

                  Indeed but hard to guess which game Riyad gonna explode. I'd prefer steady Eddie, i mean Kevin

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

            Is it possible to avoid FH this week?

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

            0 FT, 0.2 ITB

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Save the free hit. Take a -4 on Watkins (maybe Adams) and hope Dias starts.

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

                  7-8 players possibly out, way too much

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      I just think that free hit could be a powerful chip later. If you replace Watkins you could well end up with 9 starters.

              • King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Which Villa player would you remove for a hit?
                A. Martinez
                B. Konsa
                C. Steer

                Martinez Steer
                Chilwell Konsa Coufal Kilman Mitchell
                KDB Bruno Son Jota Anguissa
                Vardy DCL Bamford

                0 FT 1.9 Itb

                I think removing Steer even for a hit makes sense as it gets me a playing gk for this week and also frees up a Villa spot to get Grealish/Watkins later on.

                1. BeWater
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    If you don't think that extra 0.5M will become useful later do Steer, if not do Martinez.

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

                  Alison Hamstring injury, will not play against Wolves

                  https://twitter.com/_pauljoyce/status/1333850538895691777

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

                    How can a goalkeeper get injured so much ffs

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

                    HELLO ADRIAN

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

                  Mahrez in and captain tempting now..

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

                    Choo choo

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

                  Vardy->Jesus(c)?

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

                    No way

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

                    Vardy loves playing Shu, no way

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

                    cheers

                5. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Stick to my plan: Ziyech Jrod out - KDB(C) Jota in (2FTS)
                  Despite having no GK for this gw(Martinez) and also have to start Coufal Vs MUN(H) ?

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

                    Stick

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

                    Stick to the plan

                6. Tango74
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Exactly what Ive aways said , ensure you have playing Subs. This year we have more injuries and Covid . Oh Christmas rotation

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

                      Basically it's a basic dance steps..in your case

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

                    What would do?

                    Watkins > Bamford
                    or
                    Rodriguez > Jota + Mitchell > James for a -4

                  • Flynny
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Whay on earth to do here??

                    Thoughts on Martinez and mitchell to Mccarthy and cheap defender - 4?....or maybe just upgrade mitchell for free? Thanks

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

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

                    With this City lineup Im going through with my -8 to get Jesus and Mahresz

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

                      Don't play it. You've been warned

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

                        I dont care season is over anyway. Might as well punt

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

                          Very well

                  • greggles
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    some help here please. 1 FT, 0.1 ITB

                    McCarthy
                    Justin / Chilwell / Lamptey / Davies* / Mitchell*
                    Podence / Grealish* / Son / Fernandes / Foden*
                    Werner / DCL / Vardy(c)

                    A) Save the FT, play Grealish in case game is postponed for midweek with Podence to come in if not, hope Foden starts

                    B) take some sort of hit to get KDB in (probably losing Son)

                    C) use the FT to fix another problem, like non-playing defenders or Foden

                  • BEEZUS
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Own Grealish, Martinez, Cancelo with no KdB.

                    Time to WC or take a hit and ride the wave (I have 3 playing subs)?

                    1. BeWater
                        3 months, 5 hours ago

                        Take a hit and ride the wave.

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

                      Hoping Nkounkou gets a chance for Everton this weekend. To optimistic?

                    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      Grealish + Ziyech -> KDB(C) + 4.3mid for a hit
                      Would leave me with

                      Martinez*
                      Chilwell Cresswell Zouma
                      Salah KDB(C) Son Jota
                      Vardy DCL Bamford

                      (Steer* Justin Ayling 4.3)

                      Yay or nay?

                      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 5 hours ago

                        Or maybe just Vardy -> Jesus for free,
                        play Ziyech and bench Grealish

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

                      Alison out FFS

                      may bring Neto in

                    5. Naby K8a
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      LFC need better gk back up. Alisson injures becoming more frequent. Big worry

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

                        Maybe they can buy Kepa

                        1. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 5 hours ago

                          Yuck

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

                          De Gea available in next window as well

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

                            2 world class in-form keepers

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

                        Recall karius? Lol

                    6. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      A. Kane to Jesus

                      B. Son to Mahrez

                      C. Save FT.

                      Have KDB(C) too.

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

                        C

                      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 5 hours ago

                        A or C

                      3. Pep Roulette
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 5 hours ago

                        Cheers both

                    7. Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      so glad I don't own Foden now...the angst...