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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. Steager
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Keep Martinez and upgrade Forster to Adrian or Kelleher?

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

      Would rather keep my FT if I were you

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

      Do you know why Allison is out, or for how long?

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

        I think Allison is only out for tonight, dont hold me to that tho

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

        Hammy wont play against Wolves

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

      Thanks, Will see what Klopp says, If Alisson is out, one of the pool keepers might be good shout, wolves without Jimenez.

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

      If its a Hammy, he might be out for Fulham away aswell. Lets see, the reserve pool keepers might be an option.

  2. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    With jota starting tonight, what do you think that means for the weekend?

    1. Parsnips
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        He’s got to start at the weekend. He’s been one of their best players

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

        See how much he plays tonight. If he plays full 90, he may be getting a rest. Then again, he would be very eager to play against his old club I am sure

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

        He probably plays like 65mins tonight, thats all, and start at he weekend

      • Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Probably bench tbh. Wanted to bring him in forHamez, but I will wait for one more week.

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

        Most in form player. Amazed if he didn't play at the weekend

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Cool thanks everyone!

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

      See people are bringing in Cavani, despite him potentially facing a 3 game ban. 90% on FPL Statistics and rising

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

      BOTTOMED

      A. Kane to Jesus

      B. Son to Mahrez

      C. Save FT.

      Have KDB(C) too.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Save imo

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

        Save

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

        Cheers both

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

        Save!

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

      Defence is:

      Targett
      Cancelo
      Coufal
      Clyne
      Digne

      0.8 ITB
      Who we replacing Digne with?

      a. Chilwell
      b. Lamptey
      c. Matip
      d. Neco W.
      e. Other???

      1. Canarinha
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Easy...A

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

          Is that despite him having some tougher fixtures in season ticker?

    5. Parsnips
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Barkley > Salah and Werner > Bamford for a hit? Or should I sort out Cancelo and Watkins

        1. BeWater
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Sort out Watkins. Do Salah next week. Werner could do well against Leeds.

            1. Parsnips
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Do you think Bamford in?

                1. BeWater
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Yep Bamford or Adams I think.

            2. JohnnyRev7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              I think I know the answer but just double checking with my learned ladies and gentlemen:

              Martinez (MIA)
              Justin / Lamptey / Chillwell
              Ziyech / KdB(C) / Bruno / Bissouma
              Werner / DCL / Vardy

              Steer (MIA) / Kilman / Mitchell (ABA) / Grealish (MIA)

              1FT / 0.1ITB

              My only possible move would be Steer to BPF (if he starts?) but I really need the FT to bring in Salah next GW to avoid a hit.

              So, I think I'm playing keeperless. GTG?

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

                Save surely

              2. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Yeh, thanks my thinking. Cheers Pep.

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

              I've got Martinez, Grealish and Wilson.

              Only 1FT. :/

              Free hit given the above have good fixtures next week?

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

                Don't have a bench?

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

                I wouldn't unless you're very happy with the rest of your team.

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

                FT is more valuable than fielding 9/10 instead 11 players next week. Also more valuable than -4 hit.

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  *FH

            4. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              What to do with Cancelo?

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

                Keeping and hope for best.....

                1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  I promise myself not to go for City assets every season but always somehow end up as a victim of Pep roulette.

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      I got carried away with Pep's praise after the Liverpool game and the underlying numbers. Fool me once shame on you, fool me 100 times...

                2. wijohnson85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Get rid. Starting tonight so massive doubt for weekend imo

                3. BeWater
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Also keeping and hoping for the best. My 1 FT is going on getting Mitrovic the hell out.

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

                    Will wait and see. My plan was to hold but the Villa game being off puts extra strain. I might cave and do Cancelo > Dallas 1 week early to guarantee a starter.

                    1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      Thinking about the same but it would cost me a hit. Very risky

                4. wijohnson85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  A) Kane + Reed -> KDB + Antonio
                  B) Kane + Reed -> Mahrez + Jesus

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

                    A with bam bam

                    1. wijohnson85
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      He’s already my other fwd

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

                  So upgrade Steer to:

                  A) Johnstone
                  B) McCarthy
                  C) Meslier

                  1. JohnnyRev7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    Nah. Save your FT. You can field 10 and your squad's doing great.

                    Plus it avoids the dreaded GK rotation in the future.

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

                      Thanks a lot for the feedback
                      This did cross my mind as well since the 0.5 would come in handy in the future
                      Will save FT then

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

                  I own Sterling. What to do with him? Is he big rotation risk for weekend?

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

                    In my opinion Torres starting again is a good sign and points towards a front 3 of:

                    Mahrez | Jesus | Sterling

                    But what do I know, could be anything with Pep

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

                      I don’t believe he’s ever been benched for 3 league games in a row either

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

                    I think it's time to go to De Bruyne. I cannot take another benching from him.

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

                    I think he’ll start. He would miss an odd game last year then start several in a row.

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

                    FWIW, I own him too. But I do agree I would rather have KDB.

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

                    We have to see this match first. If he is taken off while they are chasing, we know certainly that he is dropped. If he scores a hattie and is rested after that, we can expect him to start imo.

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

                  What would you do here please? 1ft and 1.5mitb.

                  Initial thought is to bench grealish and Watkins and remove martinez and mitchell.......thanks

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

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      I think I would replace Martinez and Watkins.

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

                        Cheers....I'm not seeing any watkins replacements that I like....

                        Bamford has Chelsea away....

                        Adams at Brighton?

                        1. BeWater
                            3 months, 4 hours ago

                            Yep that's who I would probably go for. He's the one I'm planning on bringing in for Mitrovic at the moment.

                    • Will J 256
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      Who to sacrifice for Jota?
                      Rashford (Have Bruno) or Ziyech?

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

                        Z

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

                      Where will Christian Eriksen end up in January? Arsenal? Man United? Spurs?

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

                        Ajax also after him

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

                          Aahh nostalgic move

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

                        Arsenal, Spurs dont want him and thats the kinda thing Eriksen would do, he will be like "they already hate me, why not"

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

                          Lol

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

                        Arsenal really could do with some creativity. But very much doubt it.

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

                          You bet we do

                          Better him than Pepe

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

                        Spurs? Lol!!

                        Arsenal maybe

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

                          Spurs looking like old folks home a la Milan these days.. Hart, Bale..

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

                      What bizarre times we live in when we’re selling/avoiding players because they are actually starting matches eh

                      1. Parsnips
                          3 months, 5 hours ago

                          2020 for u

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

                        Looks like it will be Real Madrid v/s PSG in the Europa League final then

                      3. Parsnips
                          3 months, 5 hours ago

                          Bamford in for Watkins?
                          I have Werner and DCl

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

                            I'd keep

                          2. mrelpea
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 2 hours ago

                            Keep. I’m keeping him and grealish as they still have some tasty fixtures coming up

                        • Buck The Trent
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 5 hours ago

                          Is this a good plan?

                          GW11 Riedewald, Cancelo to Jota, James (2FT)

                          0
                          Chilwell James Lamptey Coufal
                          Kdb Bruno Jota Ziyech
                          Vardy DcL

                          Subs: grealish, watkins, martinez, 3.9

                          Then GW12 Ziyech, Vardy to Salah, fodder

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

                          I reckon there are 4 city players way to go this weekend

                          Mendy
                          Jesus
                          KDB
                          Mahrez

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

                            Stones. The FH could work this week if you triple on City and they smash Fulham.

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

                              Fulham actually looked decent though

                              Or perhaps Lei was just rubbish

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

                                Did they? Haven’t watched the match yet, but was considering Lookman as a way to get Salah

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

                                  Yeah they looked okay. Parker has completely changed the side and got them more defensively solid

                        • MadeinIreland
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 5 hours ago

                          Foden to Mahrez for a free?

                          He is starting to piss me off now

                          1. BeWater
                              3 months, 5 hours ago

                              Yes.

                            • Dthinger
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 5 hours ago

                              If he pisses you off, why switch to Mahrez who will also piss you off, but cost more?

                          2. Oooo Matron
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            Semedo to James?

                            Current team
                            McCarthy
                            Robertson Semedo Chillwell
                            KDB Fernandes Jota
                            Kane DCL Bamford

                            Subs: Anguissa, Grealish, Konsa

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

                              Looks good, thinking Semado to Mendy myself or hold

                          3. Hattrick Harry
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            F-team and no problems:
                            Fabianski (Forster)
                            Fernandinho, Furlong, Fofana, Fuchs (Fernandez)
                            Fernandes, Fornals, Foden, Fred (Fabinho)
                            Firmino, Fabio Silva (Fernando de Jesus)

                            1. Esalman
                              • 11 Years
                              3 months, 5 hours ago

                              Nice

                          4. OLLY G
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            Grealish + Martinez > Jota + Mendy -4?

                            Thanks.

                            1. Esalman
                              • 11 Years
                              3 months, 5 hours ago

                              Looks good.

                            2. mrelpea
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 2 hours ago

                              Yes

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

                            Hypothetical Free Hit team, thoughts?

                            McCarthy
                            Chilwell Lamptey Ivanovic
                            KDB(c) Mahrez Bruno Son Jota
                            Jesus DCL

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

                              Gotta have Salah in there imo.

                              1. Esalman
                                • 11 Years
                                3 months, 5 hours ago

                                Jota not enough Salah cover?

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

                                  The word coverage is so overrated in FPL.

                                  1. Esalman
                                    • 11 Years
                                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                                    Haha what about (comparative) goal involvement?

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

                                Would only include if I capped him and Wolves did well at Anfield last season

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

                              Doesn't seem like the best week to play. Fixtures aren't amazing imo

                            3. mrelpea
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 2 hours ago

                              Agreed about salah

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

                            3 Villa and so need to upgrade Mitchell

                            A. Cancelo
                            B. Mendy
                            C. Dias

                            I have no other City

                          7. Lost in fantasy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            Aguero injured again?

                          8. davewg59
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            McCarthy or Johnstone as gk? Whats the best option lads?

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

                              I’d go Johnstone

                          9. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 5 hours ago

                            Grealish to Mahrez for a hit? Could easily go back to Jack in GW12

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

                              No, same thing could happen next week and the week after and your stuck with mahrez

                            2. mrelpea
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 2 hours ago

                              No,def not

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

                            Best transfer;

                            A) Grealish > Jota

                            B) Coady > Reece James, have Chillwell

                            C) Cancelo > Dias

                            Cheers.

                            1. OLLY G
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 4 hours ago

                              B l think personally. Better long term upgrade.

                            2. JohnnyRev7
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              3 months, 4 hours ago

                              Agree. B.