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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. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which defender at 4.5m or less would you pick going forward?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dallas

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Even tho he got Chelsea next?

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Probably this

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Ivanoivc

  2. Railwayman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Martinez is my only GK. Is it worth to spend the FT for a goalie ? I'm not even sure which one would be a good choice for the next 10 weeks.

    1. OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      This is the issue. Aside from Mendy, nobody really is even very appealing.

      1. Railwayman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He is the only one who I would consider but probably won't bring him. I have Chilwell already and 5.1 is maybe a bit pricey for me to pay a GK. Hope Martinez will pay back this trust in his double GW 😀

    2. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Im keeping Martinez

    3. noone
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Same situation, except I already used by FT. So unless you're planning to keep someone for long term, I don't think it worth considering, specially because Villa, might have two double gameweeks if the match is postponed for a longer period of time

  3. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Best move here?

    A Son -> KDB
    B Robbo/Podence -> KWP/KDB

    Martinez
    Chilwell Zouma Robbo
    Bruno Son Grealish Jota
    DCL Vardy Bamford

    Forster Podence Lamptey Mitchell

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      think im leaning B with Allison out.

  4. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Alison hamstring injury. Possibly out for 10 to 14 days. Klopp just now.

  5. F4L
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So with this latest Alisson injury, I'm guessing people will be staying away from Robbo for now?

    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      For weeks already

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bigger fish to fry unless I take a hit and need the cash.

      He was a whisker away from a decent score last weekend.

  6. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Grealish to Mahrez for a hit as a punt this week? KDB C

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sounds exciting to me. Yay!

    2. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Idk,maybe if it was a free hit but not for a hit for me

  7. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    What to do here chaps?

    Martinez
    Robbo Zouma Justin
    Son pereira Ziyech Bruno
    Vardy Kane DCL

    Forster Lamptey Burke coufal

    1FT & 0.1m ITB

    A) Son Pereira ➡ Jota Mahrez(c) -4
    B) Robbo Pereira ➡ KWP Mahrez(c) -4
    C) Son Robbo ➡ KDB(c) KWP
    -4

    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd lose Kane before Son so D) Kane Pereira to cheapo KDB c

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Kane vs Gunners

        Tasty

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'm tempted by C but with Pod not Son.

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Then no brainer

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          cool cheers, think I prefer B as I would rather keep Son

  8. white heart pain
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Did Neco Williams get dragged at half time? Need a 4.0 def for this week.

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      If Milner isn't fit, I'm not sure there's anyone left to fill in at RB

      1. white heart pain
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Hendo replaced him at HT, i didn’t watch it. Did hendo play RB?

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Milner did I think until he was injured, then Curtis Jones had to fill in for the last 20 mins or so.

  9. thepancakeman123
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Is it worth going keeperless and benching Grealish, so that I can carry my free transfer to next week and get Salah without taking a hit? Or should I get someone like Meslier/Johnstone in?

    Martinez - Steer
    Walker - Chilwell - Coufal - Veltman - Mitchell
    De Bruyne - Fernandes - Rodriguez - Grealish - Soucek
    Kane - Calvert-Lewin - Brewster

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Save FT

    2. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I’ve got both grealish and Watkins and I won’t be using ft’s on either, not because of one GW. Will sit them out and get Salah in

    3. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yes.
      No.
      I'm in a very similar situation and that's what I'm doing.

  10. vandebeek
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So, Cancelo out? Absence of Grealish in the next GW makes this transfer more urgent...

    1. OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      James in?

  11. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Already made 2 transfers (-4) this week. Got Grealish and Martinez.... what to do (no 2nd playing keeper - annoyingly nearly went the Bur 2nd goalkeeper as 4.0 fodder!)

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Can I hold here or do Semado to James/Mendy - 1ft 1m itb

    Or perhaps upgrade Mitchell to Dallas and play him instead of anguissa ?

    Mendy
    Semado lamptey cresswell
    Son kdb bruno anguissa
    Vardy dcl bam

    4.0 Mitchell konsa greilish

    1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Mitchell to Dallas

  13. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Allison out for a fortnight... a ha, a ha ahahahahaha, who's Klopp going to blame now?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Jurgen strop

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think they will be very dangerous at the weekend as will defend from the front I reckon and try and out score the opposition. Could be a goal fest.

  14. The Hunt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If like me you wildcarded after GW4 and still found yourself with three Villa in your team, this postponement could prove to be a real blessing in disguise. I wasn't happy having Martinez anymore and I still can't believe I didn't rage transfer out Watkins last night. Now I don't need to be a fixture hostage anymore and can bring in a goalie who actually makes some saves and a striker who is capable of hitting a cow's a rse with a banjo.

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Same, just done Martinez to Mendy and it feels gooood

  15. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    My fpl squad makes me sad. Bissouma (c) ?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wouldn't make you feel any better mate.

  16. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Watkins to Jesus for free sound ok ? Will then just bench Grealish.

    Kept about £5m ITB from Int Break Wildcard to get Salah back but think this is a better move now.

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sounds great!

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Depends if you’re going to panic about getting salah next week

    3. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Salah vs Fulham though...

  17. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Liverpool's lineup today has a lot to say about the Jota or Firmino debate

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I can see Klopp wanting Firmino against Wolves though

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Probably... but it is Jota's former team so I find it difficult for him to be on the bench (especially if he scores today)

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What’s that then

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        If he loses he is nearly out of the UCL so he is lining up his best team available

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Good point

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          ? We can lose today and draw at home to Mitjelland and still qualify

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Not if Ajax draw Atalanta

    3. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Firming will start against Wolves and probably Mane after being benched vs Brighton.

      Hard to call if both Jota and Salah will start vs Wolves

      1. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        They will both start. Jones will miss out.

  18. Parsnips
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Barkley > Mahrez for 1 week then might swap to salah?

      1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Sweet

    • cigan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Oh well

      Digne
      Wilson
      Grealish
      Martinez
      Mitchell

      all in my team with no backup keeper

      I'm deffo keeping Grealish + Mitchell can warm the bench too.
      Replace Digne & Martinez (-4), bench Wilson & go 4-4-2 with Bissouma and Coufal = way to go?

    • Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What do you think of this plan?

      GW11 Rid’wald, Cancelo to Jota, James (2FT) that gives me
      0
      Chilwell James Lamptey Coufal
      Kdb Bruno Jota Ziyech
      Vardy DcL
      Subs: grealish, watkins, martinez, 3.9

      Then GW12 Ziyech, Vardy to Salah, fodder (-4)

      Yay or nay?

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No city defenders are nailed aren't they ?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Correct - Ederson and KDB is it

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks Miguel.

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Dias looks fairly nailed.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Is fairly nailed the same as not nailed?

        2. mrelpea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Agreed. There will be some rotation over Xmas but he should start most games if for

    • Lignja
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Would you sell Sterling and Mitchell to Mahrez and Mendy.?

      Mccarthy
      Chilwell, Coufal, Kilman, Lamptey, Michell*
      Salah, Sterling*, Son, Jota, Grealish*
      Dcl, Vardy

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Fofana a decent replacement for Saiss ? Thanks

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Have chilwell and Mendy already so James a no go

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No, Leicester are awful defensively right now. And fofana has had back to back shockers.

    • Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      With Sterling starting again.

      Just Sterling to KDB?

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Looking that way.

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Kelleher over adrian for this game only or for the next few do we think?

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      This isnt worth it is it? For a -4:
      Grealish>Mahrez
      KWP>Kilman/Veltman? (any 4.3 that has a chance of starting?)

      The 4.3 defender will be for the bench, I need that little bit of money to fund Mahrez move. Dont have any City btw, If I dont do this move I can just play KWP this week and save the FT with Greslish benched.

    • jb1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sorry if it has been asked already but I couldn't see. Will the Newcastle and Villa players value be locked? Or can they still drop?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        They can drop yeah

        1. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks for confirming.

      2. Ram sey Coq uel in
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I doubt they will be locked seeing as both Sala & Zaha have dropped for the same reason

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I believe the lock only comes in to effect when transfers go the other way, can’t rise fully until the flag is removed

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Best move here?

      A. Martinez > Mendy (forget about the Villa dgw)
      B. Steer > Johnstone/Meslier/Mccarthy

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

      0 FT 1.9 Itb

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wouldn't upgrade second goalie. 0.5 too valuable at the moment.

    • Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Being on -4 an free hitting now will reset team to previous game week or -4 will apply regardless of ft now?

      Didn’t get clarity on previous reply

      Thanks

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Removes the -4

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thank you v much

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wipes out all hits but will also wipe out any free transfers carried over..

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Didn’t realise De Bruyne was playing tonight, at left back

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        2018 joke alert 🙂

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Haha

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Classic