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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. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What’s the likelihood the Newcastle game gets rearranged into this gameweek still?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Whatever Joelinton's conversion rate is.

    2. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Unlikely.

      Why would they risk it when they can postpone this game pretty much when they want ?

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

      Less than 0%.

  2. teneighty
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Hmm, if Cancelo and Kilman plays I will field 11 players. Might just sit tight as I want Grealish, Targett and Lewis in the team long-term. Any transfer I make this week will result in a hit next week to get Salah in for the Fulham game.

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'm in a similar situation, better to save

  3. Joey Tribbiani
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I mean I could do -4 for Ederson for the guaranteed 6 points, that would be worth 😀

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

      Is a -4 only really a -2 this GW?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        -4 is probably a 0.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheeky.

      3. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez to Flappy for -2?

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

          No need with Steer as back up 😉

          1. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            😆

      4. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        (For anyone wondering, if you have a playing bench player... no. However Brewster may be a -3 ...)

      5. fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        How did everyone settle on -2 all those years ago is what's funny. Martinez takes 2 weeks to get 2 points.

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      171,711 managers have bought Wilson and the number keeps rising...

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        shsssssssssh

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          😉

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Wilson the ultimate FPL troll?

      Scores on GWs when he had had net transfers in:
      2, 2, 5, 2 and now 0
      (in total 970k net transfers in)

      Scores on GWs when he has had net transfers out:
      8, 16, 12, 0, 12
      (in total 738k net transfers out)

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      van der Dussen 😀

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

        Still confident England can chase 170

    • tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      They won't rush the postponment just because you guys have 3 Villa players in your fantasy teams lmao.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Mark is on the phone to the PL as we speak.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Mark doesn't care. He only has Grealish. People selling Grealish/taking hits will only benefit him.

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Damn the only hope i had is gone then

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Any playing keeper 4.4 and below? Bailey Peacock-Farrell?

      1. The_Fish
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Adrian might play. He’s playing tonight.

    • Parsnips
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What should I do with 1FT? I know it’s looking better than other people’s teams. This is how it could look:

        Ryan
        Coufal Robo Chilwell
        Anguissa KDB Bruno Jota
        Watkins Werner DCL

        Martinez Cancelo Mitchell Barkley

      • Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        So no benching headache for this gw

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

          Great news for teams with decent front 8 like me 🙂

          1. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            me 2, DCL was on the bench. ( gw1 owner btw)

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What is the possibility that the game will be re-arranged for the same GW?

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I'll give you 10/1

        2. World XI
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          25%

      • EWH2020
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Grealish and Vardy to KDB and Bamford -4?

        Or could do same transfer with Kane instead of Vardy?

      • World XI
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        If the PL will rearrange the fixture to next week, you would think we will know by Friday? How late can they leave it. Its not like there need to make fans aware or anything.

        I own three Villa players and contiplating a free hit

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Upgrade your bench..dont waste a FH.

      • FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Who will score most points in UCL this gameweek?

        A) Zapata
        B) Ronaldo

      • Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez Steer combo not looking that good now, can take Martinez out for free but thats just ruins some other plans that now will cost a hit. Ohh, might just keep if just for 1 week and take the zero. Would wanna get Martinez back anyway before DGW.
        Grealish is another thing but dont wanna lose him either, already have Jota(easy downgrade for many.
        Lamptey could get some points surely this week.
        Whats your plan?

        1. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          yuk. plans in tatters here.

          2 DGW coming now - in same boat so will just play no keeper this week

          have martinez, jack and watkins

          jack just benching, easy (got him at 7.0m and season keeper)

          1FT + 1.6m in bank (which was Salah money for 12...) and bench currently Coufal, Bissouma, 3.9

          can either upgrade the 3.9 for free, or upgrade Biss to JWP

          really need Cancelo to start this weekend now!

      • Blush Response
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        So many hits flying around this GW just taking none is a head start I suppose.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Just Martinez to a new Mendy/Lloris for me

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Many said that last week but I took a -8 and still ended up 650k better off.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Took a -4 me and climbed 90k places to 87 k 🙂

          2. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Did you though? Your transfers in got 11 points more. But then you captained Vardy instead of Fernandes who I assume you would have captained - so only 6 points. So actually a net loss of 2 points - albeit with a better team going forwards.

            Anyway, there's still a difference between transferring in premiums who have great fixtures and subs and/or mid-priced assets.

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Watkins to Bamford could work out quite nicely actually

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

          Nahh

      • Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thoughts on this -8?
        Martinez, Mitchell and Rashford (Have Bruno) to Meslier, Dias and Jota?

        1. Poison Apple
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Surely u r better off as a zero for martinez vs a -4 with meslier? U honestly think he will get u more than 4pts?

      • Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cancelo and Nico Williams chances of starting ?

        1. The Littlest Robbo
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Klopp said tonight's game is too early for Trent, so you'll have to watch out for presser but I think Williams has a decent chance to start on Sunday

          1. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers TLR

      • RUUD!
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Villa already a game behind this season due to GW1 so do the right thing and make it next week PL!

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          If the players got covid a week is not sufficient

          1. MMN
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Who was their opponent for first postponed game? United or City?

      • Kno
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Any better keeper shouts then reverting back to McCarthey from martinez? Dont want to go up in price

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Meslier

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez and Grealish to McCarthy and Jota will be my moves this week I think

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Getting rid of Grealish is so knee jerky

          Really think Jota will do well vs his former club?

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Think he’ll do well against anyone to be honest

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Lamptey or Podence 1st sub?

        Martinez
        Chilwell Zouma Robbo
        Bruno Son Grealish Jota
        DCL Vardy Bamford

        Forster Podence Lamptey Mitchell

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Normally play attacking player but he has United, Lamptey won’t see a CS but might get an A?

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Adrian likely starting tonight. If Allison is out for more than just tonight's match (?) then what a juicy chance for Podence...

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Fpl stats site only working in basic mode on Safari?

        Error: invalid search or initialising table

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Refresh maybe

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Done that not seeing the red & green arrows?

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Isn't it fun when a GW gets disrupted

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        So at least deadline is now on Saturday

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          changed already? Nice.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yup

      • TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I’ll just pretend Villa vs Newcastle would have finished 4-0 to Newcastle
        With all goals scored by Joelinton with Grealish and Wilson red cards.

        Based on that I’m seeing the postponement as a positive

        1. Poison Apple
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Haha.. thats a refreshing perspective

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Time to revert the McCarthy -> Martinez GW5 transfer. May be even getting Meslier.

      • FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Zapata or Ronaldo this week? Anyone?

        1. Huddersfield
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          DZ

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Huh