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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Why is Wilson rising tonight?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Scored 10pts in last GW

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

        *12 🙂

    2. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Ppl buying him.

    3. BeWater
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Because he got a 12 pointer in his last game. So he will do that for the next 28 games in a row so people have to get him in or they will miss out on 336 points.

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

          he's done well all season to be fair. 6 points less than salah for 6m less.

          ignoring this Friday's postponement, he can't do much more to prove himself as a good pick.

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Hahaha

      • HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        DGW due

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Saiss >> James and switch to 4 at the back this week?

      McCarthy
      Chilwell, Cresswell, Justin
      KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Grealish, Jota
      Kane, DCL
      (4.0, Mitchell, Saiss, Davis)

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yes

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          James the best move? 5.2m available

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yeah, James will do the job. Dallas can also work but this week's fixture is tricky

      2. turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        yep. james

    5. turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cancelo to who?

      Have: Chilwell, James, Mitchell, Kilman (to Dallas next week).

      Thanks

      1. Parsnips
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I’m considering doing Cancelo to Dallas or KWP this week

        • BeWater
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I have him. Thinking Reece James at the moment (already have Zouma).

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Think James above

          • BeWater
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Sorry just seen you have James! What about Lamptey?

              1. turd ferguson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                yeh i think i might actually. good shout

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Been looking for an excuse to ditch Martinez and now I have one...

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

              Thinking the same though he is going to have 2 dgw in the future. Could also upgrade 4.0keeper

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I suspect that double will be next year when you could get him on a wc anyway

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

                  That's true. Last 2 gw's (total 79pts) have been so horrible for me so might as well take a big hit to shake the team

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Play 1:
            A. Bissouma
            B. Coufal
            C. Kilman

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

              Bissouma imho. Always prefer more attacking player. I am on the same boat but my options are limited to Coufal, Kilman and Burke (most of the time he doesn't play), so it would be hard 😀

          • Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Bruno, Grealish, Ziyech, Hamez

            Was planning on Hames to KDB, but Grealish to KDB makes sense right?

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Depends. If you have a backup for Grealish, then stick to the plan of Rodriguez to Dr Bruyne

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

            Martinez
            Chilwell Dias Cancelo KWP
            KDB (c) Riedwald Ziyech Bruno
            Vardy DCL
            (Forster, Kilman, Grealish, Watkins)

            2FT 0.6ITB

            Martinez > McCarthy and save other FT? Will have enough for Ziyech+Vardy > Salah Wilson next week

          • MIDIMAN2010
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            People losing the sh1t over non playing GK... Jesus wepts

          • Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Thoughts on this -4?
            Martinez and Mitchell to Meslier and Dias?

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Do you have to make the Martinez move to get Dias?

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Martinez to Mccarthy for a -4?

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yeah. good reason to get rid of martinez villa cant defend

            2. liverpool01
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              no

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

              yeah, everyone should do this except me

            4. Make ManeMane Make ManeMane
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              No way

            5. MIDIMAN2010
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yeah go for it

            6. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Lol no way

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

              What about for free?

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

                Im considering for free, but that just ruin some other plans and will practically cost -4 later. Also, you want Martinez back before DGW.

          • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Martinez
            Forster
            Mitchell
            Cancelo
            Zaha
            Grealish
            Watkins

            im in deep waters. What to do? Martinez needs to go but what else?

            1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              8 mid/attacker is Bissouma but at least he plays lol

          • Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Have 2 free transfers

            A) Martinez and Grealish -----> Mcarthy and Jota

            B) Martinez Son and Grealish ------> Mcarthy Jota and Salah (-4)

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Jota might not start either. Just do martinez to McCarthy

          • Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Honestly might leave Martinez in. Take the 0 points. I'll just want him back soon. It's not like McCarthy will get 17 points as a replacement.

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

              it's the logical move. unless you have no other issues to fix.

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Grealish is the other issue. But I’ll play Brewster.

                Just leaves me a player down

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              He's only get 1 point anyway if playing probably

            3. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Don’t say that!

            4. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              He might. Brighton Sheffield arsenal next 3

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I was looking to remove Martinez and now its only a -2 hit probably

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Could actually be worth it if McCarthy keeps a clean sheet

                  1. Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    What I’m saying is. I’ll want Martinez back soon. Villa will have 2 DGW’. Wasting transfers on goalkeepers isn’t great

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      I don't trust their defence anymore. I don't want him double gw or not

                    2. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      MCI away in one of those doubles - is that a good or bad thing?

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

              Same, and play Soucek (Grealish)

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

              That's what I'm doing. Will just rely on the other 13. I've got steer as well.

          • Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Will Mitchell or McCarthy (both of Palace) start this GW? If they don’t, I don’t have a bench as Grealish is already not starting. I also have no GK with Martinez and Steer as my GKs. So I probably need to address that first.

            1. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Er yeah, if you're relying on Mitchell and Mccarthy to play, you're a bit screwed. Surely you must have some other defensive 4.5 backups? Just swallow the gk, not worth a -4

          • Il Capitano
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Madness to save a FT with the below team? Don't really want to waste a chip on two players that I'll probably want back in again.

              1 FT - 0.2m ITB - WC available - FH available

              McCarthy (Button)
              Chilwell Zouma Justin Taylor (Mitchell)
              Bruno Sterling (C) Son Bissouma (Grealish)
              Vardy DCL (Watkins)

              1. Il Capitano
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Or just replace Watkins with the FT?

                • Marcin the Pole
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I have a similar team and tempted to just pull the trigger on the WC. But I don't have any ManC coverage unlike you in fairness.

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

                Watkins owners are the lucky ones.

                He usually scores 0 anyway so the postponement has no impact on his output

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

                  Actually they get a positive impact: their auto-sub.

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

                I posted that the game would be off at lunch time. Admin deleted the message! Looks like they didn't want the information to get out. Well done Admin. #ITK

              4. FPL Kaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Is Soucek still a good option at 4.9?

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  If you don't have to play him regularly, he is fine

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

                  I think so, should have scored past 2 weeks

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

                  an extra .5 gets you to Raphina. Would be well worth it imo.

                4. roach04
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I hope so LOL - he'll be playing for Grealish in my squad this week!

              5. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                What mayhem.....who is the best watkins replacement?

                A....bamford
                B...adams
                C....antonio (not sure he starts this week...)

                Thanks

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

                  A

                  1. Flynny
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Thanks as always

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

                I hope the PL will come up with a justification for this décision.
                If NEW can’t justify ring able to field 14, the PL is discrediting itself and will leave an open door to clubs for postponements

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

                  Their priority is probably player safety and not our FPL teams

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

                    you better wash your mouth out with soap!

                  2. rnrd
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    I’m not thinking FPL here
                    I’m thinking if new gets with it because Wilson and dubravka are positive why would Lampard not get a postponement if Werner and chilwell are ?

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

                      It’s probably bigger than those two players if they have called off the game.

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

                  PL have closed Newcastle's training center till Friday as the virus seems to be spreading from there.

                  How can Newcastle play a match if they aren't allowed to train???

                3. MIDIMAN2010
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Why won’t Newcastle say who was infected? I bet it was reserves and staff and they are making a big deal out of nothing.

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

                    That’s what I’m saying. This needs clarification from PL

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

                    LOL!

                    You think PL doesn't know who all have tested positive?

                4. MIDIMAN2010
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Why so much secrecy? Just announced who was tested positive and when.
                  Imagine this will now set a precedent for future games called off cause one of two players were tested positive.

                5. MIDIMAN2010
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Juventus were awarded a 3-0 win over Napoli, who have been docked a point after they failed to fulfil their Serie A fixture earlier in October With two positive Covid-19 tests before the game, Napoli were ordered not to travel by their local health authority. They don’t need about in Italy

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

                With the postponed match, will the GW deadline also be postponed to saturday 12:00 aswell?

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Already changed

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

                should get a nice green arrow from all the hits this week. and then the hits to get villa back in for their double game weeks.

                1. Utopsis
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    FH

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

                      even crazier

                      free hit is the most valuable chip in my opinion.

                      and it hurts the most when people have it in the bag for late season doubles/blanks.

                      1. Utopsis
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Yeah but I had this problem last season where I had too many chips (had all 4) and not enough DGWs going into the latter stages.

                          I reckon WC, BB and TC going into the latter stages should be sufficient.

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

                    This is the GW that separates the so called casuals and enthusiasts.

                    I imagine a fine victory for the latter, despite the hits galore.

                    1. mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      In my experience this is where the experienced people overthink and the casuals who barely keep up with things do really well

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

                        City play Fulham. Mahrez & Torres. Casuals won't go for the latter but both could do some damage.

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

                        We'll see. Casuals will panic but wise men already have card up their sleeves 😉

                  • Tony Martial
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Martinez and Grealish to Mendy and Jota -4?

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

                      Yes from me

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

                      You’ll want Grealish back surely?

                      But if you want to do that move this is the perfect chance

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

                      I'd keep Grealish

                    4. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Difficult one - I would drop 0.4m if I sell him and he's got two DGWs coming up

                      I would be lot happier if I didn't have Sterling to worry about

                    5. Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Keep grealish

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

                    Time to have 2 playing keepers?

                  • ElliotJHP
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Martinez & Mendy is far too much outlay for keepers isn't it really?

                    I have 1.5 ITB to move Steer/Mitchell on to cover for Villa/Newcastle assets and Mendy/4.4 looks like a great route.

                    Will likely stick to Johnstone or Meslier though.

                    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      im heavily considering Martinez -> Mendy as a Chilwell owner. I have Martinez and 4.0 as GKs

                      1. ElliotJHP
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        The only thing is the Martinez DGWs that will come along.

                        I am a James owner and double Chels defence does seem an exciting prospect

                    2. chrismoo75
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      I am thinking Mendy/Martinez. Got martinez at 4.5 and want to keep because of DGW. I have half decent TV so will probably do it myself

                  • Chandler Bing
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    DCL + Grealish -> Welbeck + KdB (-4) good move?

                    1. Werner Bremen
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Nope

                  • HashAttack
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Is Pope likely to still be out - Hoping BPF plays, and doesn't get negative points

                  • Gudjohnsen
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Ziyech, Grealish to KDB (C), JWP

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

                      For -4

                  • Johnmph
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Best 4.9 defender as a replacement for Kilman?

                    Was thinking Vestergaard due to fixtures and attacking threat from corners.