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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. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Weekend off for Grealish...will probably give the new motor a spin...

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      ...whilst hopefully not hitting anyone/anything in the process

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Probably got a pallet of brylcreem to pick up from Costco.

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        How is that boy still allowed to drive, love him as a player but needs to grow up before he kills someone

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Grealish to Mahrez or Bissouma to Armstrong look decent plug gaps this weekend. Messes up my long term plans though. Watkins doesn’t move to anyone decent this weekend of course, Bamford at Chelsea only option I can afford there.

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I wouldn't underrate Bamford at Chelsea, and no need to sell Grealish if you can field most of a team this weekend

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I'm bringing Mnedy in

    4. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lost on last page

        Hits on GKs and Defenders are not worth it only if they fail.

        Perfect time to take hits IMO

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Agree. I talked myself out of doing a defender hit a couple of weeks ago and regretted it. Did a similar hit a week later (including a defender) and it paid off.

          Particularly in my position (only just inside 2m), I feel like throwing caution to the wind and need to take risks.

        2. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          If I'm reading correctly, the inverse or corollary would be that hits are worth it if they succeed. This is dizzying stuff.

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Ohh you’re smart. It’s common for people on here to say don’t take hits on defenders or goalkeepers.

              But they do work. Now go put your dusty face in the bin.

        3. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Grealish to Mahrez and Ziyech to Grealish the next week?

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Not certain that Grealish plays next week.

            1. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Why woudnt he play next wk?

        4. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Lost at the bottom of the last page.

          I'm going to leave this until deadline just in case...

          But my initial thoughts are to do Martinez to Mendy and then take a -4 to bring in a City player. What do you think?

          A) Martinez + Salah to Mendy + KdB (-4)
          B) Martinez + Grealish to Mendy + Mahrez (-4)

          Just a thought for now. Will reassess after Champions League (and the vague hope of Villa getting a game in midweek)

          Mitchell and Struijk losing their places doesn't help either...

          1FT 1.7ITB
          Martinez*
          Zouma Justin Coufal
          Salah Son Bruno Reed (haha)
          Vardy DCL Bamford

          Steer* Mitchell Struijk Grealish*

          THanks!

        5. NUFCAndrew
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I have no idea what to do with this lol. Anyone be able to give me a hand?

          Martinez* 4.0

          Robbo Chilwell Dallas Lamptey 4.0

          Bruno Son Ziyech Grealish Bissouma

          Kane DCL Bamford

          1. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            How many FT's?
            Grealish to Jota?

            1. NUFCAndrew
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              2 FT’s 2.2 ITB

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            What’s your SV for Martinez and Son?

            1. NUFCAndrew
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              SV?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Selling value

                1. NUFCAndrew
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  I bought Martinez for 4.7- now 4.8

                  Son bought at 9.3- now 9.5

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Martinez to Johnstone/McCarthy & Son to KdB

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Why on earth sell Son the gw? Especially now!

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        He has Kane and no City, so thinking he may want City

        6. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Where's the 'Wildcard should not be used as a get out of jail card' squad?

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            I've created it, and posted it a couple of pages back 😉

            Seriously though, doesn't seem a terrible time to use it, although I'm not decided yet. Only available for 5 more weeks anyway.

            1. Sanchit
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              I meant that people should have saved their WC for situations like this.
              Even I'm using my WC this week.

          2. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            if you have it and haven't yet got your Salah, Bruno, Kevin trident in place, it's a good a time as any.

        7. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Okay, so I sell Grealish for 7.4, his price falls two times to 7.5 and I get him back for only 0.1 more. Sounds alright?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Probably only drops once if that - he’s just hauled so will be on positive transfers from early casuals

        8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A) Start 3 of Cancelo, Coufal, Riedwald, Neco Williams
          B) Watkins to Bamford for a hit and only start any 2 of the above

        9. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Is Cancelo finished? Mendy goal and good performance

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            We'll see in 30 mins

          2. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            not sure that is how pep rotation works.

          3. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Keep jerk comment.

        10. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          When is the latest a game can be rearranged and stay within the current gameweek? Next Friday?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Before the Leeds game though next Friday at 8

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              They need to isolate for 12(14?) days. Won't be placed in gw11 as I see it

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Their next match postponed is more likely than this match during this gw.

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Hmm no idea but I'd say Thursday

        11. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Best max 6.6 forward who will probably play this week?

          A) Bamford
          B) Antonio
          C) other suggestion?

        12. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Chances of Peacock starting and getting 10 points?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            15%

        13. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Watkins + Stephens -> Mahrez + Brewster (play Brewster instead of Grealish)? Considering taking a hit for Martinez, but not quite sure it is worth it

        14. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Save the FT and go keeperless? 1ft 1.0itb

          Chilwell Dias Lamptey KWP
          Bruno Son Jota
          Kane(c) Werner DCL

          (Martinez Steer Grealish Taylor Bissouma)

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Might as well shift Martinez you have the FT and the cash to do it.

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Think I'd rather keep him for the DGWs tbh, not sure who I'd move him to this week either.

          2. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Why not just do steer to a playing 4.5 for this gw

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              It’s effectively a -4 transfer for a keeper. Means I’d have to take a hit next week to do my planned moves.

          3. Croaker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Think I’ll do exactly this: keep and go keeperless because there’s nobody else I prefer

        15. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Okay to save FT?

          Forster* | Martinez*
          Robertson Justin Taylor Lamptey
          KdB Bruno Ziyech Soucek
          Vardy Richarlison
          | Grealish* Watkins* Lascelles*

          0.4 ITB

        16. liiusions
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I did Meslier to Martinez for -4 two weeks ago.

          I am currently 20 (TWENTY) points worse off and I have no keeper this week...

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Swapping goalkeepers is often a big mistake. Swapping for a hit an even bigger. But I understand the temptation

        17. screamer73
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          No City cover. Ziyech to Mahrez. Yay or Nay?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Nay, Z nailed and will come good again

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Does Mahrez play today?

        18. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Just looked at Villa and Southampton's fixture rotation, which looks excellent until GW17.

          I'm now considering Steer to McCarthy as a possible alternative to Martinez to Mendy.

          I know GK rotations are out of fashion (and I don't go for them usually) but I'd only get 4.6 for Martinez and, despite his recent blanks, he might be good for a DGW later down the line.

          Anyone else considering similar?

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            I like the idea to allow the extra Villa outfielder for a double.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Good point!

            2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Really good point this

            3. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              The way this season has turned so many guiding FPL principles upside down, I'm starting to come round to the idea of two playing GKs.

              My extremely cheap bench could become increasingly problematic too. It was the way to go last season, less so this time.

              This season has been one long headache!

            4. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              And yes, the extra outfield player is a good point - forgot to address that! I was considering doing so to bring in Watkins a while back.

        19. Totti
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          martinez to:

          A) mendy (already owning chillwill)
          B) mcarthy

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            B

        20. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Son owners are you keeping? 1 goal in the last 4 matches. Next 5: ARS, cry, liv, LEI, wol.

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            yes will keep

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Yep, will be in goals galore again soon even with ‘tough’ fixtures

          3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Keeping for now

        21. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Reminder that hits effectively cost just -2 this week

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Not if you have a playing bench

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              I have no bench, hits galore as usual lol

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Kinda true

          3. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            They are actually cheaper... I'd say only 1.5 pt.

        22. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Site very frustrating to use via iPhone. Have to scroll to the top of the page every time to get rid of the box about the new FFS side bar which has been the case for months. This should be removed.

        23. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Martinez to McCarthy looks about right.

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Mendy so much better for 0.5 more

          2. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Which team do you prefer?
            A:
            Martinez
            Chilwell, Dias, Cresswell, Ayling Lamptey
            Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish , Jota
            DCL, Bamford

            B:
            Martinez
            Chilwell, Dias, Cresswell, Ayling Lamptey
            Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek
            DCL, Bamford, Antonio

          3. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Lads, what do you suggest with 2 ft?

            Martínez / Steer
            Chilwell / Cancelo / Cresswell / Lamptey / Kilman
            KDB / Bruno / Ziyech / Grealish / Soucek
            Vardy / DCL / Bamford

            P.S. Mendy is .1 too expensive

          4. Doctor Evil
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Done my transfer early. Do I

            A take a -8 hit to chop out Grealish & Martinez

            B free hit to get in some other players too like more City

            C do nothing and have no keeper and Brewster on for Grealish

            Martinez Steer

            Chillwell Bellerin Kilman Lampty Mitchell

            Salah Son KDB Bruno Grealish

            DCL Bamford Brewster

          5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Start 2
            A) Neco Williams
            B) Coufal
            C) Riedewald

            or else just start 1 and take a hit for Watkins to Bamford

          6. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Pretty clueless on what to do here....1ft. 1.5mitb.

            Keeping grealish. Can't see watkins replacement with decent fixture so tempted to keep him too....

            Maybe martinez and mitchell to Mccarthy and xx - 4?.....mitchell needs to go some time.....advice appreciated.....thanks

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

          7. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Guys have Martinez and grealish initial plan was son to kdb for free. Now what to do?

            Martinez*
            Robbo chilly lamptey
            Bruno grealish* son ziyech
            Vardy dcl bam

            Martin kwp dallas bissou

            1ft 2.6itb

            I guess I can move son to kdb and start Dallas /kwp for grealish and play with 10 men right?

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              I like your suggestion