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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. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    McCarthy the best bet in that price bracket?

    1. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Been also thinking about keeping Martinez as they have good fixtures. Really not sure what to do.

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

      Keep him

  2. Peskey
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I will probably use my FT to do Steer —-> Johnstone
      Will cost me 0,5m, but worth keeping Martínez for two DGWs and at the same time free up a third Villa slot, if needed

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is this G2G? Doing Steer > Johnstone as rotates nicely with Martinez anyway.

      Johnstone
      Justin Lamptey KWP Coufal
      Bruno Son Jota
      Kane Vardy DCL
      Martinez Grealish Mitchell Stephens

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Rather Martinez/Johnstone than Mendy set and forget?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Only because of the type of season it is going to be, better to have two keepers I feel, what if Mendy gets injured/COVID etc

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Big problems for me here. What to do? 1FT and 1.3 iTB

      McCarthy
      Ayling-Chilwell-Justin
      Sterling(C)-Bruno-Bissouma-Hamez
      Mitrovic*-Jimenez*-Vardy

      Steer-Mitchell-Grealish-Targett

      I can do Jimenez and Mitrovic to Jesus and Adams but i cant do Sterling/Bruno to Salah in GW 12 then. Any suggestion lads??

      DCL, Adams, Bamford, Antonio?

      Keep or sell Grealish. Wildcard?

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

        Jim and mitro to Bamford and another cheapo

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Adams maybe?

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

        I'd strongly consider the wildcard in your shoes

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Yeah im considering but think i will hold for GW 16

      3. BooYaKasha
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        WC

      4. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Your teams awful. Should have wildcarded weeks ago

    • Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sorry.....bottomed.....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)

    • the_duke
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Peacock farrell going to start again do we think lads?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Hope so, like the benny hill show out there hehe

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

        1. NUFCAndrew
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A

        2. Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Big post to ask Jota or Antonio, nevertheless, A

        3. mojoindojo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          1 ft and 0.3 itb. Thinking of saving ft. Thoughts?

          Mccarthy
          Zouma Chilwell KWP Dallas
          Salah Bruno Rodriguez Ziyech
          Kane Brewster

          Peacock Mitchell Grealish Wilson

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

            Save

        4. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Watkins to Adams worth a hit?

          1. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Im debating whether or not it’s worth it for free - I’d have to start Brewster otherwise

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I'd have to field 10 players otherwise. I wanted to hold Watkins till GW 15. But a blank and Wolves away next week are putting me off. Adams has BHA, SHU and Arsenal, who have been poor lately.

              1. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Sounds worth it probably - he shouldn’t be too hard to get back in future if necessary

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  True!

        5. NUFCAndrew
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Bottomed apologies for the repost. 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

          2 FT’s, 2.2 ITB

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

            We have almost identical teams. Same money itb and 2 free transfers too

            Im selling martinez but holding grealish for now.

            1. NUFCAndrew
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Who you selling Martinez for out of interest?

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

                In ir case id sell for mendy but i already have double che def so thinking the sou keeper

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

                  Ur*

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

                Mccarthy

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

            Bench Grealish and use one of your FTs, to transfer out your 4.0 keeper to McCarthy

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

          So I have Martinez, Konsa, Grealish and Watkins, and Wilson. I also own Cancelo.

          Bench: Brewster, Justin, Mitchell. Forster

          I'm not sure any of this is really worth transfers. The three Villa players will all have 2 games in hand so transferring them out is either almost certainly a points loss long term, or I'm looking at getting them back in. Grealish I have so much value tied up in and I already own Jota.

          I don't have a WC or a FH (Yeah... I know)

          It's just not worth it is it, I'm just going to have to take it on the chin.

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

            *not Watkins. Dunno where that came from

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

            That’s 4 villa players

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

              I know, I wrote Watkins by mistake instead of wilson, then forgot to erase Watkins

              This is very helpful

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Take hits galore, no way I could tolerate that many being out

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

                  It's not about toleration. It's about what will be the way forwards that scores me the most points by gameweek 38. That might be swallowing a stinker of a week

        7. jamie1972
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Got Grealish in last night just in case I forgot about the early Friday deadline.

          Went well....

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

            At least you caught the price rise.

        8. dylano21
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Maybe a difficult question but which combination is better ?

          A) Walker + Bamford -4 points
          B) Soucek + DCL

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

          200,000 have transferred in Wilson for this GW.......

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lol

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

            Haha

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Wow

          4. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Love it. Early transfers are very rarely a good idea.

          5. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He might still go up in price tonight!

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              With these knee-jerkers, he'll probably drop instead! 😆

          6. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Below 175 000 to be more precise, but yes 😉

        10. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What a start to this over.

        11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cancelo starting and Mendy,Walker benched 🙁

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

            Cancelo dead as an FPL option

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

            So Cancelo's probably not much an option now. Shame.

            Probably another transfer I need to make

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

            No Cancelo at the weekend then

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

              Yeah, waste of a WC pick for me.

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

          Interesting Liverpool team

          Kelleher
          Williams
          Matip
          Fabinho
          Robertson
          Henderson
          Wijnaldum
          Jones
          Mane
          Salah
          Jota

          Firmino nailed for the weekend? 😉

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            No Adrian?

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

          Worked out not too bad for me, only got Grealish in that fixture. Not sure if it’s even worth taking him out for a week.
          I guess my dilemma of who to play out of kwp and Lamptey is solved, play both. Or should I start Bissouma for one?

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            KWP and Lamptey sounds good.

        14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Neco Williams to start vs Wolves?

        15. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What to do with Sterling? Is he big rotation risk now?

        16. mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Are we all starting Grealish in case the match is played during gw11?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yes

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

            I have no words for this...

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

            Indeed sir

        17. Netters2018
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Is it worth using a free transfer swapping martinez? I only have 4.7m to replace and not sure i like anyone else at that price.

          1. abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He will get a double GW soon and have a great fixture, so what is the point of wasting a transfer on him?

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

          Is watkins to Bamford worth ft?

          Or just bench watkins...thanks

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            It's worth a free transfer if there's nothing else to sort. But if you have faith in Watkins for the next 3/4 fixtures, I'd hold.

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yep, and long term well worth it I’d say

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

            Bamford plays Chelsea. So just bench.

        19. tuvok
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Aren’t the doubles set to be around GW18/19? Not sure they are an important factor to consider when deciding to keep villa players

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

            City is one of the fixtures and spurs or everton the other. Do we really need to keep Martinez for that.

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

          Jota playing now with Firmino rested for the weekend

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

            Yeah possibly, Jota next for the bench.

        21. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          How's this for a plan?

          GW11: Kilman --> James

          GW12: DCL + Soucek --> Bamford + Jota.

          0.3 wiggle room for price changes should be enough...

          Martinez, Forster
          Robertson, Chilwell, Dallas, Masuaku, Kilman
          Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek
          DCL, Watkins, Brewster

        22. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Wolves match next in risk, but after Jimenez injury and Kilman being dropped it doesn't affect many teams.

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

            Wtf happened to wolves

        23. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Foden better not get 90....

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

          Walker Stones Laporte Mendy likely back 4 v Fulham?

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

          Semado to Mendy worth a bash for free?

          Having to start Semado if not