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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. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Alison injured?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Suspected Covid I read

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      left out as a precaution. tight leg muscle

  2. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Watkins misses penalty, has goal ruled out in 90th minute, triple villa postponed, cancelo dias both start. What a roller coaster of a ride. Martinez Cancelo > Mccarthy James for free i think. F*** it

  3. Sedemuda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Was going to get Jota for Grealish. However, I think he gets his rest this weekend as starting again tonight.

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Overthinking. He will be tested for the last CL game next week. Definitely gonna start hes their best player rn bar Salah.

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Too bad Kelleher is 4.5 and not 4.0

  5. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Martinez
    Robertson Chilwell Cancelo
    Fernandes Son JamesR Grealish Foden
    DCL Vardy

    Forster Brewster Dallas Ferguson

    1 FT, 1.7 itb

    So was initially thinking one of the below options to get KDB in, but I’d say that’s out of the window now...

    1. Robertson JamesR >> Vestergaard KDB (-4)
    2. JamesR Vardy >> KDB Watkins / Wilson (-4)
    3. Foden JamesR >> Stephens KDB (-4)

    So, any suggestions on how to overcome this postponement ??

    Thanks

    1. Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I wish my problems were this simple, JamesR, Vardy > Che Adams, KDB.
        replace Adams with watkins or Wilson next week if you really want but Soton play BHA then SHU next two weeks so id even keep him for Sheff

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks for the reply.

          So you’d keep Martinez in goal for now?

          1. Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
              1 month, 26 days ago

              would I take hit for a GK? nope, and I think JamesR and Vardy are bigger problems than losing the 2 points youd probably get from a GK

      • Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        People saying Firmino rested, I think he's more likely dropped. They don't play until Sunday. They have 4 days and are playing at home so no travel. Rather dropped than rested imo.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Jota is more suited to playing against teams like Ajax and Atlanta up front because of the space they leave. However in the prem against teams like Wolves Firmino will be needed to create the space

          1. Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yes definitely, I see both Jota and Firmino starting. I just don't buy this Jota will be rested against Wolves.

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nah, he's not dropped. There is plenty of football to be played for all 4 players.

          Plus, Firmino is the least prima donna of the group, he is needed for his crazy energy and effort.

      • Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Given the news this is how my squad is looking to set up.
          Martinez (Still Nyland backup)
          Chilwell Justin Cresswell Kilman
          Ziyech Salah Fernandes KDB
          Brewster DCL

          Bench: Mitchell, Wilson, Grealish
          no FT 0.1ITB
          Should I just take the points loss here or is it even worth considering taking more hits to fix the issue, i dont really want to free hit as ill lose the two transfers i made this week and will only have 1ft, I was planning Ziyech, Mitchell > Jota, Dias next week.

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Best max 6.6 forward who will probably play this week?

          A) Bamford
          B) Antonio
          C) other?

          1. Croaker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            A

          2. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            dont forget Adams

          3. Il Capitano
              1 month, 26 days ago

              C) Adams

          4. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            With Cancelo starting, he looks like a transfer I need to make... Cancelo > RJames, would you do anything else here? Possibly Martinez > McCarthy/Mendy?

            Martinez (Steer)
            Cancelo - Coufal - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
            Salah - Grealish - KDB - Soucek (Burke)
            DCL - Kane - Werner

          5. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            How comes the champions league lineups come out sooner than one hour before kick off?

          6. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Is the match postponement actually a push in the right direction for Martinez owners?
            Yes imo and this is why;
            - Heaton is back fit now and offers competition to Martinez, I wouldnt be surprised to see him get a start somewhere down the line
            - Martinez has only got 1 cs in the last 5, and only 2 save points in the same 5 (both of which came in the same game). That five weeks is probably around the time many people actually wildcarded him in, so he may not have performed as well as people expected in comparison to his 3 cs in the first 4.

            You should all switch to McCarthy, or Fabianski if you can afford

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Is it worth a hit

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Not sure, with no keeper you get 0.
                With a -4 you have to get a cs to get any profit, and even then you only gonna get 2 points unless he gets some save points or some haul. If he concedes your possibly on a -2/3 or something

                They are playing Brighton so maybe CS will be intact, hard call really.

            2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Going Mendy

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yea Mendy is a nice option, just hard to sacrifice a Chelsea spot for a kepper, its like picking Alison from Pool.

            3. Croaker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Fab has MU Leeds Palace Chelsea
              MCarthy has 2 good fixtures then a tough run until March
              Martinez has Wolves Burnley WBA Palace

              I can’t see the point of switching currently

            4. Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I've learned that once you have a GK you are with them until death do you part, as soon as you start fiddling with the GK the one you dumped will save a pen and the one you bought will start shipping goals.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Hasnt worked out like that for me in the past, for instance last season switching to Henderson for the double up with Lundstram was a clear winner, I started with Heaton which was awful. This year I started with Guaita which has also awful, I moved to Fab last week.
                  Rotating keepers never seems to work out, I vouch for that

            5. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Phew. Dodged a cancelo bullet there.

              Sorry owners

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Maybe Pep has resorted a 2 game rotation basis?

                1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Yeah why not. Who knows by the way?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I know, just speculating

            6. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Looks like it could Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez this weekend then?

            7. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Blue Horseshoe loves Grealish to Mahrez

            8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Cancelo to Dias could be worth it or just play Riedwald/Neco Williams?

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                for a hit that is

              2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Nope. Neco might play

            9. Tmel
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Best Martinez replacement for the medium term? (up to 5.2 to spend)

              1. stu92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Mandy probably depending on how much Chelsea cover you already have.

              2. Pino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                You know that Villa will have now 2 extra GWs to play?

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  you have no diea when that is, it could be 10 weeks away before they even get a double

            10. Sloane426
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Mendy 5.9 is now essential

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Um ok

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Never playing the roulette again,sorry.

                1. Sloane426
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Guranteed to start v Fulham

                  1. Sloane426
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Guaranteed*

                  2. Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Laughing out loud

                  3. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    How?

              3. Croaker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Do I get my money back if I’m not wholly satisfied?

            11. Hryszko
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Cancelo replacement.. who would you prefer?

              1. RJames
              2. Mendy
              3. Reguillion

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Im going 1

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                1 if you have Dias

                1. Hryszko
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I don’t have Dias

              3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                3

            12. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Foden owners unite, he starts!

            13. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Dias benching incoming this weekend

            14. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS – ALISSON OUT WITH LEG INJURY!
              Team to play Ajax: Kelleher, N Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Mane, Jota
              Subs: Adrian, Jaros, Firmino, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi, R. Williams, Cain, Clarkson

              MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
              Team to play Porto: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Garcia, Zinchenko, Rodri, Fernandinho, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Torres.
              Subs: Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Jesus, Laporte, De Bruyne, Mendy, Mahrez, Doyle.

              1. stu92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Why was Klopp moaning about lack of five subs meaning he couldn’t give Robertson a rest, and then he goes and plays him 3 days later?

                1. ClassiX
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Honestly not sure if he actually has anyone else who can play...

                  1. stu92
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    The left back they spent money on in the summer currently sitting on the bench possibly?

                    1. Inazuma X1
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Dude it's a must win game for them, Tsimikas is not good enough.

                      Robbo is their only creative player

                  2. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Tsimikas

                2. Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  What? Must win game for them

              2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                KDB C locked in

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Now to figure out how to get him in.

                  1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Like Timon said to Simba, good luck!

              3. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Alison has a muscle issue, will be fine for the weekend as per Liverpool Forums

              4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                That's a worry as a Jota owner. May not start v old club.

            15. Joey Tribbiani
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Jesus benched, Aguero not in the squad.

                Transfer Jesus in?

              • stu92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                A) take a hit to replace Martinez for this week (4.8 max, would need a clean sheet to justify it really)

                B) roll without any goalkeeper

                1. All about the galacticos
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  A

                  1. All about the galacticos
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    technically it's only a 2pt hit, with possibility of clean sheet points

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      unless he concedes a few goals, but equally save points and baps can help him out

                      1. All about the galacticos
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        martinez has been poor recently (no saves pts or baps), a good opportunity to transfer out

                2. PastaConcerto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Not worth the hit....barely for free

                3. Croaker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  B. You’ll thank me later

                4. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Villa still have good fixtures coming up. Could easily bring someone in for 2 points not worth it

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Ugh awful. Postponement of the Villa game with my non-existent bench and then Cancelo + Sterling both start a pretty much useless European game. No idea who will be fit, 4 players that could be out and just 1 sub in Lamptey.

                I have no idea what to do now.

                1. TLF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  It's a tricky situation for sure, won't really be able to make any decisions until we have all the info on Friday. Is there a chance Villa match is rescheduled to mid week ?

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    There is a chance of that. But I have two City players who I just brought in and got 0 each. I really hate this roulette. Honestly, it does look like Pep will bench both Sterling and Cancelo again at the weekend.

                    1. TLF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Yep, I knew the rotation risks with Cancelo ahead of Dias but went with him due to higher ceiling, I didn't expect Mendy to get back to full speed so soon though so think Cancelos a mistake that needs fixing, unless you can wait a couple of weeks until Mendy gets injured again. I have Sterling and Foden too currently, no KDB, Mahrez etc, worst possible trio !! 🙂

                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Think positively, it’s their time to shine and impress for this weekend!

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I don't think anything Cancelo can do will give make him start over Mendy at this point.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Could displace Walker at RB?

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        No chance. Especially since Walker is benched and well rested.

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          True, thoughts on Sterling at the weekend now? Seeing as Torres is starting again thinking Sterling could now start at the weekend

                          1. Camzy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            He could. I'm probably gonna hold Sterling. But I think my FT has to be to remove Cancelo. Cannot see him starting vs Fulham.

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Fair ok

                3. JVALDEZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I might free hit, 2 players not playing and a poor bench coming in. Plus cancelo

                4. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  FH

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I don't really want to FH. Because if I FH I'll still have the same City problems next week and will need to take a hit. I think I need my squad to be in good shape before I FH knowing I'll get them back the following week.

                5. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Sterling to Bruno/Mahrez or even Salah if you downgrade Cancelo.

                6. Olson
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  3 Villa, Wilson and Cancelo.

                  No sub keeper. Brewster, Justin Mitchell.

                  Same really. Fairly dire situation but not really one I'm sure warrents hits. At four points each I could easily take a couple, come out down

                  Might just stomach the bad week or downgrade Cancelo and Upgrade Mitchell, keeping all players with a game in hand

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I think you should make moves that you'll want long term and take hits for them.

              • Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                So next gw Jota rested and Mahrez starting?

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I think so

                2. Harn1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I think so too

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                People selling Cancelo, isn’t it a bit soon considering he can play both left and right back?
                Increases his chances of playing at least

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Both Walker and Mendy rested though, maybe there is some hope if Cancelo is subbed off early but unlikely

                2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Walker on the bench tonight with Mendy too mate, so it doesn’t look good(Cancelo owner)

              • DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                What to do with Sterling now.

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Get KDB

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Hold and hope

                3. Camino Aleatorio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  If he is subbed at 45-min and Mahrez comes in....that good news for Stereo holders and new terror for the Mahrez kids

                4. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Torres is starting again, could indicate Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez front 3 I think

              • g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Mahrez tucked up for the weekend 🙂

                1. Camino Aleatorio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  It appears so, lot's of kids are going pile into the probable sacking of Fulham.

              • Woy_is_back
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I hope the villa game is still played this gw. Dont want to make a gk transfer

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I’m debating whether it’s worth a FT at all

              • NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                And that's why you're not supposed to have Mitchell in your team anymore, or another random 4.0 def or 4.4 mid.

                It's covid, the ultimate gatecrasher

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Any ideas what’s happened to him? Wasn’t even on the bench last week.

                  Palace looking shaky, never know he could play this weekend now

                  1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    No idea. I think PVA is waay in front of him