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Unexpected Blank Gameweek for Man City and Everton in COVID-19 postponement

Manchester City and Everton have both been handed an unexpected Blank Gameweek as their Goodison Park clash was postponed on Monday afternoon.

The two sides were scheduled to meet at 20:00 GMT on Monday evening but an “an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Manchester City squad” forced their hand.

As things stand, the identities of players who have tested positive remain undisclosed.

Meanwhile, with the compressed nature of the current schedule, Manchester City’s Gameweek 17 trip to Chelsea on Sunday is sure to be under threat already.

That is less than a week away and, with the self-isolation periods not specified, it is certainly possible that the number of players available for the Stamford Bridge visit to also be too high to field a full squad too – certainly something to monitor in the next few days.

Naturally, we wish those affected by the positive tests and their families our best wishes during this strange and unpredictable season.

The Fantasy Premier League fallout, of course, means Blank Gameweeks for popular assets such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) – although with the announcement coming after Monday’s Gameweek 16 deadline, none of us had any chance to pre-empt it.

As a result, a large number of managers will be relying on their benches over the next few days – perhaps increasing the need for returns from Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m), Max Kilman (£4.2m), Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) and the more highly-owned £4.5m midfielders such as Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) or André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m).

Moving forward, the silver lining to this development is that Everton and Manchester City are likely to have Double Gameweeks in the future.

Double Gameweek 19 is due to take place in January, with the two clubs currently only set for one fixture each – so they could meet during the midweek phase of that round.

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  1. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Kick in the balls for keeping KDB, but rescued as I accidentally made him (c)

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      On serious note, this is worrying for city players and wider impact on league

  2. GenerationalTalent
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Party coming on

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Lets hope the party is very lackluster. Wanted to bring in Son and Vardy for Kdb and DCL, but Rodgers comments put me off bringing in Vardy.

  3. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Crazy season continues

  4. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Hopefully they apply logic and cancel the fixture and give Everton the 3 points. Liverpool didn't get special treatment when they had 3 cases, they still honoured the fixture.

    1. Aidan269
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Stupidest take I've ever heard

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Is it? Clubs were warned as below

      2. THE LUCKY ONE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Agree with you entirely. It’s about number of cases and if you can field a squad

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Man city have 7+ cases apparently?

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Yer Da's opinion.

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        See below

    4. MCM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Villa haven't been given the win V Newcastle though. But with City's cup commitments it's going to be tough to find a time to reschedule I guess!

      1. MCM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I should add that I do not agree with handing EVE the 3 points, just pointing out City's fixture list going ahead may be very busy.

    5. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      This forum needs a whitelist/blacklist feature.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Magine sending people daily mail links in an attempt to make a point. Give yer head a wobble.

        2. THE LUCKY ONE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          The postponement was agreed with the Premier League - they made the decision.

          Main issue here is believing what you read in the Daily Mail!

  5. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    2 weeks ago I had Sterling Foden KDB.
    Today I have none.

    There is a god.

    1. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      And his son isn't Jesus

  6. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    A Mitchell cleanie wouldn't be the worst outcome to this City blank...

    HOLD!

  7. sandman58
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    That's Chelsea's next game postponed as they play City in a few days....

  8. Huddersfield
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Season over
    No city, everton , liverpool and newcastle.

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Liverpool and Newcastle?

  9. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Mitchell 3rd on my bench 🙁

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      That could work out - must be chance of other call offs tomorrow and Wednesday

  10. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Praying for Everton & City to be included in DGW19.

    Wildcards in tatters and Spurs attackers will have to be sold for hits in GW19.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Spurs have Sheff Utd in 19 though, they can outscore doublers.

    2. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Your seasons finished and rightly so for not holding onto the wildcard

  11. Syd.
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    City fixtures after the brilliant after the Chelsea game

    I am holding and hoping they get a DGW

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I have Cancelo + Dias and an easy move from Mane to KDB if they get DGW19. Would be lovely!

  12. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Kdb > son success without kicking a ball 🙂

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      His annual red card is pending...

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Red incoming thanks for that

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Until he gets sent off

  13. Sweetboi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Down to 9 players because of this. Shambles.

  14. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    This forum desperately needs a whitelist/blacklist feature.

  15. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Klopp wants the Newcastle game off.

    Wtf

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      He's insufferable.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        It’s ok for pep to do it but when Klopp does it he’s insufferable?

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          They're both insufferable.

    2. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Why would he?

    3. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      So he should

      Tract and trace should mean the Newcastle players need to self isolate form 10 days

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Where have you heard this?

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        The Gardener

  16. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    I have 0 Everton and 0 City players 😀

  17. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    This FPL season should not count towards anything... Such a sick joke

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      It doesn't really count towards anything, it's a game

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Wait. What?

  18. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    KDB and Davis to Vardy and El Ghazi done.

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Huh? Why man?!

  19. Sam-not-so-wise
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    de bruyne to kane and a full playing bench is looking like a GODLY MOVE

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Ahaha I got Ajayi and Mitchel in to back up my bench... unreal

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Midfielder to a forward?

      Not a godly move

      1. Sam-not-so-wise
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        but also davis to raphina

  20. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    KDB to Salah (C) -4 paid off so far thank God

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Err

  21. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Mitchell owners the real winners

  22. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Dominic to Wood have been so good, sigh...

    Time for Burke to shine

  23. Bennyboy1907
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Well done to those who kept faith in Mitchell! CS banked

    • Sweetboi
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      There’s been 2 postponed games and I’ve had 3 players in both of them. I hate this game.

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Thank god i did KDB to Salah

      1. Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Salah out too lol

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Wouldn't thank him yet.

      3. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Well done. Rumours that game is off too

      4. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        You didn’t have Salah already?! Wow

    • Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Did people on here have any idea about the cancelled fixture before the deadline?

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        No

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Rumour Newcastle game off now

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Lol

      2. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Rumour that you still haven't quit playing after 40 posts saying you would

    • Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Down to 6 players this gw if Ward doesn't get in.

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      It was City's request for the game to be postponed. Not sure it's the right call from City there, this will only pile up their fixtures.

    • Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Rodgers got too confident lol, donut

      You can't rest ALL your best players at the same time against anyone in the PL:

      Vardy, Maddison and Teilemans