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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    CHELSEA : Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Giroud
    Subs: Arrizabalaga, Silva, Abraham, Werner, Tomori, Kovacic, Gilmour, Havertz, Emerson

    ASTON VILLA : Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Traore, El Ghazi, Watkins
    Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Hourihane, Nakamba, Engels, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Lol Chilwell

    2. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Well I wanted to buy Chilwell. Crap

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

      Chilwell's ankle cursing Lampard right now

    4. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Zouma not even benched

    5. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Zouma and James 😆

    6. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No Zouma

    7. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No Zoom

    8. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      zouma not even in squad? more punishment

    9. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks!

    10. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      James not in the squad .. why did I stick ..

  2. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    THATS ENOUGH OF MITCHELL, ROY. SUB HIM

  3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    If Liverpool vs Newcastle is off I’ll be down to 6 players, please no!

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wtf is this abt man. Don do me like this

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        City have many positive cases and played Newcastle two days ago, Newcastle play Liverpool tomorrow so may also have positive cases amongst the squad meaning the game could be in jeopardy

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          But Newcastle played Palace a few days before their outbreak, and Palace's game went ahead the next week.

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          They play on Wednesday

    2. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Same. it will be postponed for sure.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No it wont definitely be postponed

  4. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    No Zouma. Unreal

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

      Got Mitchell 3rd on my bench. Hope he doesn’t jam a CS and I don’t get him on

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Poor management to have him last on the bench really

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Coufal, Brewster and Douglas coming in for DCL, KDB and James. Nightmare

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Klopp doesn’t want Covid infections to spread from Newcastle players

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

        They are negative if they play so won't spread

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Can Newcastle players catch it enough to be infectious about 3 weeks after pretty much the while squad had it?

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          *whole

    • Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Riedewald 3pts banked

    • Horlicks esq.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Proposal to add ‘Covid Pick’ to squads giving us an extra man in such cases.

      Winning fpl this season is only ever coming down to pure luck. Skill is out the window for me.

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Sounds like a good idea as it is not injury related.

      2. Bilbao Baggins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Nah play the cards you're dealt I think . Cautious players (not me) who have strong subs for Covid are being rewarded potentially now. It's fair play. Everyone else is on the same playing field.

      3. Horlicks esq.
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yes, a player picked that hopefully is never needed, using a fund pot equal to all fpl managers. Maybe variable depending on players missing. So if KDB is missing you can pick a player of equal or less value etc.

        Nobody’s fault this happens, more important things to it than fpl but it’s such a knock to plans

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

      Zouma not in the squad... looks like I'll need my full bench haha

      1. Hawk Eye
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        My bench is already all-in...

    • Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No Dias, no James, hey there Mitchell!

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Leicester must score mitc hell last on m benhc hell

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

        Quit

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is Burke injury serious? Really need a point off my bench this week

    • Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Mendy and Chilwell check.

      Grealish Red would be tasty

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      scenes

    • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I have done had KDB and Sterling did early transfer now before covid news. Cancelo in.

      Before this gameweek did
      Zaha and Grealish OUT
      Son and Soucek IN

      I can only laugh. Was going to field 9 gw18 as it was!

    • DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Was cursing myself for getting in Taylor over Stones this morning. Worked out.

    • KEVIN DE CLAUS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Chilwell to Zouma went well. Dear me. All three on bench in play. Hooold Mitchell!!

    • Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Getting plenty of use out of that sad KDB picture this year

    • Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No Cancelo, DCL for me and now Zouma is out. Lol

      It’s getting boring now.

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not for your rivals 😉

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Lol, true. But in a funny way I only enjoy the games when I have a playing interest. Otherwise the GW just bores me.

          1. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Well DCL would have been benched anyway and loads have at least 1 city. Zouma is a blow

    • Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Emi clean sheet and Grealish goal is all I ask for.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        who is Emi ?

        1. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Emiliano Martínez

        2. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Martienz

        3. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Emi Martinez

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Liverpool vs Newcastle will not be cancelled until the next round of testing. They have time to trace and test

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hope you’re correct!

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      bench of dcl, James and Lamptey looking quite strong for this GW

    • Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bissouma time tomorrow

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Very hard lines for city and Everton players owners

    • Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If no City game in BGW18, it may not be worth FH'ing I'm thinking.

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

      Mark has Salah C Mane VC, not saying it will be postponed but still not a good move to do that this season

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

        The main Pukki account speaking sense

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

          Always do.

      2. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Haha , schoolboy error. He would also have no defence. He would still come our of it with a triple digit score .

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If Mitchell owners get his points this week, it'll be some serious jam!

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

        I got him in this week as bench fodder lol

        Massive jam

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Unbelievable! Fair play though those slices of luck can live long in the memory!

    • NateDogsCats
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No KDB Dias DCL and Zouma now, I should have known 2 weeks was as long as a good period as I was ever going to get

      • Tango74
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I always say have playing bench due to Covid and rotation and not fodder

          People was saying u don’t need it