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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. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    It’s annoying that they didn’t postpone this morning before the deadline. It doesnt really affect me but its still frustrating

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not sure they could announce it before they had the meeting which was in the afternoon

    2. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I’m sure they considered the FPL deadline when making the announcement but imagine their hands were tied

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        🙂

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        You joke but the people who had the info undoubtedly transferred out their City and Everton players before the deadline!

        1. seanie3
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yes of course they did

        2. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Very few would've had that info. Only people working at PL or those clubs. You'd say they have advantage with leaked line ups anyway.

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I don’t think anyone in the fa knows or cares what fpl is

        4. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I did that without the info

  2. Davros
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Big red arrow for me today- nobody playing...

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      End of week what counts.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        If he’s like me, he had plenty of players involved tonight. I had 6, none are playing.

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I assume chelsea city likely to be called off as well ?

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Imagine so

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Awaiting news on that, should have an idea by close of play today...

  4. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I take it in chance we hear when City v Everton will be rescheduled for before today ends? Would like to know if City will have a DGW in 19 as well

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      No chance*

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Perfect 1-1 result for non owners

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Aye

    2. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Go away

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Echt

    4. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Mildly annoyed Justin owner here.

      1. Davros
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Almost an assist for Justin there

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yes, that was frustrating!

    5. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      And fans of neither side

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    This is a silly season - royal rumble - only rule is no rule - madness - tornado

    Those that can remain unemotional and make consistent good decisions will do well

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      They still won't do well as covid impact can't be predicted

      1. Pitch Perfect
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Expect the unexpected. Have a good bench.

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Awful managers just using it as an excuse.

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I'm doing well myself but it is a bit of a nonsense it's completely random

  7. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Zouma not even in Chelsea's squad today. Armageddon stuff, this week!

  8. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Quite a big advantage to Everton and city getting postponements in middle of crazy festive block.

    Plus more time for aguero to get back.

    Can’t help but feel if it was a team like saints who couldn’t keep their Covid bubble. Then it would be a forfeit.

    1. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I’m inclined to agree, although Newcastle got their game off when it happened to them.

    2. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Good for Everton not for City

  9. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Johnny Evans top of the BPs with no CS?

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Said it last gameweek and I'll say it again this gameweek, KDB has single handedly ruined my season!

    Lamptey was due back this gameweek, shock he's now out for ages so have no cover for DCL and KDB!

  11. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I need a PA to deal with all of these changes. Plans for GW18 forward are as blurry as a night out with the Happy Monday’s. (Ironically there’s nothing happy about today.)

  12. arndff_
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Who scores more this GW?

    a) Chilwell (AVL)
    b) Dallas (wba)

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Wait and see dude

  13. Olson
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Really looking forward to Villa tearing up Chelsea

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not gonna happen

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Targett, Grealish and Watkins in this game now that Zouma is out.

  14. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Man City played Newcastle Saturday, who Liverpool play Wednesday... Could the Liverpool game be called off? I have Salah (c), KDB (vc) :/

    1. Horlicks esq.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Klopp mentioned earlier to be pushing for that

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Where is the Klopp quote?

        1. Horlicks esq.
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Only spoken of in here. Nothing official hence my language

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Possibly, yeah.

    3. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      They’ll be testing now. We’ll find out tomorrow.

    4. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Imagine they all get tested regularly, so it won’t be automatic but will depend on test results

  15. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Justin almost assist

  16. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    KDB owners, what are you doing? Selling or holding in hopes of DGW19 for City?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Keeping and waiting confirmation of DGW

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      See if Chelsea game gets canceled first then make a decision from there

    3. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Will wait till his prive is about to fall. If DGW is announced, I might keep him. Otherwise, gone for Son/Mane

    4. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I was going to keep him for City's nice upcoming fixtures anyway, including his single fixture in DGW19. So I'm just taking today on the chin.

    5. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks all!

    6. vincentwsho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      But then he plays in GW 18 as well and I wasn't planning to FH..... really tricky one...

  17. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Justin is providing assists in row but no one can finish

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nacho and Perez not great

  18. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Cancelo in as a part of a hit - f me, yeah...

  19. GE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    3 City and 2 Everton-players, yeah 🙁

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Why?

      1. GE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cancelo, Dias, KDB, Siggy and DCL

    2. GE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      And Zouma benched

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Zouma not in the squad

      2. Davros
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Not even on the bench

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      And Lamptey injured for me x

    4. JammySprat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Brutal

    5. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ouch. I offloaded KDB just in time, but still have double City defence with no cover.

    6. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      It's the siggy pick which is a great differential which you are extra punished for. Really is a casuals season 🙁

      1. GE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Feels so unlucky, luckily I have a half-decent bench

  20. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Perez really can't finish

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ashamed that could be a Justin's assist

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yup

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yes he can. I’m completely covered.

  21. Wirbelwind
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Blimey. Justin+Vardy would have been amazing. too bad.

  22. cigan
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Sold DCL, went for only 1 City player (Dias) on WC and made a last minute decision to bench Vardy as 2nd sub, after Soucek

    Hard to believe I could finally be in for some much needed good luck in this horrible season. Could still all go to hell as well tho lol

  23. JammySprat
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Be happy to get 11 players this GW. Going to be a question of who's captain does best for high GW score

  24. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Beautiful 1pt cameo from Vardy there.

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Non owners happy

  25. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wasnt there a gmwk years ago with just everton and blackburn? Pretty sure tim cahill scored

    Snow cancellations

  26. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Fixture congestion for City. Good luck in PL and CL Pep.

  27. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    If Liverpool game is off, last minute VC switch from KDB to Kane could be huge...

  28. Fat Ozil
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Blimey. Dodged one there.. Just did DCL- Bamford, and was preparing for an evening behind the sofa.

  29. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Great BANter

  30. Gnu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    If you do ban Fudger hopefully, can you add that idiot Sloane as well before he weighs in with his conspiracy theory mush.

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Get all the gammons in the bin

      1. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        🙂 Absolutely.
        And totally agree on your other comment that was in deleted thread.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Mods were quickly to deal with it in fairness.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            *quick