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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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Only COVID can stop the monster that is Ruben Dias

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lucky City sellers...

  3. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone knows why Castagne didn't feature today?

    1. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Rotation

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        rotation? Funny,he needs mins after long period of not playing

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Easing him back in, same for Madisson.

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

    COVID (C) next week anyone?

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

      I think I might go (TC)ovid

    2. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Who's your vc in case it doesn't go ahead ?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Brexit (vc)

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Famine. It's a new year, so new Horseman incoming.

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

    So basically Lampard replaced all non-performers in the last one game. Looks like a kneejerk reaction.

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Perhaps they underperformed due to fatigue

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He calld them lazy!

    2. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Should have replaced himself

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

      Could be true but doesn't it expose his coaching inexperience? Strong teams usually have the same set of starters.

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Chelsea would have done well with Poch

  6. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Never knew I'd be so thankful for 3 points from Jairo Reidewald!

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Haul.

  7. MikeS
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Maybe more games will get postponed.. manure next?!

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

      Who's that?

  8. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Are you keeping City def or instantly getting rid of?

    Let say that City won’t play GW17 too

    1. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Depends on your bench, I'm keeping

    2. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Obviously keeping they'll have a great DGW19

      1. Tango74
          2 months, 3 days ago

          the DGW players may have their game cancelled like today 🙁

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Will keep Dias. Might rid get of Cancelo as he's rumoured to be one of the players who have tested positive.

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

        Depends on bench but I am keeping Dias

      4. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Wasnt planning on playing Dias vs Che anyway

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

      Villa goals galore when they counter attack this 2nd string Chelsea defence (with Chilwell's dodgy ankle)... you can see it happening

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hope so. I've Grealish and Watkins.

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

        Really hope Grealish punishes sellers

      3. villa_til_i_die
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hope so!

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

          Do you support Villa or something?

    4. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Benched Watkins for Soucek, but I'll still be cheering him on here as it'll be a minor miracle if I get a playing first XI.

    5. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Unselfishly, I'm not sure it was the right call from Man City to request postponing the game. The season is already congested with fixtures and this is only going to add to their pile up. They have a SF with United soon, still in the FA Cup, CL and league.
      Surely they have enough players to play the game tonight?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Agreed

      2. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        of course they do

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

        It got passed quickly as Everton were going to rest half their team anyway.

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          City requested the postponement, happy to be wrong here , though, i think this was a bad call from the City hierarchy.

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

        It's not about not having players though. They might field players who haven't showed signs yet but could be positive which would put Everton at risk as well.

      5. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        They could have half their team with covid we don't know the details. Too early to comment. Safety of players first

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They all tested negative after Jesus and Walker were positive. In short let's face it, this pandemic is very difficult to control.

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

      Brewster goal pls

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not a hope.

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

          As long as he plays, that’s all

    7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Amazon saying they are awaiting news on tests for Newcastle v Liverpool game

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        GW up in smoke!

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

        Depends on COVID testing of players before game.

    8. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Anyone else fancy asking the same question 100x over?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Anyone else fancy asking the same question 100x over

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

          Anyone else fact chicken and chips tonight? Pass it on.

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        1) Is Everton vs Man City postponed?
        2) Is Newcastle vs Liverpool postponed?
        3) Will Man City play their next game vs Man City?
        4) When will Everton vs Man City be rescheduled?

        Think that sums it up.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          * 3) Will Man City play their next game vs Chelsea?

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Who the fk is Alice?

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

      I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this game week. More shocks to come

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah Liverpool game will be postponed.

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          And man utd

    10. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sold KdB and DCL for Kane and Raphinha. Lucky

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        No, well played

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Oh stop it 😉

      2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Was gonna do that. Decided to give them another shot and keep my 2FT...

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

        My exact moves

    11. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Chilwell starting is really surprising imo.

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

      Liverpool v Newcastle could be affected too according to Prime as Newcastle played Man City on Boxing Day...

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

        Well Bruno VC then. Only 9 playing players this week. I'll take it.

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

          Same

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

          I've got KDB and Dias (Wilson benched) and for some reason went Fernandes captain with Robertson vice lol...

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

        Ouch, waiting for test results then? Not sure the quarantine policy

      3. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Only good thing is Newcastle players didnt get within 5 yards of City one

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

          Excellent.

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

          😆

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

        Will be down to 6 players great ...

      5. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Genius' at Amazon Prime

        However, time for testing to check newcastle squad and theyve all had it already anyway.

      6. Pitch Perfect
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bamford VC. Let's go!

      7. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Will be fine imo

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

          I can only hope, and even if it does go ahead I need Salah to blank lol

    13. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      what is the point anymore

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

        Just be happy ... lots of lottery

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          the skill element of fpl has never been less effective this year

    14. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Will we found out which players tested positive?

    15. celticman
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      suicide watch i got 3 city and zouma and maddison screwed

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

        Unlucky bud

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Doubt it's that serious.

      3. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        RIP

      4. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Zouma out?

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

        Dont be so stupid.

      6. Pitch Perfect
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Just remember, there's always next year. And the year after. And the year after that. There's also the option of quitting and going back to watching football for the fun of it. Or fishing. Try fishing.

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

        At least you don’t have any pool players

    16. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Lucky that I kept my wildcard for this week, I've got a strong bench now and before I wildcarded I had no playing subs!
      Soucek, Dallas and Coufal coming on

    17. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Kdb and Brewster -4 to Kane and soucek not looking too bad so far

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Brewster will finally score but well played

    18. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Down to 9 if Liverpool game postponed...

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Why would Liverpool get postponed?

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

          See above

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

          It’s all over this website. So many posts. City played Newcastle.

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

          Newcastle just played city.

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

        Lucky you.

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

        Why would that game be postponed too?!

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Toon player City days ago

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

          When a team has their fixture cancelled, think about who they last played and the ramifications.

          1. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Didn't happen with Palace after they played Newcastle, though. Has there been any cases of it passed on between opponents during a game yet?

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

        Down to 6 mate (KDB, Dias, Salah, Robertson, C. Wilson)

    19. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Just hearing that this all started when City played Arsenal in London in the Carabao Cup...there was an outbreak in the hotel they stayed in.

      1. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Arsenal could be postponed too?

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

          No it was the hotel that Man City stayed in. Arsenal seem to be ok. At the moment at least...

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Islington Travelodge?

    20. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Wow ok. Makes me feel a bit better for selling Dias 2 weeks ago. Oh and KDB yesterday. Get well soon

    21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      #MCFC have taken the decision to close their training ground for the foreseeable future so very unlikely their weekend game with #CFC or EFL Cup semi-final v #MUFC will go ahead as scheduled

      https://twitter.com/alex_crook/status/1343603193540968450?s=21

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

        How are they going to practice sideways passes??????

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

        They’ll have to play matches after the season is meant to end at this rate

      3. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What a mess.

    22. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So I’ll finally get Soucek off the bench for DCL!

      Blank confirmed

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

        I brought him in for a hit with TAA and he paid that off nicely...

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Hopefully Liverpool game goes ahead

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

            I think that's what all managers are hoping for, even the Salahless ones too...

    23. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Thank God I viced Kane

    24. MSN
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Might as well be a blank gw for me if liverpool game is off.

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

        Let's wait and see...