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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. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    2FT a blessing if I have to sort this mess out

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Could need more.

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        KDB DCL already doubts (KDB more seriously if they don’t play next game either)

        Can manage with that. Hopefully no more

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Same. Not sure how/when I'll use them yet though

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      True. Bad luck bud. Really no one could foresee this

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    The least they could do is pause price changes until they give some clarity.

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Probably will. Happened with the Villa Newcastle players as well.

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Its pretty clear though since city have closed their training ground. Chelsea match will be postponed as well

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  4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    & to think I nearly did KDB Davis to Zaha Kane lol

  5. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Barnes coming into form. Anyone considering for DGW19?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yes but no slots unless BB

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell plays!?! wtf how lucky are owners AGAIN. Ultimate jam casuals

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Sold him over James last week.

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      This season is pure jam, can't be taken seriously. Only way to enjoy it is to just laugh.

    3. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      is this guy for real? game hasn't even started yet how do you even know if chilwell returns any decent points? jeez

    4. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Really
      Why casual
      Why jam?

      I had chilwell. Didnt drop him as not ruled out last week and even if so would be back, had value tied in him

      He was always playing tonight. After losing badly last game.

      Hilarious that people throw 'casual' around when their own hopeful predictions/assumptions do not come to pass....

      Borderline christianity idiots sometimes in here...

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        You need to ignore this utter pillock
        . He posts a stream of rubbish such as this to wind people up. Pointless and pathetic I know but he appears to derive some very childish entertainment from it.

        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Ah makes sense now. He must be a combo of 5 of the below

          A) single
          B) ugly
          C) virgin
          D) lives with his mum
          E) high school bully
          F) no mates

    5. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      He played last game so not a massive shock is it really. Quit worrying about everyone else all the time, the whining is incessant.

  7. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Can they cancel this GW already please? players dropping like stones here...

    1. djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Was Stones among the alleged positive tests? 😉

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I'd be happier if they cancelled the season

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        lol this...

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Laporte can cover.

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Stones has it too? 😉

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

      i second that

    6. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Stones not one of them is he?

    7. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      nah it's fun, bit like having panic snow reports

  8. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Thank god my bench is improved for BB in DGW19. Soucek and Balbuena in for DCL and James.

  9. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    What next in this unpredicatble GW? Brewster goal?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      That's a bit far fetched

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      It’s not that crazy

    3. yousunkmybattleship
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Behave

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Hat-trick

    5. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Brewster hatrick incoming

    6. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Brewster hatty

    7. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I’ll take it!

    8. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Salah bench

      Oh... TAA a certain benching though....

    9. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Imagine! Cometh the hour cometh the Brewdog.

  10. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    If city and Everton have a double in the blank week, I think a wildcard in that week could actually work.

  11. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Will Zaha be a Palace player after the transfer window?

    1. FantasyTony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yes. No team will pay what Palace will want for him. He's in a weird spot. Irreplaceable for Palace but not enough of a sure bet for a big team to splash out on him.

      He deserves another shot somewhere though.

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Would love Everton to go in for him. He’s been strongly linked in previous windows. I can’t see it, like, but he’d slot straight in.

    3. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Arsenal should have bought instead of that clown Pepe

  12. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    "Hello, is that Amazon Prime? Yeah my order seems to have been misplaced...can you tell me when Everton v Man City will be delivered?"

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Post your rating 1 - 5

  13. Wicked Weapon
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Listing personal positives for what is turning out to be a bleak GW :

      1) Got rid of KDB
      2) Took a chance with Zaha
      3) Salah (C) Kane (VC)

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

        as long as your alright aye

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Not having a deadly virus....

        1. Wicked Weapon
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Yet..

      3. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I strongly feel they should cancel the Euros to cope with the fixture backlog. Aside from flogging the players, it just seems all kinds of stupid to have teams & fans flying all over Europe while many still won't have been vaccinated.

        1. threeputt
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          good call that

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Yep agreed

        2. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Playing international matches was the biggest disgrace. Club bubbles were broken and then contaminated by a global free for all.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            This

      4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks to Covid, Salah could be out. I went Son captain while all the 8 mates ahead of me had Salah captain.

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Where did you hear that?

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Newcastle played Man City a few days ago.

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Alot will have Son/Kane Vc anyway.

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Atleast I dodge a bullet in not captaining Salah

            1. Sam-not-so-wise
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              how is it dodging a bullet, everyone has a VC.... its only an issue if the VC doesn't play too

              1. Dr Van Nostrand
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Some of us have it on Salah and Mane doh

              2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                What I mean is that were Salah to play, he would have hauled big and I did not captain him while the rest of my mates captained him.

      5. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        They will have to cancel the March international break to fit these games in

        1. Essan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Well that's about as sensible as not jumping out of an aircraft without a parachute. So obviously no chance!

        2. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Some German clubs refused to let players go.

      6. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        How much does Lampard dislike Emerson and Alonso to keep playing a supposedly injured Chilwell?!

        1. seanie3
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          he has to as emerson and alonso are liabilities.. should both go and play is the US league.

      7. syncker
          3 months, 15 days ago

          3 man city players plus DCL, ASM on bench, damn....

        • KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          2 weeks ago I had Robbo and Cresswell and I was happy. Now I have Dias and Cancelo, and Im sad.

        • TheBiffas
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Really need suggestions guys.
            2ft 1.3itb

            McCarthy
            Robbo Coufal Stones
            Grealish KDB Bruno Salah
            Watkins DCL Bamford