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Four clubs set to play three fixtures across Blank and Double Gameweeks

Fantasy Premier League managers have been thrown a wonderful New Year’s Eve gift by the powers that be with Thursday’s fixture rearrangements.

Manchester United’s Gameweek 1 trip to Burnley has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, putting it into Blank Gameweek 18.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are now due to host Aston Villa on Wednesday, January 20, adding to an already bumper edition of fixtures in Double Gameweek 19.

With these changes to the schedule it now means the following clubs all play in Blank Gameweek 18 and have two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19.

  • Aston Villa
  • Burnley
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United

So what does this mean for Fantasy managers? Well, regardless of chip strategy, it makes assets from these four clubs more appealing in the coming weeks, especially the two Manchester sides.

The additional of the Red Devils’ favourable trip to Burnley makes life a little easier for anyone considering the Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 18 simply because the pool of players has expanded.

As a result, the margin for potential success is arguably wider now as the chances of identical Free Hit squads will go down with an additional fixture. The same is true of Double Gameweek 19 although the list of potentially explosive assets was already rather high.

Either way, two more active teams in Blank Gameweek 18 (raising the total from 10 to 12) arguably decreases the need for using a chip either during or before that round.

Those looking to hold onto their second Wildcard now have an easier route to tackle Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 side-by-side with their free transfers considering there are now four clubs who play three matches across them.

Manchester City and Manchester United are likely to help form the spine for Fantasy teams across the globe in light of their appealing fixtures and array of decent options.

However, there are a few complications to consider, not least the fact that it has not been disclosed which players at Manchester City have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last week.

Thankfully, their next match (a trip to Chelsea) is challenging enough to put off investment anyway and we might get more information about the COVID cases either in the pre-match or post-match press conferences, if not from the team-sheet itself.

Manchester City’s next six fixtures

  • Gameweek 17: Chelsea (away)
  • Blank Gameweek 18: Brighton (home)
  • Double Gameweek 19: Crystal Palace (home) + Aston Villa (home)
  • Gameweek 20: West Bromwich Albion (away)
  • Gameweek 21: Sheffield United (home)
  • Gameweek 22: Burnley (away)

Manchester United’s next six fixtures

  • Gameweek 17: Aston Villa (home)
  • Blank Gameweek 18: Burnley (away)
  • Double Gameweek 19: Liverpool (away) + Fulham (home)
  • Gameweek 20: Sheffield United (home)
  • Gameweek 21: Arsenal (away)
  • Gameweek 22: Southampton (home)

Aston Villa’s next six fixtures

  • Gameweek 17: Manchester United (away)
  • Blank Gameweek 18: Spurs (home)
  • Double Gameweek 19: Everton (home) + Manchester City (away)
  • Gameweek 20: Burnley (away)
  • Gameweek 21: Southampton (away)
  • Gameweek 22: West Ham (home)

Burnley’s next six fixtures

  • Gameweek 17: Fulham (home)
  • Blank Gameweek 18: Manchester United (home)
  • Double Gameweek 19: West Ham (away) + Liverpool (away)
  • Gameweek 20: Aston Villa (home)
  • Gameweek 21: Chelsea (away)
  • Gameweek 22: Manchester City (home)

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1,143 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Ou yeah. Now what WC-ers????

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Now is the time to win against "casuals "

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Eh! Eh! Alright! Alright! Calm down! Calm down!

    3. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Wildcard again!

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Bench Boost now definitely for GW 19 methinks

    4. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I wildcarded 3 Burnley. So shh

  2. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Guess I'll GW18 FH followed by GW19 BB

  3. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Hi...A little bit lost with the rearranged fixtures....plan to free hit in 18 and bb19. 3.1mitb

    What to do here please Is? Is grealish to rashford worthwhile?

    I know grealiah has a double - but so does rashford and his games are better......thanks

    Martinez
    Robbo dallas coufal james balbuena
    Salah bruno grealish raphinha soucek
    Kane watkins bamford

    Thanks

    1. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I think KDB is the priority for DGW 19

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Hhhmmm...

  4. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Where do I go with this team? 1FT 0.0itb. Looking at TC19

    Martinez
    Stones balbuena taylor
    Salah kdb Bruno son soucek
    Kane bamford

    Forster kwp strujik davis

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Kane to Vardy for the double?

  5. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    What are the odds one of these new scheduled fixtures are postponed?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Pretty good

    2. Bielsa's Bucket
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Depends on the testing and if so how many test positive.

  6. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    This change can make BB 19 more viable for alot of people who are still holding villa and city

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Also makes TC a good option, those ManCity fixtures are good

    2. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yes, it certainly has for me.

  7. Tango74
      3 months, 18 days ago

      So it’s WC 18 bb 19 now

      Load up Man U , man c and villa abs Burnley

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        West Ham and Leeds have best DGWs though

    • HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Brain meltdown

      1. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        This.

    • 2OLEgend
        3 months, 18 days ago

        So, I was all set for FH18 and BB19, and still think I'm doing this, BUT.
        Would you do the following with DWG19 in mind

        Cresswell, Son, DCL -> Lowton, KDB, Adams

        A) Yes
        B) No

        1. 2OLEgend
            3 months, 18 days ago

            It will be for a -4

          • Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yes

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          With the new DGW announcements, want to be a bit punty... how is this move this week:

          Grealish > F. Torres

          Will have KDB, Torres + Dias for 19

          1. 2OLEgend
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I would hold Grealish for his double personally

              1. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Good point, will hold off

            • Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Torres will only play one so don’t like it tbh

            • Captain Vantastic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Torres apparently one of those who was tested positive for Covid.

              1. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Oh, big no then, thanks!

            • KAALI_DAAL
                3 months, 18 days ago

                You're a decade late mate.

            • yakirh
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Is this a good team for DGW19?

              (4-5-1)
              Martinez
              Robbo | Diaz | Dallas | Coufal
              Salah | KDB (TC) | Bruno | Grealish | Raphinha
              Bamford

              Just one hit required.
              Bench isn't worth bench boosting: 4.0 keeper, DCL, KWP, Brewster

              Would you change someone for another hit?

            • Top Dog
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Massive advantage to those that were not planning to use chips in 18. Could now navigate both without need for chips

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                They’ll still lose a lot of points

              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I've said it numerous times but I repeat both City and United play twice between 17 and 18 . Knocks and rotation are highly likely. No advantage at all , expect some screams when the lineups are announced

            • TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Well I’m in a right pickle now

            • Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Looks like Bench Boost's back on the menu, boys.

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Better than orc meat

            • Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Sigh. Took Fernandes out before Wolves for Kane to plan for 18.

              Conclusion: do not plan for anything in FPL until the Saturday morning

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                It's a friday deadline though?

            • circusmonkey
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Does KDB rival Salah as a triple captain candidate now?

              1. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                KDB had the better fixtures but hasn’t exactly been lighting it up so to speak

                1. only2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Also only 3 days between

            • Mweene
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Think I might wildcard in 18 instead of FH now.

              Only have 1 from united and city.

              1. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Same.

            • Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Hmm well have to WC again it seems?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Why? More fixtures now?

            • Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Lindelof essential

              1. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                He's injured.

            • Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Son, Vardy, Johnstone to Kdb, Antonio, Ederson... (-8) but captain KDB

            • shearer9
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thoughts on Son + Chilwell -> Bruno + Bailly? Got exact funds.

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Taking Son out before Leeds ?

              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Crazy move this week

            • Basil1977
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              With city and villa having a double in 19 makes bench boost instead of triple captian Salah a no brainer for me, 3 extra players Dias, Martinez and Grealish, just leaves Kane and DCL as single game week players once i remove Lamptey this week.

              Just need the news about city v chelsea and fulham v burnley being on to make my mind up about this weeks transfer.

              1. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                City game should be ok, but Fulham vs Burnley likely to be off unless you’ve read different news to me?!

            • TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              One week at a time lads, one week at a time....

            • davies
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Would you still FH18 with this lot?

              Martinez
              Dias *****
              KDB Bruno Son
              Brewster

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Hmmmm close can you bring in 1 or 2 more ?

            • Flynny
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              If I save ft in gw17 and free hit in 18, will I have 2fts in 19??

              Thanks

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Nope always 1 after a FH

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Thanks

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                No just one unfortunately

            • Pepeye
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 18 days ago

              City v Chelsea is deffo on but minus the City 5 with Covid

              1. The Mighty Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Do we know which City players have Covid?

              2. Basil1977
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                where did you here this plus which 5 city players have covid

            • JBG
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I have 7 players playing GW18 and full DGW19 squad. Ffs I don't need to do any fts(bar injuries or covid) going forward :/.

            • Bartowski
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Any idea why Team News is predicting Mitchell to play again? Surely Van Aarnolt comes back into the team.

              1. Captain Vantastic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Mitchell was MOTM in the game. Many think he'll retain his place on Palace forums.

                1. Bartowski
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Ah okay thanks, won't shift him for the time being.

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Matip to:
              A. Cancelo
              B. Dias

            • Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I think double city defence + Kdb is fine.