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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. PlayPercentage
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 hours ago

    So does this mean that FUL and MCI are now able to fulfil their fixtures in GW17, this coming Sunday?
    That's a miraculous recovery.

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 hours ago

      No Fulham Burnley still a doubt.

      1. PlayPercentage
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 hours ago

        So, another postponement by FUL will change the picture once again.

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Doubt anyone cares about the burnley fulham game with Taylor out.

            1. Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              correct

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 hours ago

      Thoughts on this early FH 18 draft?

      Leno
      Dias, AWB, Dier
      KDB, Fernandes, Son, Mahrez, Saka
      Kane, Wilson

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 hours ago

        I like it, makes me more keen to pop the FH on 18 myself

      2. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 hours ago

        Don't like Dier Mahrez Saka Wilson

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 hours ago

          Who do you think are better picks that week?

          Mahrez is a punt but if Torres and Jesus have COVID he should start. Saka looks like a great enabler with a good fixture and Wilson plays the worst team in the league. Dier could be another Arsenal or United defender but prefer to spread the risk.

      3. ivantys
          2 months, 7 hours ago

          I rather Bellerin than AWB.

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Even with Leno in goal?

            1. ivantys
                2 months, 7 hours ago

                Bellerin has higher upside, you could change keeper I guess but probably lack cash to upgrade Leno. Change Dier to Bailly if you need a united defence.

          2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Happy that I own 7 of these players without FH 🙂

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 hours ago

          Who is safer for the DGW along with Dias:

          A) Stones
          B) Cancelo

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Cancelo way higher cealing

            Stones saves some cash

            No idea who starts both (if any)

            Wait until we get more news about who was potentially infected?

          2. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            B - proviing he doesnt have covid. wait for presser

          3. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            niether

            1. JJeyy
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              neither

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 hours ago

          i dont have a clue what to do......

          1. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Relax and see what Mark / Ben Crellin / LR do

          2. Tango74
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              I loaded up for GW19 badly

              I have 3 players that have 3 fixtures

              And 3 single g18

              So I prob could max to 9 playes for GW18 , I think I do that and not FH.

          3. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            I currently have 10 DGW players in my team, will be 11 once I do Kane > Vardy next week....

            Question is, what do I do now?

            Martinez,
            Coufal, Dias, Dallas
            Grealish, KDB, Salah, Bruno
            (K)ane, Adams, Bamford

            (Peacock, Mitchell, Burke, Dunne)

            0.5 ITB

            Roll the FT? Feel I may do FH in 18 so would be a waste but not sure who I want to lose from my current DGW 19 players.

            1. Davekitson
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              Mitchell --> Johnson at west ham possibly worth a dabble

              1. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 hours ago

                Better to maybe to Dunne > Johnson seeing as Mitchell might actually start getting mins?

                Feel like Dunne is done

                1. TimoTime
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Or even Struijik? Although does take up a Leeds spot...

          4. Davekitson
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Dull transfers admittedly but do these seem sensible with 2 FT to use before FH18? View to maxing out DGW19

            Taylor + Nyland --> Lowton + Areola

            Johnstone - Nyland

            Taylor - TAA - Dallas - KWP - Mitchell

            Sterling - Salah - Fernandes - Raphinha - Son

            Bamford - DCL - Brewster

            With a view to -8 GW18 for Son + Brewster + Mitchell --> Bowen + Adams + Dias or something similar

          5. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Cavani banned for 3 games

            1. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              ?

          6. Nespinha
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            Rate this BB19 team

            Mccarthy, Johnstone
            Dallas, Robbo, Balbuena, Coufal, KWP
            KDB, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Raphinha
            Bamford, Adams, Antonio

            1. Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 7 hours ago

              Are you wildcarding this week to get that team ?

              1. Nespinha
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 hours ago

                Nope, already have it

          7. GS456
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 hours ago

            United defence a good option now?

            1. ivantys
                2 months, 7 hours ago

                Was always good option but lack of budget buys with Lindelof out.

                1. GS456
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Bailly?

                  1. ivantys
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Yeah but Lindelof could be back soon and I don't want waste another FT on him. Shaw also isn't nailed. Maguire if you really want one.

              • sergioaguero67
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 hours ago

                Ferran Torres a good shout for the 3 home fixtures?
                Given the absence of Gabriel Jesus
                Please help

                1. nico05
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Considered this he should get a good 120 mins across the 3 I suspect

                2. yakirh
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  For Free hit - yes, for DGW 19 and beyond - no

                3. ivantys
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    He'll start the ones Aguero miss for sure, but is Jesus out for long?

                  • Gun gun
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    Covid

                4. Hybrid.power
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Even with this news I only have 5 actual players for the blanks. I also have Taylor who is injured and Ridewald and Mitchell as my cheap fodder. Ugh.

                  1. Blue&White85
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    I now have 4 for the blanks and 13 for double (Son & DCL no double).

                  2. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    Yeah it's still FH in 18 for me. It's more about the players you own rather than the number of players. I'm not comfortable going into that week without KDB and Kane who I don't own.

                5. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  I'd 13 planned for the Double on BB but anything could happen, seems madness to even try and predict anything. You could load up with City, then boom they play a side who has Covid issues and you're in trouble again. Wild

                6. nico05
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Could anyone give me their thoughts on my team please? 1FT 0 available
                  McCarthy
                  Justin-Reguilon Cancelo
                  Salah Bruno KDB Grealish Neto
                  DCL Bamford
                  Holding-Brewster-Taylor

                  Thank you

                7. Flynny
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 hours ago

                  Im Going to have to decide on either rashford or kdb I think for dgw19

                  Rashfords price makes things so much easier....

                  Is kdb essential?? Or possible to go without.....thanks

                  1. nico05
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    Id go for KDB.
                    Do you have Bruno or any other city attackers?

                    1. Flynny
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      I've got bruno....

                  2. yakirh
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 hours ago

                    KDB for me

                  3. ivantys
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Depends what you could do with the other cash, for me it allows Vardy so i'm tempted.

                      1. Flynny
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Issue is will vardy start twice in 3 days......

                        1. ivantys
                            2 months, 7 hours ago

                            Yup true but problem is if go KDB would need a budget striker and none of those except Bamford and Wilson are worth it and I already have both lol.

                      2. Caleb's Kitties
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Salah KDB Bruno essential imo for dgw19.

                    • George Agdgdgwngo
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      I’ll be playing 7-8 gw18 and not playing the FH chip.

                      This could be a very valuable chip further down the line with more doubles to come.

                      I’ll be using BB in gw 19

                      1. DA Minnion
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Same . Not sure about 19 though. What about below?

                    • DA Minnion
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      McCarthy
                      Coufal Dallas Dier
                      Grealish Salah KDB Bruno
                      Kane Watkins Bamford

                      Kilman Stephens Taylor
                      Could I get away with keeping two transfers for next week to assess the situation.
                      First 11 should play. Thoughts please.

                    • Lev Yashin
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      I love it when a plan comes together.

                    • Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      GW18: 12 players (including Brewster, Lewis & Mitchell)
                      GW19: 8 double players + Gabriel + Saka (NEW) + Son (shu)

                      2FTs + 2.0 ITB

                      I don't think I'll use a FH then. I've used my BB already, no I can just find a balance and make a trnasfer or two for GW19.

                      Glad I don't need to think too hard about things. I can start thinking about which players I actually want to own on merit haha

                    • Greenbackbøøg…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Will city chelsea go forward or not?

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Yeah why not?

                      2. HM2
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        City are back in training so i don’t see why not

                      3. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Depends on what Pep wants

                    • sergioaguero67
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Ederson the safest pick from Man City?

                      1. Lord Flashheart
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        100%

                      2. UshFPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        He could have covid

                    • Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Captain:

                      A) Salah (sot)
                      B) Bruno (AVL)
                      C) Son (LEE)

                      1. Lord Flashheart
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Kane

                    • Lord Flashheart
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      DCL to martial anyone?
                      for free

                    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Hi lads, plan to maybe BB in GW 19. How do I get Son and still get a decent BB team? Mahrez out obviously. 1FT, 1.4ITB

                      Martinez,Button
                      Chilwell,KWP,Justin,Coufal,Mitchell
                      KDB,Mahrez,Salah,Bruno,Soucek
                      Che,Bamford,Wood

                      Thanks!

                    • fylde2022
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Would you FH this team in GW18?
                      (Will have 7-8 playing players.)

                      Martinez
                      Dias Taylor Bednarek
                      Salah Son Bruno Soucek Zaha
                      Watkins Kane

                      Button Dallas Coufal Bamford

                    • Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      despite having (meticulously) planned for bbdgw19, the injuries and lack of city assets in my team make me go towards wc17 bb19 and keep fh for later on.

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        i mean wc18

                      2. TheDragon
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Ye KDB having a double but needing Spurs for this week coupled with Taylor injury has ruined my plans

                        Really can’t see a good solution

                    • Fantabulous KdB
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 7 hours ago

                      Do we know who in ManC has been tested positive, especially Dias and Cancelo?

                      1. Gun gun
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 hours ago

                        Cancelo ederson walker jesus torres

                        1. Wicked Weapon
                            2 months, 7 hours ago

                            Says who ?

                            1. Gun gun
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 7 hours ago

                              So many news on this alr

                        2. Wicked Weapon
                            2 months, 7 hours ago

                            I need to know this info as well, a lot hinges on it for me.

                        3. Zladan
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 hours ago

                          Lamptey to Stones seem a no brainer to you too?

                          1. Lord Flashheart
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 7 hours ago

                            no one in city is a no brainer at th emoment , except KDB nd ederson

                        4. gooberman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 7 hours ago

                          This fixture announcement isn't gonna change my plans. Still gonna have to FH GW18 and still gonna go ahead with my planned 2 free transfers this week Grealish to Soucek and James to Robertson.

                        5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 7 hours ago

                          Konsa to Stones for free? Already have Dias

                          1. Gun gun
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 7 hours ago

                            Why do u need to double up vs chelsea?

                        6. BEEZUS
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 7 hours ago

                          Pick two of

                          A) Adams
                          B) Watkins
                          C) Rodrigo

                          1. ivantys
                              2 months, 7 hours ago

                              Tough picks as don't like any of those lol.