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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. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Is there anyone else planning to just not use any chips over these next few weeks and save them for later in the season? Can field 10/11 quite easily in 18 and then have 8/9 DGW players in 19.

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

      Me. See my post a couple below

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

      Maybe triple captain as it’s a bit of a lottery

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Again, not sure. Liverpool - Man Utd might be a tight game and City play Villa who have been quite decent away from home. I’d argue KDB is prob the better choice out the two though for TC.

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      definitely dont FH18 if you can field 11. Props to you for holding City players!

    4. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I'll be well set for DGW19 don't think I can field enough in BGW18. Currently only 6 players for GW18 which includes Brewster

    5. LarryDuff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Later double gameweeks typically for me are a let down

    6. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      It's a possibility. Definately Not FH or Wc'ing.
      BB and Tripple capt not ruled out just yet. A lot can happen in 2/3 gw's .

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

    Cavani in? He is my ______

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

      Fill in the blanks?

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

        I prefer not to speak, really

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

      suspended

    3. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      sunshine, my only sunshine - he makes me happy, when skies are grey

  3. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Am I gtg?

    Martinez
    Dias Dallas Bednarek
    Salah Son Bruno Soucek Zaha
    Bamford Kane

    Button Watkins Coufal Taylor

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

      I'd play Coufal over Bednarek any day

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

    These extra fixtures come as a lifeline.... was becoming too risky to plan for chips now. I think you can navigate 18/19 using transfers and perhaps a cheeky TC on Salah or KdB (both having had Covid or club had Covid outbreaks so reduces risk )

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      When did KDB have covid?

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

        His team did. So less chance of a Man City outbreak

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Ah yes.

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

      That’s my new plan.

      Navigate 18 with 10 players and then TC Salah in GW19.

      Then have WC, FH & BB for later doubles.

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

        Yeah. I might navigate with even 8 in gw 18

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

        I was so far built for bb19 though. Might need to unwind coufal and Chilwell transfers to United or city defenders

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

      TC Salah the way Liverpool's playing, plus Salahs form? Plus they play United, never a goal fest, will be tight and cagey. But yall go ahead.

  5. Openboxman
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Is there any news on Charlie Taylor?

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

      Not fully assessed yet apprently... doubt for the game

      1. Openboxman
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers buddy

  6. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Is Stones viable as a City defender? 0.2 short of Dias

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

      He is viable you just may not get the double

  7. ivantys
      3 months, 13 days ago

      It might be good to at least VC someone who plays in the first day of the GW from now on.

    • focaccia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I need help digesting the latest news and how it affects my team - what would you do next with this:

      Martinez
      Cancelo - Chilwell - Coufal
      Salah - Bruno - Raphina - Grealish
      Kane - DCL - Bamford

      Subs: Forster, Dallas, Bissouma, Kilman

    • Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Bottomed

      Again thinking about burning a ft

      2FT/0.0 ITB

      Martinez
      Kilman, Chilwel, Coufal, KWP, Dias
      KdB, Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Soucek
      Adams, DCL, Bamford

      Any suggestions?

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

        KwP to Targett? (For 18/19 navigation)

        1. Tshelby
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          You think Villa is going to keep a CS in the dgw?

    • Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      any chance taylor will play the DGW19?

      1. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        waiting on a burnley press conference

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      For the DGW, is this worth a -4?

      Justin - Firmino - Rashford —> Dias - Watkins - Kdb

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        no

    • RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Here's my WC squad to take into 19 and beyond.

      Rip it apart, I'm sure there's improvements I can make

      Fabianski Johnstone
      Cancelo Coufal Balbuena Dallas Justin
      Sterling Bruno Rashford Barnes El Ghazi
      Vardy Bamford Tammy

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Would you use FH in 18 if you can field this without any hits?
      Cancelo, Maguire, Dias, Fernandes, Grealish, Son,DCL and Riedewald(1-pointer)

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

        Probably not but if Kane and KDB haul you're in trouble.

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

      Kane and Benrahma to Fernandes and Rodrigo for -4? (already own Bamford)

      A. YES
      B. NO

    • greggles
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I need a replacement for Charlie Taylor who will play 17, 18 and have a double in 19. I have 2m ITB. With doubt about Man City defenders because of covid, is Maguire a reasonable option?

    • turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Grealish and KDB very similar. Need a big couch if you don’t have but so annoying to own.

      Doesn’t change much for. Will stop some bench boosts though. Interesting times...

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Im not too worried about not having Grealish. He has United, City, Spurs in 3 of his next 4.

    • Oh Mane Mane
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Would you rather have Robertson or Vardy going forward?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I'd be more worried vardy don't start bpth 19 games

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

        Robbo

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      FH18 build for GW19 BB still makes sense because ManU and ManC are expensive assets and difficult to build a good 18 squad without getting rid of Salah

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

        Correct. That's why I am getting rid of Salah

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          That is dodgy

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

          This is very brave. Good luck. I can keep holy trinity now 😀

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

        I've currently got 10 gw18 players and 12 players with a DGW in 19 - no need to FH

    • LarryDuff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Why are people foaming at the mouth for city players? They havent shown a great deal of form from an attacking perspective and theres nothing to indicate this will change all of a sudden.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Brighton, Palace, Villa over the BGW and DGW, and then great fixtures thereafter

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

          Theyve had great fixtures for awhile and been a let down but I get your point

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

        This! No returns and heavy rotation guaranteed!

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

          Yep and people will still be surprised when their city assest gets rotated lol

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

        Have to say I agree. I have double defence and chuffed with my luck that they now have a double, but not rushing to KDB just yet

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

          Cant argue with their defensive assests. Have Dias myself and considering getting another

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Early planning for DGW19, would you prefer A or B?

      A) James & Rodrigo
      B) Cancelo & Decordova-Reid

      Thanks

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

        A if he’s fit

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Cheers

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

        A

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      This BB19 look good?

      Martinez • Fabianski
      Robertson • James • Dallas • Coufal • KWP
      Salah • Bruno • Grealish • Raphinha • Soucek
      Vardy • DCL • Bamford

      Who’s more of a priority to get this week. Robbo or Vardy?

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

        Vardy

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Lovely!

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      God, think I'm gonna end up with Triple City defence by GW 18

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

        No KDB? Which 3? Sterling punt?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Stones, Dias and Cancelo

          Don't love the attacking performances from City to justify the prices

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

            Covid can be an issue with Cancelo

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

        Could be a plan - would allow me to get Rashford instead of KDB

      3. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Are you bench boost 19 Miguel?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          BB GW1

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

        Will defo double up. Tripple up could be the way to go

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

      Cavani banned for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020.

      Martial essential?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        2 of the games are cup games

        Cavani rested for Double

        Besides no space for Martial or Rash now with Salah Bruno KDB Son and Kane

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

        Misses gw17 only

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

          Damn. Back to the drawing board

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

        Initially the news made me think Martial would be a good pick but now I'm thinking it lessens his chances of playing.

        Martial will play the next 3 games (1 league game)
        Cavani should play in 18, having been well rested (Maybe Martial will get a rest?)
        Martial/Cavani back to sharing minutes in the 2 19 fix?

    • Openboxman
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I cant afford Bruno, I've held KDB over him all season, a mistake i know, the plan was to swap KDB for Brunonfor his double.

      Now I'm tempted to keep KDB and swap Son > Rashford instead for the double.

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

      A) Play Mitchell vs SHU
      B) Play Taylor vs FUL (doubt for game)

      Would do Mitchell, but not sure he would start

      1. rokonto
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        A

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

        Taylor won't start either.

    • PogChamp
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I wonder what kind of team Ole will put out against Fulham considering the Liverpool game is 3 days before.

      1. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        It will be strong as Fulham are tough to beat now.

    • Charlie&TheLads
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      What is the opinion on Saka? I'm aware he is an injury doubt currently. However, WBA & Palace next two games.
      Thinking Salah to Saka to account for blank in GW18. Absolute madness?

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yes. Madness.

    • rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Opinions please....
      A. De Bruyne, Oriol Romeo, Fabio Silva
      or
      B. Soucek, Neto, Vardy

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

        B

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 13 days ago

          B

        • ZAMUNDA
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          B

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          A

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Relax about the new fixtures. Stick with your original plan for the time being.

        Consider the following

        A) Can you trust KDB to improve his form, having a double is not going to mean he suddenly becomes a points hauler.

        B) Apart from Grealish, are any Villa players worth considering? Watkins could be renamed Watfor 😉

        C) Apart from Fernandes who else is there, maybe Rashford

        D) Nobody is going to have a Burnley player.

        My plans aren't changing, FH 18 and TC 19.

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

          A is definitely yes. Those fixtures for City are very very good. Salah also has put up two blanks against WBA and new. I think I'd rather cap KdB in this double....

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

            A. He surely can. I'd much rather bet on Salah or Bruno based on the season so far though.

            B. Watkins has a good record against the big sides, which give him room to run behind (5 G + 1 A vs Liverpool and Arsenal). El Ghazi could prove to be a decent punt but with Barkley back, I'm not so sure.

            C. Rashford. And if you want a differential, Martial.

            D. Can't argue with that.

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

        Always said Salah is fixture proof, BUT...

        now we 'know' United and City should be playing in GW18, and both have favourable doubles for 19, I am tempted to ditch Salah for Bruno

        (Salah owner, already have KDB)

        and use the budget elsewhere...

        1. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I is wondering the same