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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. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Help greatly appreciated chaps, 1 FT, 0 ITB.

    Martinez*
    Bednarek*, Zouma*, Dias*
    Salah*, Mane*, Son, Fernandes*, Grealish*
    DCL, Bamford*

    (Steer, Taylor**, Brewster, Douglas).

    Planning FH18 and Vardy/Soucek/City defender in for GW19. Was all set on Taylor -> Alioski - now - still a good move?

    Cheers

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

    Son and firmino to kdb and watkins a good move for GW19?
    If so, would you do the firmino to Watkins move this week for free?

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

    Is 3 single GW players ok for TC19? Cant get to BB19 without too many hits and have to use FH18 for the same reason

    Martinez*
    Dias - Robbo - Coufal
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Son* - Raphinha
    DCL* - Bamford

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

      I reckon so

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

      Martinez has a double now.

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

        Oh right!! not expecting much against City but maybe save points?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Always a high scoring keeper in double. Sure stoke got a cleanie at city when I had aguero TC

      2. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Who with?

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

          EVE mci.

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah that’s fine, I’ve got Leno (NEW) and Son (shu)

  4. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Taylor to Dier or which over 5.1 or below defender? Dallas?

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

      Dallas

    2. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Lowton? Or worried that bur v ful will be postponed?

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

      Tempted by Bellerin

  5. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    In dgw19 which would you prefer?

    A) DCL Taylor
    B) Antonio Cancelo (-8)

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B may pay off if they played both games which is questionable

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

      B for the fun

  6. soup natsi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    man city v chelsea - how likely is it to go ahead do you think?

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

      Both teams training and no news of COVID. So, pretty likely. I feel all games go ahead this GW, unless there's a late outbreak at any of the teams.

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

        Fulham vs Burnley too?

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

          No news that it will be cancelled. So, you have to guess it's on.

    2. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Will go ahead

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Hello folks any reason for not recruiting Stones? Feel like a blind spot ...

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

      Im in the same boat, just not sure if he'll play all 3 games in the BGW and DGW

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

    The ones without a City defender and planning to get one now, here's a thought. Unless you had a planned move in GW19, it's best to get one in GW19. I'm assuming most are FHing in GW18, so you can pick the best option for that week. And then before GW19, you'll get a better idea of who's fit and likely to play borth games in GW19. Chelsea vs City isn't the best game for a CS anyway.

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

      Yeah but I have to get rid of Taylor. Might as well do it this week and bag a price rise as well.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Me too, who are you getting? Any thoughts on Stones?

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

          It will have to be Stones. But I'm gonna wait until pressers tmrw.

          1. The Overthinker
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Expect stones and dias to start in 18?

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

              Yes

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

            Same here, probably wait regardless of price change tonight

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

        You run the risk of your player playing just one game anyway. And we don't have a clear idea of who's got COVID. There are rumours that Cancelo is the one and he was the one I was looking to get.

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

        Yeah same here. Also FH in 18 so will lose a FT anyways.

        Camzy how confident are you in Stones? think he'll play 3 games out of 3 for 18 and 19?

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

          City always a minefield but it looks like Stones is nailed. He's been playing really well. I'm gonna trust it, and pick him up this week.

    2. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Stones rising tonight. Those FHing gw18 who can't make a transfer that week might end up paying a 0.2 premium for holding.

      1. Cech's Magic Hat
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah I'm in this boat but I can't afford the price rise so have to decide on Stones tonight...

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

        I'd rather speand 0.2 m than have someone who will play just one game anyway.

  9. That Was Easy!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I am without the FH, is this passable for GW18 and 19? Will required 1 hit and no chips. Maybe TC in DGW19.

    GW18 Team (8 players likely, potentially some 1-2 more)

    No GK
    Cancelo Dias Mitchell* Konsa
    KDB Bruno Son Alzate*
    Kane Welbeck

    GW 19 Team (10 DGWers + Son)

    Fabianski
    Cancelo Dias Konsa Robertson
    KDB/Salah Bruno Son Soucek
    Vardy Bamford

  10. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Taylor owners. Who’re you selling to?

    I already own Stones

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

      I want in on Burnley def I think so may just go lowton

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        There fixtures aren’t great after Fulham you know..

    2. No end product
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Trying to decide. Can't afford Stones so probably Lowton or Targett. Also thinking Holding - less fixtures but could still outscore these options.

    3. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Alioski I think (see top of page)

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

      Justin

  11. The White Pele
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Good for GW18 or should FH ?

    Matinez
    Dias maguire
    Bruno son elghazi
    Dcl watkins

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 13 days ago

        No city could hurt that week

      • Saka_me_sideways
          3 months, 13 days ago

          It’ll probably be a below or week, but could mean more points from your BB if you use it in a DGW... worth weighing up I guess.

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Are these players enough for BGW18?

        Martinez
        Dias Cancelo Kilman! Mitchell!
        Grealish KDB Bruno
        DCL Brewster

        Or would you Free Hit to get Kane/Sterling, Son, Rashford and a United defender?

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

          I'd be tempted to not FH if you have that many. 8 good starters and I'd hold off on FH. FH this year especially is very valuable.

          I wish I could. But alas I only have 6 players for 18.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah I'm leaning that ways specially as I feel Villa could make it tough for Spurs. I do have an extra FT to use also but I might make use of that for the DGW. Cheers!

        2. Sz21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I have 5 currently and max 7 and am contemplating not FH'ing so I think 10 is loads. Maybe too much 😉

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Bench is decent with Salah, Robbo & Bamford 😉

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

          No Spurs is a big miss and could affect your rank if they haul.
          Rest looks good. You might end up with one point form Kilman, Mitchell and Brewster. If Cancelo is one of the CIty players with COVID, I'm not sure he would start. DCL hardly hauls anymore. Grealish's one in three haul is coming against United this GW.

          The othe r4 look good. But I wouldn't play with. Or at least wait for City news and try to get at least one Spurs asset in.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            If Cancelo is one of the players with Covid then I'll probably sell him for Maguire next week.

            Richarlison, James, Coleman and even Digne is back in 10 days. I have full faith in DCL.

            Spurs is the big problem for me I can't get them if I have KDB, Salah & Bruno. I actually don't own a Spurs attacker for this week which is more worrying as Villa will be a much tougher game for them.

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

              I have zero trust in United defense.

              Will James and DIgne be back firing in GW18 against a stubborn Wolves defense? I doubt.

              Yeah, Villa will be a tougher game and you could get without but it's risky.

        4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah you’re good to go without FH! I’m going to play this bunch:

          Leno
          Dias Targett Nkounkou!
          KDB Bruno Son Bissouma
          Wilson Brewster

      • Thewonderfulgame
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Before the news, it was clear Salah and Bruno were the 2 key mid assets

        after the news, top 3 ranked from Salah, Bruno and KDB?

        Personally Salah and KDB with Bruno missing out as i think Liv will likely stifle him, also due a rest

        1. Lukakwho
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          liverpool won’t stifle united it will be low scoring though. Bruno penalty is never off the cards.

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

          I have all 3 and I'm gonna keep!

      • Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        5 + 2 more transfers in enough to avoid a FH in 18 or would u FH?
        FH has been my plan all along but I see people saying don't waste it.

        Current GW 18 players
        Stones, Son, Fernandes, Brewster, DCL,

        Have 10/11 DGW'rs atm and am TC'ing in 19.

      • evilfish
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Would you still free hit if you could only field 5 players for GW18 and one of those is Brewster?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Definitely

        2. LC1
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yep

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Think that’s my plan, FH18 BB19, leaves TC & WC

      • Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Is BB worth a -12? Feels border line to get players like Watkins/Antonio, soucek, stones and fabianski

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

          Not sure it's worth it for this players

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Not for a -12

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers

      • fantasywizard
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        With C.Taylor out could Pieters be a good enabler?

      • tissae
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Bench one:
        A) Bednarek (LIV)
        B) Dias (che)
        C) Dallas (tot)
        D) Cresswell (eve)

        1. Cech's Magic Hat
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          A

        2. ivantys
            3 months, 13 days ago

            B or C

        3. Cech's Magic Hat
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Would love to know what people would do with this ahead of BB in gw19.

          McCarthy Steer
          Chilwell Justin Cresswell Taylor Dunne
          Salah Bruno Son Grealish Anguissa
          Vardy Bamford Adams

          Will FH18. Got 2 fts to use before 19 and 1.0 itb.

          Original plan was Dunne and Steer to Balbuena and Johnstone but now I need some City

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Not sure how you get city without losing salah Bruno or Vardy. I’d stick with your plan

            1. Cech's Magic Hat
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks. Might be a scary gw going without kdb!

        4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Not a clue what to do here. Was thinking I’d FH18, but no longer BB19. Had planned KDB DCL to 9.2mid (?) and Vardy, but unsure tbh. 2FT 0 ITB

          Martinez Areola
          Robbo Coufal Dallas Taylor** Mitchell
          Salah Bruno KDB Son Soucek
          DCL Bamford Davis

          🙂 thanks for any help

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Got to keep kdb now?

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Do I? Been underperforming a while, and thus was the easiest route to free up funds to get in someone to replace DCL...

          2. Cech's Magic Hat
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Keep kdb, lose DCL and Taylor?

        5. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Which Manchester City players are down with covid ?

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            We don’t know yet other than Jesus Walker from last wkend

            1. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks , top lad

          2. goblin140
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Dont think we know but someone mentioned Cancelo is rumored to have it? Not sure whats his source tho

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

          Who’s the best points prospect this week out of Rashford or Son?

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

          Raphina or Harrison the best option from Leeds?

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

            Raphina for me

          2. The Point About It Is
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Raphina

        8. acidicleo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          So confused about strategy..
          How about WC in 18 filling team players with DGW19 and BB?

        9. mitro
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Should I avoid FH18 if I can get these players out:

          Emi
          Dias Holding
          Son Grealish KDB Bruno
          Brewster

          1. The Point About It Is
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            yes. people will triple up on mci, tot and man - you could lose a lot

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

              Sound expensive. Is it doable?

        10. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Please hulk this

          Using FH does not carry forward your transfer !!!

        11. The Smudger88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Would you make this move for gw 17?:

          A Watkins to Rodrigo
          B Keep Watkins
          I'm using the FH in 18 and the recent announcements have made me re-think.

          Thanks

          1. The Point About It Is
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            not for me....is there nothing else to fix in your team?

        12. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Any reason to not swap Taylor for Pieters?

          1. The Point About It Is
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Good shout for 4.3

            1. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers, it's a swap for Taylor. I want a Burnley defender but also want to save a bit of cash

          2. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Burnley v Fulham could be called off

            1. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              That's a good point....

        13. The Point About It Is
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          best def 5.3 or less?
          fh in 18 so ignore that week.
          1. Dallas - the safe decision
          2. Stones - is he nailed at least through to GW20?
          3. AWB - man utd have good schedule GW20 onwards
          4. James - is he/when will he be fit?
          already have Robbo, Coufal, Justin, Targett

        14. TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Play Saka or Watkins?

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

            Saka has better fixture

          2. The Point About It Is
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Saka