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Villa handed new Double Gameweek 19 schedule as Everton, Leeds and Saints lose key fixtures

Fantasy Premier League managers have planning their Double Gameweek 19 in something of a limbo state right now – and the situation changed again on Thursday morning.

Aston Villa’s Sunday afternoon meeting with Everton was postponed, handing the Toffees a Blank Gameweek in the upcoming round of games.

However, Villa are still set for a Double Gameweek as their home match against Newcastle was rearranged for Saturday, January 23.

That means they face Manchester City (away) and the Magpies (home) in Double Gameweek 19, while Steve Bruce’s men now face Arsenal and Villa (both away) in the bumper round of fixtures.

Elsewhere, it was confirmed on Wednesday evening that Leeds’ meeting with Southampton, originally, scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, had been postponed to accommodate FA Cup commitments.

While this was not a massive surprise, following multiple leaks from a variety of outlets, its Fantasy impact is nonetheless significant when it comes to plans for Double Gameweek 19. 

Managers who had spent weeks engineering 12 or more Double Gameweek players and eyeing a Bench Boost (along with a hit or two) will be forced back to the drawing board for three days of fraught reshuffling. 

Leeds players, in particular, were very well-backed, on the back of their recent form and favourable-looking ties, with many leading managers advocating a double or even triple-up.

Suffice to say, the collection of Double Gameweek players in contention for Fantasy inclusion, is in flux once again.

Naturally, we will be keeping a watchful eye out for changes, updating our free and Premium Members tools accordingly (as we have with the Season Ticker for Southampton Leeds) and, of course, delivering the usual swathe of insight and opinion from the best Fantasy managerial minds on how to deal with these challenges and which strategies to follow before the 11:00 GMT deadline on Saturday. 

Check out our Double Gameweek 19 page for the latest information, insight and ideas.

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1,226 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    With villa confirmed to still have a DGW19 against City and Newcastle, is it a case of don't buy and don't sell villa players until we know more on the squad? Only Trezeguet has been confirmed positive with COVID

    1. LC1
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yup. I'm buzzing that Grealish and Martinez have a DGW and will be keeping both and not planning on bringing any others in

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Grealish is a risk with 4YCs but prob worth the taking the risk for the two games. I only have Martinez. I do need a replacement for Balbuena so a cheap Villa def would be useful

    2. jammie26
        1 month, 13 days ago

        9 1st teamers tested positive didnt they?

    3. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      DGW !

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      The way this season is going, absolutely crazy!

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

      Doing DCL and Dallas to Antonio and Cancelo(-4). Is Mane to KDB worth another hit?

      1. wilson007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        KDB isn't doing enough, I think Mane could be a good shout.

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

          Only problem is I’m using TC too and KDB seems the best bet

          1. zotter
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I would say Salah is the best bet for TC

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I can’t see why anyone is considering playing any chips at all.

      2. chrislt4
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I’m also thinking DCL to Antonio and then Dallas to Dias . Potentially TC on de bruyne too

    6. wilson007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A) Salah, Son, Brewster
      B) Salah, Rashford, Brewster
      C) Son, Rashford, Antonio
      (No Hits)

      D) Son, Rashford, Brewster -> Salah, Grealish, Antonio (-8)

      All three play, as planning to BB.

      Thanks all!

    7. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Slight spanner in the works that. Many weeks of planning down the drain.

    8. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No FH19 it seems for me :(((

      Might be better to FH in 29 and fully exploit the WC25BB26 strategy but man this is gutting. Liked my draft a lot for FH19

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        May I suggest BB37 instead? Check the fixtures...

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No. I'm a slave to template strategies and will BB in a DGW lol

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It is a DGW

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              DGW for which teams?

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Villa

              2. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Probably Spurs and co too

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Interesting, but I prefer to WC straight into a BB and I'm very confident I won't keep it until GW36.

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                You won't need a WC for it. Again, look at the fixtures. Just sell Kane/Son after they face Leeds, and you'll have the funds

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Fair enough. Too far away for me though at a time when rotation is highest.

      2. Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why not FH in gw19?
        Villa game not changing much

    9. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      This is amazing! My triple Villa survives!

    10. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pick one?

      A Vardy Mane
      B Antonio Salah

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A - can't see Antonio getting a lot of mins in the two games. Also see the post below

    11. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Antonio owners / buyers....

      https://twitter.com/GraemeBailey/status/1349660047203311616

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This ends the Antonio train. On to the Watkins train!

      2. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Price?

      3. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Antonio will still play Moyes loves him

        1. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No doubt he loves him, we all do lol. His hamstrings are the problem, plus it seems they have another option available. 100% worth waiting on their presser before anyone buys imo.

      4. Hooky
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Proper Irish name that he's got there.

    12. dando89
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      This is getting ridiculous now. I have no idea what it going on from one day to the next. I had planned to bench boost but have several Leeds and Southampton players. Maybe I just try to field 11 double players instead now?

      1. LC1
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Play 11 and save BB mate. There will be other DGWs later in the season and hopefully with less uncertainty.

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          This.

    13. grooveymatt65
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      So will Villa players definitely be for for the double then?

      was thinking of watkins/martinez double up

      1. elwardio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Depends on whether they had COVID and recovery after. 9 of 24 first team squad were positive so even if an individual player not affected it could impact output of team perhaps. It is a wait and see for me - doubt buy and don’t sell

    14. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      feeling relatively happy with 33 points from 6 players with Saka still to play and not using the FH. Do free hitters think it was worth it so far?

      1. Soonmixdin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        So far it's been a bit of a damp squib for us. 38 points and loaded up on big hitters and like others, absolutely gutted that Sterling took that penalty off KdB as I had Kev captained.

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It has been about par, if pushed I'd probably say it wasn't worth it. Not a terrible decision though, as I've got triple Arsenal to come and likely to get between 46-60 points.

        1. Pegboy
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          On further analysis, yes it was definitely worth it - I'd have got 23 points otherwise, so a 20-35 point swing.

      3. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        same, with Rowe Smith still to play and an unlikely Gabriel, Kane (c) offset others ding FH and kdb or Son captain

      4. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No not really, all FH teams were the same template so hardly any gains. However I was stuffed with only 5 players and likely 20pts if I hadn't. 33 is a good score

      5. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        On 37 with Saka Tierney Laca to go. Not a great score, but worth noting that my 3 players who've returned so far (Cancelo, KDB, Kane) are all players I wouldn't have owned otherwise.

        1. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          fair, I had them luckily... the others have contributed 1/2/3 points... guess I was lucky captaining Kane

      6. jammie26
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I've gained 20 points from FH. Wish I'd saved it for later in the season.

      7. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thoughts on this -8

        Wilson, Kane and Saka to Salah Watkins and Antonio. Exact fund so can't keep Wilson.

        Will leave me a bench boost team of

        Martinez, DDG
        Stones, Dias, Lowton, Holding*, Coufal
        Soucek, Bruno, Son*, KDB, Salah
        Antonio, Bamford*, Watkins

        * Single Gameweek

        Thanks

        1. Soonmixdin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Selling Kane before the Sheffield game? I wouldn't.

          1. Obi Wan Elokobi
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Only way to fund Salah and want Salah over Kane for the foreseeable

            1. Soonmixdin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Makes sense then - good luck!

      8. sovietrockettes
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Good enough for a bench boost?

        Forster Wan-B Anguissa Holding

        1. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I wouldn't say so

        2. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Not really. I can’t see why anyone is considering bb tbh.

          1. sovietrockettes
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cheers

          2. jammie26
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I guess people are considering bench boost because people often have a few non playing subs in their team.. I've got 4 single game players but all with decent fixtures and all nailed so may well use it.

          3. Pegboy
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No

        3. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What would you do with this bench? No FT 0.9 ITB.

          Steer Adams Bamford Dier

          A. Take a -8 and get Areola/Johnstone + Watkins/Antonio and BB
          B. Save BB and TC KdB
          C. Save all chips

          1. TeddiPonza
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            B or C

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C.

          2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            C

          3. highsguy
              1 month, 13 days ago

              C

          4. TeddiPonza
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Kane to Salah worth -4? Fear going without Salah. Would give me:

            Martinez
            Stones Dias Coufal
            Grealish Bruno KdB Salah Son
            Watkins Wilson

            Bench Forster CTaylor Mitchell Brewster

            10 DGWers plus Son.

            Thanks.

          5. Dele
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Anyone else thinking that with the length of GW19 it’s just not worth bench boosting, big chance of games getting called off during the GW.

            1. Obi Wan Elokobi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              High risk high reward.

            2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              This is a great question actually. Covid and bad weather forecasts, who knows.

            3. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah, I can’t understand why anyone is now considering bb. All I takes is one team to have a case of COVID and you’re screwed.

          6. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Blimey, so it's Bench Boost chips back on then possibly. Loving this chaos!

          7. Releasebreaks
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            The question now is: Antonio or Watkins

            1. Obi Wan Elokobi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Antonio

            2. Hart-ake
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Watkins a tempter for sure, given he will play 90 over the two. One of them is City though.

            3. highsguy
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Watkins

            4. Openboxman
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Adams > Wilson for a -4 ?

              1. The Cherry Picker
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Same question for me

              2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                If you think Wilson can get something in the two games then go for it. Newcastle are struggling at the moment and I can't see them getting a result

            5. Nunoooooooooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Is it still worth BBing with - McCarthy - Dallas - Bamford - Brewster?? I’m torn...

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Not for me.

                1. Nunoooooooooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Thx Tony

              2. Chris_H
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                No not with 3 and a half players definitely not

                1. Nunoooooooooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Thx Chris

            6. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              So what do I do now, I'm very bad at adjusting to changes once I settled for a plan and plan was to BB but with cancelation of Leeds and Southampton I'm stuck on what to do. Team as follows. Think I'll have to scap my BB plan now.

              Johnstone
              Robertson Cresswell Coufal
              Salah(C) Bruno Soucek Son Raphinha
              Vardy Bamford

              mccarthy dier adams ayling

              A. Dier>Cancelo
              B. Robertson>Cancelo and Son>KDB
              C. Vardy>Werner and son>KDB
              D. Dier>4.2 defender and son>KDB.
              E. Other suggestions

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                B or D

            7. Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Guys , is callum hudson-odoi an option ?

              1. LC1
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Don't do it.

              2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Not for me. Risk rotation with Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech

                1. Totalfootball
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Seems to be playing in front 3 and pulisic the one who is benched

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    I don't see that. Look at the minutes played for each player. Pulisic has played the last 3 games and 90 mins. CHO hasn't

            8. sovietrockettes
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              It's still worth it to start Antonio ahead of Wan-B, right?

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I would always go with the attacker but not sure in this case

            9. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Kane + Grealish to Watkins/ Antonio + Salah for -4 ? Yay or Nay

            10. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              This makes it harder to justify shifting grealish for a hit to try and get kdb.

              Is something like robbo, grealish, dcl -> cancelo, Kdb, antonio worth a -8?

            11. The Cherry Picker
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Would you BB this bench?

              McCarthy (lei)
              Bamford (BRI)
              Raph (BRI)
              Mee (whu + liv)

              All other players have decent doubles.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Probably

            12. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If decide to Bench Boost, is this squad worth -8 pls? (*denotes single gw player)

              *Leno Martinez
              Cancelo Coufal Justin *Dallas Stones
              Salah KDB (C) Bruno *Son Soucek
              *Bamford Antonio Wilson

            13. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Amongst all these postponements and fixture changes, let’s take a moment to remember that Sterling is an idiot!!

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Don't. I'd not thought about it for nearly 5 minutes.

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Haha! I’m glad this was bottomed then 🙂