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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. lawsy009
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Mane > KdB for a -4 a waste of a transfer? I want KdB going forward but have other fires to put out this DGW so I can use my BB. Any help much appriciated..

    1. cigan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'd keep Mane. Looked dangerous lately, just had a rest midweek and Liv will have a point to prove

      1. lawsy009
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thinking the same, Cigan. I've already got Cancelo and Dias, and was also looking at moving Ayling to Stones for a -4. Few problems though. Leeds have Brighton at home so whilst I'd never bank on a clean sheet for them, the fixtures is nice for Ayling. Also, maybe too dangerous to go City triple up in defence?

        What do you think?

        1. cigan
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'm not a big fan of defensive triple-ups, would prefer to look at West Ham/Villa defenses instead. Might be worth looking at Gundogan as well, seems pretty nailed and had some decent returns lately

          1. lawsy009
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks man. Really it would be for a -12. I've got three transfers already booked in - Adams, Kilman and Son to Watkins, Cancelo and Grealish. I do think City will get two CS's but like you say I'm not really a fan of defensive treble ups. Not when I know I'll have to bin one the week after to do Mane to KdB.

            1. cigan
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I'd just stick to your plan, -8 is plenty and your moves look good (even though I still feel like selling Son could easily backfire)

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes it is.

      1. lawsy009
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks mate. I'm leaning towards keeping Mane myself tbh.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      i wouldnt

      1. lawsy009
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers, Ajax. I'm thinking along the same lines. I've already got Cancelo and Dias, and was also looking at moving Ayling to Stones for a -4. Few problems though. Leeds have Brighton at home so whilst I'd never bank on a clean sheet for them, the fixtures is nice for Ayling. Also, maybe too dangerous to go City triple up in defence? Added factor is I'd be booking in a transfer really as want KdB after this week..

        What do you think?

  2. TB303
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    McCarthy-> Maritnez -4?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Considering this myself... complicated by owning Targett..

  3. cigan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Adams > Antonio/Watkins is a must at this point, isn't it (only have Martinez from whu/villa)?

    Would you do any out of these for a -4 as well?

    A) Lowton > Dawson (whu)
    B) Dier > Coufal
    C) Saka/Gundogan > Soucek

    current BB squad as it is:

    Martinez Johnstone
    Robbo Dias Dier Lowton Holding
    KDB Bruno Son Gundogan Saka
    Vardy Bamford Adams

    1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If your bench boosting yes

    2. highsguy
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Adams out and I'd consider A out of those

        1. cigan
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          thanks, thinking the same - not much CS potential for Burnley's away fixtures, even with a double

    3. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Hi.....plan to take a - 8 to bench boost:

      Martinez (other keeper Johnstone) dallas, Bamford and lowton

      Is that a decent enough bench to boost? Thanks

      1. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        -8 for who?

        Looks decent for BB but not for -8

      2. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        yes

      3. cigan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        yeah

      4. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        not sure that is worth a -8. You may only get an extra 5 to 10 points max on the BB

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Transfers would be:

          Kane raphinha and balbuena to kdb antonio and defender up to 4.8m

          Thanks

    4. Hits from the Bong
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Steer+Williams+DCL to Fabianski+Cancelo+Davis (-8) and then BB. Yay or nay?

      Martinez Steer
      TAA Dallas Coufal Taylor Williams
      Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
      Kane DCL Wilson

    5. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Beat option?

      A) Rashford + Son -> Soucek + Salah (-4)

      B) Kane + Son -> Antonio + Salah (-4)

      1. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    6. upforgrabs
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who scores most in 19?
      A: Robertson and Dallas
      or
      B: Cancelo and Dias -8

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

      2. highsguy
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'm doing A in GW19 with a view towards B in GW20 taking -4

      3. the_duke
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Simple question need simple answers

          A) Coufal & Watkins
          B) Targett & Antonio

          Both for a -4

          1. upforgrabs
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

          2. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A

          3. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A

          4. highsguy
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A

            • the_duke
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Cheere lads, a it is

            • ViperStripes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              So i now have 13 DGW players with a bench of Watkins, Dallas, Bednarek

              Playing Bamford (BHA) over Watkins (MCI/NEW) - right choice?

              Or I coudl use a transfer on Watkins for a better DGW option?

              1. ViperStripes
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                9.1 to play with:
                Jesus
                Antonio
                Martial
                Cavani

            • Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Vardy (C) it is. Too many question marks around others.

              1. El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                That's actually a good shout!

              2. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                he is a doubt 😉

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Rested, will play both. Plus has had the longest rest amongst all the pretenders for GW19. Will be super fresh.

            • wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              This can't be happening.I used my wc in gw16 and of course i didnt pick any ManCity or Villa players.Instead i picked 3 Leeds and Adams.What should i do now?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Panic.

              2. Chrisitis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Wc gw19?

                1. Chrisitis
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Problem is you used FH18? Probably should have WC18

                  1. wulfranian
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I used my fh in gw18...

                  2. wulfranian
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Imagine to used my wc in gw18 with no Villa players!

                    1. Chrisitis
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I did wc18
                      Only martinez from villa
                      Salah in and 11 dgw

            • Greyling
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Playing bench boost in GW19. Please assist.

              1. DCL to:

              A. Watkins
              B. Antonio
              C. Wilson

              2. I have Martinez and Button (replacement needed for 5.5):
              A. Martinez & Meslier
              B. Martinez & Johnstone
              C. Martinez & DDG

              1. KAMARA-COPY
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B C

            • El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Somehow I'm feeling vindicated for all those that profit from having triple Leeds in GW16... what goes around comes around! 🙂

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Love to see it!

            • hogree
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Robertson + Son --> Stones + KDB (-4)?

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                nah

            • Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Currently no city attackers this week and can't stretch to KDB.

              Would you do Son to Foden or Sterling?
              or just play Son?

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Wouldn't sell Son before Sheffield. Maybe sell someone cheaper and get Foden/Gundogan?

            • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              DCL to Antonio for a hit or play Holding and keep DCL?

              1. Gemma817
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Hit

                • PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I'm in the same position.

                  At the moment my plan is DCL + Holding > Antonio + Stones for -4

                  I want City defence for the double and beyond (Liverpool GW23 next tough one), whereas I doubt I'd start Holding again for a while.

                  Appearances alone in the double should make up the hit.

              2. The VAR Team
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Newcastle has been handed a double GW? Feeling pretty clever for having brought in Wilson for a hit now

                1. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  He's shaite though...

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Good luck. They could play 4 matches in a GW and I still wouldn't bother with any of them!

                  1. rokonto
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Ennit

                3. The VAR Team
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I'll take 4 points tbh

                4. Kitman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  The way he's playing currently he'll get a 2 + 2 though

                5. Jellyfish
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Newcastle are dreadful though - potato head's days are numbered

              3. Hooky
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Anyone up for a Cresswell captain punt?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  love it

                2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  more than a punt, great option

              4. Donny_Rover
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Is this worth a -12?

                Kane, Bissouma, TAA, Adams -> Watkins, KDB, Antonio, Justin

                Idea is to BB with this remaining squad:

                Martinez, Meslier
                Robertson, Stones, Dias, Coufal, Grealish, Salah, Bruno, Soucek
                Bamford

                Big risk but feels like potentially a huge upside, and to get KDB in I’d most likely need at least a -4 anyway. I’d set the squad up to bench boost anyway so feels like the right time to do it.

              5. Stoichkov#8
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Better option:

                a) Johnstone + Newcastle def for -4
                b) no GK + James/Shaw/Justin free

              6. KAMARA-COPY
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                would you BB this lot
                Mccarthy,watkins,bam and dallas
                Have already taken a hit to get watkins in for adams

                1. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I would

                2. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I'm in a similar position and going off the idea, TBH. Yours is better than mine though. I'll probably have a bench of McCarthy, Justin, Bamford and Struijk.

                3. gogs67
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    That is my bench and I'm going through the exact same thought lol! Although no hit, but still.
                    I'm leaning to BB

                  • gogs67
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Another option is I only have 0.1 tied up in Dallas, I think I might do a -4 for a West Ham defender to get the BUR/WBA double

                  • HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    What are the moves here?
                    Did Adams to Rodrigo in 16 as i thought I was doing BB19 but now not sure due to Leeds

                    Martinez
                    Robbo Coufal Dias
                    Salah Son Bruno Grealish Soucek
                    DCL Bamford
                    Steer Taylor Dallas Rodrigo

                    Antonio seems popular move. Had planned Son to Kdb with 2.3m itb
                    How many hits are needed?
                    Seems BB is a no go

                    1. HMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Feels like Son to Kdb, DCL to Antonio and Steer to a playing keeper would be the moves for -8.
                      Seems hard to justify on BB right?
                      If no BB then would just keep Steer and do -4

                  • Rinseboy
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Would you BB with a bench of

                    Meslier Son Bamford Justin for a -4?

                    1. El Presidente
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. Max City
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I have a similar dilemma for BB where I have 6 SGW players (Kane, Son, Bam, Dallas, Tierney, Smith Rowe)

                      1. El Presidente
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Dilemma??? Dude, Spurs + Leeds + Arsenal have all great SGW fixtures! Fear nor my young apprentice!

                  • Jellyfish
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Charlie Taylor assumed out for the DGW right?

                  • Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Would you do Son >> Salah/Mane even if that means you lose 0.4m of TV?

                    1. RyanC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Think it's a tough one but I'd still lean towards it, yeah!

                    2. HMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Definitely points over TV for me

                    3. Couch Potato
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Definitely worth it

                  • rokonto
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Is Soyunchu ready to play both games in the double?

                    1. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I wouldn't bank on it

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      i wouldn't risk it

                  • Amans94
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      -8 for this, still OK for a BB right?

                      Johnstone
                      Dias Coufal Justin Targett
                      Salah (c) KDB Fernandes Soucek
                      Antonio Watkins

                      McCarthy, Son, Bamford, Dallas

                    • Labile
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      The double is useless if Martinez and players we own have COVID. Do we know who has it?

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        A Villa forum post had it as pretty much their entire best XI

                        1. Labile
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Are people not aware of that?

                      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        They would have recovered by the time the first game starts. There is a reason why Villa is ok playing.

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          If they tested +/ve they might have been forced to play the fixture by the PL, but their players may be under par, as TAA was/has been since recovering from it.

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            My point is they will feature. Question marks on performance, yes. The reason why I am going with Martinez as my only Villa player.

                    • RyanC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Makes sense to Bench Boost this bunch even though Leeds are down to a single fixture now, right?

                      Johnstone Martinez
                      Robbo Chilwell Stones Coufal Dallas
                      Salah KDB Bruno Soucek Raphinha
                      Antonio Watkins Bamford

                      1. Max City
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Looks OK to me

                      2. HMC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        If Brighton put up the same fight they did vs City then no

                    • ViperStripes
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      a) Play Watkins,
                      b) Play Bamford
                      c) or use a transfer on Watkins to e.g. Antonio, Martial, Cavani, Jesus (max 9.1 so Vardy isn't an option)