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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. highsguy
      4 months, 44 mins ago

      BB Y/N??

      McCarthy, Raph, Dallas, Holding

      team:
      Johnstone*
      Robbo* Justin* Coufal*
      Salah* Bruno* Son Soucek*
      Kane Bamford Watkins*

      *doubles

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 43 mins ago

        Y

      2. istanbul05
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 43 mins ago

        Yeah I probably would

      3. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 42 mins ago

        Close, as I feel it's going to be a bit of rubbish chip this season.

        If McCarthy is confirmed back, it maybe swings it to a yes.

        1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 41 mins ago

          same thoughts as this

          1. highsguy
              4 months, 38 mins ago

              Agree

        2. No end product
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 41 mins ago

          I have same except Adams for Watkins so will switch him to Watkins or Antonio - and yeah BB

          1. highsguy
              4 months, 39 mins ago

              Yeah I actually have Adams too (we have the same team haha) so will be transferring him out by Sat

          2. highsguy
              4 months, 40 mins ago

              Thanks everyone

          3. Boly Would
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 44 mins ago

            I have Kane and Bamford with only 2 fixtures between them, and up to 9.1m for a DGW forward - who would you get?
            Antonio, Cavani, Martial (injured?), Watkins?

            1. Trane84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 42 mins ago

              I'd probably go Antonio, got the best fixtures at least and I'd say a nailed starter too.

              1. Boly Would
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 34 mins ago

                Definitely the pick on fixtures, he just always feels a bit risky.. But that's the story of this season I guess...

            2. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 40 mins ago

              I would go with Cavani.

              1. Boly Would
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 37 mins ago

                Could be a decent punt, reckon he'd start both?

            3. Mcgugan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 29 mins ago

              1. Antonio
              2. Watkins
              3. Cavani/Martial

              I think with Cavani and Martial you'll likely take them out later, whereas the money saved on Antonio and Watkins helps you out elsewhere for future transfers too

          4. istanbul05
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 43 mins ago

            Which of the below do you prefer?

            A) Trent, Son to Cancelo, KDB (-4, 9 DGW players)
            B) Lewis, Son, Kane to Cancelo, KDB, Antonio (-8, 11 DGW players)

            Current team:
            Martinez,
            Trent, Dias, Coufal,
            Salah, Son, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek,
            Kane, Bamford.

            Forster, Lewis, Dallas, Brewster.

            Thanks guys

            1. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 41 mins ago

              I wouldn't take Son and Kane out for a -8 for a crocked Antonio. I don't love A either, but if I had to choose, definitely A.

            2. liverpool01
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 41 mins ago

              A

            3. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 40 mins ago

              A

            4. highsguy
                4 months, 37 mins ago

                A

            5. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 43 mins ago

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

              1. Hart-ake
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 42 mins ago

                Big nay if you are losing Grealish.

                1. Chrisitis
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 38 mins ago

                  4 chances to get that fifth yellow also playing City away

                  1. Hart-ake
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 34 mins ago

                    True, but I still wouldn't take him out. Decent argument against bringing him in though.

              2. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 39 mins ago

                Anto Salah yep

              3. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 39 mins ago

                Possibly yes. Grealish on 4YCs. Would need to know how Watkins is.

            6. Mcgugan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 43 mins ago

              Resigned myself to no bench boost, so now trying to maximise the first 11.

              Options:
              A) Anguissa > Soucek
              B) Adams > Antonio
              C) Both -4

              If I don't change striker i'll start Bamford - if I get Antonio then Bamford is first sub.

              I'm currently leaning towards C. Thoughts and why?

              1. Pegboy
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 41 mins ago

                I think Bamford will outscore Antonio.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  I feel this also, my gut says Antonio is a disaster waiting to happen. At best he is getting very limited minutes, at worst he is going off injured again..
                  I was considering him but avoiding now for sure

              2. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 40 mins ago

                A and play Bamford.
                Leeds are too attacking to bench Bamford imo.

                1. Mcgugan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 37 mins ago

                  Thanks all - quite resounding.
                  Could do Adams to Watkins instead?

                  1. highsguy
                      4 months, 34 mins ago

                      I'm doing Adams to Watkins. The Antonio pick is a GW18 Wilson pick just waiting to happen

              3. Abra Dubravka
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 43 mins ago

                Well this changes everything. Play:

                A) Pope?
                B) Martinez ?

                1. King Kohli
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 42 mins ago

                  Martinez

                2. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 38 mins ago

                  B easy

              4. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 43 mins ago

                Currently have 10 dgwers and 5 sgw.
                Which is the best move here to BB?

                A. Kane + Anguissa > Vardy + Soucek(-4)
                B. Adams + Taylor > Watkins + Dawson(-4)
                C. Kane + Adams > Vardy + Antonio(-4)

                Martinez
                Cancelo Stones Coufal Konsa
                Salah Bruno KDB Raphinha
                Kane Bamford
                Meslier Adams Anguissa Taylor

                1 FT 0.1 ITB

              5. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 43 mins ago

                Is this worth bb?

                Forster Coufal Bamford Anguissa

                1. popcoin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  If you can upgrade one of them to a double ganeweeker, definitely yes. If not, I’d say it’s 50/50. With such an unpredictable season, I’d probably say yes. Bamford and Coufal could do well

                2. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  If Mc Carthy still out yes

                3. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  Absolutely 100%

                  NO

                4. Chris_H
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 40 mins ago

                  Not if McCarthy is back - never BB 3 players

                5. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 36 mins ago

                  Not for me

              6. popcoin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 42 mins ago

                Hi folks.

                Does anyone think it’s worth taking a couple of hits and bench boosting this squad?

                1 FT, 0.9m ITB. Still have all chips.

                Martinez
                Stones Dias Coufal
                KdB Bruno Soucek Son Raphinha
                Kane Vardy
                Subs: Peacock, Saiss, Brewster, Dunne

                Basically would need to upgrade GK, Brewster and Dunne. Not sure how and would be a -8 or -12

              7. Mcgugan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 42 mins ago

                Who to bench:

                A)Taylor (Double, but maybe injured - LIV 2nd fixture)
                B) Dallas -1 good fixture

                1. popcoin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  Taylor

              8. Dybala10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 42 mins ago

                BB definitely off the cards then 🙁

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  I would say so yes. The people playing bb will be the same ones moaning, that’s it unfair, when a game or even two gets called off due to Covid.

              9. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 42 mins ago

                Help here:

                A/ Mahrez DGW

                B/ Son vs Sheff

                1. marcos11
                    4 months, 12 mins ago

                    B

                2. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 42 mins ago

                  Mccarthy to martinez?

                  Or just avoid villa cuz we dont know who is in who is out?

                3. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 42 mins ago

                  Best budget striker decides Bamford?

                  1. Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 38 mins ago

                    Watkins Wilaom

                4. liverpool01
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  Martinez
                  Dier, Dias, Dallas, Coufal
                  Son Kdb, Bruno, Salah
                  Ings, Bamford

                  Button, Smith Rowe, Holding, Brewster

                  0 FT 0.1 ITB

                  Dier or Holding -4> Balbuena

                  Yes or no?

                  Thanks

                5. dando89
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  DCL and Bamford to Cavani and Antonio?

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 40 mins ago

                    Could work well

                  2. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 38 mins ago

                    Not for me. Antonio is a doubt and Cavani’s minutes are a doubt too

                  3. Trophé Mourinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    I was pondering the same but I can’t ditch Bamford for Antonio I will lose way too much value and Antonio too risky. I like the DCL>Cavani move tho, to fund it I probably need to do TAA>City defender

                6. ElliotJHP
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 41 mins ago

                  BB worthy surely? Could move some on for hits for doubles but think they are looking good to go.

                  Johnstone (wol, whu)
                  Son (shu)
                  Bamford (BHA)
                  Dallas (BHA)

                  1. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 39 mins ago

                    Yeh definitely why not

                7. Tshelby
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 40 mins ago

                  How about this?

                  Grealish, DCL to Son and Brewster (-4)

                  Team:
                  Martinez
                  Kilman, Chilwel, Coufal, Alioski, Dias
                  KdB, Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Soucek
                  Adams, DCL, Bamford

                  1. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 39 mins ago

                    Wouldn’t sell Grealish, he’s got a double including Newcastle at home. And he’s on fire.

                    1. Tshelby
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 38 mins ago

                      Cheers Popcoin. Would just love to get Son in

                    2. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 37 mins ago

                      He has 4 blanks in the last 6 matches.

                  2. Mcgugan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 15 mins ago

                    I wouldn't worry about Son this week. Could smash it but given he doesn't have a double I wouldn't worry. Grealish > Son this week in my opinion. I'd just focus on DCL and avoid the hit

                8. popcoin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 40 mins ago

                  Bench one:

                  A) Raphinha (BHA)

                  B) Saiss (WBA)

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 35 mins ago

                    A

                9. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 40 mins ago

                  Choose:

                  A) Raphinha (BHA)
                  B) Coufal (WBA, BUR) -4

                  1. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 38 mins ago

                    A

                10. Wings Fan
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  Howdy folks,

                  I'm planning on getting rid of DCL + Son for a -4, for either:

                  A) Foden + Vardy. In which case I would probably play bench boost.

                  or

                  B) KDB + Bench fodder striker (Silva/Brewster). In which case I would probably triple captain KDB.

                  Thoughts?

                11. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  Best mid up to 6.0 for the double? Gundogan maybe? No other City in my team

                  1. Here's Tom with the We…
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 39 mins ago

                    Think I’m going Gundo, or maybe even Barnes.

                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 33 mins ago

                      Barnes. Mmmm I like that. Thanks

                  2. Andrew
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 34 mins ago

                    El Ghazi?

                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 33 mins ago

                      3 Villa already

                12. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  Best DCL replacement? 7.7 ITB

                  1. Gromit
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    Bamford a simple option if you don't have.

                    Otherwise Antonio DGW punt popular.

                13. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  Why doesn’t the article mention that Newcastle, as well as Villa now have a dgw too?

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 38 mins ago

                    Lol no one cares about Newcastle it seems 😀

                14. Neo-Viper
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 39 mins ago

                  Son Raphinha to Foden and Elghazi?

                  Current Lineup:

                  McCarthy Johnstone
                  Coufal Robbo Stones Justin Alioski
                  Salah Son Bruno Raphinha Souchek
                  Kane Wood Bamford

                  1. LC1
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    Nope

                15. Jönny
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 38 mins ago

                  I see a lot of people abandoning their planned bench boosts because, for example, Leeds only have a single fixture now. I still plan to BB this week with 2 (maybe 3) Leeds players, 3 Spurs players, and McCarthy as one of my keepers.

                  The way this season is going - and frankly in any season - you will always struggle to get 15 x DGW players, let alone 15 x *good* DGW players. The perfect DGW BB is a myth.

                  Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Don't rip up current plans if you don't have to. Be adaptable, but don't panic.

                  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 38 mins ago

                    This

                  2. Here's Tom with the We…
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 37 mins ago

                    It’s not that. Let’s say one of the teams comes down with Covid. You could lose 1 or even 2 games. Not worth the risk imo.

                    1. Jönny
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 35 mins ago

                      You think that threat is going away soon?

                      1. Here's Tom with the We…
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 32 mins ago

                        Over such a long game week though? Best of luck with the bb. Let’s just hope no one comes on here crying they can’t field 11, let alone a bench as well.

                  3. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    Agreed. Too much is expected of bench boost. In any other gameweek you’d be delighted to have Leeds players against Brighton. Take it while you can. I’m only not BBing because mine is Peacock-Farrell, Saiss, Dunne and Brewster

                  4. A Kun & Mateta
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 35 mins ago

                    Well said, I'll probably BB (2 Leeds and Son as SGWers) to eek a green arrow (don't have Kdb) and keep up a steady stream of marginal gains. I'll be happier after GW 19 to focus on a strong core of players.

                16. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 38 mins ago

                  If you owned/own neither, would you be tempted by Mané over Salah for next fixtures if you won’t captain Salah unless it’s against Brighton home? .6 less and Mané seems in decent form.

                  1. popcoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    Yeh I would go Mane. In form. Simple

                17. Gromit
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 37 mins ago

                  What is the deal with Che Adams' noggin? Will he be back?

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    Probably, but as he no longer has a dgw I’m not sure why anyone would want him right now

                  2. Marcin the Pole
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 35 mins ago

                    Who knows. Think I'll be removing him regardless.

                  3. Gromit
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 32 mins ago

                    I've got some more urgent transfers sadly 🙁 Might have to keep him for bench fodder.

                18. DonBenzema
                    4 months, 37 mins ago

                    Am I good to go? It might be crazy to go without KDB, but can't see how I would fit him in.

                    Mendy
                    Zouma, Dias, Coufal
                    Salah(C), Bruno, Rashford, Son
                    Vardy, Antonio, Bamford

                    Forster, Dallas, Holding, Bissouma

                    Might be tempted to TC Salah - your input would be greatly appreciated

                  • Do I Not Like Orange
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 36 mins ago

                    So, after the Villa news, I can get to 10 doublers plus Bamford for free. Worth taking a hit for Chilwell to a City defender?

                    Martinez
                    Coufal Chilwell Robbo
                    Salah (c) KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
                    Bamford Watkins

                    Forster Dallas Adams Mitchell