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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. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Hate to be the ref for Liverpool vs United... any pen given for either side and you have a mob on top of you

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Paul Tierny has awarded Utd 5 penalties in the last 10 games and 1 against them. He has also awarded Liverpool 0 penalties in 14 matches and 1 against them. For context

  2. Moxon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Dias or Cancelo?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dias

    2. boombaba
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dias

    3. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dias

    4. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Cheers lads 🙂

    5. LC1
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo

    6. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo. He is by far the bigger threat going forward.

      If he scores once and gets bonus, he can afford to not play and still come out ahead against Dias.

      1. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        And if Dias scores and gets bonus.....?

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          He's less likely to.

      2. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        This was my exact reasoning when I went for Cancelo over Dias in GW9. He was then benched the next game and has ended up contributing no goals. I then sold him for 5.4 as I didn't want a non-nailed premium defender over Christmas and he proceeded to rocket up in price. And now we're back to the same conversation about Dias and Cancelo except 10 weeks on and they're both 5.8 instead. Reminds me of an Einstein quote about insanity

        1. boombaba
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          City fullbacks always going to be a headache, just like attackers, Jesus, aguero, Mahrez, Foden, Bruno, Torres. Rotation headaches

          1. boombaba
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            BSilva* that is by the way haha

    7. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Prefer Cancelo

    8. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo - haul incoming.... one day

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        It will, on the day when Mahrez doesn't play

      2. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Clearly the problem is he's already had it. In the Champions League.

    9. Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dias. Cancelo not 100 % nailed. I think he will be rotated now in the DGW.

  3. Ohh1454
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Which is better ?
    A. Son and Antonio
    B. Stones and Vardy(-4)

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      B

  4. Wings Fan
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Which appeals more?

    A) Vardy + Foden (Bench boost)

    or

    B) KDB (Triple captain) + cheap striker on the bench

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

  5. Salarrivederci
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    What would you do? 🙂 1FT - 0.5 ITB

    Areola
    AWB - Dias - Stones - Coufal
    Rashford - KDB - Bruno - Son
    Kane - Antonio

    (Martínez, Holding, Smith Rowe, Brewstar)

    1. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Solid team, I'd be tempted to save the FT, although I would start Martinez instead of Areola.

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Imo Villa have a better chance to keep a CS against Newcastle than Fulham against either Chelsea or United and I don't think there will be any major differences in numbers of saves.

  6. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    This news has suddenly given me the option of using the BB. I can do:
    Out - Steer & McGoldrick
    In - Johnstone & Watkins

    This would be for a -4, then I'd have a bench of:
    Johnstone, Wilson, Yedlin & Holding.

    Would that be a decent enough bench to play the BB or should I TC KDB instead? Thanks

    1. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'd BB. If you can, get it out of the way.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Even though Newcastle has a DGW I'm not convinced they will win. I wouldn't BB. KDB was "exhausted" with 15-20 mins left last night so risky with TC

    3. ChuckN
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Yeah seven games for your bench you're working off a floor of 14 points. Will be hard to do better later in the season.

  7. Henning
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Damn my plan was to take a hit and play bench boost. But now i dont know what to do.
    Any suggestions?
    1ft and 1.7 m in the bank
    Martinez Steer
    Taa Justin Bednarek Coufal Dallas
    Son Barnes Salah Fernandes Soucek
    Bammford Vardy Adams

  8. TimoTime
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    How about these moves for a -4:

    Adams > Antonio

    Dallas > Ogbonna (can't afford Creswell)

    Would give me 9x DGW players - not planning on using BB

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Similiar moves here,was thinking Dawson for 0.5 less

      1. TimoTime
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Interesting - do you think he is nailed for both games?

  9. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Stones, Dallas
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Soucek
    Kane, Bamford

    (Forster, Bednarek, DCL*, Douglas)
    With 1FT and 1.3 itb which should I do?

    A) Bednarek > Cresswell
    B) DCL > Antonio
    C) Son + DCL > KDB + Antonio (-4)

  10. insertcomedyname
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    What are folk doing with DCL? Worth a hit to move him out for Antonio (surely won't play both games?) or Watkins (might have Covid?)? Otherwise I'd play 4 at the back (Konsa comes in).

    Thanks

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      If you can manage without maybe it's worth holding knowing Everton are getting everyone back fit and that they have 2 games to be rearranged now, but he could be out for a few weeks yet so you might lose a good bit of value on him

  11. Tshelby
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Stones or Bailly? Already have Dias

    1. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Stones

    2. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Stones

  12. King of Kings.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 24 days ago

    How did Foden look yesterday? Does he keep his place for DGW do we reckon?

    Gives a nice cut-price alternative to KDB.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'd go for him

    2. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Good and yes.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Minutes are very concerning though, he's played 80+ in the last 4 now which screams 'due a rest'. Especially with Sterling and Jesus back as options

    3. King of Kings.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      He's coming in and I'm going for the BB. Game on!

  13. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    A) Son,DCL to KDB, Antonio (-4)
    B) DCL to Werner (Keep Son and sacrifice KDB)

    With B I can do Robbo to Dias in 20 and Werner to Vardy in 21 although it seems suicide to plan so far ahead already

  14. G Banger
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Got DGW spectacles on, either of these worth a -4:

    a) Kane => Vardy
    b) Bamford => Antonio
    c) Keep SGW players

    1. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Taking into account also spurs play Liverpool in gw20 I’d say A

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Maybe A but prob C

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I am doing A

    4. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

  15. goldensock
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Mendy
    Stones cancelo Creswell
    Salah de Bruyne soucek grealish bruno
    Vardy Antonio

    Forster struijk Kilman Davis

    Free hit

    Any weakness here?

  16. JBG
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Adams+Son+Bowen to Antonio+Kdb+Soucek for -8?

    Or Adams+Son+Dallas to Antonio+Kdb+Coufal for -8?

    Which one, I'm most likely using my TC chip so don't mind the hit.

  17. Captain_Shirokov
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Best forward options for DGW19? No restriction price-wise.

    1. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Vardy only real standout for me. Watkins and antonio probabky next best

    2. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Vardy, Martial, Firmino, Cavani, Antonio, Watkins

      That's literally it.

      1. Flair
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Add Werner to that

        Ziyech is back

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          No thanks. I'd pick all the above 6 over Werner.

          1. Flair
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Your loss.

      2. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        I know they're rubbish but I think Wilson with two games has to be a factor.

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Oh yeah I forgot he just got a DGW. Yeah I guess he should be on the list too. At least he's nailed...

    3. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Can't wait for Aguero hatty

    4. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Vardy, Firmino, Antonio

  18. tibollom
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Took lots of hits for the BGW, would you FH this team for the DGW? Other option would be to take a hit and do son and DCL to salah and brewster?

    Lloris Button
    Dias AWB CTaylor Balbuena Ferguson
    Bruno KDB Son Raphina Saka
    Bam Kane DCL

  19. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Would you BB with
    McCarthy
    CTaylor
    Dallas
    Raphina

    1. tibollom
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      nope

    2. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      No

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Ok, cheers guys

  20. Chilli Heatwave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Bamford to Antonio for one week?

  21. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    I want to captain Kane so much, but it's a DGW

  22. Mr Ozil
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    What to do with Grealish?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Keep, Barkley coming back now and he will be push back to LW where he gets good returns

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        No guarantee Barkley starts.

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Agreed, but he will be sooner or later so I would keep

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Don't buy, don't sell, don't bench

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        This

  23. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Peacock Farrel, Mitchell & Adams
    To
    Johnstone, Dias & Antonio (-8)

    Then BB
    Martinez
    Chillwell Cresswell Dias
    Salah Son Rashford Soucek Grealish
    Vardy Antonio
    Johnstone Bamford Dallas KWP

    No City mid is my main worry, but reckon KDB gets a rest for one of them.

  24. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Not bitter about that sterling penalty at all. Wasn't even bothered about KDB taking it, assist would have been extra 12 points immediately.

    Sterling is so technically flawed I assumed he was going to miss as soon as he stepped up.

    Fine.

    1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'm grateful for what KDB did get, not bitter for what he didn't.

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Same. As long as Kane only got 2 points more than KDB in the end I'm okay with it tbh.
      Also helps that my rival got Sterling (C) in for this GW 😉

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I called it as soon as I saw he was taking it.

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        he seems to have a desperation to be involved in the golden boot, but he is an awful penalty taker.

  25. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    This is fun! Any idea if/when we'll know on Villa player fitness?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Luiz and grealish both on Instagram doing intense fitness training, so would assume their fine. Trezeguet definitely one with covid. Beyond that not sure

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Cheers!

  26. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    I lost 3 DGWers (Dallas, Bamford, Raphinha) and gain 1 (Wilson), not that bad I guess. Considering to play Bamford over Wilson though..

    1. Mcgugan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'd definitely start Wilson. Bamford could do great of course, but so often misses chances I wouldn't even think of starting him over Wilson

    2. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Could you play both

      1. Runaway
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        If I do Kane + Raphinha > Salah + Brewster, I will play both:

        Salah Son KDB Bruno Grealish
        Wilson Bamford

  27. CRO KLOPP
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    All of you that are using TC on KDB,do you expect him to start both games,he looked tired yesterday for last half an hour

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Yeah I expect him to start both. Happy he will stay a little under the radar by not hauling yesterday.

  28. Mcgugan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Bringing in one of these and starting them:

    Stones (DGW)
    Antonio (DGW)
    Bamford (SGW)

  29. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 24 days ago

    I have four SGW players - Son, Bamford, Dallas and Ayling. Would you BB?

    1. SIGGYMETIMBER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      How many hits will you be taken for it?

      1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 24 days ago

        On a -4 at the moment, would need to be a -8 to get a second keeper:

        Martinez ?
        Stones Dias Coufal Dallas Ayling
        Salah Bruno KDB Soucek Son
        Watkins Antonio Bamford

        1. SIGGYMETIMBER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Leeds lads and Son have good single GWs. Hold off on your transfers Saturday morning anyways.

          I just don't have the bottle to use a chip with Covid rampant

          1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Thank you - I agree but if all the games happen and Leeds keep a clean sheet with a Bamford hat trick.... I'll just wait and take a view on Saturday. Thanks again for your input.

            1. Mcgugan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              I would lean towards no. Partly because of the risk of another game being called off and taking another -4 to do it.
              If you still have your wildcard for the 2nd half, you can use that to set up for fixtures down the line.
              It's only your bench which matters, so actually a week with a DGW for 2 cheaper teams could be the ideal time to use it

  30. Weerman
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Have no City..

    Thoughts on Salah+Grealish+Taylor -> KDB+Foden+Dias for -8?