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FPL Daily: Premier League set to continue despite Covid-19 outbreaks

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points of the day in FPL Daily, a series that will serve non-Premier League matchdays and days when we don’t bring you a team news/press conference round-up.

PREMIER LEAGUE SET TO CONTINUE

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Premier League clubs have rejected the idea of postponing Christmas matches, despite the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19, with the intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible.

In a hastily arranged meeting involving all 20 top-flight managers, it is understood a large majority wish to play on, at least for now.

As a result, clubs have been advised if they have 13 fit players, plus a goalkeeper, they should fulfil their games. The Premier League have also made it clear that they will be expected to use U21 players to make up the numbers, and that non-first-team matches, such as U23 games, should not be scheduled a short-time before a Premier League fixture, to ensure that as many players as possible are available for selection.

The FA is also considering scrapping third and fourth-round FA Cup replays, in an attempt to ease the pressure on Premier League squads, which could make room for some of the games that need to be rearranged.

So far, 10 Premier League matches have been lost to the virus across Gameweeks 16 to 18:

  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur (Gameweek 16)
  • Brentford v Manchester United (Gameweek 17)
  • Burnley v Watford (Gameweek 17)
  • Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Gameweek 17)
  • Aston Villa v Burnley (Gameweek 18)
  • Everton v Leicester City (Gameweek 18)
  • Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion (Gameweek 18)
  • Southampton v Brentford (Gameweek 18)
  • Watford v Crystal Palace (Gameweek 18)
  • West Ham United v Norwich City (Gameweek 18)

In a statement released this evening, the Premier League said:

It was confirmed at a Premier League club meeting today that while recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the League’s collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible.

The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidance, always proceeding with caution.

A range of issues were discussed at this afternoon’s meeting, including the adaption of the Premier League COVID-19 postponement process in response to the impact of the Omicron variant.

The League also confirmed to its clubs today that 92 per cent of players and club staff have received one, two or three COVID-19 vaccination doses, with 84 per cent of players on the vaccination journey. Players who have had one or two doses are required to wait for the appropriate time period before receiving either their second or booster vaccinations.

The League continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff, as well as promoting the Government’s public-health vaccination messaging to clubs and the wider public. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League, and player vaccination rates will now be publicly communicated at the end of each month, beginning in January.

Most Premier League clubs are due to play three times between Boxing Day and January 2nd, and despite the decision to continue as planned, there are surely likely to be more postponements in the weeks ahead.

Because of that, saving our transfers till as close to the FPL deadline as possible is of course advisable, as is bulking up our benches to hopefully cover for any unannounced absentees.

https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/12/16/covid-watch-club-by-club-latest/

TOTTENHAM OUT OF EUROPE

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Tottenham Hotspur are out of the Europa Conference League after UEFA ruled they forfeited their final match against Rennes. The fixture – originally due to take place on December 9th – was called off following a Covid outbreak at the London club, with 13 positive cases reported. UEFA then said the match could not be rescheduled and passed the matter on to its disciplinary board. Now, they have handed Rennes a 3-0 win, which knocks Spurs out as they finished third in the group.

“We are disappointed by the ruling of the UEFA Appeals Body and the refusal to allow more time for the match to be rescheduled. We have to accept this ruling, however, and our focus now turns to the competitions we remain in.” – Tottenham Hotspur

For FPL managers, it certainly boosts the appeal of Spurs’ Fantasy assets in 2022, as they will now be handed further rest and preparation time for Premier League matches once European competition recommences in February.

Antonio Conte’s side have won three and drawn two of the Italian’s five Premier League matches so far, scoring nine and conceding just three, with the likes of Sergio Reguilon (£5.2m) and Son Heung-min (£10.3m) thriving under their new boss.

FODEN AND GREALISH DROPPED FOR DISCIPLINARY REASONS?

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As reported by the Manchester Evening News earlier today, Pep Guardiola has suggested that some players did not feature in Gameweek 18 due to disciplinary reasons.

Phil Foden (£8.1m), Jack Grealish (£7.6m) and John Stones (£5.3m) were the three players that dropped to the bench following the midweek win over Leeds United, though the latter did make an appearance in the second-half at Newcastle United, replacing Ruben Dias (£6.1m) after 69 minutes.

Having been asked about the changes, Guardiola told 5 Live Sport:

“Not rotation, no. I decided for this team because they deserved to play, these guys and not the other ones. At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when off the pitch is not proper they are not going to play. So, we have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens – you have to still be focused.”

That indicates Foden and Grealish may be the players omitted for disciplinary reasons, though it remains to be seen if the punishment ends there, or if they will miss further games over the festive period.

Guardiola was also asked about Kyle Walker (£5.5m) after the 4-0 win over Newcastle, and replied:

“He didn’t feel good today.”

The club later clarified that he was ill and had been since last week, though they did refuse to comment on whether his absence was Covid-related, on the grounds of medical confidentiality.

820 Comments Post a Comment
  1. _Gunner
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Which is better?

    A- Watkins > Antonio for FT (bench King)
    B- save FT and play King

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      B

  2. jack88
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Ramsdale
    Trent rudiger cancelo James
    ESR salah jota foden bernardo
    Antonio
    Foster denis, white watkins

    Rolling my FT thats for sure.
    Feel like rich. Such a strong bench.
    Whom to bench here?
    Overall 40 k.

  3. Eze Really?
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Methinks "a winter of discontent"
    Covid
    Foden and Grealish naughty.
    Depleted Chelsea
    Leeds have no players.
    Arsenal rotation,
    Boris does not want to be a Grinch.
    Salah and Dennis about to disappear.
    Jota could get rested next GW
    Timing of getting Ronaldo and Son in to your team is complicated.
    All wingbacks bound to get rested sometime.
    Just a few things to think about:

    1. jack88
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Thats what make it interesting. Was boring few weeks ago

    2. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Chelsea will start to improve now with Kova and Kante back.

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Yep. Just in time for tough fixtures and the club world cup.

  4. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    What did pep say about foden/grealish?

    1. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      That they are naughty boys

    2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      What happened omg

    3. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Those 2 went out after Leeds win. I think one of them got slapped about by a dominatrix as well? lol. Guardiola unhappy with condition they were in the next day and unhappy they went out amongst all the covid.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        But it was a Vaccinated dominatrix

        C'mon Pep! You costed me at least 3 dang points.

    4. Firminooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Hope Foden does some John Travalto moves after his hattrick this GW.

  5. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Play King vs Wolves away or Reguilon vs Crystal at home?

    1. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Def Reg mate

    2. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      I would not worry too much. If you get 11 out you will be doing well.

    3. _Gunner
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Definitely Reguilion

    4. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Reggie for sure

  6. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    After a limited choice caused by the cancelled fixtures every has just about the same team now, even more than before

    1. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      I wish I had a team like everyone elses right now 😀

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Lol good chance for your differentials to shine 😉

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Mine's massively template, but it's no longer optimum. Look at the clubs that have games in hand, esp Spurs and Burnley. I can see a row of DGWs for those clubs that need to catch up.

        2. BIGREDDOG
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Bloody hope so 😛

    2. Pasqualinho
      • 15 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Not to worry. There’s a DGW coming up where nearly all of the highly-owned players are only playing once. This should mix things up a little.

  7. UpwardlyMobile
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Rams
    TAA Cancelo Zinchenko James
    Salah Jota Saka ESR Bilva
    Antonio
    Bench> Dalot Wilson Pukki

    A: James > Macal (cash for Son in GW20)
    B: Wilson > Gelhardt (cash for Ronald in 20)
    C: save FT

    1. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      C

      1. UpwardlyMobile
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Thanks, feel that several in this squad will be rested but no idea who to go for.

  8. BIGREDDOG
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    No idea what to do here. Wish I had a WC.

    Guaita (steele)
    TAA Cancelo Alonso (livra williams)
    Salah Jota Gundogan* Bowen (allan)
    Vardy* Benteke* King

    -Benteke/Gundo unlikely to start.
    -Vardy has bad fixtures.

    3.3 ITB. 1 FT.

    1. Stamford B
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Theres a good chance DCL will be able to start so you could upgrade Benteke to him. Wait for the presser.

      1. BIGREDDOG
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Thanks for that. I think that's a great option i was just thinking about.

    2. bigwig
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      get rid of those 3 and youre rosy as a big red dog

      You could go Vardy > Ronaldo, Tekkers > Broja, Gundog > Son over two weeks after we have some news from pressers this week.

      Would then look sweet

      1. BIGREDDOG
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Cheers! Can't afford those moves but only by a little. Ronaldo 99% coming in this week.

    3. Team Bobcat
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      You could just concentrate on williams to davies/coady or someother defender you fancy. Johnson may be beck for west ham which might allow Gundagon to Son later. Your team is good otherwise.

  9. ‘Tis the Season
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Play wilson, watkins or dennis

    This is what i have currently..

    Rams
    TAA alonso Dias Cancelo (Liv)
    Salah Jota Ralph Esr Foden
    Wilson (Wat Den)

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Watkins at home to a leaky Chelsea for me

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        good point. thx

    2. WVA
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Don't overthink it, Dennis
      Nice team by the way

    3. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      I'd say play Wilson -> Watkins -> Dennis for sure. Strong bench that.

  10. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Play one:

    Raphinha(liv) or Gallagher(tot)

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      ralph. set pieces and penalties

      1. Sheffield Wednesday
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Away at Anfield... although Liverpool left side of defence is under-strength so maybe he has some joy..

    2. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Part2, play one:

      Coady (WAT) or Dennis (wol)

    3. Assisting the assister
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Raph consistent

  11. jose1
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    I can’t find a the post someone wrote about games which are “likely to go ahead” and aren’t can someone help?

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Most of the most recent main articles?

  12. yousunkmybattleship
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Still expecting Foden to start next game after the slap on the wrists from Pep?

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Hopefully, Pep himself said they had no rhythm in the first half and he's had to bring Foden on / play him in games where he seems he wants to rest him because of the impact he has so I think he knows he needs him

    2. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Hard to tell isnt it. I think he does start as it's a big game vs Leicester. Maybe it was a deliberate kick up the a*** because this game is a lot more difficult than Newcastle and he'll want his best players. That said, I'd say he's a keep rather than a buy. I currently have Gundogan and no idea what i'll do with him.

    3. Assisting the assister
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Yeah one game penalty to make the point

  13. wulfrunian
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    What would you do here ?WC next gw.

    Ramsdale
    Taa-Rudiger-Cancelo-James
    Salah-Jota-Foden-Saka-Silva
    Laca
    Stelle-Kinh-Brownhill-Johnson
    1ft 1.2itb

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      What are you thinking?

      1. wulfrunian
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Wait until last minute for changes in the fixtures.Laca->Antonio or Silva ->Bowen if nothing happens.

    2. AC Yew
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Who are you targetting on your WC?

  14. Flynny
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Morning.....what initial strategies are folk looking at to tackle the expected doubled in 21 and 22?

    What chips are people looking to use, if any?

    Thanks

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Too far in the future given the Fog of Covid

    2. Firmino
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Too early to say

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Under the circumstances I doubt that games will be added to the fixture list

    4. SINGH
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Do we even know which teams will likely have doubles?

  15. OLD Rafiki
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    anyone still with Ronaldo or it's just me?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Still holding - a haul would be very sweet wouldn’t it ?

    2. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      probably getting him back

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Got rid, but fully expecting him to do well

    4. Assisting the assister
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      WC him in before this mess so stubbornly holding for now

  16. Philosopher's Stones
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Brought in Gallagher instead of Foden in GW17(and subsequently missed his haul). Unlucky with Foden no-show after I brought him in last week. But due to different combination of moves, I can potentially do Bilva -> Son. Every cloud and all that 😀
    but the main question is, do I do Bilva->Son this week or next?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      For a FT, I would probably do that

      1. Philosopher's Stones
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Should've mentioned, it's for a -4, which a downgrade of Dennis/Watkins

  17. waltzingmatildas
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Good to save ft?
    Bench right order? Antonio doesn't have the form but surely him over Broja and Dennis? Or bench one of the mids?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Alonso
    Salah Jota Gundo Raph ESR
    Antonio
    (Guaita Broja Dennis Livra)

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Just a point to look at:
      Same
      Same Same Same Same
      Same Same Same Foden Bowen
      Laca
      Same Same Same Same

  18. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Who would you transfer out, trying to put together my first Wildcard team.

    A. Watkins
    B. Antonio

    Thanks

    1. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Antonio

    2. BIGREDDOG
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      B

  19. Firminooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Bench order ok?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Alonso James Cancelo
    Salah Jota Foden Saka
    Lacazette Watkins

    Bench Dennis, Targett, Normann, Foster.

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      I would hapily put money on you having no bench by the next GW. Dennis a sure starter if Watford play. Laca, Foden, Jota, Alonso,James all doubts in some way.

  20. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Start Gallagher or rudiger?

  21. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 14 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    When is the potential dgw and what teams are we looking at?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Will Foden play?

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Who knows

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Fodenfreude?

  22. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Foden to anyone?

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Literally just brought him in - he’ll play

      1. No Professionals
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        You think he’ll play.

  23. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Son if possible

    1. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      reply fail to Sir Knight.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Thank ye!

  24. AC Yew
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    On a WC what would your forward line look like:

    A) With premium striker (Ronaldo)
    B) Without a premium striker

    1. waldo666
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      A

      1. AC Yew
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Which other 2 would you have?
        Ronaldo X X

    2. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Son and Ronaldo
      Just Son
      Just Ronaldo
      Seems to be trending atm

      1. AC Yew
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        So Ronaldo X X
        Which other two would you own to complete the line?

        1. Eze Really?
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Dennis and Broja. Dennis going to Afcon but cross that bridge when you get there IMO

          1. AC Yew
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 6 months ago

            Got Dennis already. Hadn't considered Broja will take a look at fixtures and assess. Thanks!

  25. Jebiga
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Link for free fix Premium or Premium Plus

    https://fantasyfootballfix.com/?aid=Mkh4cTJE

    1. No Professionals
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Why is it free? Not sure I’ll be putting my fpl details in to that

  26. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Are you cats buying Martinelli?

    He looks like Ronaldo El Fenomeno these days

    If you did not own ESR, Martin, Saka, Odi, or Lacca - who do you get? Assuming the Norwich game is actually happening

    1. SINGH
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      See the lineup tonight and then decide

  27. The-Red-1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    James, Bilva, Gelhardt
    Or Reguilon Ramsey DCL (assuming fit)

  28. No Professionals
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Ramsdale
    Trent Cancelo James Reguilon
    Salah(c) Jota Bernardo Saka ESR
    Antonio

    Steele Watkins King Livramento
    1.0 1ft

    Finally feel like I have a bit of a bench to cope with some disruption. Unless people have huge fires, the best option has to be to hold.

    Biggest decision currently is who to VC.

    1. Bggz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Cancel easy. Haven’t changed mine for weeks

  29. SINGH
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Why is everyone removing Antonio? Westham fixtures nice and easy

    1. No Professionals
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      I’m not.

      But his form is horrific.

      1. Sheffield Wednesday
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        but consistent

    2. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      2,2,2,2,1,5,2,2. Anything else?

      1. @persecuted_by_mods
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Yeah, the 5 was incredibly lucky too

    3. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Play Gallagher (tot) or Dennis (wol)?

      1. Brazooka
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Dennis

      2. Sheffield Wednesday
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Yeah I'm looking to bench one of Gallagher, Dennis or Raphinha but too early to pick.

      3. Bggz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Gally