We look at the FPL Impact of Everton v Man City Postponement.
The GW16 fixture between Everton and Manchester City has been postponed because of an outbreak of COVID19 at City.
Naturally, we wish those affected by the positive tests speedy recoveries. With vaccination programs rolling out in the UK and the rest of Europe, we do expect to see light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel.
Unexpected FPL Blank
This has resulted in an unexpected <blank> for Everton and City and as the postponement had been announced after the transfer deadline for GW16, it has left many FPL managers struggling to possibly field a playing XI for this gameweek, which coincidentally serves as the 2020/21 FPL Cup qualifying.
FPL Impact of Everton v Man City Postponement – Upcoming Man City fixtures
In the short term, Man City’s training ground has been closed and all players and staff are scheduled to be tested on Tuesday (29 Dec).
City’s upcoming two fixtures are immediately at risk – GW17 fixture at Chelsea and the EFL Cup semi-final against Man Utd.
From a FPL perspective, it makes sense to not make any early transfers for GW17 before the Premier League announces the status of GW17 fixtures. However, given the close proximity of the fixtures, it appears that Chelsea and Man City are very likely to have an enforced <blank> on GW17. If you have to, transfer out your City FPL assets to avoid price drops, especially for Kevin de Bruyne, who has not been performing in recent gameweeks.
After these two games, City plays an FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Birmingham on 10th Jan before their GW18 fixture on 14 Jan against Brighton.
Games to be rescheduled
A total of 4 games now need to be rescheduled, Villa and Man City accounting for 2 each.
- Burnley v Man Utd (GW01)
- Man City v Aston Villa (GW01)
- Aston Villa v Newcastle (GW10)
- Everton v Man City (GW16)
Possible Double Gameweeks (DGW)
Looking far ahead into the Premier League schedule, it appears that the organisers would need to get creative to fit in all the fixtures for it end on schedule on 22 May.
Man City, who are still in the EFL Cup and the UEFA Champions League, face the plight of a fixture pile-up very soon.
Some of the possible changes (none confirmed) to the scheduling include:
Burnley v Man Utd in GW17
If the EFL Cup Semi-final is postponed, there is an opportunity for this GW01 tie to be played. Man Utd are in the Europa League so may be keen to have this fixture played as soon as possible.
This will make Man Utd assets extremely popular since they also have a DGW on GW19. Expect ownership for Fernandes and Rashford to rise if this fixture is confirmed.
Burnley’s original GW17 fixture is a home game to Fulham, making their assets valuable if they do have a DGW too. Pope, Wood and Taylor look like good picks.
Aston Villa v Newcastle in GW17
With Newcastle bowing out of the EFL Cup, the Aston Villa v Newcastle can be possibly played over this gameweek too. However, neither sides are in Europe so there is little incentive to push this fixture through the already crowded festive fixtures.
Likewise, Villa assets will become extremely popular if they have this DGW, especially rising hotshot El-Ghazi.
Everton v Man City on GW19
Both Everton and Man City have been previously scheduled to play on GW18 and just once on GW19. If all parties agree, the fixture can be played on GW19, meaning that Everton and City will play on GW18 AND have a DGW on GW19.
At least 2 of these fixtures on DGW26
There appears no window for any rescheduled games until GW26, which is at the end of February. It is difficult to project what will happen by then – perhaps there would be even more fixtures postponed.
In any case, we can expect GW26 to be a DGW. Our early thought here is to use the second FPL Wildcard on GW25 and the Bench Boost on GW26. Also, the transfer window close after GW21, making a wildcard after that date a sensible call.
FPL Corona Chip
Two fixtures have been postponed by COVID-19 and we can expect more to come.
This reiterates the importance of planning wisely this season – aka the FPL Corona Chip.
Broadly speaking, we advise adhering to the below “rules”:
- Choose Captain and Vice-Captain from different teams
- Have a strong bench
- Reduce Concentration Risk; never tripling up on a team
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