Here’s our fantasy premier league news catch up 6 June where we outline some of the recent events like the fixture list, the new subs rule and the latest virus testing
fantasy premier league news catch up 6 June
The fixture list
The Premier League has confirmed the first batch of fixtures and TV arrangements for the UK.
Gameweek 39 deadline Wednesday 17 June 5pm
Wednesday 17 June
Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm Sky
Manchester City v Arsenal 8.15pm Sky
Friday 19 June
Norwich v Southampton 6pm Sky/Pick
Tottenham v Manchester United 8.15pm Sky
Saturday 20 June
Watford v Leicester 12.30pm BT
Brighton v Arsenal 3pm BT
West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm Sky
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm BBC
Sunday 21 June
Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm Sky/Pick
Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.15pm Sky
Everton v Liverpool 7pm Sky/Pick
Monday 22 June
Manchester City v Burnley 8pm Sky
Gameweek 40 deadline 23 June 5pm
Tuesday 23 June
Leicester v Brighton 6pm Sky
Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm Sky
Wednesday 24 June
Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm Sky/Pick
Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm BT
Norwich v Everton 6pm BBC
Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm BT
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm Sky
Thursday 25 June
Burnley v Watford 6pm Sky/Pick
Southampton v Arsenal 6pm Sky
Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm BT
Gameweek 41 deadline Saturday 27 June 11.30am
Saturday 27 June
Aston Villa v Wolves 12.30pm BT
FA Cup Norwich City v Manchester United 5.30pm
Sunday 28 June
FA Cup Sheffield United v Arsenal 1pm
FA Cup Leicester City v Chelsea 4pm
FA Cup Newcastle United v Manchester City 6.30pm
Watford v Southampton 4.30pm Sky/Pick
Monday 29 June
Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm Amazon
Tuesday 30 June
Brighton v Manchester United 8.15pm Sky/Pick
Wednesday 1 July
Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm Sky
Arsenal v Norwich 6pm BT Sport
Everton v Leicester 6pm Sky
West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm Sky
Thursday 2 July
Sheffield United v Tottenham 6pm Sky
Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm Sky
The double gameweekers
So for the 4 Double gameweek teams I’ve done a schedule of fixtures and then outlined below the number of clear days between fixtures.
Clear days between fixtures
Man City 4-2-2-2
A Villa 3-2-2
Sheffield Utd 3-2-3-3
What does this mean for the DGWs?
Arsenal may have a tight turnaround for the 2nd game but there’s relatively plenty of recovery time before the next fixture which is positive for rotation
Man City have relatively good recovery time for the 2nd DGW fixture but the Chelsea game is shortly after which may affect the Burnley lineup. Realistically though Man City’s only chance of missing out on a Champions League spot is if their appeal is rejected rather than their league position. Lets not kid ourselves that we have any clue how Pep will line up his team.
Aston Villa despite 1 less fixture have hand no luck with their fixture spread. Their is a relatively good spread to the 2nd DGW game but short turnarounds afterwards which isn’t helpful.
Sheffield United probably got the best of the 4 games schedule.
5 substitutions allowed
Premier League teams will be able to make five substitutions, rather than three, in each match to the end of the season after clubs approved new rules.
Teams will also be able to name nine substitutes instead of the usual seven.
Though teams can now make five substitutions, each will only have three opportunities to make changes throughout the match in order to minimise disruption to the game.
Clubs have also agreed in principle to the use of neutral venues if required, although the vast majority of matches are expected to be played in their usual grounds, barring local spikes in coronavirus cases.
The games involved still seem to be a matter of debate
25 man squads
As far as I can see there appears to be an issue which I don’t know how was resolved at the recent meeting was whether to allow the return of players who were injured in January and not in the 25-man lists. One such is Newcastle’s Dummett, who was injured in January and not on the 25 man list but is now fit. I am not sure who else fits into this.
Ending the season prematurely
How to end the season, decide the league positions and the possible consequences should it prove impossible to play the remaining matches was discussed at a meeting of clubs, but any decision was delayed to concentrate on the return of action.
Only one positive virus test from 1,197 players and staff
Spurs have confirmed that 1 of their players has tested positive for Covid-19 in the 5th and latest round of tests and will self-isolate for 7 days, although the player is not experiencing any symptoms of the virus. Spurs want to keep his identity confidential. It is understood the player is not a key first-team player.
The total numbers now show that there have been 13 positives from 5,073 total screenings.
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