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Why are FPL gameweeks 18 & 19 split? Premier League fantasy football break explained

12-Jan-2021, 02:18 am

Mohamed Salah Sadio Mane

Navigating split and double gameweeks in Fantasy Premier League takes some skill, with careful selections required to get the best possible points return.

So why are the fixtures split in this instance?

Scheduling issues associated with delays brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic meant that the Premier League scrapped a winter break in 2020-21, but efforts have been made to reduce the load on players.

To that end, eight clubs will have no fixture to play in Gameweek 18, with those games now taking place in Gameweek 19 - so it will be a double gameweek for some teams.

Arsenal, Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Tottenham and Wolves are playing in Gameweek 18.

You can see all the Gameweek 18 fixtures in the table below.

That means there will be a blank gameweek for eight teams. They are:Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leicester City, Leeds United, Liverpool, Southampton, West Brom andWest Ham.

It may be wise to use your Free Hit chip during this gameweek to change up your team if it is heavily populated by players at the above clubs

A total of 12 teams will play a double gameweek in Gameweek 19.

The teams in question and their opponents in the gameweek can be seen in the table below.

If you want to take full advantage of the double gameweek, selecting high-scoring players from clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United could be wise.

Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes are the type of points-getters who are sure to be popular candidates for the captaincy during the double gameweek.

The eight teams that only have one fixture on Gameweek 19 are: Arsenal, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Tottenham, Wolves.

That means you may want to think carefully about choosing players such as Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for this gameweek.

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