The Premier League have just announced the rescheduled dates for 3 fixtures that were previously postponed. This, in turn, forms FPL Mini-DGWs 24 and 25 for us which promises a lot of points in store. These mini doubles are expected to take place just before the expected “Big” DGW, the dates for this fixture will be announced after the 5th round of the FA Cup has taken place, which occurs in under a week. Here is everything, you need to know before you start forming your FPL squads.
What are DGWs and BGWs?
If you’re new to Fantasy Premier League, you might also be somewhat unfamiliar with what the DGWs and the BGWs are. A DGW (double game-week) is a week in which some teams play 2 matches, all in the space of one FPL game-week. Players from those teams will have 2 matches to score FPL points, and the number they earn from both games will be added for your final score.
A BGW (blank game-week) is a week in which some teams play no matches at all. This means that those players would have no opportunity to score points, and so you should try to avoid having those players in your FPL squads during that week. Some teams do play a match though, so you should instead, aim at filling in on those players.
We already took on a BGW and a DGW earlier on this season, which had some very useful returns. We are now in the preparation for a second round. Due to COVID-19, further matches were forced to be postponed, so now, the Premier League have announced these mini DGWs in GW24 and GW25, where a couple of teams play double. This will then lead onto the main DGW, which is likely to follow soon after. The details for this will be announced once the FA Cup’s 5th round is finished with.
Who plays the double in DGW24 and DGW25?
The rescheduled fixtures for the FPL Mini-DGWs 24 and 25 are as follows:
- Burnley vs Fulham (17th Feb)
- Everton vs Man City (17th Feb)
- Leeds vs Southampton (23rd Feb)
Here are the full details to the FPL schedule for the DGW-playing teams:
- Crystal Palace (Away)
- Fulham (Home)
- Everton (Away)
- Burnley (Away)
- Fulham (Home)
- Man City (Home)
- Tottenham (Home)
- Everton (Away)
- Wolves (Away)
- Southampton (Home)
- Chelsea (Home)
- Leeds (Away)
There are still a few more fixtures left to re-arrange, as well as the ones shown above. These fixtures are likely to follow into the upcoming BGW/DGW. Full details will be announced soon, however, these are the teams you should be focusing on as they still have delayed fixtures left to play.
- Aston Villa Vs Tottenham
- Aston Villa Vs Everton
- Fulham Vs Tottenham
- Man City vs Southampton
As you can see, Aston Villa and Tottenham both have 2 pending fixtures, which means that they are likely to play during the big DGW and the BGW. Everton, Fulham, Man City and Southampton all have 1 pending fixture. When deciding on the re-arrangements, the Premier League will need to take into account, other competitions as well, such as the FA Cup and European competitions. As a result, anything could happen. However, the DGW24 and DGW25 have been announced so you can start building towards those fixtures.
How to plan for these mini DGWs?
The teams that play the double have been announced, so we have a good idea of the kinds of players and strategies we can implement in our squads. The next few weeks are all likely to have doubles, so your initially team-planning will have been affected. Here are a few ideas that you can use for your future plans.
Burnley have some of the best looking fixtures coming up, as they play Crystal Palace and Fulham in the DGW. West Brom follows directly after that. Against almost all these teams, Burnley has a good chance for clean sheets. It could be a good idea to invest in Burnley’s defensive assets, with Lowton and Mee being some cheap options. You could also opt for Burley’s main man between the sticks, Goalkeeper Nick Pope. Burnley’s attacking assets should be avoided since they aren’t all that flashy. None of them has provided more than 4 attacking returns this season, and some are still currently struggling with injuries.
Fulham comes up against Everton and Burnley in the DGW, with Sheffield and Crystal Palace following up. Although the fixtures look promising, Fulham isn’t seen as one of the tougher contenders in the PL. However, some of their assets could be useful. Areola could be a good GK choice. Some attacking players are Ademola Lookman, who can prove to be a useful differential. In attack, Mitrovic and Reid could be worth watching, although they haven’t proven key to Fulham so far.
Everton faces Fulham and Man City in the next DGW, with Liverpool following on shortly. The fixtures look tough for Everton, a team that hasn’t lived up to their high FPL expectations recently against Newcastle and Leeds. They do have some standout assets, notably, Digne and Dominic Calvert-Lewin(DCL), who you could bring in before the Fulham game if you haven’t already. However, the 2 games directly after, are against 2 tough competitors for the PL title. If you already own a few Everton players, you should probably hold onto them, since there are other fires to put out. Bringing new ones is probably not recommended.
Man City have proved to be an FPL favourite in the past few weeks, they now come up against Tottenham and Everton in the DGW. At first, they may sound like tough numbers, Liverpool will be a scuffle, however, Tottenham has performed very poorly recently, and Everton hasn’t looked as powerful as they were at the start of the season. You should already have a few Man City players by now, especially after their streak of winnable games. It’s recommended to hold onto them for now and bring a few of the regular starters like Dias and Gundogan in.
Leeds play Arsenal, Wolves and Southampton over the next 2 weeks, but that’s not all. Since Leeds have no more pending fixtures after the recent announcement, they are the team that is likely to play 1 match in the DGW26, which means they will be one of the teams playing the next BGW. Bamford is pretty much a must-have right now, due to his reliability in Leeds’ attack. You should also look at bringing in another Leeds asset in addition to Bamford, Raphinha and Harrison are good differentials to use. Dallas is also a strong defender to add to your watchlist. These players would be perfect for the upcoming fixtures, they are cheap enough to bench during their single in the DGW, and you can hold onto them during the BGW as well.
After their 9-0 thrashing against Man Utd, a lot of people have been hesitant with these players, and rightly so. The Saints come up against Wolves, Chelsea and Leeds in the next 2 GWs. There are some ups and downs, but considering the form, Southampton players are best to leave out for the time being. It’s been a while since their last clean sheet, and they attack has been below par as well, with Adams and Ings combined provided only 2 attacking returns in 9GWs. They do have another fixture left to play though, which gives them a chance to regain the lost form. However, it’s best to exchange your Southampton players and wait for them to hit back before bringing them back in again.
Which players among these are you looking to bring in for the FPL Mini-DGWs 24 and 25? Let us know in the comments section below about your thoughts on FPL Mini-DGWs 24 and 25.