Managers in Fantasy Premier League face a problem in Gameweek 25, with Manchester United and Newcastle United among four clubs who are without a fixture. The Scout's panel of FPL experts discuss their plans for players from both clubs.
I will bench and hold Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) and Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) as I want them beyond Gameweek 25. The decision then is whether Bruno Fernandes (£9.9m) or Luke Shaw (£5.3m), or both, make way for their blank. Fernandes in particular can easily be switched to another midfielder.
Rashford and Trippier are ones I'm considering holding through the blank due to the value accrued as well as their sheer consistency. Outside of these two, everyone is disposable.
Trippier and Rashford have to stay in your squad, but the likes of Fernandes and Shaw can be sold. Man Utd will likely blank in Gameweek 28 as well, should they or their opponents for that Gameweek, Brighton & Hove Albion, progress to the sixth round of the FA Cup.
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Rashford and Shaw are likely to be holds. Trippier is my only player from Newcastle, and I will be looking to bench him in Gameweek 25.
For managers who own additional Newcastle players such as Sven Botman (£4.5m) or Miguel Aimiron (£5.7m), I would look to sell in order to invest in teams like Arsenal, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers or Everton, who all play twice in Gameweek 25. Alternatively, you could invest in teams such as Aston Villa and Chelsea who are guaranteed to play in both Gameweek 25 and 28.
I think you just need to hold Rashford and Trippier. There are plenty of midfield options to switch Fernandes or Almiron to.
I have a lot of money tied up in Rashford and Trippier, as I have owned them for a while and would want to buy them back after the blank, so I will likely bench them for Gameweek 25.
Apart from Rashford and Trippier, all other players form these teams are expendable - Newcastle perhaps sooner, given they blank and then face Manchester City.
Coming out of Gameweek 26, Newcastle become a bigger priority to buy as they have a confirmed Gameweek 28 fixture against Nottingham Forest, while Man Utd could blank again.
While most Man Utd and Newcastle players have been performing well, now is the time to start selling, with the exception of Rashford, Trippier and Shaw.