February
19

With all but two of the eight FA Cup quarter finalists now decided, we thought it was timely to take a look at the potential fixture congestion that may resultantly ensue. At present, there are still a multitude of possibilities regarding fixture rescheduling – we pick through many of the scenarios to hopefully offer a little more clarity to the current situation, as the Gameweek 29 programme begins to fall away.

The draw for the Sixth Round is listed below in full. Everton’s Fifth Round replay with Oldham will take place on Wednesday February 27 – the same evening as Chelsea’s trip to Middlesbrough.

FA Cup Sixth Round Draw

Everton/Oldham v Wigan
Manchester City v Barnsley
Manchester United v Middlesbrough/Chelsea
Millwall v Blackburn
Ties to be played on the weekend of March 9 and 10

Gameweek 29 Matches Potentially at Risk

Arsenal v Everton: Saturday March 9
With the Gunners knocked out of the cup by Blackburn last weekend, their home clash with Everton would go ahead as scheduled if the Toffees were to also taste defeat against Oldham. If David Moyes’ men clinch a place in the final eight, however, this one will need to be moved to another Gameweek. The reason being is that Arsenal travel to Bayern Munich the following midweek (Wednesday March 13) for the second leg of their Champions League head-to-head, thus leaving no midweek alternative date within Gameweek 29.

Manchester City v Wigan Saturday March 9
There’s a lot more leeway with this one. City have no European commitments whatsoever after finishing bottom of their Champions League group. The match could conceivably stay within the confines of the Gameweek and simply moved into the following Tuesday or Wednesday, though there’s nothing set in stone to suggest this will be the case. At present, though, this has been removed from the Gameweek 29 in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game.

West Ham United v Manchester United Saturday March 9
This fixture could potentially be a little trickier to judge. Unlike the above-mentioned matches, it was due to be screened live as the opening match of the Gameweek. United have no European games the following midweek, suggesting the fixture could be moved along to the Tuesday or Wednesday and remain within Gameweek 29 – if tv companies still wish to show this one live, the rescheduled date may come down to whether they can sort the situation out in time for a midweek date.

Another factor here, however, is the situation in the Chelsea v Middlesbrough tie. If the first game finishes as a draw, then the replay will likely take place during the Gameweek 29 weekend. If Chelsea win at the second time of asking, their Sixth Round trip to United could then be rescheduled for the midweek of Gameweek 29, thus denying both clubs a league fixture. Similar to the City vs Wigan match, this was also been removed from the Gameweek 29 schedule earlier today.

Fulham v Chelsea Sunday March 10
Of all the fixtures, this looks the biggest conundrum – from a Fantasy perspective, a win for Middlesbrough at the first attempt would solve all our worries. There are many factors involved here – Chelsea are playing catch-up with their FA Cup schedule and also have Europa League fixtures to consider. As mentioned above, if Rafa Benitez’s side beat Middlesbrough at the first attempt, they would then play their Sixth Round match at United on the Gameweek 29 weekend, while a draw against Boro would mean the replay takes place on March 9-10 at Stamford Bridge instead and could move the Sixth Round match with United to the midweek of Gameweek 29 – as a result, Chelsea could be without a league match if this scenario transpired.

Chelsea’s progress in the Europa League plays a major part in determining whether the league trip to Fulham can be rescheduled for the following midweek. The Blues are 1-0 up on Sparta Prague from the first leg of their last 32 showdown, however, and if they clinch progress to the last 16 this Thursday, Benitez’s side then face up to either Ajax or Steaua Bucharest. The dates for those games are March 7 and March 14, though; that second leg date would cancel any chance of Chelsea having a midweek Gameweek 29 fixture if they avoid defeat at Middlesbrough. In addition, the fact that their game at the Cottage was also set to be televised live may play a part when the authorities look to sort a rescheduled date – with so many factors to consider, then, it’s impossible to ascertain just when that would be right now.

For now, Fantasy managers need to be aware of the possible fallout, while we keep you informed on any decisions made regarding the rescheduling. It’s clear that Gameweek 29 could prove pivotal over the next month, with few of us likely to remain immune to the impact of the potential postponements.

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  1. Please fantasy gods make the gw29 cancellations complete blanks not midweek games

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. +1! Would suit me given I have a WC left and am already quite well set for GW29...

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Q

    Best choices for midfield in a 3/5/2 beside bale,walcott,mata
    Money is not an issue
    Iam thinking lampard and someone else

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Q

      ??

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Lampsy if he plays always scores... Will have a strong end of season

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Q

          Who with lampard

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
            • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Taraabt and Sissoko, but you said money is not an issue so try Gerard, Lampard/Silva

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. A) Mata -> Bale Cole -> Sissoko Sturr -> 8.0 striker (-8)
    B) Mata -> Bale Johnson -> any def Sturr -> Cisse (-8)
    C) Cole -> Siss Sturridge -> 8.0 striker (-4)

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. keep sturridge imo.

      do A - that

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. So with all these potential blanks on GW29, should we stock up on Pool and Swansea assets again? :lol:

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Well I tried to get rid of the bare minimum Liverpool and Swansea players I had, toget out a team for next GW.

      Have to say with 5 Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton players in total, if results go a certain way I will have to just use my next couple of FTs shipping them out.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. Soo...the City game will surely go ahead in gw 29 ehh??

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. Completely off topic but for those who haven't seen this, check out this Charlie Chapman speech, it's the most inspiring speech I've ever heard! :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Thanks for sharing!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  7. Off topic, sorry. Can anybody tell me the latest on Demel and Cameron. I cannot find any news of injuries but they both seem to have dropped out of selections.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. If O'Brien is injured, Demel will play. Cameron seems to have lost favor.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. when it would be official?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. not for a while -

      although it will be pretty clear a week tomorrow!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. I just read this post and now my brain hurts.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. +1 so many possibilities and it could all be for nought since the games could be rescheduled for midweek anyway.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  10. so after reading that Everton and Arsenal have a potential double gwk:

    Pick two:

    Lambert - GIROUD- PODOLSKI- Cisse - Sturridge - MIRALLAS

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  11. with a potential chelsea dgwk could Mata/ Hazard/ Lampard be a better option instead of Bale?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Not in the immediate future because a DGW would mean a blank in GW29.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. impossible.... before dgw, exist blank gw

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  12. WILSON OR SANTON!?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Santon, but try to get both

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  13. At least these gameweek cancellations are possible for us to know ahead of time. I remember a couple years ago losing to a schmuck in the EPL cup because 7 games were cancelled due to snow.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I remember that!

      I lost coz my opponent got Phil Bardsley auto-captain and Kolo Toure got 2 yellows in added time for me!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  14. I'm getting sick of DGW's despite coming out well in them they require more planning and strategy than a normal GW.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. That's what seperates an astute manager from a wack one..

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  15. That's what seperates an astute manager from a wack one.... I love the blank that follows immediately after a DGW.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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