Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool last night marked the end of a hectic festive period in which 40 Premier League matches were contested across 14 days.
FA Cup third round weekend now brings some welcome respite in which to take a cursory look at the weeks and months ahead.
We’re only six Gameweeks away from the first mini-blank of the season, with the final of the EFL Cup set to be contested on the same weekend as Gameweek 27 in the Premier League.
Barring any seismic shocks in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, Manchester City’s Gameweek 27 match against Everton will be one of the Premier League games to fall victim of that schedule clash.
Burnley v Spurs or Chelsea v Brighton could also be affected, depending on which of the London sides triumphs in their forthcoming semi-final.
Gameweeks 31 and 33 will also very likely be blanks for some top-flight teams, with the FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals set to take place on those weekends.
At the moment, the much-anticipated “double Gameweeks” look likely to be in Gameweeks 32 and 35, given that the midweeks following those scheduled Premier League fixtures are the only ones not affected by European club competition or the March international break.
Forward-planning is not just about navigating the blanks and doubles, of course, but factoring in which top-flight sides have a congested fixture schedule around their league games.
Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City are in EFL Cup action twice in January, while those three clubs plus Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal recommence their UEFA Champions League/Europa League campaigns from the middle of February onwards.
We’ve cobbled together a calendar for the remaining Gameweeks of the 2018/19 season, though in some cases (Premier League fixtures from Gameweek 29 onwards, FA Cup from fourth round onwards) the dates are subject to change due to the whims of the relevant television broadcasters.
|Dates||Premier League||Other fixtures|
|Fri Jan 4 – Mon Jan 7||FA Cup third round|
|Tue Jan 8 – Wed Jan 9||EFL Cup semi-finals, 1st leg|
Jan 8: Spurs v Chelsea
Jan 9: Man City v Burton
|Sat Jan 12 – Mon Jan 14||Gameweek 22|
|Tue Jan 15 – Wed Jan 16||FA Cup third round replays|
|Sat Jan 19 – Sun Jan 20||Gameweek 23|
|Wed Jan 23 – Thu Jan 24||EFL Cup semi-final, 2nd legs|
Jan 23: Burton v Man City
Jan 24: Chelsea v Spurs
|Fri Jan 25 – Sun Jan 27||FA Cup fourth round|
|Tue Jan 29 – Wed Jan 30||Gameweek 24|
|Sat Feb 2 – Wed Feb 6||Gameweek 25|
(DGW for Man
City + Everton)
|Tue Feb 5 – Wed Feb 6||FA Cup fourth round replays|
|Sat Feb 9 – Mon Feb 11||Gameweek 26|
|Tue Feb 12 – Thu Feb 14||Champions League/Europa League|
Feb 12: Man Utd v PSG
Feb 13: Spurs v Dortmund
Feb 14: Malmo v Chelsea/BATE v Arsenal
|Sat Feb 16 – Sun Feb 17||FA Cup fifth round|
|Tue Feb 19 – Thu Feb 21||Champions League/Europa League|
Feb 19: Liverpool v Bayern
Feb 20: Schalke v Man City
Feb 21: Chelsea v Malmo/Arsenal v BATE
|Fri Feb 22 – Sun Feb 24||Gameweek 27|
|Feb 24: EFL Cup final: Man City v|
|Tue Feb 26 – Wed Feb 27||Gameweek 28|
|Sat Mar 2 – Sun Mar 3||Gameweek 29|
|Tue Mar 5 – Thu Mar 7||Champions League/Europa League|
Mar 5: Dortmund v Spurs
Mar 6: PSG v Man Utd
Mar 7: Europa League last 16, 1st leg
|Sat Mar 9 – Sun Mar 10||Gameweek 30|
|Tue Mar 12 – Thu Mar 14||Champions League/Europa League|
Mar 12: Man City v Schalke
Mar 13: Bayern v Liverpool
Mar 14: Europa League last 16, 2nd leg
|Sat Mar 16 – Sun Mar 17||Gameweek 31|
|FA Cup quarter-finals|
|Wed Mar 20 – Tue Mar 26||Internationals|
|Sat Mar 30 – Sun Mar 31||Gameweek 32|
|Tue Apr 2 – Wed Apr 3|
|Sat Apr 6 – Sun Apr 7||Gameweek 33|
|FA Cup semi-finals|
|Tue Apr 9 – Thu Apr 11||Champions League/Europa League|
Apr 9-10: Champs Lge, QFs, 1st leg
Apr 11: Europa League, QFs, 1st leg
|Sat Apr 13 – Sun Apr 14||Gameweek 34|
|Tue Apr 16 – Thu Apr 18||Champions League/Europa League|
Apr 16-17: Champs Lge, QFs, 2nd leg
Apr 18: Europa League, QFs, 2nd leg
|Sat Apr 20 – Sun Apr 21||Gameweek 35|
|Tue Apr 23 – Wed Apr 24|
|Sat Apr 27 – Sun Apr 28||Gameweek 36|
|Tue Apr 30 – Thu May 2||Champions League/Europa League|
Apr 30-May 1: Champs Lge, SFs, 1st leg
May 2: Europa League, SFs, 1st leg
|Sat May 4 – Sun May 5||Gameweek 37|
|Tue May 7 – Thu May 9||Champions League/Europa League|
May 7-8: Champs Lge, SFs, 2nd leg
May 9: Europa League, SFs, 2nd leg
|Sun May 12||Gameweek 38|
The FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League finals take place after the Premier League season ends, on Saturday May 19, Wednesday May 29 and Saturday June 1 respectively.
The excellent Ben Crellin is an invaluable resource at this time of year, particularly his “percentages” spreadsheets regarding the chances of all 20 Premier League clubs being without a fixture on a blank Gameweek.
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