Fixtures

FPL Fixtures: Early guide to possible blank and double Gameweek dates

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
(blank GW)
Feb 24: EFL Cup final: Man City v
Chelsea
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
(blank GW)
FA Cup quarter-finals
Wed Mar 20 – Tue Mar 26 Internationals
Sat Mar 30 – Sun Mar 31 Gameweek 32
(possible DGW)
Tue Apr 2 – Wed Apr 3
Sat Apr 6 – Sun Apr 7 Gameweek 33
(blank GW)
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
(possible DGW)
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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  1. cescpistols111
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Alli: keep or sell? If sell, then for who upto 9.7m?

    Current attack is:

    Hazard Sane Alli Rich Stephens
    Auba Arnie Rashford

    1. olidooley
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Mane

      1. cescpistols111
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I'm worried about no Spurs cover, especially with their fixtures.

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Maybe Moura after this week? will also give cash for Hazard to Salah

      1. captainjilflex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Is Moura really worth it over Alli/Eriksen though?

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          on individual basis, nope

    3. No WAHALA
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Alli for Pogba.

    4. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Sell arnie
      Keep Alli

  2. Halmari Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 21 days ago

    who to bench?
    DDG
    Ricardo | Digne | Rudiger | TAA
    Rich| Haz | Sterling | Pogba
    Auba | Arnie

    Pererya . kamara , doherty

  3. Ooh Aah Cantona!
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on this lot lads? Too much money on the bench? 0m ITB

    Fabianski
    Robertson, TAA, Doherty
    Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Richarlison
    Kane, Rashford, Jimenez

    (Button)(Camarasa, Digne, AWB)

    1. cescpistols111
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Wow, that is a great team! Play Digne and AwB over Doherty and Jimenez this week.

      1. Ooh Aah Cantona!
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks! Yeah the above is just how I’d line up most weeks. Digne + Camarasa > Doherty + Jimenez this week.

    2. Pitch Perfect
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Perfect team in my opinion. Think the bench is fine since it gives you rotation options.

    3. Pitch Perfect
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Total value?

      1. Ooh Aah Cantona!
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        106m! Lost some value selling F.Anderson and Son 🙁

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Very similar to mine! Only dif is I have Alonso and Arnie. Not 100% sure pool double up at back yet. Alonso gets Newcastle and then Gomez is back soon after that. Much better value way to double up then.

    5. Polster
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Wow, fantastic team. What's your current overall?

    6. Aripi pitesti
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      What is your overall ? Very nice team

  4. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    What should I be looking at transfer-wise prior to next gameweek... should I hold to accumulate 2FT to get Salah in GW23??

    Fabianski
    Doherty TAA AWB
    Hazard Son Richarlison Pogba
    Kane Aubameyang Wilson

    Hamer Schindler Snodgrass Dunk

    1 FT, 0.1 ITB

    Thanks.

    1. captainjilflex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Im thinking of getting Salah in now. Brighton away looks like a great fixture for him imo, even for a hit

      1. ddfc
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Who makes way though?

        1. captainjilflex
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          I reckon downgrade Auba then do Son>Salah. Could downgrade Kane but then no Spurs cover which is a risk imo

  5. shalji
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Speroni I Etheridge

    TAA I AWB I Robertson I Issa Diop I Bennett

    Sterling I Salah I Pereyra I Fraser I Puncheon

    Aubameyang I Rashford I Jiménez

    Is this WildCard team horrible or gtg?

    1. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Needs a rethink.

  6. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Pool Defense 9 Mids 8 Forwards 5
    Citeh Defense 5 Mids 7 Forwards 7
    Spurs Defense 4 Mids 8 Forwards 7
    Arsenal Defense 2 Mids 3 Forwads 7
    Chelsea Defense 7 Mids 8 Frwards 2
    Man U Defense 2 Mids 7 Forward
    Going by form an fixtures
    Pool 1 Def 1 Mid
    Citeh I mid or forward
    Spurs I Mid or forward
    Arsenal 0
    Chelsea 1 def 1 mid
    Man U 1 mid or forward
    7 players to build side around

    1. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Why a 5 for Liverpool Forwards?

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Only Firmino and at his price there are options a couple of mil cheaper. Subjective anyway.

    2. minges
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      *defence

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Spellcheck

  7. Holmes (specialist in failu…
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    @Kopkloppers

    GW1-21: 135 (in 17-18) and 104 (in 18-19)

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      *could be lil bit of difference due to human error as it was done manually 😛

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Massive difference (30%)
        Seems wing backs have to take priority.
        Clean sheets no longer good enough.

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          yep and the number of CSs went down in 2nd half last year whereas from what I recall, historically CSs used to go up in 2nd half of the season. Lets see what happens this year...

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Burnley Everton ManU no clean sheets. Especially united who have imploded.
        Such an important stat. Thank You

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers my man. Good work. You are officially a mate and I hope you many points next GW.

  8. PepSala
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    0.0 ITB

    G2g?

    Foster Speroni
    TAA D.Luiz Shaw/Pereira AWB Doherty
    Salah Hazard Sane Fraser Camarasa
    Kane Rashford

    1. PepSala
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Third striker is Kamara**

  9. some witty pun
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Sane, Hazard, Kane. Which would you lose for Salah?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      hazard or sane

    2. elchilangles
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Kane

  10. Kalju75
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which move for next GW?

    Patricio-Fabianski
    Robbo-Luiz-Doherty-Bennett-WB
    Salah-Hazard-Martial-Richarlison-Romeu
    Kane-Wilson-Mitrovic

    2 FT 0 itb
    A. Mitrovic&Fabianski to Arnautovic&Guaita
    B. Mitrovic&Martial to Rashford&Fraser
    C. Just Fabianski to Guaita
    D. Something else

  11. Foozeball
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Fab - Foster
    Robertson - Lovren - Digne - Doherty - AWB
    Hazard - Pogba - Son - Fraser - Camarasa
    Kane - Wilson - Calvert-Lewin
    1FT, 5.2 ITB

    Should I save my FT with this team? Plan to bring in Salah after GW22 when I'll have to get rid of Son

  12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Just saw, Pereira has more points than Doherty this season! 😮

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes he overtook this week only

  13. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    What to do here chaps?

    Fab
    Alonso AWB Cedric
    Martial Pogba Son Richarlison
    Kane Auba Wilson

    Button Snoddy Doherty Bennett

    1.6m ITB & 2 FT’s

    A) Martial Wilson ➡ Hazard Kamara
    B) Martial Auba ➡ Salah Arnie
    C) Son Martial Auba ➡ Hazard Salah Kamara -4
    D) Martial Wilson ➡ Arnie Bilva

    1. Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      B or d. B for me.

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      toughie, B looks fine but I would do that next week.

      For this week, getting rid of Bennett for Trent is an option

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Then I’ll be priced out for B next GW 🙁

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          dropping Snodgrass for cheapie might help? or Alonso to Luiz?

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yes but then a hit or 2 will involve innit. Not sure

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              yeah but dropping Auba before WHM doesnt feel right

          2. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Plus I have son to deal with next GW

    3. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      C

    4. CROCosta
      4 months, 12 days ago

      c

  14. Usyismail
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Will appreciate any advice,
    Patricio,lossl
    Digne,,trippier,doherty,wan bissaka,pereira
    Hazard, sterling,richarlisom, martial,torreira,
    Kane, rashford, jiminez,
    2ft, 0.8mik int the bank.
    Was thinking torreira to paterson this week

    1. Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Good move

      1. Usyismail
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Really thinking was of to do with martial and sterling in the coming days

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      torreira to Camarasa?

  15. No Mo Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    anderson -> rich for free ? one may say too sideways but everton s fixtures look so tempting

  16. Dream Killers 2.0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Seriously contemplating one of the following moves in the quest to get Salah.
    At the same time I knlow Hazard could do well against Newcastle...
    What do you think?

    A) Alonso and Hazard to Luiz and Salah. (-4)

    B) Hazard and Kane to Salah and Auba.(-4)

    Also looked at Aguero but I have Sane in my squad.

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Id save and reasses next GW.

      1. Dream Killers 2.0
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        That could be the way to go.
        Hazard could do very well. Although, I thought he would do well against Southampton...

  17. ZeBestee
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Surely we need to keep Son for the Utd game right? He is on bang form and no one has amassed more points than him in the last 6.

    Need to hear what others think.

    1. BigRedDog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Keeping no doubt

      1. Aripi pitesti
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I'm keeping him

  18. BigRedDog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    What do we think of this lot?

    Foster (4.0)
    AWB Robbo Kola (Doherty Bennett)
    Sterling Haz Son Richarlison Pogba
    Kane Jimenez (Kamara)

    Any ideas? I think I'm good to save right

    Cheers in advance

    1. captainjilflex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Decent team. No Salah though would concern me.

  19. Polster
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Any advice lads?

    2 FT, 0.5 ITB

    Lloris, Hamer
    Pogba, Hazard, Son, Anderson, Snodgrass
    Kane, Auba, Kamara

    Which would you lose for Salah?

    1. Polster
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Doherty, Digne, AWB, Holebas, Shaw

    2. captainjilflex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Im in a similar situation. Im thinking downgrade Auba and you may aswell lose Son for Salah as he will miss 3 or so games after utd.

  20. captainjilflex
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Morning all. Current team
    Lloris Hamer
    Digne Robbo Holebas Doherty Duffy
    Haz Anderson Pogba Siggy Pritchard
    Auba Kane Success
    0.1itb 2ft

    How does Auba,Anderson,Pritchard > Ings,Salah,Gibbs-White sound??

  21. New Post
  22. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Time to wildcard? no city or pool cover and defence is a mess!
    Not sure what my best move is now Thanks!

    Pat Hamer
    Digne Doherty AWB Schindler Zaba
    Haz Anderson Pogba Rich Son 
    Kane Rashford Jiminez 
    3.8ITB 1FT

  23. Bielsa's Binoculars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    With Ramsey and Mkhy out of the picture, is Lacazette now nailed for a bit?

  24. Klein
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Play 1
    A) jiminez (man city)
    B) doherty
    C) digne (bourne)
    D) camarasa ( hudders)

    1. Graybeard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Jimenez, City not keeping clean sheets and he seems to score againts bigger teams.

  25. jshelmo
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 20 days ago

    Hi all,
    I'm looking for some ideas on what to do next:

    Ederson (Hamer)
    Laporte, Alonso, AWB, Lovern, Bennet
    Salah, Hazard, Westwood, Hojbjerg, 4.2
    Kane, Firminio, Rashford

    I've been doing well in the past few weeks but definitely would appreciate some suggestions

    Thanks

  26. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Good article this

  27. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Can this article be revised on Tuesday 19th Feb

  28. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Aguero to Wood
    Pogba to Babel
    Kolasinac to Clyne
    For -8 ?

    1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Fraud. Who are you?

  29. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    1 month, 1 day ago

    TC Sanchez 25 (75) seems a distant memory of years gone by.

    I am so not excited by this years TC choice.

    Take my last 5 GW captains (one successful captain)

    31 Mane 2 (4)
    32 Sterling 3 (6)
    33 Hazard 16 (32)
    34 Duffy 1 (2)
    35 De Bruyne 1 (2)

    But three green arrows and from 260k (going into 31) to 156k (going into 36) is a miracle

    No top 1000 this year!!!!