Fixtures

How Chelsea vs Man United could affect FPL schedule

Fantasy Premier League managers are just a few hours away from finding out the complete line-up of fixtures in Blank Gameweek 31.

That round of matches takes place on the same weekend as the FA Cup quarter-finals, which will be drawn this evening.

Just one Blank Gameweek 31 match is yet to learn its fate, hinging on the result of tonight’s FA Cup meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently scheduled to travel to Everton then, but if they win tonight that match will be postponed and rearranged.

Those hoping for more Blanks, and therefore more fixtures in upcoming Double Gameweeks, should be backing Maurizio Sarri’s men in the cup.

That’s because opponents Manchester United have already had their Gameweek 31 fixture postponed by Manchester City winning their fifth-round tie at Newport County.

The two city rivals were due to meet at Old Trafford on the weekend of March 16, but will now face each other on a rearranged date, most likely in Gameweek 32.

A win for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side would mean that the number of Gameweek 31 Blanks, currently at five, and resulting Doubles, would remain the same.

The matches already postponed from Blank Gameweek 31 are:

Watford v Southampton
Brighton v Cardiff
Man United v Man City
Wolves v Arsenal
Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Furthermore, if both Wolves and Manchester United were to make it to the FA Cup semi-finals then the two of them would only cause one Gameweek 33 fixture to become a Blank.

The two sides are currently set to meet each other at Molineux on the weekend of April 6.

However, if Chelsea were to win tonight, and then progress from their quarter-final too, Wolves making it to the last four as well as them would postpone two matches.

That’s because Sarri’s men are set to host West Ham in Blank Gameweek 33, who have already been eliminated from the FA Cup.

A Chelsea FA Cup exit, and a presence in both Blank Gameweeks, would drastically change the landscape for the FPL ‘chip season’.

Having options such as Eden Hazard (£10.9m), Gonzalo Higuain (£9.5m), Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) or David Luiz (£5.9m) available for matches against Everton and West Ham would be a great help to Fantasy managers.

After all, there are very few widely-owned Fantasy options set to play in Gameweek 31 with 10 teams already absent from that weekend of action.

Confirmed Blank Gameweek 31:
West Ham v Huddersfield
Bournemouth v Newcastle
Burnley v Leicester
Fulham v Liverpool

However, Chelsea ending up involved in Blank Gameweek 31 would mean a missed opportunity for more Doubles, and that they would not have more than one Double Gameweek match this season.

The Blues currently have an outstanding game waiting to be rearranged, their Gameweek 27 hosting of Brighton, but need to beat Manchester United to add more to that list.

Hazard or Higuain could make potential Triple Captain options if Chelsea are able to make it through to subsequent rounds of the FA Cup.

For example, if Chelsea were to have their rearranged Gameweek 31 fixture in Gameweek 32, the would have a Double of Cardiff (away) and Everton (away) – appealing stuff.

Likewise, if Chelsea were to make it to the FA Cup semi-finals they could face Burnley (home) and West Ham (home) in a Double Gameweek 35.

The Blues may still have a Double in Gameweek 32 though even if they get eliminated, as their outstanding meeting with Brighton could be moved there if the Seagulls don’t already have a fixture rearranged there.

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1,465 Comments Post a Comment
  1. InSaneMan-e
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Arsenal away
    Chelsea away
    How unlucky would Utd be if they get city in the next round

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It's going to happen

    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 29 days ago

        It’s the same in every competition every year. We’re used to it

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        You think City are getting anything other than a home draw vs Millwall?

        1. InSaneMan-e
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Hahahaha

    3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      well no cho at 80 mins but a defensive change lovelyy...

    4. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Great result.

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes! Norsk? 😀

    5. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sarri to come back strong and smoke Siggy in gw31

    6. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Best Sane replacements? 2FTs

      A) F.Anderson
      B) ?

      Patricio
      Robertson Doherty Kola
      Salah Son Pogba ?
      Rash Jimi Auba
      (Hamer - TAA Wan-B Hljbj) 0.3itb

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        trying to see the same... thinking A is the obvious choice atm

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Yeah... feels very groupthink-y, but not feeling too creative here

      2. Like an Egyptian Magician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Maybe Fraser

    7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Will Ricardo Pereira rise tonight?

      Trying to hold off til tomorrow when I'm not tired to make such decisions

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        He's not exactly essential anyway

      2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        True - but he's the jazzy en vogue signing this week.
        I want in 🙂

        1. MTPockets
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I'd just wait, and get Chilwell if priced out. But yeah at 96+ could rise I guess

      3. Like an Egyptian Magician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I think he’s near-essential given the non-blanks and sublime schedule. Also it doesn’t seem like he’s rising tonight but I’d keep an eye on the price movements and get him tonight if he’s above 100% on fplstatistics..

    8. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      PSG!!

    9. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Am I still right to move Rich and Alonso on after that?

      I have 7 players playing gw31 PLUS Rich and Alonso. 2FT’s. Thinking the standard Alonso + Rich > Pereira + Fanderson.

      1. Like an Egyptian Magician
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yeh cuz bgw31 is distant

    10. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The draw ball numbers

      1. Wolverhampton Wanderers
      2. Millwall
      3. Crystal Palace
      4. Manchester City
      5.Manchester United
      6. Swansea City
      7. Watford
      8. Brighton & Hove Albion

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I’m ready 😀

        • Jᴀʀᴠish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          😯

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Would love a Swansea or Millwall matchup for United...

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I want to knock City out. They’re our local rivals

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                City sap our energy tho, gimme an easy matchup any day...we can take out City in the final 😉

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    True!

            • Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Warm up those big money balls.

            • Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              You know the rules.... link or ban 😉

              1. Syd.
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Ban please

            • bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Time for the Manchester derby to be reinstated in GW31

            • Deulofale
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Hoping for maximum PL match ups (3/4).

              I think...

            • Alfa romeu
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Hope the PL teams avoid each other

              1. Alfa romeu
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I mean i know there has to PL match ups but want blanks in GW33

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 28 days ago

            The depressing thing is Chelsea were accident playing some lovely football at the start of the season.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              accident > actually*

              1. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                You may have been right the first time.

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Thought you accidentally

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ment *

            2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Accidentally?

              Ah, that explains the Alonso hauls.

            3. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Sarri’s style is rigid hence predictable once the element of surprise vanishes as the season progresses..

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            City, Wolves & Brighton avoiding each other and getting 'easy' draws would be good for us professionals.

            1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              What about us casuals?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                The opposite.

          4. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Is anyone planning to keep Sane for those fixtures post-BGW28?

            Or no chance now that he's being dropped like nobody's business AND Mendy is back in training?

            Thinking I'll move him on for Felipe this week, and may get Aguero for Auba next week then idk.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              See what happens midweek and the Final.

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Would deffo do Sané to Anderson in your position. Still debating the same mine with Sterling, here.

            3. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I don't think Mendy makes a difference. Sold after DGW debacle and kept Sterling instead

            4. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I’d keep Sane cuz u can anyways field a strong 11 and bench him. Also Sane was decisive in the cup so he probably will regain his starting berth..

          5. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Turns out Mata could deal with Jorginho. The diamond worked well once again.

            1. Team Cruel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              My grandma could deal with Jorginho.

            2. Syd.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Chelsea got spanked 6-0 & 4-0 by City and Bournemouth

              Says it all about Jorginho

          6. Alfa romeu
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Surely sarri has to go? Otherwise anothet spanking on the cards this weekend

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              well sarri stubborness is a problem but u have to question the awfulness in 4 key positions in the lineup rb lb rw lcm .With such poor quality in key areas defensive football will only work but u can change that with youth players in those positions but sarri wont do.....New manger will work only if u get better players

          7. Dynamic Duos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Whatever !!

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I'm I bothered

          8. Scotty B
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            So to summarise after that result no blank now for West Ham, Everton or Chelsea off that one result

            1. MTPockets
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              yep

          9. LIARS POKER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Think I am going to stick with my original plan of Digne + Richarlison out for Pereira + Anderson. Think the latter will score more points over the next 5 weeks and Everton play Arsenal and Chelsea in the blanks.

            1. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Good moves

          10. shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            I’ve gone from four BGW31 players to seven tonight. Unfortunately the three I’ve gained are turd!

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              4 to 6 same 2/3ds.

              Richo and Alonso probably being sold.

              1. shirtless
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Digne Rich Haz! Have Aguero too need to sell one to get XI out this week. I might just complete the Hokey Cokey and be done with it. Go for max points this week and worry about the rest later.

          11. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Luiz turns his back on that cross.

            Like against spurs some of his defending is awful.

          12. Dynamic Duos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Fingers crossed they get City

          13. King Kohli
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            When is the draw?

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              As soon as these unnecessary bbc publicly funded trailers are over.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Canvas being readied.

          14. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Warm balls at the ready.

            1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Yum

            2. Better Call Salah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Illuminati

          15. InSaneMan-e
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Honestly. It just feels like Chelsea are carrying a passenger in Jorginho.
            Completely out of form.
            I've complained that Sarri only has 1 way of playing and is stubborn.
            Fair enough, continue playing your way but anyone can see that Kante there would let you play your way and be defensively solid

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              well that is certainly not the reason for the loss .U mean changing personnel will avoid the awful alonso individual mistakes noooo

            2. Like an Egyptian Magician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Agreed

          16. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Manchester derby and Millwall v Swansea TBA soon.

          17. FPL Opinion
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Oh the draw... how exciting for fpl scenarios

            • Bubbles1985
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Best incoming choice? Both -4...

              Salah and Son
              Salah and Pogba

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                For GW27?

            • Super Silva Haze
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              United to make top 4 ?

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Hell and Yes

              2. InSaneMan-e
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I think so.
                Chelsea look in disarray. And arsenal aren't great either.

              3. Super Silva Haze
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Great decision to get rid of Mourinho when they did.

              4. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Hell yeah

                • Like an Egyptian Magician
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Yes easy

              5. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                D FLETCH!

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ewwwwww sick sick

              6. FPL Opinion
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Oh just get on with the draw.

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I think they were hoping for extra time and pens.

                    Lots of time to fill.

                • Wild Rover
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Well done Beeb for finding a clip of Bridge lifting the cup without JT in the frame 🙂