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. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wayne Bridge’s head is not in proportion. A sort of Da Vinci’s David of football.

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A very large dome, it should have its own moon.

  2. Jᴀʀᴠish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Poor man's Nick Knowles yabbering on - get on with it.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gerrr on wih et.

  4. MeatPieSausageRoll
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I loved Fletchy for us!! Proper player 😀

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Seriously underrated.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yupperz

    2. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Fletchy, Rashy, Pogsy.
      FFS.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        At least I called him DFletch, no 'y'!

      2. MeatPieSausageRoll
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Darren Fletcher!

  5. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Brighton v Millwall or Swansea please, I need a 4th DGW to play my TC in.

  6. Football Manager 2
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Draw would be a better watch if it was Bridge and Terry doing the draw.

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      And they both put their hands in the bag at the same time.

      1. BC1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Isn't that why they fell out?

  7. BUZZBOMB
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Does my headin that the balls arent numbered alphabetically

  8. gaurava1216
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Swansea Vs Man City

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    SHOCK

  10. gaurava1216
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Watford vs Palace

  11. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Dammit City, a gift game w Swans

  12. Football Manager 2
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Swansea v Man City

  13. gaurava1216
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Swansea Vs Man City
    Watford Vs Palace
    Wolves Vs Man u

  14. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    FA Cup 6th Round Draw (Quarter-Finals)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Swansea v Man City
    Watford v Crystal Palace
    Wolves v Man Utd
    Millwall v Brighton

    Ties to be played during the weekend of 16th March 2019 (GW31)

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wolves v Man Utd was due to be a PL fixture in GW33. That is now a guaranteed blank for GW33 with one of those teams in the FA Cup Semi-Finals

  15. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Y'know, watching Manchester United play, I'm starting to think Mourinho wasn't doing the brilliant job we all thought he was there.

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wolves vs United guaranteed blank in GW33.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      FH33 🙂

    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Casuals crying - if they knew, or cared.

  17. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wolves v Utd.

    Tie of the round. Etc

  18. MeatPieSausageRoll
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Ffs why do we always get the away game

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      We? Maybe because you live away? A long way away

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I mean away from home

  19. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    FA Cup Quarter Final Draw

    Swansea v Manchester City
    Watford v Crystal Palace
    Wolves v Manchester United
    Millwall v Brighton

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      That's 3 Premier League teams in the semis then.

      1. G-Whizz
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        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Minimum 🙂

  20. gaurava1216
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Swansea Vs Man City
    Watford Vs Palace
    Wolves Vs Man u
    Millwall Vs Brighton

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Good draw 🙂

  22. Dynamic Duos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    All we know for that is City blank 33

    1. Football Manager 2
      2 months, 6 days ago

      City and wolves and United

  23. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Mmmmmm time for a Wolf hunt

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Isn't it time to offload?

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I mean in the cup matchup as a Man U fan, not referencing FPL!

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Can I remind you, it's Wolves who do the hunting. 😀

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Hah!! Alas, we will unleash the Devil Dogs of War!

  24. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So Wolves v Manchester United is off in GW33.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      There were no difficult games in the draw

    2. Better Call Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nice

  25. Fpl Cursed
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    How the hell do City keep getting these easy draws?

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      2 months, 6 days ago

      They will have to play us at some point. They can’t run forever

  26. Fossit
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Great draw lads!

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    United & Wolves blank in both GW31 & 33.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      and City

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      That's 6 of my players 😐

  28. Football Manager 2
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Watford v Palace
    Wolves v Man Utd - so defo blank GW33 for them as they were due to play each other
    Millwall v Brighton

  29. gaurava1216
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wolves Vs Man u in GW 33 is a Blank... Comfirmed...

  30. Dynamic Duos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Not listening to his rubbish, next channel