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. Would Ed Woodward
      4 months, 4 hours ago

      Alonso is lucky that Emerson is also terrible.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 hours ago

        Alonso is lucky he is not in jail

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Stop it 🙄

      2. Yome
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 4 hours ago

        Alonso is lucky that Sarri is his manager

      3. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 4 hours ago

        Would.... Have you ever Banega?

    • child of God
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 hours ago

      As a Chelsea fan, this is unacceptable by all standards. People say "ooh sarri needs more time " but I'm having none of that. As a manager you need to adapt before you can get them to play however you want bt this gaffa keeps playing the same way, he's too damn stubborn aargh!

    • Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 hours ago

      Better keeper, Romero or Kepa?

      1. Eat my goal!
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Are you watching?

          1. Team Cruel
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            One cost £80m more than the other so hard to tell.

        • Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Shaka

        • Rainer
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          The one with hands.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 hours ago

        United's worst players in their starting XI are ex-Chelsea players.

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Lukaku & Mata not great

          Matic has been ok

        2. Eat my goal!
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            I’ve never seen mata run so much

        3. LIARS POKER
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Digne plays both Arsenal and Chelsea in the blank gameweeks plus Liverpool in 29. Thinking it might still be better to bring in Pereira for him?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Pereira yep

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Nah bigger fish to fry. Definitely keep

        4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Hazard apparently playing in his best position still not influencing games.

          Not really any end product is there? I get people rate his movement but for such an incredible player hes made out to be he doesn't influence through goals and assists enough as an attacking player

          1. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            He has far too many average games for my liking

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Silly comment really.

            Still involved in most Chelsea goals by quite far this season.

            He's just being shackled by naff players on the left side (Alonso, Kovacic/Barkley), in a formation that clearly isn't working.

          3. Yome
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            His confidence is gone and is not bothered anymore. He is leaving Chelsea for sure, he told a French media that he has made his decision.

          4. fedolefan
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            His fanboys who were out in full force after the hattrick against Cardiff calling him a no-brainer captain since he now plays for an attacking manager have quietly gone missing.

        5. fedolefan
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Will Sarri make 60 minutes? Roman may hook him off before then.

        6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Sarriverdeci

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            *derci

          2. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Belissimo!

          3. FPL Pillars
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Mama mia

        7. OLEgend
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Need to score another goal, afterall it's Stamford Bridge!!

        8. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Sorry repost...

          Can chelsea still have a dgw32 even if they get beat tonight ?

          Thanks

          1. how now brown cow
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Yes

          2. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            If that's when they arrange the Brighton match for, yes.

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Only if the Brighton game is put in 32.

          4. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            That would be simply amazing

            1. how now brown cow
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Glenn Murray TC ?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                🙂

        9. JRO093
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Just made it harder to sell Digne, Richarlison and Haz... and I prob really should (both teams are awful...)

        10. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Anyone else here own Alonso and Richo?
          What to do with them? 😆

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Nope. Only you TM

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Thought so. Did the 100K Player Combinations thing and only 0.001% have them.

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Own Digne and Hazard. Easy keep. Alonso and Rich errrgh I suppose you hold but I wouldn’t be happy about it haha

          3. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Trade them in for a packet of Chees "n" onion

          4. tm245
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Ignore for now, then pick one on my free hit on gw31.

          5. Business Cat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Still got Richarlison and Digne...might get 10/11 out for GW31 now 😎

            1. Jacky boy
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Another -1 ?

          6. gaurava1216
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Rich here.... No clue what to do with him... he s rubbish

          7. Runaway
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Have Alonso, I was planning to ditch him before GW20 but somehow he is still in my team but I will not keep him until GW31 this time and ditch for Pereira this week. I think I will keep Digne though, it will save me from 1 FT

        11. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 hours ago

          Bad night for Wayne Bridge. Having to be the Chelsea pundit and JT is the guest of honour.

          1. Eat my goal!
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Ha

            • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Has he not made amends with JT. What happened to the lady in question ?

          2. fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Hazard, Higuain and Luiz for gw31 & 33?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              2,2,1

            2. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Most definitely

            3. Karan14
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Definitely a couple of them.

            4. Business Cat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Higuain in for Rashford could be good

            5. Runaway
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Haz and Higuain probably.

          3. You want sum?
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Any Crystal Palace fans tell me if Martin Kelly will play this GW?

          4. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Home crowd booing

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              I read that as "home crowd brewing". I blame your grav

              1. Giggs Boson.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                😆

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                🙂

          5. gaurava1216
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Gw 31- Template: Build Build Build....

            Fabianski/ Boruc
            Luiz Robbo/TAA/VVD Perreira/Chillwell
            Hazard Mane Salah Fanderson Richarlison/Madison
            Higuain Vardy King/Rondon/Wilson

            1. Pierce34
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Going for the classic 6-6-5 formation I see - love it.

            2. TRASH BOAT
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Arnie says hi, from the hospital admittedly

              1. fedolefan
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                Arnie is in the hospital? OMG, what happened.

                1. how now brown cow
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  He'll be back. Etc etc

            3. Business Cat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              2 playing keepers and a full playing bench is a bit luxuriuos 🙂

              1. Business Cat
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                And Rondon's not playing GW33, so discount him

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  Palace could get City or Utd.....

          6. Karan14
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 hours ago

            Aguero GW28-30 then sell for Higuain for GW31 & 33 just seems so sensible.

            1. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Have they got Huddersfield twice?

            2. RECKLESS
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Provided Manutd dint lose which is likely with how bad Matic is playing

          7. MeatPieSausageRoll
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              No clue how that’s not a penalty ball

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                Clearly shoulder

              2. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                You are clueless

            • Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Great from Rashford, deserved a goal

              1. Giggs Boson.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                He's looking superb.

            • how now brown cow
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              That looked like handball

              1. how now brown cow
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                Shoulder. I stand corrected.

            • RECKLESS
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Rashford is going to be among top 3 forwards in 4 years time

              1. Rainer
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                Better than Mbappe already I've heard.

                1. RECKLESS
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  Lol of course not. He will be numero uno. 2-3 spot for one of jesus/rash/vinicius

            • Rainer
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Brighton home draw vs Millwall needed for a team to have 3 DGWs.

              TC Gross?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                How many points last game?

              2. TRASH BOAT
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 4 hours ago

                Ryan

            • Nomar
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Selling Haz this week.

              Not interested in any Chelsea as long as Sarri is still there.

              1. Giggs Boson.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 hours ago

                Same.

                Not sure who to buy though. I have Pogba, Son and Salah. Maybe Mane...

                1. Nomar
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  Anderson this week and then enough with to do Deeney to Kun for GW28.

                  1. Giggs Boson.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    Kun planning seems like a good idea...

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 hours ago

                Crazy to sell if you’re FH32.

            • tm245
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Jorginho is like a child first playing the game, just standing too close to his schoolmates excitedly but not actually doing anything to influence the play.

            • JJO
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Che-Eve playing could be great
              Wont have that DGW so will easily avoid their players

              1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 3 hours ago

                Chelsea Brighton

            • Rainer
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Standard not enough for a 2nd yellow joke.

              1. Team Cruel
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 hours ago

                Tbf if it was Fernandinho he would still be a couple of fouls away from his first yellow.

            • how now brown cow
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 hours ago

              Matic should be off there.

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  I’m assuming that’s a joke

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    No. That should have been a 2nd yellow.

                    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                        4 months, 3 hours ago

                        Sorry but he definitely got the ball

                        1. how now brown cow
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 3 hours ago

                          The next foul.

                  2. hsakrujd
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    Wasn't even a foul on Hazard... No way...

                    1. how now brown cow
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 3 hours ago

                      The next one, not that one.

                      1. hsakrujd
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 3 hours ago

                        C'mon, simple, front foul one to another tough player...

                • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  Please tell me I don’t have to keep Digne?

                  1. Marvinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    If you still have him you should keep him as a badge of shame.

                    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 3 hours ago

                      Still?

                      He’s hanging out on my bench not losing value. Sue me.

                  2. Rainer
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    Keep if you can hide him on your bench some GWs and don't plan to FH for a blank.

                  3. gaurava1216
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    and me richarlison .....

                    not sure whats worse

                    1. Business Cat
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 3 hours ago

                      Digne AND Richarlison here 😎

                      1. TRASH BOAT
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 3 hours ago

                        already had kola and anderson lined up but now not sure

                  4. Business Cat
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 3 hours ago

                    You have to keep Digne 😆

                • Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 3 hours ago

                  Embarrassing red card shout from Sarri, desperate man

                  1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                      4 months, 3 hours ago

                      This!!!!