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. Totalfootball
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    If anyone is seeing the game , chelsea’s and sarri’s tactics are better than us , we (united) are winning the game on sheer will and attitude

    1. Totalfootball
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Solskjaer is naive with tactics ,
      Even with the psg game , the difference is quality wasnt much , but psgs tactics enabled them to completely bypass the midfield

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        3 months, 28 days ago

        How can you critisice Ole man?!

        1. Totalfootball
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Nope , not criticising him one bit , he has gone old school , just go and score!
          Love it!

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Good man - he is an all all time legend

            1. Game Over
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              can you go to the Red Cafe forum and tug each other off there instead?

              1. Totalfootball
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Must be a pool fan

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  There’s a lot of ABUs on here bro

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Wheres

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        The popcorn

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Which channel ?

    3. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Ask the nurse to increase your medication.

    4. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 28 days ago

      No our strategy is better too

  2. TeddiPonza
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    FH 31 vs FH 32

    Could get 10 players without a hit in 31. Would mean something like this:

    Hamer
    Diop Azpi
    Haz Mane Salah Richa Felipe
    Firmino Barnes

    Go for it and rather FH in gw 32?

    1. TeddiPonza
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Would mean Kamara to Barnes this gw and captain Son.

      1. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I'd be tempted to captain FAnderson if you've already got him in

    2. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      of course

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

      Hamer won't play.

      1. how now brown cow
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        More points that way

    4. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Hamer>Boruc is worth a hit with those 31 33 fixtures

  3. Karan14
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Best defender to transfer in this week for Digne?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Depends on your team and chip strategy mate. Easy answer is Pereira

      1. Karan14
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        FH32

        So I’m looking for defender who plays in 31 & 33.

        But I do own Robbo, Doc, TAA & AWB too. Think getting Pereira will cause a lot of benching headaches.

    2. The 5% Team
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Pereira, Chilwell, Lascelles

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      unless you really need/want to, I don't think he's a very urgent sell at all tbh - unless Baines takes his place permanently

      1. Karan14
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Keeping Hazard now so need to use one of my 2 FTs on Digne or Kamara.

        Could get Rondon for Kamara but plan is to upgrade Kamara to Aguero next week.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Rondon (c) 😉

          1. Karan14
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Yup I think I could keep Digne and upgrade him to Luiz later.

            One week punt on Rondon could work out.

  4. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Shaw to Pereira (keep Digne)

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I am doing Shaw to Pereira tonight probably.

  5. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    United GK struggling. Could be a big blow in the top 4 race.

    1. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He's their 2nd choice keeper.

      1. how now brown cow
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I *think* he knows

        1. Marvinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Damn it. I always fall for these things.

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Wait... what?

  6. potatoace
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Well at least we can start stocking up on Eve defenders now for gw31 🙂

  7. tm245
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Willian on for Pedro

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Sarri original, never fails to surprise

  8. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Walcott for the blanks anyone?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yes several blanks

    2. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      yep he will get you some blanks

    3. Jimmers
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He's always good for blanking alright

  9. MeatPieSausageRoll
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Look at Rashy go 😆

    1. hsakrujd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Speedy Gonzales

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        3 months, 28 days ago

        He’s so quick and fast

        1. how now brown cow
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Quick AND fast? 🙂

      2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Ariba Ariba ... Andalee

    2. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He never stops...

  10. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Willian on for Pedro.

    When is Barkley coming on for Kovacic?

    1. gaurava1216
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Just before Giroud comes on for Higuain

    2. Totalfootball
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Haha

  11. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    What happened to Azpi? Used to be so reliable before Sarri.

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      let down by the rest of a crap defence really

  12. gaurava1216
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Any one of us could manage Chelsea better than Sarri,,,

    Once again- Pedro for Willian

    Next Giroud and Lofus/ Barkley on for Kovacic Higuain

    Useless he is

  13. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Is Doherty injured too? I might have to FH this week looking at my team

    1. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Might be.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Might as well burn it

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      knock, didn't sound too bad though

    4. hsakrujd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Nothing bad, should be up for Bournemouth...

    5. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He is OK was just pissing about timewasting imo

    6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      knock, knock

    7. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Dead leg, should be ok for next match imo...

  14. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Kids across England used to grow up dreaming of playing in FA Cup for their team.
    Hope no English kids grew up supporting Chelsea with that dream.

  15. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    So with Everton looking likely to play in 31 now, guessing I shouldn't be rushing to get rid of Digne & Rich now? Though I could maybe do Schindler > Lejeune this GW instead as realistically I'm not going to want to play Schindler in 31 or any other week.

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      So glad to be rid of Everton players

      1. Marvinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        It's like getting rid of chlamydia isn't it.

    2. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      same here but 31 seems a long way off the way they have been

    3. Better Call Salah
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Enjoy the 2 ppg

  16. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Is it me or does Lukaku look completely out of place in this united team? He also looks way too bulky to me

    1. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He's top heavy these days. Heskey suffered from the same problem.

    2. Better Call Salah
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Crouchy FTW

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Lol I’m sure there is a happy medium between the two!

    3. Gnu
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I think he's in training for a crack at the Wimbledon ladies singles title this summer.

  17. tm245
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Alexis waking up from his nap.

    1. Deulofale
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He played too rambunctiously with the kids in the park yesterday

      1. Marvinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Anyone who didn't see the interview will be quite alarmed by this comment.

        1. Deulofale
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          😆

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

        Atom & Humber love a run-around.

  18. how now brown cow
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Kante yc. Rashford playing very well.

  19. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    FH candidates for this GW... any others?

    FH candidates:

    Fabianski
    Arnie
    Anderson
    Eriksen
    Son
    King
    Almiron
    Schar
    Periera
    Vardy
    Maddison
    Auba
    Laca
    Kola

    1. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Prefer the look of FH candidates when they play twice in a GW.

    2. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Odd week for FH.

      How many players you got out?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Fabianski
        Kolasinac • Doherty* • AWB • Bednarek
        Mané • Salah • Son • Martial** • Rich**
        Rashford
        (Button** / Aguero** / Digne** / Kamara**)

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        1FT

    3. Better Call Salah
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      How many players do you have this week ?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Fabianski
        Kolasinac • Doherty* • AWB • Bednarek
        Mané • Salah • Son • Martial** • Rich**
        Rashford
        (Button** / Aguero** / Digne** / Kamara**)

        1. Better Call Salah
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Take -4 maybe ? doherty injury does not seem to be serious,

          Martial to Fanderson/Maddy, Digne to Pereira ?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah, perhaps I just go for that. Who to Captain is then my issue

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        1FT 1.1m available

        1. how now brown cow
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          If doherty is passed fit I would just take a hit.

          Martial might be fit too according to the sun

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks mate. Any bit suggestions? Anderson/Almiron and Periera or even Kun >> Auba(C)

          2. Business Cat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            This

            Does Kamara + 1.1m buy you Ashley Barnes @ 5.6m?

            That'd be the move I'd make, plays both blank GWs

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Nope. The usual 0.1 out!

  20. Totalfootball
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Love herrera under solskjaer
    Looks like a new signing
    Where was he ?!

    1. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Crushed under the wheel of Jose.

    2. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Jose had him too busy being a bulldog instead of playing the game.

    3. Better Call Salah
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Parking attendant for JM bus

    4. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 28 days ago

      For me he should be our 1st name on the team sheet. He is what this club is all about

    5. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Looks a £5m bargain to me...

  21. MTPockets
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Was looking forward to selling Hazard...

  22. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Barkely coming on...

    1. gaurava1216
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      let me guess... for kovacic....

      1. hsakrujd
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Hahaha

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

        Shock 😮

  23. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    The issue is, I don't really want to drop any of Doherty AWB Bednarek Pogba Son Jimenez

    Leaves me, potentially, with Rashford Bednarek Camarasa sized holes to fill for the BGWs

    Team currently looks like:

    Fabs Boruc
    Robertson Alonso* Doherty* AWB* Bednarek*
    Salah Pogba* Son* Sane* Camarasa*
    Auba* Rashford* Jimenez*

    Shipping Alonso--> Pereira this week, may ditch Sane to Mane pre-BGW too.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      and the other GWs?

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        To which are you referring?

  24. TRASH BOAT
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    even with VAR this penalty box wresting is impossible to judge

    1. hsakrujd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I'd always give penalty for this... Saying as MUtd fan

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        3 months, 28 days ago

        There’s no way that’s a penalty man. We should have probably had a free kick actually

  25. Marko1985
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Willian’s Wipper

  26. tm245
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Chelsea should bring in Giroud for one of the CMs and try 3-4-3.

    1. tm245
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      My bad, just keep doing more of the same, Sarri.

    2. Deulofale
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Need to enact the premise of inception to get it to actually happen though

  27. how now brown cow
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Willy up and over

  28. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Plan A-

    1. Deulofale
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Give it 10 mins before you judge. It might be better than the original plan A.

  29. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Kovacic off Barkley on 😮

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Jaw-dropping move from Sarri

    2. Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Stop posting the same stuff every week.

    3. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      😆

      Same plan, different player.

  30. gaurava1216
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Now... Giroud for the 3rd change... come on Sarri... useless manager.. nothing in your locker

    1. hsakrujd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      If he comes in for Rudiger, that would be surprise