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

          How can you critisice Ole man?!

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

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

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Good man - he is an all all time legend

                1. Game Over
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                    Must be a pool fan

                    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        There’s a lot of ABUs on here bro

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

            Wheres

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

              The popcorn

              1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Which channel ?

          3. Game Over
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Ask the nurse to increase your medication.

          4. MeatPieSausageRoll
              2 months, 2 days ago

              No our strategy is better too

          5. TeddiPonza
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Would mean Kamara to Barnes this gw and captain Son.

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

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

            2. Game Over
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              of course

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

              Hamer won't play.

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

                More points that way

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

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

          6. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Best defender to transfer in this week for Digne?

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

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

              1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 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
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Pereira, Chilwell, Lascelles

              • SADIO SANÉ
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 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 - (RoboKlopp)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 2 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
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Rondon (c) 😉

                    1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

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

                      One week punt on Rondon could work out.

            3. FPL Opinion
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Shaw to Pereira (keep Digne)

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

                  I am doing Shaw to Pereira tonight probably.

              • Team Cruel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                  He's their 2nd choice keeper.

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

                    I *think* he knows

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

                      Damn it. I always fall for these things.

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

                  Wait... what?

              • potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

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

              • tm245
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Willian on for Pedro

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

                  Sarri original, never fails to surprise

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

                Walcott for the blanks anyone?

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

                  Yes several blanks

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

                  yep he will get you some blanks

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

                  He's always good for blanking alright

              • MeatPieSausageRoll
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Look at Rashy go 😆

                  1. hsakrujd
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Speedy Gonzales

                    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        He’s so quick and fast

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

                          Quick AND fast? 🙂

                      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Ariba Ariba ... Andalee

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

                      He never stops...

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

                    Willian on for Pedro.

                    When is Barkley coming on for Kovacic?

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

                      Just before Giroud comes on for Higuain

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

                      Haha

                  3. Team Cruel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                      let down by the rest of a crap defence really

                  4. gaurava1216
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 2 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

                  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                      Might be.

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

                      Might as well burn it

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

                      knock, didn't sound too bad though

                    4. hsakrujd
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Nothing bad, should be up for Bournemouth...

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

                      He is OK was just pissing about timewasting imo

                    6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      knock, knock

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

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

                  6. FPL Opinion
                      2 months, 2 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.

                    • Do I Not Like Orange
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 2 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
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        So glad to be rid of Everton players

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

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

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

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

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

                        Enjoy the 2 ppg

                    • TheDragon
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 2 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. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                        Crouchy FTW

                        1. TheDragon
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

                    • tm245
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Alexis waking up from his nap.

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

                        He played too rambunctiously with the kids in the park yesterday

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

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

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

                            😆

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

                          Atom & Humber love a run-around.

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

                      Kante yc. Rashford playing very well.

                    • RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 2 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
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                        Odd week for FH.

                        How many players you got out?

                        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

                        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          1FT

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

                        How many players do you have this week ?

                        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

                            Martial to Fanderson/Maddy, Digne to Pereira ?

                            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

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

                        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          1FT 1.1m available

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

                                Nope. The usual 0.1 out!

                    • Totalfootball
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                        Crushed under the wheel of Jose.

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

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

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

                        Parking attendant for JM bus

                      4. MeatPieSausageRoll
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                          Looks a £5m bargain to me...

                      5. MTPockets
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Was looking forward to selling Hazard...

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

                        Barkely coming on...

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

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

                          1. hsakrujd
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Hahaha

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

                            Shock 😮

                      7. Dakes.
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 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
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          and the other GWs?

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

                            To which are you referring?

                      8. TRASH BOAT
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        even with VAR this penalty box wresting is impossible to judge

                        1. hsakrujd
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              2 months, 2 days ago

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

                        2. Marko1985
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Willian’s Wipper

                        3. tm245
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

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

                          1. tm245
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

                          Willy up and over

                        5. Wild Rover
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Plan A-

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

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

                        6. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Kovacic off Barkley on 😮

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

                            Jaw-dropping move from Sarri

                          2. Team Cruel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Stop posting the same stuff every week.

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

                            😆

                            Same plan, different player.

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

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

                          1. hsakrujd
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            If he comes in for Rudiger, that would be surprise