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.

1,465 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Totalfootball
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Kova to barkley done!

  2. Would Ed Woodward
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Kovacic was much more highly rated when he was on Real's bench.

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

      Time to bring in Pereira for Alonso now? Getting close to a price rise.

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 2 days ago

        think you have a few days

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

          He's at 96 according to fplstats

    • MeatPieSausageRoll
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Big Rom off. Alexis on

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

          Finally.

      • GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Sarri by numbers soon to be followed with Roman by numbers

      • Team Cruel
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Big Rom rested for Liverpool

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Good news

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Does the draw start as soon as the match finishes?

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

          Not immediately, probably within 15 mins.

        2. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          pretty much

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

          After it at some point

        4. Team Cruel
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          After a rap concert apparently

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

        OGS taking the piss now bringing on Alexis.

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

          We want six.

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

        Ketchup on, Donkeh off.

      • MeatPieSausageRoll
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Pereyra on, Juan off

        • Team Cruel
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Pereira on. Chelsea to score two confirmed.

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

            Playing further forward this time thank god.

        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Chelsea are in a Sarri state

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

            Ole's from rival fans.

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          The wee Ewok off
          Pereira on

        • tm245
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Andreas on for Mata

        • Syd.
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          What time is the 10 O'Clock news on at?

          1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            10am?

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

              9 o clock

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

            After the draw!

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

            Higuaín to Giroud

          4. Deulofale
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Alons o' clock

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

              He should be doing time, not being the time

              1. Deulofale
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Good one, Syd!

          5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Normally starts at thirteen past eleventy-one

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

              Cheers Diane.

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

            ...might get exta time...

            ...

            😆

        • 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Azpilicueta just cant play RB anymore, his passing is awful. Dont why Sarri doesnt go with a 352 formation.

          1. BUZZBOMB
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Sarri-Sorry SerieA-Siri says

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

          Anyone choosing Son (bur) over Auba (SOU) for the captaincy this week? Why/why not?

          1. Team Cruel
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Yes. Why? Don't own the other.

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

            At the moment, yes. Not certain though

          3. YEAH PITCH!
              5 months, 2 days ago

              Yep. Form.

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

                Burnley much improved at the back recently though.

                1. YEAH PITCH!
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    They are. Still doesn't change my mind though.

              2. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                thinking of getting Anderson in for armband. Id do same with Arnie if I could trust his minutes

                1. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Burnley seem tighter now with Heaton back

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

                    yeah agree re burnley

              3. Alfa romeu
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Yes cz i dont have auba! Otherwise it would have bern auba

            • MeatPieSausageRoll
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Chelsea being very rough to Rashy. If I was Ole I’d get him off

                1. Deulofale
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Saucy

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

                  No one to replace him really with Lingz and Martial out. Shame Greenwood isn't on the bench.

                  1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Yeah he’s a tough boy I’m sure he’ll be ok anyway and he will want to carry on

                3. Marty McFly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Chances of a Hazard price drop before the deadline?

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

                    You tell us, Marty.

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

                    What does the Sports Almanac say?

                    1. Marty McFly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Liverpool to win the Prem. Juve to win the CL. 17/1 with SkyBet. You’re welcome.

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

                  If Alonso could do something to just get a 6 match ban, that'd be great!

                  1. Marvin OBE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    He could bite Willy.

                    1. Marty McFly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Didn’t know Caberllero still played for Chelsea?

                5. Maddocio
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Mourinho's agent must be praying nobody is watching this game...

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

                    Still not near the standards of PSG and Barca, but at least Solskjaer is beating teams like Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea. I do worry about the Liverpool game, but hopefully Ole will pull something off 🙂

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

                    He still has an agent?! Why?

                    1. Ron_Swanson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      He's getting paid to partake in Russian Ice Hockey last I saw - must be a decent agent!

                6. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Zappacosta to save the day 😀

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    Throwing caution to the winds.

                    Giroud and hudson-odoi far too obvious.

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

                  "One man in the penalty area, you're 2-0 down at home in the FA Cup."

                8. YEAH PITCH!
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    Zappa hattrick incoming.

                  • Team Cruel
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    United fans sing 'You're getting sacked in the morning' and Chelsea fans join in. #CHEMUN

                    😆

                    1. YEAH PITCH!
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        Haha

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

                      On BBC feed Chris Sutton and Lee Dixon saying Sarri will be gone in the morning. Maybe Chelsea assets relevant again?

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        They were never Chelsea assets, Dixon didn’t even play for them

                        1. GARY AND JAMIE
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 2 days ago

                          confused with Kerry

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

                          Ba dum tiss

                      2. Right back Atsu
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        Sutton is an astute pundit. He's right, though it's unsavoury mentioning Sarri likely sacking.

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

                      United were 3/1 to win this. Madness. Hope some of you got on

                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                          5 months, 2 days ago

                          I told everyone yesterday that we were 100% going to win

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              5 months, 2 days ago

                              Check my post history if you want. The doubters can’t say I didn’t warn them

                            • Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 2 days ago

                              As a Chelsea fan I could have told you that.

                              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                  5 months, 2 days ago

                                  Unlucky bro. We have been like street fighters

                            • TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 2 days ago

                              It’s much harder to tip before the game starts I find

                          2. allaboutthemagic
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 2 days ago

                            Looking at long term fixtures and blanks which is the better transfer?

                            Kun to Auba/laca
                            Richa to Maddison?

                            1. Karan14
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 2 days ago

                              Wouldn’t sell Kun before GW30.

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

                              Keeping Kun is better long term

                              1. allaboutthemagic
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 2 days ago

                                Yeh agreed just need to get some differential in there for one of my blankers.. other option could be haz for fAnderson and free up funds?

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

                            Alexis, so slow.

                          4. asdf_1
                              5 months, 2 days ago

                              sane,ings,rich to auba,fraser,westwood? (-4)