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

    Arnie (FUL) or Rondon (HUD) for a one week punt?

    Will get Aguero in next week.

    1. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Rondon

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Arnie

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

      If I was getting Arnie it would be for more than 27

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

        I’m just looking at this week.

        Want Aguero for GW28-30.

  2. Syd.
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Some Sarri substitutions tonight

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

      Gonna Zappacost him his job

  3. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Baffled that people thought Chelsea would beat United today tbh.

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

      I was nervous. Football can be unpredictable.

      The better team won though 🙂

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

        for sure

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

      Comments like this are....

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

        ... really impressive

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

    Where was this performance vs PSG?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      It was the same performance. The difference is PSG are miles better than Man Utd so it didn't look like this.

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

        And more importantly even better than Chelsea

    2. teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      PSG were too good for united. Mbappe and Dimaria were unplayable.

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

        Are you saying they carry more threat than zappacosta?

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

        Simply outclassed by better players.

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      The PSG midfield was phenomenal that game. Marquinhos just shut down Pogba, he was superb. Veratti was great too.

    4. Alfa romeu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      PSG had better quality players!

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      They were like this for the first 30 mins of PSG but didn't get the goal to make it count

    6. Dosh
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 53 mins ago

      The first half was in control but the 2 injuries changed the game

  5. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Not sure whether or not I still want hazard in my team. Could upgrade to sterling.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      depends how you play the rest of your chips

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

      Sterling is my Hazard place holder if getting Hazard in the future is even a good idea

    3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Things must be bad if you think Sterling with a blank is a better option.

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

        😆

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

      Chelsea won’t be playing a top 4 team every week

      1. Would Ed Woodward
          2 months, 57 mins ago

          Or Bournemouth.

    5. Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      If only they had a 6ft 4in striker for those crosses.

    6. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      I was planning to bench Bednarek (away to ARS) and play Lindelöf (home to LIV) this week, but RMT has Bednarek clearly ahead. Which one would you play?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        lindelof my miles !!

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 46 mins ago

          Cheers

    7. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Chelsea 2-0 and he brings on Zappacosta for his last sub instead of CHO...

      Get the hell outta there, Callum!

    8. tm245
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Announcers are crushing Chelsea right now.

    9. Right back Atsu
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Amazed Sarri got the Chelsea job in the first place. Never heard of him.

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

        Really? Who have you heard of?

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        really ??

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        embarrassing

    10. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Is it still wise to dump Richarlison and Digne?

      I'll probably FH32 and have only 3 for GW31 currently. I can keep Digne potentially and sell AWB with some cash in the bank. The downside is that Digne and Rich have been awful and keeping them to make up an extra body seems odd now.

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

        Everton will play Chelsea & Arsenal in the blanks. Would you want/bring them in for them games?

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Ugh no. Though Chelsea at home doesn't seem such a bad game right now!

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

            True 🙂

            Depends on if you can see a replacement outscoring them from now until GW33 (if WC in 34) by 5 points.

            1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Pereira and Anderson. So I guess yes.

      2. Fossit
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        If you have only 3 then why would you sell?

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          3 plus the two everton guys

      3. SMEE_HEEE
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        you have 3 for 31 and 2/3 are Digne and Rich?

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          See above - sorry for the confusion

    11. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Would you ditch Sane to Felipe Anderson ahead of Alonso to Pereira this week given CHE play in the BGWs now? Gives an extra player if nothing else....

      May still end up ditching Alonso anyway though...

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

        Sane > F.Anderson this week

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

          That's my plan

        2. Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 57 mins ago

          Kinda leaning more towards that, yeah...

          Any other better options than Felipe? Isn't delivering that many points recently.

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 55 mins ago

            Good fixtures (28 apart) and plays both blanks. Worth a punt.

    12. tm245
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Possession without chances.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Sarri ball

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

      Not a clue what to do with this lot now.... thoughts?

      Fabianksi Hamer
      Robertson Kolasinac Doherty Digne AWB
      Salah Sterling Pogba Son Hojbjerg
      Firmino Rashford Jimenez

      2ft 1.2m itb

      Cheers fellas

    14. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Hazard to good for Chelsea

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 57 mins ago

        Nah. For someone his age, not taking pride or responsibility in what you do is what separates the legends from the cry babies.

    15. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      You’re 2-0 down at half time and it’s more important to introduce Zappacosta than Hudson Odoi???

      Sarri has lost the plot. Wont finish the season.

      1. Right back Atsu
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Won't finish the night.

    16. George James
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Firmino owners keeping for this game week?

      He is the biggest decision I have not sure if to sell for the next 2 fixtures

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          i’ll Probably get rid tbh - I’ve got 2 fts and I’m planning to FH gw31 when I think he has a game

        • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Yes

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

          He didn't train today apparently. A virus I think. Not sure what that means for the weekend but he's at risk for tomorrow.

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 59 mins ago

          Not sure tbh, might ship for Rondon and upgrade Hojbjerg to F.Anderson with 2ft’s, will help towards a decent team for gw31

        • FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 43 mins ago

          I’m keeping.

      2. MeatPieSausageRoll
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Pogsy’s been like a tiger

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 55 mins ago

            He was immense but I think Herrera should have got man if the match

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 42 mins ago

              Agreed

        • SkeletONv01
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Sane + Kamara > FAnderson + Arnautovic, looks ok? Or get Jimenez instead of Arnie?

        • tm245
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Pogba with the Aguero limp, like a boss.

        • Alfa romeu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Bet city get millwall in the draw.. just looking at their cup games this season they've realy had the rub of the green

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Yep. And we always get the tough ones. We’ll get City away

            • Syd.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              I want United

            • Right back Atsu
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Can see United getting City in the draw.

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  2 months, 1 hour ago

                  Haha they will not want us!!

                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 59 mins ago

                    lol

              2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 1 hour ago

                1 in 7 chance whoever anyone guesses

            • Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Pogba, Rashford, Herrera and Smalling could all have got MotM this game. Great performances.

              1. Syd.
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 hour ago

                I thought Herrera should have got it

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 59 mins ago

                  Same. Doubt anyone covered more ground than him.

                2. TheDragon
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 55 mins ago

                  Agreed - he was immense particularly first half

            • tm245
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Ole and the 4th official laughing at Sarri's substitutions as well.

            • Dynamic Duos
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              The to good, to bad

              Hazard to good
              Alonso to bad

            • Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              I’d never give a job to anyone that smokes in 2019.

              1. Deulofale
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 59 mins ago

                I'd only give jobs to smokers, so it's good news for equality

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 57 mins ago

                  I'd allow cigarillos.

                  Never really understood what they are.

                2. BUZZBOMB
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 57 mins ago

                  Kipper Factory?

              2. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 59 mins ago

                Enlightened are we?

                1. Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 57 mins ago

                  Is that how you ask for a lighter?

              3. MTPockets
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 57 mins ago

                Yeah drinkers do much better work

              4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 53 mins ago

                Agreed. I only snort lines.

              5. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Saves on the employer pension contributions.

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

              Sarri in 🙂

            • Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 59 mins ago

              Sarri may smoke two cigs at once after this one

              1. TRASH BOAT
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 58 mins ago

                will have is last one then face Romans firing squad

            • FPLGraham
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 59 mins ago

              Don’t think I want any Chelsea players even in a blank GW :/

              1. Fossit
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 57 mins ago

                Hazard is essential

            • Super Silva Haze
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 59 mins ago

              What a performance from Man Utd. Took Chelski to the cleaners in there own backyard !!

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  2 months, 58 mins ago

                  Thank you! 😀

                • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 55 mins ago

                  cleaners is otp.Typical chelsea performance .Attack well, can't hit a barn door ,awful defending, game over

                  1. Super Silva Haze
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 53 mins ago

                    Mate they looked shite compared to United. They were second best in every aspect of the game. United put them in there place at the bridge lol.

                    1. TONY123
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 51 mins ago

                      their*

                      1. Super Silva Haze
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 49 mins ago

                        Salty hahaha. Grammar police out in full force. Ya fanny

                        1. TONY123
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 46 mins ago

                          I'm a United fan, not salty at all. Just get your grammar right, it's annoying to see uneducated people like you.

                          1. Super Silva Haze
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 24 mins ago

                            Hahhaha. Mate look at your DP you should be banned from the site just for that. Loool

              2. FPL Opinion
                  2 months, 58 mins ago

                  Advice and opinions please for next 5 GWs? Thank you. Limited GW31 players in BOLD (x8)
                  5FT (regular 1 per week) / 1.8m ITB - I have all four chips left - current team below (3-4-3)

                  FABIAŃSKI (Button)
                  TAA Shaw WanBissaka (Bennett) (*DIGNE*)
                  SALAH ANDERSON (vc) HAYDEN Pogba (*HAZARD*)
                  FIRMINO Lacazette (c) Rashford

                  GW27 Defender (maybe Digne) to Pereira/Chilwell
                  GW28 Button to Ederson or keeper with good GW28 fix
                  GW29 Laca to Higuain
                  GW30 Shaw to Bournemouth defender
                  GW31 - Pogba to Maddison or Fraser & ... maybe Rashford to Wilson or Barnes -4
                  GW32-35 - FH, WC, BB and 2 transfer.
                  GW 36 TC Salah v HUD

                  Me thinks wee AWB stays for all 38 GWs and Bennett can stay for now till I sell for Bednarek in GW35

                  1. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 55 mins ago

                    You need Kun for GW's 28, 29 and 30.