Fixtures

The Blank Gameweek picture after United’s victory and FA Cup draw

Manchester United’s victory over Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup means that we finally have a complete picture for Blank Gameweek 31.

The five fixtures that will take place in that Gameweek are as follows:

Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Burnley v Leicester City
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town
Fulham v Liverpool
Everton v Chelsea

The meeting between the Toffees and Maurizio Sarri’s side is newly confirmed because of the Blues’ FA Cup exit and gives Fantasy bosses an extra two teams from which to draw their assets in Gameweek 31 (whether free-hitting or otherwise) – though both clubs are distinctly out of sorts at present.

The FA Cup quarter-final draw took place after full-time at Stamford Bridge and looks as follows:

Swansea v Manchester City
Watford v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Manchester United
Millwall v Brighton

That means we will get between two and four blanks in Gameweek 33 – one of which will definitely be Wolves’ match against Manchester United, as one of those clubs is guaranteed to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals on that same weekend.

In the worst-case scenario (or best-case, for those Fantasy managers hoping for as much carnage as possible), the following Gameweek 33 fixtures will have to be postponed to a later date:

Manchester City v Cardiff City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace OR Watford v Fulham
Spurs v Brighton
Wolves v Manchester United

The Scout Notes for United’s 2-0 victory in west London will follow tomorrow, as will a look at potential chip strategies for the weeks ahead.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2018/19 campaign are now available for the price of just £10.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 130+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A FANTASY FOOTBALL SCOUT MEMBER

Posted by

890 Comments Post a Comment
  1. yuva247
    • 1 Year
    27 days, 20 hours ago

    1. Keep Son
    2. OUT Son

    if out

    A. Mane
    B. Hazard; this will allow me to double up liverpool defenders with salah
    C. sterling; already have aguero

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 20 hours ago

      Son > Mane in 28

    2. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 20 hours ago

      Out after 27

  2. fenixri
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 20 hours ago

    BB 32 anyone?

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 20 hours ago

      How would your bench be looking in 32? Have you already WC'd ?

      1. fenixri
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 20 hours ago

        I didnt wc, but looking at my team I can set it pretty easy for BB 32

    2. The 5% Team
        27 days, 20 hours ago

        yes probably
        atm I'm on: BB32 FH33 WC34 TC35

        1. danishdynamite
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 20 hours ago

          I suspect it'd take some flippin amazing planning / luck to have a bench worth BB'ing in 32 rather than FH'ing

          1. The 5% Team
              27 days, 20 hours ago

              I would have 9 DGW players and Boruc, Robbo, Hazard, Anderson, Pereira and Arnie

              all very far in advanced planning of course 🙂

      • danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 20 hours ago

        1) Is it nuts to go into 27 without Son and / or Auba / Laca ?

        Feel more inclined to stick with Sterling / Kun, no other serious moves free up the wonga for Son / Auba and cost (at least) 1FT

        2) Is Luiz worth keeping? Yeah they'll play in 31 and 33, but they're total dogmuck at the back ATM ....... I cannot understand how Luiz has kept his place with Christensn ready to come in. Dunno what you have to do to get dropped by Sarri

        1. yuva247
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 20 hours ago

          facing the same decision on luiz

          i dont think its too long before they get a new manager and will have to wait which players the new manager would go with

          1. danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 20 hours ago

            I suspect you're right. Therefore hold for now, IMO ....... but I have zero expectations for them.

            I've toyed with getting Haz / Higuain in before 31 but they're no use whatsoever at the mo when the team is in this death spiral.

            Sarri putting essentialy the same flawed team out every week and expecting different results.....!!!

      • George James
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 20 hours ago

        Biggest problem I’m having with sorting team out with free transfers for 31/33 blanks is not bringing in any arsenal / city attack.

        Anyone else struggling with this?

        1. Amey
            27 days, 20 hours ago

            Kind of similar situation.
            Have Auba right now, thinking about getting Kun after this gw, but would need to get Higuain/Hazard in before gw31.
            So ....

            1. danishdynamite
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              27 days, 20 hours ago

              You'd need to see what kind of form CHE were in before going for them in 31

              Even though it is 'only' everton, it's still an way game for them in 31. I'd struggle to see them beating Chelsea ladies right now

          • danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            27 days, 20 hours ago

            I have Sterling / Kun, and am inclined to leave them on the bench this week rather than take a punt on Arsenal

          • The 5% Team
              27 days, 20 hours ago

              just get them in and play only 8-9 players in GW31, rest of your team would be DGW players like Arsenal/City/United

            • Bagheri Arce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 11 hours ago

              Worth remembering that any Arsenal players you buy can be benched for GW31 and played in BGW33.... assuming you free hit in GW32.

              Same can't be said for City assets unfortunately (unless they lose to Swansea in the cup)

              I'm buying Auba this week and probably Augero the week after. Plan or rolling 2 FTS in BGW31 plus 1 hit and 5 players currently in my team makes 8 players at least. Happy with that

          • Amey
              27 days, 20 hours ago

              Hazard OR. Higuain
              Who would you get after gw 28 ??

              1. Ambrosiana Inter
                • 1 Year
                27 days, 20 hours ago

                Haz

                1. Amey
                    27 days, 20 hours ago

                    Cheers mate

                2. Ambrosiana Inter
                  • 1 Year
                  27 days, 20 hours ago

                  Higuain lacking pace

                3. Bavarian
                  • 1 Year
                  27 days, 20 hours ago

                  I'll go with Higuain

                  1. Amey
                      27 days, 20 hours ago

                      I'm leaning towards him tbh

                      1. Bavarian
                        • 1 Year
                        27 days, 20 hours ago

                        He's cheaper and you can upgrade somewhere else

                        1. Amey
                            27 days, 20 hours ago

                            Exactly

                    • yuva247
                      • 1 Year
                      27 days, 20 hours ago

                      depends on our team isnt it....i want higuain as well but cant convince myself to take out any of aguero rashford n jimenez...so i would have to go with hazard if they start scoring i.e.,

                      1. Amey
                          27 days, 20 hours ago

                          I have auba & jota
                          It can be
                          Fraser + Higuain
                          OR
                          Hazard + Wilson/king

                      2. Kiwivillan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        27 days, 20 hours ago

                        Based on every game lately bar Huddersfield neither

                        1. Amey
                            27 days, 20 hours ago

                            Yeah
                            But fixtures are turning

                        2. danishdynamite
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          27 days, 20 hours ago

                          Right now I'd go for Higuain, but i'd prefer to see some more form from them before making that move (or Haz)

                          1. Amey
                              27 days, 20 hours ago

                              Fair enough 🙂

                        3. Skull And Gnomes 9
                          • 1 Year
                          27 days, 20 hours ago

                          Serious Virus Epidemic at Anfield, players have been told not to get close to each other during goal celebrations.

                          Sounds serious to me. Source _BBC Breakfast.

                          1. Ambrosiana Inter
                            • 1 Year
                            27 days, 20 hours ago

                            Will have spread before any goal celebrations take place if true

                            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                              • 1 Year
                              27 days, 20 hours ago

                              I heard a rumour they're training in Biological Warfare suits.

                        4. fenixri
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 20 hours ago

                          Wait and see, Chelsea looks so poor now

                          1. fenixri
                            • 2 Years
                            27 days, 20 hours ago

                            reply fail to Amey

                        5. New Article
                        6. Tube!!
                          • 4 Years
                          26 days, 17 hours ago

                          GW28 Auba > Aguero
                          GW29 Rashford > Barnes
                          GW30 Camarasa to Fraser....will give me this....is it enough for GW31...all chips left.

                          Fab
                          TAA. Pereira.
                          Salah. Mane. Fraser.
                          Barnes.

                          Bench!!…Button. Lindelof. AWB. Doherty. Pogba. Son. Jiminez. Aguero.