What the FA Cup replay results mean for the Blank Gameweek 31 picture

Plenty of uncertainty remains over how many postponements we’ll get in Blank Gameweek 31.

The FA Cup quarter-finals clash with that set of fixtures in late-March and another three Premier League teams made it through to the fifth round following their midweek replays, with only one – Southampton – falling by the wayside.

The Saints were defeated 3-2 by Tottenham Hotspur in north London on Wednesday, although may still blank in Gameweek 31 (more of which below).

A youthful Liverpool side squeaked past Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday to set up a meeting with Chelsea in the last 16, while Newcastle United defeated Oxford United after extra-time on the same evening and will next face West Bromwich Albion.

So far we have only two Premier League fixtures definitely going ahead in Blank Gameweek 31:

Burnley v Watford
v Bournemouth

We won’t find out which of the other eight scheduled Premier League fixtures of Gameweek 31 will be taking place until the beginning of March, with the FA Cup fifth round taking place in the midweek between Gameweeks 28 and 29.

One of Spurs v West Ham or Norwich v Everton will definitely go ahead in Gameweek 31, as Jose Mourinho and Daniel Farke’s sides meet each other in the next round of the FA Cup and one of those two clubs will be eliminated.

The ties in the FA Cup fifth round are as follows:

Chelsea v Liverpool
Derby County v Manchester United
Leicester City v Birmingham City
Portsmouth v Arsenal
Reading v Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

Therefore, at this stage, we can still have anything between two and seven blanks in Gameweek 31.

Blanks will be confirmed in Gameweek 31 if the following events occur:

GW31 Premier League fixtureA blank will happen if the following happens in the FA Cup fifth round:
Spurs v West HamSpurs beat Norwich
Chelsea v Man CityChelsea beat Liverpool or Man City beat Sheff Wed
Man Utd v Sheff UtdMan Utd beat Derby or Sheff Utd beat Reading
Newcastle v Aston VillaNewcastle beat West Brom
Norwich v EvertonNorwich beat Spurs
Liverpool v Crystal PalaceLiverpool beat Chelsea
Leicester v BrightonLeicester beat Birmingham
Southampton v ArsenalArsenal beat Portsmouth

The maximum of seven blanks will happen in Gameweek 31 if Manchester City, Manchester United or Sheffield United, Leicester, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle all win their FA Cup fifth-round ties.

Looking further ahead to Gameweek 34, which clashes with the FA Cup semi-finals, there are again only two Premier League matches currently confirmed as going ahead:

Everton v Southampton
West Ham United
v Burnley

The results of the FA Cup fifth round and quarter-finals will determine which of the other scheduled Premier League games will survive.

There’ll be fewer blanks in Gameweek 34 (a maximum of four) and, given that there is a free midweek after that set of fixtures, it is widely assumed that 2019/20’s first ‘big’ Double Gameweek will fall then, with outstanding fixtures from Gameweek 28/31/34 needing to be rearranged.

More details of the blanks and doubles can be read below:

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646 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Best move here? No easy route to MCY....

    A) Zabaleta-> Stephens (bench Soy)
    B) Save FT
    C) Something else

    TAA, Aurier, Soy
    Salah, Martial, Moura, Perez
    Auba, Vardy, Ings

    Button, Williams, Dendoncker, Zabaleta
    Bank 0.2m, 1FT

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 4 hours ago


  2. Young Lingard
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    WC team locked in with changes after city blank in mind. G2G ?

    Trent. Gomez. Saiss
    Son Salah De Bruyne Mahrez H.Barnes
    Ings. Jimenez

    Pope , lascelles , Ayew, C.Taylor

    1. Big Steve
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 4 hours ago

      Not worried about missing out of Sheffield Utd cleansheets? I’m looking to triple up! Just means to bench them GW28

      1. Young Lingard
        19 days, 4 hours ago

        No not overly
        With 28 a miss and Henderson out of any united fixture
        Plus I’m the differential without them
        And lastly
        The end of there season they are safe and on paper it’s difficult
        But I absolutely know they will keep CS as they have that quality but hoping so do my cheaper versions

        1. Big Steve
          • 3 Years
          19 days, 4 hours ago

          Fair enough! Can look at stats and fixtures but then it inevitably it all goes wrong anyway so good luck!

  3. Big Steve
    • 3 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    WC team any advice?

    TAA VVD Baldock
    Salah Mahrez Barnes Fleck
    Aubameyang Ings Jimenez

    McCarthy Lascelles Boly Mooy

  4. dansmusen
    • 2 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Best combo Aguero/Mooy or Ings/Mahrez ?
    Have 2 FT

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 4 hours ago

      aguero coz he best cap by a mile

  5. shawry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Wildcard planning in full flow. A or B?

    A: O'Connell & Fleck
    B: Stevens & Hayden

    Rest of squad:

    Henderson - McCarthy
    TAA - Stephens - Boly - Lascelles - xxxx
    Salah - KDB - Son - Barnes - xxxx
    Firminio - Ings - Jimi


    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 3 hours ago


  6. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Anyone else looking at Newc/Sou gk and def rotation plus a cheap 4.0m def fodder.


    With VVD and TAA

  7. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Thoughts please guys, 0ft 0.0itb

    Taa Egan Cathcart
    Salah(c) mane kdb Traoré
    Vardy jimi ings

    Button soy kelly dendo

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      19 days, 2 hours ago

      Lose guita, he will chuck another one in.

  8. Chasing Waves
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    19 days, 4 hours ago

    Hey Everyone,

    Im seeing loads of WC’s being wielded this week, is it natural to worry FOMO or am I maybe over thinking things?

    TAA Lundy Stevens
    Rich Salah KDB Grealish
    Vardy Ings Bobby

    Norris Hilson Lassy Tang

    I have 0.2 and 1 more free move having already done Lassy in for Rico. Seeing this new template forming is giving me jitters and I want to continue my ascendancy having risen from 650k to 150k in last few weeks.

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      19 days, 4 hours ago

      you'll always see lots of wildcards as thats a big reason for people to spam rmts

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      19 days, 2 hours ago

      Copying Joe.

  9. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    19 days, 3 hours ago

    I had exact cash so I just pulled the trigger;

    Auba Maddison ➡ Aguero(c) Moura -4


  10. UphamUnited
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    17 days, 13 hours ago

    Need to bring a defender in for under 5.6 mil ideally for long term. Thoughts?