Fixtures

When will the Blank and Double Gameweeks take place in FPL this season?

Monday’s surprise announcement that the EFL Cup final would move back two months has caused a stir in the Fantasy world, as it would seem to have implications for the Blank and Double Gameweek picture.

First off, there will very likely be a Blank Gameweek 33, in which one or two Premier League fixtures will be postponed depending on how many top-flight clubs progress through the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

Secondly, Gameweek 26 will, barring any further weather or COVID-related postponements, have a full complement of 10 Premier League games taking place on the last weekend of February.

The free midweek after Gameweek 26 may well have accommodated any postponements from the weekend had the EFL Cup final clash occurred as originally scheduled.

Instead, it may now host other rearranged games, be it the outstanding fixtures from Gameweeks 1 and 11 and/or other cup-related postponed matches.

So here’s what we know about the Blank/Double Gameweek picture so far…

WHICH BLANK AND DOUBLE GAMEWEEKS ARE SO FAR CONFIRMED?

Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 have been confirmed by Fantasy Premier League and look as follows:

WHICH FIXTURES REMAIN OUTSTANDING?

Three postponed fixtures (two from Gameweek 1 and one from Gameweek 11) are yet to be rearranged. They are:

  • Burnley v Manchester United
  • Manchester City v Aston Villa
  • Aston Villa v Newcastle

It’s possible that two of those could still fall within Gameweeks 18 or 19, thus adding to the Double Gameweek 19 fixture bonanza or meaning that fewer teams will be without a match in Blank Gameweek 18.

But other dates are possible, as we’ll discuss below.

WHEN COULD OTHER BLANK GAMEWEEKS OCCUR?

There are two Gameweeks in which the Premier League schedule clashes with a cup competition and there is no ‘free’ midweek afterwards. These Gameweeks, therefore, could be ‘blanks’:

  • Gameweek 29: The FA Cup quarter-finals take place on the same weekend. An international break subsequently follows, so any postponed league matches couldn’t take place in the ensuing days. Anywhere between zero and eight league games could be affected.
  • Gameweek 33: The EFL Cup final takes place on the same weekend, with the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals scheduled for the following midweek. Between one and two league matches will be affected.

WHEN COULD OTHER DOUBLE GAMEWEEKS OCCUR?

  • Gameweek 26: The most obvious time to stage any outstanding matches will be Gameweek 26, given that no domestic or European competitions are scheduled to place straight afterwards and a free midweek opens up. Two of the three postponed matches from Gameweeks 1/11 could be candidates for this week, as could any rearranged Gameweek 29 clashes.
  • Gameweeks 32 and 37: There are free midweeks immediately after these two Gameweeks, which happen to clash with the FA Cup semi-finals and final. It would make sense for any fixtures affected by those FA Cup ties to be merely shunted back three or four days, but there is the capacity to absorb outstanding matches from other Gameweeks if required.

There are other possible options for a small Double Gameweek, such as Gameweek 23 – although that would require clubs being eliminated early from the FA Cup and thus having a free midweek when the fifth round is due to take place.

WHEN ARE THE CHIPS AVAILABLE?

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A shrewd chip strategy will be needed to navigate through this tricky period of Blank and Double Gameweeks, and that’s before we acknowledge the possibility of COVID-19 wreaking more havoc on the football calendar.

The chips, which can’t be used in conjunction with another in the same Gameweek, are available as follows:

Bench Boost, Triple Captain and Free Hit – can be used once a season at any time.

First Wildcard – available until the start of Gameweek 16 (Monday 28 December at 13:30 GMT).

Second Wildcard – available after the start of Gameweek 16 (Monday 28 December at 13:30 GMT).


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825 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Bottomed

    What is a better combo for DGW19?

    A) Fabianski, Adams
    B) McCarthy, Antonio/Haller

    1. olly:)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A if Antonio's not fit, B if he is. Don't rate Haller

    2. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

  2. COVID-CASUAL
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Found this article super useful, cheers. It's convinced me I'm doing the right thing re: planning, or at least not the totally wrong thing. Although that could be the confirmation bias talking.

    • Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Kinda stuck here. Regret making the early transfers.
      0 FT with James and Chilwell still in my team.
      Bench is fodder.
      -8 the only option? ( TAA and Coufal)

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Any news on how long is Chilwell out for?

        1. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Won't be playing vs Arsenal. Rolled ankle. Scan today. Update after that to reveal the severity of it

    • PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Who will score more pts until and incl the DGW ?

      A) KDB
      B) Bruno

      Man United are going to face leics, wolves and Villa in next three who like to sit back, and he blanks in GW18 and one of the DGW fixtures is Liverpool away.

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Form says Bruno
        Fixtures say KdB
        I'd personally pick KdB.

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Thank you, I am looking to sell one of them for Son and can't decide who should I go with

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I’d keep both. Bit worried about Spurs after Mourinho’s post Liverpool breakdown and their subsequent performance against Leicester.

            1. GoonSquad
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Agreed, wouldn't be dropping either for Son. Kane looks like better Spirs asset if must have one.

    • Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      anyone taking mane?

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        no chance

    • Footieboot
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Bruno or Kane for the next 5-6 GWs?

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Kane easy, even TC vs Leeds

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Bruno

        3. maditass
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Both

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Bruno. Worries about Spurs.

      • FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        How does this plan look:
        Martinez steer
        Chilly lamptey coufal Dallas Mitchell
        Grealish kdb Bruno son bissouma
        Dcl kane bam
        2 FTs
        Not using chip in gw18
        Bench boost gw19
        Gw 15: chilly to regulion
        Gw 16: dcl to adams & steer to mesiliar & grealish to Madison -4
        Gw 17: Mitchell to Lewis/o'shea
        Gw 18: nothing
        Gw 19: kdb to salah, lamptey to balbuena, bissouma to soucek, & reguillion to James -8

        Thoughts? Suggestions?

        1. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Too much on hits?

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          How many players will you have in 18?
          How many DGW players will you have in 19?

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            gw 18 - 7
            gw 19 - 12

        3. NOMONEY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          so u just gonna ignore salah for the next 3 (WBA new sou)..?

        4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Sounds horrible

        5. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Why remove DCL and Grealish if you aren't using FH?

          I was planning to do something similar but it's just not possible. You need to either be okay with just 4/5 DGWers and 6/7 players in for GW18. The hits simply aren't worth it.

          You can't save all your chips and get away with maximising both GWs.

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Thoughts on Richarlison> Benteke? Building towards GW18 and Freehitting in 19.
        Richarlison does not seem to do much on the wings. Even though he is against Sheffield tempted to get him out.

        1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Yuck.

          Benteke and Roy hodgson are nothing but two donkeys combining.

      • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        How is this bench boosted team looking for GW19?

        Meslier, Fabianski
        Robertson, Chilwell, Justin, Coufal, Alioski
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Soucek
        Bamford, Adams, Giroud

        1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Very Good apart from giroud.

          Monitor Antonio as you’ve still got 3 weeks for him to get fit.

          1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Thanks

            The question is fit Antonio and McCharty or Fabianski and Adams. Which combo would you go for?

      • Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        martinez
        stones kwp dallas
        mahrez kdb salah(c) jwp
        bam kane dcl

        subs: steer cresswell lamptey asm

        gtg?

        see lineup for manc against arsenal and decide whether to bench mahrez and start cresswell?

      • Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Good to go for GW15?

        Mendy
        Robbo,Dallas,Dier
        Salah(C),Zaha,Grealish,Raphinha,JWP
        Kane,Dcl

        Button Chilwell,Wilson,Douglas

        1FT , 2.3 M

      • Live Lad
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Play Targett or Coufal?

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Coufal

        2. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          cOUFAL

      • gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Those who have WC left, any chip strategies to share?

        1. PlayUpPompey
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          WC before GW16 loading up on DGW players, FH in GW18, and BB in GW19.

      • PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I currently own Dias looking to get another def for upto 6.0.

        Would you go for man city def double up instead of a spurs or chelsea def?

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Ederson , safe option for double up

      • Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        crazy to get mane instead of ways to get salah right?

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Salah, he already rested.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He’s not playing great tbh

      • shiraz
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Which is a better option to replace chilwell?

          A. Vestergard
          B. Robbo

          Backline: Coufal, Lamptey, Dallas, Dunne Chilwell

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Not interested in Man City defenders?

            Robertson out of those

            1. shiraz
                3 months, 26 days ago

                I prefer defenders with attacking returns. Which city player would you recommend?

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Dias and Stones

                  1. shiraz
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Stones look to be a cheaper alternative into city defence, but not nailed. Might just get dias

              • maditass
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Definitely robbo, but getting a city def for his cs chance is a way of getting returns. They look good defensively and their fixtures screams for them to get cs after cs each week

                1. shiraz
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Would look to take dias, more nailed compared to stones. It would be even better if he start scoring from ck

              • FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Any news on Chilwell, how long is he out for? Or be available for next week....

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  looks like he is doubt for Arsenal game

                2. Indpush
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Rolled ankle. Scan today. Time estimate later

              • SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Guys, James is still Oly yellow flagged.. Is he fine to start next match?

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  50-50

                  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Ok, can save the transfer anyway..have kwp dallas balbuena lamptey thus week even if lamptey is out I can field 3..

              • FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Is it worth doing this transfer for free?

                Targett >> Dallas

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  no, atleast not this week. Dont like Leeds defense anyway...

              • Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Early thoughts on TC in the double 19 week?

                A...TC Vardy
                B...TC Salah
                C...TC punt on Bamford

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  B

                2. Disturbed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  B

                3. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Salah

              • jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Considering this. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!

                gw15 (2FTs): Lamptey, Wilson > Stones, Brewster (switch to 352)
                gw16: Grealish > Son
                gw17: save FT to better address bgw18 (but still may have to FH)

                Unfortunately, those transfers are swaps of players already in gw18, but unless I hokey-cokey some players (which I'm not fond of) or play my FH, I'm a bit screwed for the blanks.

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  You'd lose a transfer if you FH in 18.
                  Also, you're remving players playing in 18 and still not planning to use FH? That sounds crazy!

                  How many players you'd have if you don't FH in 18?

              • Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Play soucek or coufal this gw?

                1. PlayUpPompey
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Souchek.

                2. De Gea is GOAT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Coufal for me

              • Cojones of Destiny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Rookie Q: why didnt i get Bissuma's points in for James? Had Coufal also in for Lamptey

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Looks like you only had 2 playing defenders..

                  You should have at least 3 DEF

                  1. Cojones of Destiny
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    thats what i thought thx Max

              • Sturridge Wars
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Which team?

                A)
                McCarthy
                Dias / Dier / Coufal
                Salah / Son / Bruno / Grealish
                DCL / Kane / Bamford

                B)
                McCarthy
                Taylor / Dier / Coufal
                Salah / Son / KDB / Bruno / Soucek
                Bamford / Kane

                1. baines is god
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  b

                2. GoonSquad
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  b

              • baines is god
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                can you use bench boost in the same week you use a wildcard?

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  No

              • klopp2567
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Evening chaps,

                Got 2 FT and really dont feel like rolling them is a good move but also dont know what to do, Chelsea full backs have thrown me into disarray.

                Johnstone
                Dallas Chilwell James
                Salah Bruno Son Jota Lookman
                Kane Wilson

                Button KWP Mitchell Brewster

                0.1ITb

                The fact that I have jus 0.1 ITB doesnt help either.Please help folks.

                1. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  and you still have Jota???

                2. GoonSquad
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Chilwell to Stones and Jota to Bowen and James to Robertson.

              • the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Would you do the following with 2FT's?

                Vardy & Chilwell > Kane & Matip?

                Got exact funds now.

                Yes or No

                Cheers

                1. Gun gun
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  spurs vs wolves? is that consider an easy game?

                  1. the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    well i could just do Chilwell > Matip / Dias / Zouma?

                    Got a bit of funds tied up in Chilly though!

                    1. GoonSquad
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Dias of those 3, Zouma with Emerson and Azpi on wings isn't very attractive.

                2. GoonSquad
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  no

              • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                What to do here?
                Mendy(Forster)
                Cancelo Coufal Chilwell (Taylor)(Lamptey)
                Salah KDB Fernandes Grealish (Riedewald)
                DCL Watkins Bamford

                1 FT,1 itb
                Plan was to FH18 and BB19 but now I'm wavering after Chilwell injury, should I just TC instead?

                And what to do with FT?

                1. GoonSquad
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Chilwell to Robertson/TAA.

                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    0.2 short...

                    1. GoonSquad
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Then I'd double up City defenders.

              • Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                How’s this team guys?

                Mendy
                TAA Robbo Zouma Stones
                Salah Grealish Bruno
                Kane DCL Bamford

                (Soucek Biss Kilman)

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  TV must be crazy. Looks good.

                  1. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Thanks

              • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                There is a chance James might play against Arsenal as per Lampard. Definitely a merit in holding back the transfer till there is further news.

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Where did you read this?

                2. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  He said there is hope they will be involved in the midweek Christmas game, which would be Villa