Fixtures

Sizeable Double Gameweek a possibility if fans return to Premier League matches

Should it get the green light to go ahead, the planned return of fans to Premier League matches could have major repercussions for Fantasy managers.

Providing the United Kingdom government’s four-step roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions remains on course, each top-flight club will enjoy one game in front of a predominantly home crowd before the end of 2020/21.

This won’t happen before May 17th and, as things stand, only Gameweek 38 falls after this date.

And so, in order for all 20 Premier League sides to be able to welcome back supporters through their gates, Gameweek 36 and/or 37 will likely have to move.

THE CURRENT SITUATION

The current schedule is fairly serene-looking.

Gameweek 32 will see Tottenham Hotspur play twice, with Crystal Palace blanking.

Gameweek 33 will see Spurs, Manchester City, Southampton and Fulham all blank, thanks to the clash with the EFL Cup final.

Only two previously postponed matches remain outstanding: Southampton v Crystal Palace and Aston Villa v Everton.

WILL GAMEWEEK 36 OR 37 MOVE?

This is where it starts to get complicated.

As it stands, Gameweek 36 is a midweek round of fixtures, with Gameweek 37 scheduled for a weekend.

Above: Gameweeks 35-38 as it stands (graphic courtesy of Legomané)

Martin Ziegler of The Times initially reported that the 36th round of matches would catapult into the free midweek after Gameweek 37.

The Athletic have since suggested that rounds 36 and 37 would each simply shuffle forward a few days, with Gameweek 36 taking place on the weekend of May 15/16 and Gameweek 37 in the following midweek.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 35?

SouBur Sunday

Whichever of the above scenarios pans out, a free midweek will suddenly appear after Gameweek 35.

That gap could be used to incorporate Southampton v Palace and Villa v Everton, for starters.

Those two matches could theoretically be absorbed after Gameweeks 33 and 34, of course, but UEFA Champions League and Europa League games fall within those weeks and – generally speaking – the respective competitions tend not to clash.

A BIGGER DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 35…?

It doesn’t end there.

The FA Cup final will involve Chelsea and Leicester City and clashes with – as it stands – the Gameweek 37 fixtures.

If things stay as they are, then any affected Premier League games would very likely move back a few days to the free midweek and still fall within Gameweek 37.

But in any of the two scenarios above involving Gameweek 36/37 shifting, then the postponed league matches would seemingly also have to be swallowed up by Gameweek 35.

And so, up to eight teams could potentially have a Double Gameweek 35 and up to four teams could potentially have a blank in Gameweek 36.

Moderator Legomané has represented the two possible scenarios below in ticker form to give an idea of what Gameweek 35 and beyond could look like.

CHIP STRATEGY

The current world number one answers your questions

Much talk has raged this week of the ‘Wildcard in Gameweek 31’ approach but another Double Gameweek would put the cat amongst the pigeons.

An eight-team Double Gameweek is Bench Boost or Triple Captain territory, with a Wildcard potentially used in Gameweek 34 to plan for it.

The problem is: it’s all theoretical at this stage and subject to change.

Confirmation is still awaited not only from the Premier League shareholders but also the UK government, with any setback in the roadmap to lifting restrictions meaning that the notion of fans returning would be shelved.

Then there are the fixtures themselves, with none of the eight double-headers shown in Legomane’s graphic particularly appealing, other than perhaps Crystal Palace’s.

It’s all (educated) conjecture at this point but, with Friday’s FPL deadline approaching, many Fantasy managers will face a chip-related dilemma or two ahead of Gameweek 31 without knowing the full picture beyond it.

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  1. ResultatFar
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Semedo + Maddison

    Or

    Castagne + Neto

    What to go for?

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Very tough, coin flip i think

    2. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Semedo & Maddison

  2. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Which one to start here?

    A) Digne vs bha
    B) Dunk vs EVE
    C) Start both and bench Coufal (have Vardy in the team, for what its worth)

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      C

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

    3. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A always

    4. PP6
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      C easily

  3. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    No chips left, 2FTS & 2.9ITB

    Martinez
    Shaw Cresswell Stones (Dallas Burn)
    Salah Son Lingard Raphina Gund
    Kane DCL (Bamford)

    Dallas & Gund > Rudiger & Jota the best option?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I’d rather lose Raphinha than Gundo this week

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        It’s a toss of a coin between Raphina and Gund..do you think Gund will start this week?its only that he is uncertain to start and also blanks in two weeks is why I’m swaying towards Keeping Raphina over him

    2. HaveYassineChikhaoui
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'd chance my luck at Gundo playing this week and take out Raphina

      • Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Why Rudiger over Phillips?

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Chelsea defence is a lot better than Liverpool’s?

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Is this defence good enough?

      Rudiger, Shaw, Dias, Coady, Philips

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Looks good to me. All nailed, bar philips but he's mostly nailed and dirt cheap.

      2. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yeah wouldn’t really want to spend much more on it

      3. Oh Mane Mane
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        My exact defence on WC this week.
        What’s the rest of your side?

    4. Finding Timo
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Guys please help on A) vydra and keep 0.6 ib for GW33 or b) wellbeck but no money left?

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          A definitely

        2. Il Capitano
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A

          • Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A

            1. Finding Timo
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Cheers all that has convinced me to go vydra

          • Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Give me 3 reasons why Coady is a better pick than Fofana on WC

            Im really not convinced this Wolves defence is worth investing in, even with their fixtures

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I’m not convinced on their defence at all..one reason I will give you for choosing coady is fixtures

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Leicesters arent half bad either, next 5 are pretty similar for both

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I’d go Fofana then def

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Because he might get you some attacking returns, though slim chance, Wolves fixtures aren't too bad and Leicester aren't so CS friendly.

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Not sure I agree with the second bit, Wolves and Leicester defenders are both only good for the next 5 weeks and in that period Leicester's is very good

            3. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Wolves defensive stats (ignoring the West Ham game) are v good

              They have just unfortunately conceded 1 goal every game

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I see. But if we're talking about stats, Leicesters are superior

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                True but it's the one goal that kills the CS bonus, even if it's not been the defender or keepers fault that it's conceded they all lose out.

            4. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              WOL fixtures are too good, the Jonny's injury is annoying

            5. WHUFCSmith23
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              1) 4 of Wolves next opponents are weak from set plays. Wolves are up there for corners scored. A Wolves centre back will possibly score a goal or 2 over that run.

              2) the fixtures are good

              3) Leicester don't keep many cleansheets either and Fofana has limited to no goal threat

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                1) Ok fair point, but even then the chance of an attacking return is very slim in the grand scheme of things and the clean sheet is much more important when picking a player

                2) Leicesters are almost as good in the next 5 GWs

                3) Similar to 1 from the goal threat aspect, with regards to Leicester CS potential although they've only kept 2 more CS's than Wolves, their defensive stats have been far superior throughout the season so Id be more confident about them keeping a CS over the easy run of fixtures

            6. HaveYassineChikhaoui
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Leicester haven't been great defensively at home this season, 7th in xGA whilst Wolves are in the top 7 in the same category. The problem with Wolves is they usually just concede the 1 goal, but in recent weeks it's been tougher opposition.

                1. Alisson WondHaaland
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Hmm interesing. Im not too convinced about home/away specific stats this season since there have been no fans and overall Leicester's defensive stats have been better than Wolves'. Its a close one

            7. VTown
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Choose one combination for WC

                A - Vardy and Phillips
                B - TAA and Nacho

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  B

                2. Big Hands Barry
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  A

                3. Jay Jay Okocha
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I just logged in to post the exact same question... leaning B

                  1. VTown
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Haha I'm leaning towards A. Vardy could go huge!

                4. Il Capitano
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    1 FT - 6.6m ITB - Only TC remaining

                    Martinez
                    Stones Azpi Digne
                    Bruno Gundo Lingard ESR Raphinha
                    Kane DCL

                    Fabri - Cresswell Bamford Targett

                    Raph to Jota and leave it at that? Will move Gundo to Son next week most likely.

                    1. Big Hands Barry
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Looks good

                  • ScoutHelp
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Which 2 should I bench?

                      A) Shaw (TOT)
                      B) Bamford (MCI)
                      C) Raphinha (MCI)
                      D) Coufal (LEI)
                      E) Phillips (AVL)

                      1. Big Hands Barry
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Couf and bamf

                    • Big Hands Barry
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Playing every week
                      A) Gundogan & Jota
                      B) Maddison & Lingard

                      1. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Sorry to annoy you but will go Jota Lingard myself

                        1. Il Capitano
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Agree

                          • Big Hands Barry
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Lol thanks

                        2. WHUFCSmith23
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Mix it up B. Always prefer the talisman personally. Everything runs through Maddison and Lingard. If there are goals they are around it.

                        3. GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          B.

                      2. WHUFCSmith23
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Anybody else considering keeping Martinez?

                        1. Il Capitano
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Probably worth shifting out on WC and trying to chase better fixtures elsewhere, he's struggled for points v the big teams in the reverse fixtures.

                            That said, he's staying put for me as I can't see myself having a FT spare for a keeper transfer too soon and he has a decent GW33 fixture.

                        2. The White Pele
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          who is nailed for chelsea attack this week?

                          1. Magic Zico
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Not sure who will be nailed but Mount is tempting even jumping out from the bench

                        3. jimmy.floyd
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          A Raphinha Dallas to Jota Philips (-4)
                          B Auba Digne DCL to Salah TAA Ihenacho (-8), would have to play Veltman and Raphinha/Bamford

                          1. Gudjohnsen
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            I'm doing A but with TAA instead of Philips.

                        4. Vazza
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Best option?

                            A. Ayling >> Robbo (free)

                            B. Ayling, Gundo >> TAA, Neto (4pt hit)

                            C. Ayling/Veltman, Watkins/Antonio >> TAA, Iheanacho (4pt hit)

                            D. Stones, Ayling >> TAA, Saiss (4pt hit)

                            FH still available

                            1. Vazza
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Anyone please?

                              • No Kane No Gain
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                A. No hit and a genuine upgrade for free

                            2. HD7
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Are most of the people with WC31 planning on getting a City differential for the GW?

                              I guess Sterling is the obvious punt as Captain?

                              1. No Kane No Gain
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Gundo is my punt captain

                                1. Flynny
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  I'm looking at Sterling captain on wildcard and then switching to Bruno for gw32

                            3. Magic Zico
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Pick one to transfer in:
                              A. Jota
                              B. Maddison
                              C. Mount

                              Play one:
                              1. DDG (tot)
                              2. Martinez (liv)

                              Currently on A1

                              1. fcsaltyballs
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                A1 for me mate

                                1. Magic Zico
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Super!

                            4. fcsaltyballs
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Which WC plan please:

                              1.
                              Mendy Forster
                              Shaw TAA Rudiger Holding Lascelles
                              Salah Fernandes Son Jota Lingard
                              Kane Iheanacho Vydra
                              0.0 itb

                              2. Lascelles Vydra >> Coady Davis (0.0 itb)

                              3. Lascelles Vydra >> Veltman Davis (0.4 itb)

                              Thanks all

                              1. Magic Zico
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                I would go Coady

                            5. HD7
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Is TAA in most WC teams after yesterday?

                              I think I might take him out and upgrade Nacho to Vardy.

                              Shaw Dias Rudiger and Coady Philips/ Holding aint so bad?

                              1. fcsaltyballs
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Do you expect a return to form from Vardy?

                            6. leocarter27
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Thoughts on this WC draft please? 0 ITB

                              Mendy / Fabri

                              Coady Dias Phillips / Shaw Dawson

                              Lingard Salah Jota Fernandes Son

                              Iheanacho Kane / Bamford

                              Thanks guys

                              1. Oh Mane Mane
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Looks good. Very similar to my own.

                            7. Totti
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              reposting

                              martinez forster
                              azpi stones digne coufal taylor
                              bruno son lingard bale raphinha
                              calvert kane bamford

                              1 FT 0.3 ITB

                              A) wildcard
                              B) son and bale -> jota and sterling
                              C) digne and bale -> 4.5 and sterling
                              D) save FT and play 5/3/2 and bench bamford raphinha and bale( for the DGW )

                              1. GreennRed
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Bale to Jota.

                                1. Totti
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  And play without city?

                                  1. GreennRed
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 6 days ago

                                    Too hard to predict which City players will play and they have the league won already. Plenty of points to be won from the nailed on players from the other teams.

                                    1. Totti
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      Why not son and bale-> jota and sterling

                                      1. GreennRed
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Hard to now if Sterling will play, form isn't great, Aguero might threaten his gametime too though his form is worse for me.

                              2. Oh Mane Mane
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Bale to Jota looks good. Can’t be certain which City players will start. Jota (C)

                                1. Totti
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Do u think jota will start?

                            8. bigdip
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Bench 2 defenders:
                              A)Shaw TOT (A)
                              B) Rudiger CRY (A)
                              C) Phillips AVL (H)
                              D) Coady FUL (A)
                              E) Fofana WHU (A)

                              1. GreennRed
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                C and D

                                1. bigdip
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  you serious? bench Phillips before shaw and fofana away?

                                  1. GreennRed
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 6 days ago

                                    Away, home, what's the difference when there's no crowd?

                                2. No Kane No Gain
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Agreed

                              2. HaveYassineChikhaoui
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A & E for sure.

                              3. bigdip
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Fill in WC team with Option A or B (doing Gundo to Son & BB chip in GW 32)
                                _____, Forster
                                Shaw, Rudiger, Phillips, Coady, Fofana
                                Fernandes, Gundogan, Salah, _____, Lingard
                                Kane, ______ Iheanacho

                                A) Mendy, Jota, Vydra
                                B) Leno, Neto, Wood

                                1. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A

                                2. No Kane No Gain
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A 100%

                              4. bigdip
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                For GW 31
                                A) Gundo
                                B) Son

                                1. No Kane No Gain
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A

                                2. EgyptianKing
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A

                              5. Mikel Arteta
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                What do you think about this draft?
                                No Bruno but I have some differentials.

                                Ederson Sanchez
                                TAA Alonso Shaw Rudiger Holding
                                Salah Son Maddison Greenwood Jota
                                Kane Iheanacho Vydra

                                1. Oh Mane Mane
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Not sure on this. Lot of rotation risks in that draft? Alonso, Rudiger, Holding, Jota, Greenwood, Vydra, Iheanacho all could be rotation worries.

                              6. Mika-eel
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                The above article really giving me a reason to keep my Wild Card. Getting itchy fingers and just want to do it for the sake of it. But the fear is real that I'm gonna mess up my team.

                                Would be great is we get of the double by 33, Still have FH and BB left. Will be a nice boost to end the season.

                              7. Lionac
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Which two Chelsea players would you get on WC team?

                                1. EgyptianKing
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Rudiger and Alonso for me ATM

                                2. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Mendy and Rudiger.

                              8. PP6
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Antonio and Auba to Vardy and Jota -4?

                                1. EgyptianKing
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  If Antonio confirmed out, I would

                              9. EgyptianKing
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Lads thoughts on this WC please?

                                Leno
                                Rudiger Alonso TAA
                                Salah Lingard Bruno Son Jota
                                Kane Ihenacho

                                Forster Vydra Lascelles Mitchell

                                Cheers!!

                                1. Oh Mane Mane
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Looks strong. Bench not great but starting 11 very strong. Maybe question marks over regular starts for Rudiger/Alonso and jota?

                                2. bigdip
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  I assume you dont have bench boost and Ihenacho and Jota aren't nailed on, so if they dont play, your bench isn't any good

                              10. Oh Mane Mane
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Thoughts on current wildcard?

                                Mendy Forster
                                Dias Shaw Rudiger Coady Phillips
                                Son Salah Fernandes Jota Lingard
                                Kane Iheanacho Antonio

                                Antonio could become Wood if confirmed injured..

                                1. jimmy.floyd
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Very good

                              11. jimmy.floyd
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                A Raphinha Dallas to Jota Philips (-4)
                                B Auba Digne DCL to Salah TAA Ihenacho (-8)
                                B means would have to play Veltman and Raphinha/Bamford

                                1. Oh Mane Mane
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  A looks good