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Chelsea set for blank and double Gameweeks as new Burnley v Spurs date awaited

Chelsea are poised to blank in Gameweeks 24 and 25 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) after FIFA announced the dates for the rearranged Club World Cup this morning.

The Blues’ matches against Brighton and Hove Albion (February 8) and Arsenal (February 12) will have to be rescheduled as a result, so the Seagulls and the Gunners will both have one blank apiece as well.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will very likely get at least two Double Gameweeks, then, and potentially more depending on their progress in the domestic cup competitions.

Meanwhile, we still await a date for Sunday’s postponed match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.

WHEN DOES THE FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP TAKE PLACE?

The Club World Cup takes place in the United Arab Emirates between February 3-12, although Chelsea won’t be involved in the early rounds and instead enter at the semi-final stage.

The draw for that competition will be held today at 4pm GMT.

WILL CHELSEA DEFINITELY BLANK IN GAMEWEEKS 24 AND 25?

Providing the competition goes ahead (Covid put paid to the originally scheduled tournament in Japan in December), then Chelsea will very likely blank in Gameweek 24 and probably in Gameweek 25, too.

The FA Cup fourth round immediately precedes Gameweek 24, while the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League gets underway in the midweek after Gameweek 25.

February 2022 datesCompetition
Sat 5FA Cup 4th round
Sun 6FA Cup 4th round
Mon 7
Tue 8Gameweek 24
Wed 9Gameweek 24
Thu 10
Fri 11
Sat 12Gameweek 25
Sun 13Gameweek 25
Mon 14
Tue 15UCL last 16, 1st leg
Wed 16UCL last 16, 1st leg

The weekend of February 5/6 (just before Gameweek 24) would only be free if Chelsea and one of Arsenal or Brighton lose their FA Cup 3rd round ties, which seems like a bit of a stretch.

Chelsea are definitely through to the Champions League round of 16 but may not be in European action on Tuesday/Wednesday February 15/16 – that’s because those knockout round ties are being spread out, with four of the eight last-16 clashes taking place a week later.

Even if the Blues aren’t in Champions League action just after Gameweek 25, the Premier League have generally (but not always) tried to avoid a clash with UEFA club competitions when rearranging fixtures. Manchester City v Southampton was rearranged for a Champions League night last season with no other windows free, however, so that does remain an emergency option.

WHEN COULD CHELSEA GET DOUBLE GAMEWEEKS?

Chelsea won’t get a Double Gameweek in 2021 due to there not being a free midweek/weekend remaining this calendar year.

Here are some other dates when the outstanding games against Brighton and Arsenal could theoretically be accommodated.

Double Gameweek 21
January 2022 datesCompetition
Sat 1Gameweek 21
Sun 2Gameweek 21
Mon 3Gameweek 21
Tue 4EFL Cup semi-finals, 1st leg
Wed 5EFL Cup semi-finals, 1st leg
Thu 6
Fri 7
Sat 8FA Cup 3rd round
Sun 9FA Cup 3rd round
Mon 10
Tue 11EFL Cup semi-finals, 2nd leg
Wed 12EFL Cup semi-finals, 2nd leg
Thu 13
Fri 14Gameweek 22
Sat 15Gameweek 22
Sun 16Gameweek 22

A Double Gameweek 21 is only a possibility if Chelsea are eliminated from the EFL Cup quarter-finals. Brighton are already out of that competition but Arsenal face Sunderland in the last eight so are hot favourites to progress.

POSSIBLE GW21 DOUBLES:

  • Chelsea: Liverpool (h) and Arsenal (h)/Brighton (a)
  • Brighton: Everton (a) and Chelsea (h)
  • Arsenal: Man City (h) and Chelsea (a)
Double Gameweek 22
January 2022 datesCompetition
Fri 14Gameweek 22
Sat 15Gameweek 22
Sun 16Gameweek 22
Mon 17
Tue 18FA Cup 3rd round replays
Wed 19FA Cup 3rd round replays
Thu 20
Fri 21Gameweek 23
Sat 22Gameweek 23
Sun 23Gameweek 23

A Double Gameweek 22 is a stronger possibility if Chelsea plus one of Arsenal or Brighton avoid the need for a FA Cup 3rd round replay.

POSSIBLE GW22 DOUBLES:

  • Chelsea: Man City (a) and Arsenal (h)/Brighton (a)
  • Brighton: Crystal Palace (h) and Chelsea (h)
  • Arsenal: Spurs (a) and Chelsea (a)
Double Gameweek 27
February/March 2022 datesCompetition
Sat 26Gameweek 27
Sun 27Gameweek 27/EFL Cup final
Mon 28
Tue 1FA Cup 5th round
Wed 2FA Cup 5th round
Thu 3
Fri 4
Sat 5Gameweek 28
Sun 6Gameweek 28

Double Gameweek 27 is unlikelier and would require many things to fall into place, including Chelsea to be out of both the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

Even then, it would depend on what Brighton/Arsenal and the Blues’ Gameweek 27 opponents, Leicester, do in the domestic cup competitions.

In actual fact, a Chelsea blank looks more likely than a double here – the EFL Cup final clashes with Gameweek 27, with the FA Cup fifth round taking place a few days later.

Chelsea progressing to the EFL Cup final and the fifth round of the FA Cup could leave them with the following schedule in the first two months of 2022:

  • GW21: Liverpool (h)
  • GW22: Man City (a)
  • GW23: Spurs (h)
  • GW24: Blank
  • GW25: Blank
  • GW26: Crystal Palace (a)
  • GW27: Blank
Other possibilities

Gameweek 33 and especially Gameweek 36 stand the best chance of being wider Double Gameweeks, whether they involve Chelsea’s Gameweek 24 and 25 postponed matches or otherwise.

Gameweek 33 also clashes with the FA Cup semi-finals, however, so the following free midweek may have to accommodate any postponed Premier League games from that weekend.

And as previously mentioned, Chelsea will have two free midweeks for possible ’emergency’ Premier League fixtures between Gameweeks 25 and 30 depending on when their Champions League last-16 tie is scheduled for.

WHEN WILL BURNLEY V SPURS BE REARRANGED FOR?

Chelsea set for blank and double Gameweeks as new Burnley v Spurs date awaited

Spurs are in a similar boat to Chelsea.

If they lose to West Ham United in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, then their postponed Gameweek 13 clash with Burnley could theoretically be accommodated as part of a juicy-looking Double Gameweek 21.

POSSIBLE GW21 DOUBLES:

  • Spurs: Watford (a) and Burnley (a)
  • Burnley: Leeds (a) and Spurs (h)

If that fails to happen, then Gameweek 22 could host the outstanding game provided neither side needed an FA Cup third-round replay.

POSSIBLE GW22 DOUBLES:

  • Spurs: Arsenal (h) and Burnley (a)
  • Burnley: Leicester (h) and Spurs (h)

The weekend of February 5/6 (just before Gameweek 24) would only be free if Spurs and Burnley lose their FA Cup 3rd round ties.

A Double Gameweek 27 would again require Spurs to be out of both domestic cups and Burnley to not reach the FA Cup fifth-round stage.


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