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When are the Blank Gameweeks in FPL?

There’s plenty of Double Gameweek talk within the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) community at present, following the confirmation that four teams will play twice in Gameweek 20.

Arsenal and Manchester City also have two fixtures in Gameweek 23, while there’s a chance that further ‘doubles’ could be announced for Gameweeks 21 and/or 22.

The yin to the yang are the Blank Gameweeks.

In theory, these should be slightly easier to navigate: while we’re sometimes given very little notice about an upcoming Double Gameweek (like the imminent one), Blank Gameweeks are usually known about in advance – although Covid and royal deaths have made this not the case in recent years.

There are currently three (almost certain) Blank Gameweeks for us FPL managers to juggle: Gameweeks 25, 28 and 32.

Here we take a closer look at the teams already guaranteed a fixture, who could miss out and when we’ll know more information about them.

BLANK GAMEWEEK 25

  • What it clashes with: The EFL Cup final.
  • Maximum blanks: Two fixtures (four teams).
  • When we will know who blanks: After the EFL Cup semi-finals have been contested in the midweek before Gameweek 22.
  • Any other information: The midweek after Gameweek 25 could yet house some outstanding fixtures, should two teams with an affected match not still be in the FA Cup by the fifth round.
GW25 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen if the following occurs:
Fulham v WolvesOn
Newcastle v BrightonPossible blankIf Newcastle reach the EFL Cup final
Everton v Aston VillaOn
Leeds v SouthamptonPossible blankIf Southampton reach the EFL Cup final
Leicester v ArsenalOn
West Ham v Nottm ForestPossible blankIf Nottm Forest reach the EFL Cup final
Bournemouth v Man CityOn
Crystal Palace v LiverpoolOn
Man Utd v BrentfordPossible blankIf Man Utd reach the EFL Cup final
Spurs v ChelseaOn

Don’t get alarmed by the four ‘possible blank’ entries above, as there’ll only be a maximum of two fixtures being postponed (ie four teams blanking) in Gameweek 25.

Manchester City’s shock EFL Cup quarter-final elimination at the hands of Southampton means that their Gameweek 25 match against Bournemouth will go ahead – weather/Covid-permitting, of course.

Cup exits for Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers also mean that their respective Gameweek 25 fixtures against Arsenal and Fulham will proceed as planned.

All in all, this Blank Gameweek looks much easier to navigate than originally feared with well-owned FPL assets like Erling Haaland (£12.2m), Kevin De Bruyne (£12.5m), Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m), Martin Odegaard (£6.7m), Andreas Pereira (£4.6m) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (£7.2m) all now playable.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were already in the clear with regard to Gameweek 25.

So who are the teams we have to be concerned about? Manchester United and Newcastle United are the bookies’ favourites to win their EFL Cup semi-finals, so their Gameweek 25 league matches against Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion look most at risk of being postponed.

We at least get four Gameweeks-worth of free transfers to help negotiate the blanks once the two finalists are known ahead of Gameweek 22 but many of us will now be able to easily negotiate Gameweek 25 without the use of a chip and potentially without hits, too.


BLANK GAMEWEEK 28

  • What it clashes with: The FA Cup quarter-finals.
  • Maximum blanks: Seven fixtures (14 teams).
  • When we will know who blanks: After the FA Cup fifth-round ties have been contested in the midweek before Gameweek 26. The results of the FA Cup fourth round, which takes place before Gameweek 22, should also give us a better picture.
  • Any other information: An international break follows Gameweek 28, so there is no chance that any fixtures will be pushed back into the subsequent midweek.
GW28 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen if the following happens:
Arsenal v Crystal PalacePossible blankIf Arsenal reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Aston Villa v BournemouthOn
Brentford v LeicesterPossible blankIf Leicester reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Brighton v Man UtdPossible blankIf Brighton and/or Man Utd reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Chelsea v EvertonOn
Liverpool v FulhamPossible blankIf Liverpool and/or Fulham reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Man City v West HamPossible blankIf Man City and/or West Ham reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Nottm Forest v NewcastleOn
Southampton v SpursPossible blankIf Southampton and/or Spurs reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
Wolves v LeedsPossible blankIf Leeds reach the FA Cup quarter-finals

This Gameweek might also be not impossible to manage, even though there’ll be more blanks.

There’ll be a maximum of seven postponements but in all likelihood and based on past clashes with the FA Cup quarter-finals, the number will be more in the 4-6 region.

We’ve already got Newcastle United definitely in action against Nottingham Forest, so a triple-up on the Geordies looks appealing (once a possible Gameweek 25 is out of the way).

The Gameweek could get even easier to manage if Arsenal are out of the FA Cup by the quarter-final stage, and there’s a good chance of that as they are set to face Manchester City at the Etihad in round four.

Getting a full XI out without a Free Hit might still prove problematic but what might affect your decision is a possible Wildcard window immediately afterwards. Not only does an international break follow but a significant-sized Double Gameweek 29 could be on the cards, too, so we will likely want to freshen our squads for that.

‘Dead-ending’ your squad into Gameweek 28 is one approach, then, as you could in one fell swoop bring back all the players you’ve offloaded in preparation for the doubles. A Wildcard in Gameweek 29 wouldn’t allow for a Bench Boost in the same week, it should be said.


BLANK GAMEWEEK 32

What it clashes with: The FA Cup semi-finals.
Maximum blanks: Four fixtures (eight teams).
When we will know who blanks: After the FA Cup quarter-finals have been contested on the same weekend of Gameweek 28.
Any other information: A midweek round of Premier League fixtures (Gameweek 33) follows Gameweek 32, so there is no chance that any fixtures will be pushed back into the subsequent midweek.

GW32 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen if the following happens:
Arsenal v SouthamptonPossible blankIf Arsenal and/or Southampton reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Bournemouth v West HamPossible blankIf West Ham reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Brentford v Aston VillaOn
Brighton v Man CityPossible blankIf Brighton and/or Man City reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Crystal Palace v EvertonOn
Fulham v LeedsPossible blankIf Fulham and/or Leeds reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Leicester v WolvesPossible blankIf Leicester and/or Wolves reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Liverpool v Nottm ForestPossible blankIf Liverpool reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Man Utd v ChelseaPossible blankIf Man Utd reach the FA Cup semi-finals
Newcastle v SpursPossible blankIf Spurs reach the FA Cup semi-finals

We won’t spend too much time dwelling on this Blank Gameweek, which is over three months away and may fall for many after the deployment of a Wildcard.

Anything from zero to four blanks are possible.

Two fixtures are confirmed as being definitely on already, however.

Aston Villa and Everton are so far the only two sides who avoid a blank in Gameweeks 25, 28 and 32.

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245 Comments Post a Comment
  1. La Roja
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Gareth Bale just announced his retirement from football

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Wow, probably expected the international retirement but not club football as well

      1. g40steve
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        £650 a week since leaving Spurs, he could’ve walked many years ago.

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          £650? He should have got a job at Tescos instead

    2. FCRS1991
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Expecting his announcement to join the PGA tour

    3. Saka Rice
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Overrated career I've seen all his games. He had a great start at Spurs, 2 good years ar Madrid, and everything after that has exponentially gone worse

  2. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What would you lot think about doing here, for 2FT and 0.7m in the bank?

    Kepa
    Trippier - White - Cucu
    KDB - Rash - Martinelli - Almiron
    Haaland - Kane - Darwin

    Ward - Botman - Bueno - Andreas

    1. FCRS1991
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Move Cucu

      1. g40steve
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        To Dalot

        1. Wobbles
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          This ^

  3. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Play one:

    A) Mitoma (LIV)
    B) Darwin (bha)

    1. FCRS1991
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Darwin

    2. g40steve
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Got to be Darwin after his goal at the weekend?

    3. wulfrunian
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      b

    4. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A

    5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Has to be a, Brighton top scorers in the league in last 6/7 games I think

  4. tim_oriordan
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bump.

    Would you make a transfer or hold? I have 1.2m itb

    Kepa
    Trippier, Cancelo, Shaw
    KDB, Mount, Rashford, Almiron
    Haaland, Darwin, Mitrovic

    Ward, Andreas, Bueno, Patterson

    1. FCRS1991
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Looks good, only small risk is Cancelo's playing time

      1. tim_oriordan
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Cheers! It is a risk for sure but I just know how angry I'll be if I take him out and he plays both lol

  5. FCRS1991
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Need your help choosing a starting defender!
    6.9M budget available.

    Ederson Ward
    Trippier Shaw White Bueno X
    KDB Martinelli Rashford Almiron Andreas
    Kane Haaland Mitro

    1. g40steve
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Botman, Dalot

      1. FCRS1991
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Would you double on Newcastle in defense?

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Yes. Plan on doing so soon

          1. FCRS1991
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Would you consider bringing in injury-free Robertson for GW20 should Liverpool get the DGW in 21?

            Love the Newcastle second pick as they've been solid but like to lower the risk should they concede.

    2. tim_oriordan
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd go Botman I think. Newcastle defence is the best in the league and of course you have three City players already. Liverpool's defenders just aren't good value right now.

      1. FCRS1991
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Cheers! Just made the move.
        Leaves me with 2.5M ITB to upgrade for GW22/23

  6. rnrd
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Would you sell Darwin and bring Callum Wilson on a FT?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm not sure about Wilson now with Isak back in the frame

    2. FCRS1991
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Liverpool might have a DGW in 21...I would hold until that is confirmed

    3. KDB4PREZ
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not for me

    4. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No

  7. R.C
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What other GWs can Arsenal double in? Apart from DGW23

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      21. Everton (H). Crellin says its looking a bit less likely now though so could just be in 29

  8. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    How to fund Darwin > Kane?

    A) Cancelo > Stones
    B) Martial > Ferguson
    C) other

    Kepa
    Cancelo, Trippier, Shaw
    KDB, Saka, Martinelli, Rashford
    Haaland, Darwin, Martial

    Ward, Andreas, Bueno, Patterson

    1. KDB4PREZ
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Prob A

    2. Chip Butty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C) as I dont like A or B
      A - Maybe see what team City put out in Carabao, not sure Stones is nailed with Laporte back
      B - Not worth transferring out Martial before dgw

    3. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C) Cancelo > Schar/Botman, ignore the DGW.

  9. KDB4PREZ
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is this DGW and GW23 the only doubles city are likely to have as it stands? Tia

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Should end up with at least one or two more unless they exit domestic cups early

  10. TeddiPonza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which option next week:

    A. Kane, Bueno and Mahrez (-4)
    B. Salah, Shaw and Mitrovic

    Thanks!

    1. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Kane a must I reckon

  11. Chip Butty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Ward
    Trip Cucurella Ake (Botman) (Patterson)
    Salah KDB Martinelli Rashford (Andreas)
    Haaland Martial Mitrovic

    1.1 ITB. Could do Cucurella to Shaw but probably just rolling transfer to next week?

    1. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Do Cucu to Shaw

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Could Liverpool end up with a DGW22 of (wol, WOL)?

    1. R.C
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      How?

  13. Feanor
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I have two FT, so for a big punt I could go Cancelo and Andreas to Perisic and Mahrez.

    Leno/Ward
    Trippier, Perisic, Shaw (Bueno, White)
    KDB, Mahrez, Rashford, Martinelli, Almiron
    Haaland (c), Kane (v) (Mitrovic)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Will give you a benching headache in the future

      1. Feanor
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Well I figured I would remove Mahrez or Perisic the next week.

    2. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not for me. Just downgrade Cancelo and save the other FT (and I assume play Almiron)

  14. Bobby Digital
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kepa
    Cancelo Tripp White
    Salah Rashford Martinelli Almiron
    Kane Haaland Mitro

    Ward Andreas Perraud Patterson

    0m itb. 2FT

    A) Cancelo to Shaw
    B) Salah to KDB
    C) Both

    1. Kane Train
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B. Help me below plz

    2. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A or C. Shaw has nice fixtures 22-25.

  15. Kane Train
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Best choice for double gameweek?

    A) Bruno
    B) Zaha
    C) Salah

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      This GW? Bruno because he has two games.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not really keen on A & B tbh; just think there's plenty of better options in midfield right now & you'd probably just want to ditch them again next week. We could get a Liverpool DGW announcement soon so in that case maybe Salah.

      If you have Rashford, Shaw/Dalot, Haaland & Kane you're well set for this GW imo.

    3. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I would hold all of them if I owned, but I wouldn't bring in any of them.

    4. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not Zaha

  16. sirmorbach
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Might backfire, but I'm seriously thinking of keeping Cancelo.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes it's doing my head in

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Its already backfired & you're high on the fumes 😉

      1. sirmorbach
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Hah, I think you're right!

    3. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm stuck on this too. Think I'll end up doing Cancelo>Botman, unless we get any more info before the deadline.

    4. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Just sold for Dalot. Feels good

  17. R.C
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Robbo most likely to play most games? Tsimikas been poor right?

  18. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Would you play White Spurs A or Bueno WHU H?

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I got Saliba ahead of Bueno on my bench
      On big plus for White is that Arteta likes to pull him at 60 min.

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        *One big plus*

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Extra big plus v 'who cares about the 1st half?' Spurs.

          Tricky decision though. I think Bueno

  19. Nate(U)dog(ie)
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    João Felix heading to Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Poor Felix

    2. R.C
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Loooooool

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      This has got Pato/Higuain/Falcao all over it

      1. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Except the obvious age factor. Felix is young, the other had peaked years ago.

  20. Kane Train
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Who makes way for Kane?

    A) Darwin
    B) Mitro

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

    2. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

  21. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Cucu > Dalot for free with one of my FT and then reassess the rest?

    1. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd prefer Shaw or a second Newcastle defender, but Dalot is a decent option.

    2. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes

  22. sirmorbach
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Are we really sure Dalot will play the next two having just gotten back?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      It's a risk. Think he starts Vs City and could be rotated out for AWB in mid-week

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm not 100% sure but he's worked his way back up to 90mins now and the schedule is Sat-Wed-Sun which gives decent recovery time.

  23. R.C
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Chelsea is a joke right now

  24. sirmorbach
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Saka to Bruno is madness, right?

    1. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not madness, but I think you'll have better uses for a FT next week.

  25. wulfrunian
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which one?
    a)Nunez/Mitrovic->Martial
    b)Nunez+Mitrovic->Kane+Ferguson(-4)

  26. It's his Job.
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    James > 4.5 Def
    Darwin > Kane

    Best 4.5 def? Already have Shaw Cancelo Trippier Bueno.

    Many thanks for your time.

    1. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Botman. Distant second would be Lisandro Martinez.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yup Botman

  27. Saka Rice
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Better to double up on Newcastle or Man U defense?

    1. Pegboy
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If there was a 2nd nailed Man U option, I'd say them, but without that, I'm going Botman

    2. Botman and Robben
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Newcastle D

    3. It's his Job.
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Was going AWB but Botman more nailed in a better defence.TY

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah Botman would be my answer above too

        1. FCRS1991
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Just went with Botman myself....nailed, cheap, no yellows

    4. King Prawn
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Man U for this week. Newcastle long term

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      For me, a defensive move ideally should be long term and I prefer Newcastle defence.

  28. mcginnntonic
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Out: Cancelo Bueno Trossard Havertz
    In: Botman Dalot Eze Kane

    Bench boost

    Thoughts?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Moves look OK. We need to know what your bench looks like

  29. It's his Job.
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    My team!
    Kepa/ Ward
    Shaw Trippier Cancelo Botman Bueno
    Salah Rashford Almiron Andrea's Odergaard
    Mitro Haaland Kane.
    TY for your advise.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Salah to KDB

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Ha!

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Salah to KDB?

      1. It's his Job.
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Cheers for your advise.

    3. pingissimus
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      And everyone else’s team!

      Lose Fulham - you’re locked into them or 4 at the back.

      KdB to Mo is Hokey Cokey territory.

      Lots of fun cheap options in midfield and Nketiah plays forward for the best team in the land and will be very template as soon as Arsenal double.

  30. R.C
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Felix price and position prediction?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      8m forward

      1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I'd probably say something like this. If Sterling ends up out for a while (hamstring scan came back "inconclusive") he might be an interesting punt

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I don't think he is classed as a CF so I'm going to guess 7.5/8m midfielder

    3. puhd
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      8 mil mid