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How Blank Gameweek 28 looks after the FA Cup fourth round

Blank Gameweek 28 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) clashes with the FA Cup quarter-finals, so there’ll be blanks for FPL managers to navigate on that mid-March weekend.

After the results of the weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round ties and this evening’s draw for the fifth round, we now know a little more about which games will take place and who is likely to blank:

  • Four fixtures are definitely going ahead as things stand, only one of which was added after the FA Cup fourth round (Arsenal v Palace).
  • We will get between one and five postponements in Gameweek 28. Should the ties go the way of the fifth-round favourites, we will indeed get five postponements.
  • At least one of Liverpool v Fulham or Wolves v Leeds will go ahead. If Sunderland defeat Fulham and Leeds, both of these Premier League games will proceed as planned.
  • At least one of Man City v West Ham or Brighton v Man Utd will definitely be postponed. Based on the draw, it looks very likely that both games will have to be rescheduled anyway.
  • Southampton v Spurs also looks very likely to be postponed in Gameweek 28 based on the fifth-round draw, with Brentford v Leicester also probable.

GW28 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen if the following happens:
Arsenal v Crystal PalaceOn
Aston Villa v BournemouthOn
Brentford v LeicesterPossible blankIf Leicester beat Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round
Brighton v Man UtdPossible blankIf Brighton beat Stoke in the FA Cup fifth round and/or if Man Utd beat West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round
Chelsea v EvertonOn
Liverpool v FulhamPossible blankIf Fulham beat Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round
Man City v West HamPossible blankIf Man City beat Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth round and/or if West Ham beat Man Utd in the FA Cup fifth round
Nottm Forest v NewcastleOn
Southampton v SpursPossible blankIf Southampton beat Grimsby in the FA Cup fifth round and/or if Spurs beat Sheff Utd in the FA Cup fifth round
Wolves v LeedsPossible blankIf Leeds beat Fulham in the FA Cup fifth round

We’ll only know the full extent of Blank Gameweek 28 just before Gameweek 26, when the FA Cup fifth round has taken place.

As for Blank Gameweek 25, you can read more about that here.

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

    Slowly convincing myself the KDB - Bruno hokey cokey is worth it.

    Will probably do Mitro to Nketiah as part of it. Do that and bench Almiron? Or hold Mitro (probably bench) to have 2FT in 23 in case a curved ball comes my way?

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

      Yup bring the transfer forward to this GW

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

      I don't think it's worth it. But I do think KdB > Bruno is worth the move. If I ditch KdB, he won't be coming back in my team in 23.

    3. GoonerSteve
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Looking at the same moves and I think it's just about worth it, assuming no curveballs.

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

    Is Ben White nailed?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      To start? Yes.
      For 90? No.
      Usually plays 60+ though.

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

      Based on the info we have now, I think he is still first choice

    3. FPL Emu
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I am a little concerned he gets benched for Tomiyasu now. He was horrid last game and Tomi did well

  3. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A) Start Ake
    B) Start Shaw ahead of him (-4 hit to sell Patterson)

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

      B. Shaw is worth the hit.

    2. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      B

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

    Hm didn't know about this Eriksen injury, was thinking about punting on him think they'll miss him, he was bloody everywhere in the last few games I've seen. Sounds like Fred will come in for him which I think is fine from an attacking perspective (although he clearly offers a very different threat to Eriksen) but defensively may be an issue

    1. FPL Emu
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Eriksen has been a liability in the big matches recently

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

        I suppose he doesn't have the defensive nous that others in that position often do. Still, covers quite a lot of ground and generally solid on the ball. I actually rate Fred a lot higher than most do and given his performances over the years with Casemiro for Brazil he should slot in fine, just leaves gaps a bit when he's in the attacking mood

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Feel like it's more the other way around, no? Fred isn't awful in an attacking sense, but he's a bit more defensively astute, with a bit more in the tank than Eriksen. Feed does lose points for giving the ball away a bit though - passing not as crisp.

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

        From what I've seen I feel like Eriksen covers more ground and generally is better positioned (even though he's definitely not better at actually making tackles, cutting of passing lanes probably)

      2. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        You're right.

  5. FPL Emu
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    When having DDG, Shaw and Rashford, I just stay put with that, right? Even with two trannies.

    Will likely go Doherty to Estupinan or Mings if so

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

      Yup

    2. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes, I'm also on double def + Rashford and ignoring Fernandes.

  6. Ze_Austin
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Cooper admits Gibbs-White will be sidelined for a 'little while' following the ankle injury he suffered in the Carabao Cup SF first-leg defeat to Man United. 'Morgan is injured. Everyone saw him limp off; he’ll be out for a little while, with the nature of what happened.'

    https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1620159323425865728?s=20&t=n9gUu1jPJ_srPZslnZoFrg

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Could be a big loss on the chance creation side ... 3.3 xA for this season, next highest is 1.2

      1. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Ouch

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

    https://twitter.com/FabrizioRomano/status/1620201337148575744?s=20&t=n9gUu1jPJ_srPZslnZoFrg

    Porro's gonna be in London tonight. This deal has been dramatic

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

      What are your thoughts on the KDB to Fernandes and back move Ze? I think it's where I'm headed.

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

        Do you have Mahrez? I'd take this opportunity to jump from KDB to Mahrez instead

        Also, Bruno vs Leeds isn't a firesale. Not until BGW25, at least

        Sure there's nobody else to sell for Mahrez or a third Arsenal option in GW23?

  8. FPL Emu
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I am considering playing my FH in BGW28, as I likely only have 2-3 playing players in my current team, and no wildcard. Instead of having to slowly transform it into 8-9-10 playing players.

    Thoughts? Still just a waste?

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

      Please see what you can come up with here: https://www.livefpl.net/myteam/

      I think there are ways to comfortably get to 8 - 10 with FTs and maybe a hit or two, while still improving your squad and setting up BB29. But it's all gonna be team specific. If FH28 works best for you, then I'm all for it as well

      Personally prefer FH32 because that's when the players I'll have available will likely have bad fixtures

      I don't think there's one right way to handle chips this season, because there are far more unknowns than in previous DGW + BGW periods

  9. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kroenke has approved of Arsenal making a 3rd bid for Brighton’s Caicedo

  10. Boomerang V
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    If Cancelo is transferred out of City, will that make Lewis a no-brainer ?

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

      Cancelo hasn't started at RB since the World Cup, yet Lewis still rotates with Walker

      Lewis' competition is Walker, not Cancelo. Cancelo's departure makes Ake more nailed, as Pep is now likely to only *rest* Ake by playing Gomez or another CB there, not really for the tactical reasons seen in Lewis (second DM) vs Walker (third pacey CB)

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

      Still has the issue of Walker playing RB and Ake LB inverted role

    3. Boomerang V
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      cheers

    4. Snake Juice
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Ake

  11. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Martinelli + Mitro —> Mitoma + Nkeitah for a hit?

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

      No

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

      Not for me, with Jesus likely back in GW25. You're using a hit to book a future transfer

      Could work in the short term though, and maybe Jesus might have a setback

      I'm just not comfortable with getting Nketiah for a hit now unless you have an exit strategy, as he might be gone just when you need that third Arsenal asset in the blanks

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Don't like Nketiah for a hit

    4. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No

    5. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You can just do Mitrovic > Nketiah for free if you have a spot for another ARS player?

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    2FT 0.4m ITB, still have WC. Thoughts appreciated 🙂 thinking, this week, Salah Solanke to Bruno Nketiah (leaves 2.0 ITB), to give me:

    Kepa (Ward)
    Trippier White Shaw (Cancelo* Neco*)
    Bruno Rashford(c) Martinelli Almiron (Andreas)
    Haaland Kane Nketiah

    Then will move Martinelli out for Saka, Andreas out for Mitoma, and also find a Cancelo replacement.

    1. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Looks good.

  13. Bruno Commando
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is getting a Arsenal defender to replace Cancelo worth it? Was looking at Saka/odegaard + Nketiah next week to go with Martinelli. If I get Gabriel in, it blocks the plan. Is Nketiah worth the -4 over Gabriel for the rest of the season?

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

      Nketiah might not start beyond GW24, unless you're sure he's now above Jesus in the pecking order or the estimated return date won't pan out that way

      So I don't think Nketiah is a "rest of the season" move, while Gabriel actually might be

      The easiest FPL decisions, imo, are the straightforward transfers to replace a red-flagged asset with one who obviously strengthens the squad

      I'll put it this way: Cancelo's exit has simplified your decision

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks for showing me the other side of the coin! Was probably blinded by the potential of a triple Arsenal attack. Still pondering over Zinchenko vs Gabriel haha!

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Good luck with that one. I've got White for ages, and I'm sticking. Can't predict who'll end up on top among the four of them from now on. Just pick and stick, I guess 😀

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Might just go with Gabriel who has a better injury record this season. Now watch him get injured in the coming weeks!

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

    Which one would u rather have ?

    A) Nketiah
    B) Kane

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Johnathon E

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

      Kane by some distance. Long-term hold. Perma-starter. Second most reliable premium behind Haaland. Best striker beside Haaland for the rest of the season. Nobody else is really worth the funds gained from dropping him

    3. Fitzy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You going to change your username and grav if you go A?

  15. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Current team below- using free transfers best option?

    A Mitro KDB to Nketiah Bruno or
    B Kane Almiron to Nketiah Bruno
    C Any other suggestions welcome.1.2 m in bank

    In A probably Bruno back to KDB in 23 and get City defender-4

    In B would probably do Bruno to Mahrez in 23 and Mitro to Kane in 24 funded by Mahrez to Mitoma/max 6.8 m mid for -4 to fund

    Kepa
    Trippier Botman Shaw
    KDB Saka Rashford Almiron
    Haaland Kane Mitrovic

    Ward White Andreas Patterson *

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

      A

    2. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      C. GW22: KDB and Almiron to Bruno and Mitoma, with White starting over Mitro. GW23: Patterson to Ake

  16. Chipmunk
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Too sideways?

    KDB > Mahrez
    &
    Martinelli > Odegaard
    For free.

    + Grenwood > Nketiah
    For a Hit?

    Team
    Kepa
    Tripps / White / Shaw
    Martinelli / KDB / Rashford (c) / Bruno / Almiron
    Kane / Haaland

    Ward / Azpil / R. Lewis / Greenwood

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

      Very

    2. Chipmunk
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Would leave me £2.4m, to swap out Lewis to Ake / Akanji
      next Gwk?

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Your team is in great shape. Martinelli to Odegaard is a luxury transfer you could make.

    4. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Testing, testing 1, 2, 3

  17. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    The Man-Scaping thing.

    Do they have a product that when you have rid your shafty area and your spacehopper area of unwanted hair, that will stop the little beasties returning in a spikey fasion so soon?
    I mean I do like the products, but I only get two, (if that), of absolute freedom from the God given ape hairs; I mean the spikeys are actually worse than the Afghan Hound like curlies I'm trying to avoid.
    Thanks!

    1. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I mean like two days, sorry!

    2. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Who are you trying to impress?

      1. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        That's a little personal, and knights usually do not joust with a question that does not address the question in hand.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Ask Almiron