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What Tuesday’s FA Cup results mean for Blank Gameweek 28

We’ve got a clearer picture of the situation in Blank Gameweek 28 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) after Tuesday’s FA Cup results.

Five top-flight sides were in action, with Manchester City, Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion advancing into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

What Tuesday's FA Cup results mean for Blank Gameweek 28 1

BLANK GAMEWEEK 28

Six scheduled Premier League fixtures will definitely go ahead in Blank Gameweek 28:

  • Arsenal v Crystal Palace
  • Aston Villa v Bournemouth
  • Brentford v Leicester
  • Chelsea v Everton
  • Nott’m Forest v Newcastle
  • Wolves v Leeds

However, Brighton v Man Utd, Liverpool v Fulham and Man City v West Ham are postponed, with each of those six teams blanking.

All that it will take for the one remaining fixture – Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – to fall will be a victory for one of those two sides in their respective cup matches on Wednesday, which looks likely to happen. That’s because Southampton host Grimsby Town at St Mary’s Stadium, while Spurs visit Sheffield United.

The FA Cup quarter-final draw will then follow and this will have implications for Blank Gameweek 32, which you can read more about here.

As a result of tonight’s fixtures, one more additional Gameweek 32 has been confirmed as being on: Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

GW28 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen in the following situation:
Arsenal v Crystal PalaceOn
Aston Villa v BournemouthOn
Brentford v LeicesterOn
Brighton v Man UtdOff
Chelsea v EvertonOn
Liverpool v FulhamOff
Man City v West HamOff
Nott’m 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 LeedsOn

INITIAL REACTION

Championship side Blackburn Rovers knocking out 2021 FA Cup winners Leicester has big ramifications for FPL managers.

We already knew Brentford would ‘double’ in Gameweeks 27 and 29, but they now have a guaranteed fixture against the Foxes in Blank Gameweek 28 too.

That means they will play five times in the space of three Gameweeks, more than any other side.


However, that is no longer the case for Brighton, who will now blank in Gameweek 28, with appealing ‘doubles’ either side against lee + CRY and BRE + bou.

Liverpool v Fulham and Man City v West Ham are also postponed in Blank Gameweek 28, an intriguing development, given that many squads are loaded up with players from these teams.

What all of this means, however, is that chip planning just got very interesting, which we’ll be exploring in much more detail in the coming days.

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  1. Eric Banternaaa
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    If you could have any GK, Def, Mid & ST this GW who would you choose?

    Can't choose James or Haaland, it's for a H2H and both already have these.

    1. Admiral Benson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Raya, Zinc, Saka, Watkins

      1. Eze Really?
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Agree and I have none.

  2. Fit_to_drop
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I haven't seen Brighton much lately and missed last night's fixture.

    Just wondering what sort of gametime we can expect from Ferguson in the weeks ahead. Is he now their main no.9 (when fit and available)?

    1. Admiral Benson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Welbeck is coming back to fitness and Undav is getting minutes off the bench.
      Risky Brighton pick for the doubles IMO when so much value in midfield

    2. Eric Banternaaa
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wellbeck return is around the corner, could cause reduced minutes.

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Undav has been picked ahead of him a couple of times recently (BOU & cry) so quite risky. Welbeck returning now too. Shame because he's looked a lot more impressive than Undav when I've seen him. Still not totally against the idea of him as a bench option played in DGWs if you need a cheap forward & don't mind the likelihood of one start + one sub appearance

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        That was only through injury. De zerbi prefers ferguson but yeah he’s not short of options so with two doubles coming rotation is likely

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          I thought he was passed fit ahead of the Bournemouth game? But maybe I misremembered since he didn't come off the bench til Palace

        2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He definitely doesn't just prefer one. He selected Undav ahead of him recently in at least one match where both were available and spoke of the difference hebmakes to the team overall in comparison to Ferguson

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

          Here are some of the quotes:

          “Evan Ferguson is available, but I have a doubt between Ferguson and Undav.

          “Deniz played very well (last week). For us, it is very important the quality of play.

          “He knows when he has to play and when he has to attack the space.

          “He is different to Evan Ferguson. Evan is more of a striker. He knows better how to attack the space and score.

          “But in the quality of play, also Deniz is also very important.”

    4. Fit_to_drop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Certainly, the post match interview I heard with DeZerbi would lead me to think that this guy has the jersey now. He is more prolific than Welbeck and with McAllister as a no10 behind him and Mitoma and March on the wings, I see Ferguson starting most of these games.

    5. thegame983
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fergusan is first choice. His injury derailed that a tad and he was eased back into action.

      At the end of the day, he's the only one of the three that can put the ball in the net, but he is only 17. It's not unreasonable to assume some rotation.

  3. LC1
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Morning all!

    99% set on WC this week to really attack doubles, give me a strong BGW28 team as well as a very good BB DGW29 team.

    I am looking at something like this;

    Raya Ward
    Trippier Shaw Zinchenko Mee Estupinan
    Saka Odegaard Rashford Mitoma Maddison
    Haaland Toney Watkins

    Leaves me with 5m itb which a good amount will be spent on Odegaard to Bruno in DGW29.

    I'll most likely pull the trigger after tonights games, but any feedback is apreicated in the meantime 🙂

    Thanks

    1. PScholes18
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I like this team. Maddy is risk, but besides that g2g 🙂

      1. LC1
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Ta pal. Have a big enough squad for Maddison to be on the bench if injured so should be okay! Also have the money to upgrade him if he's out longer term.

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This is what I'm looking at doing as well. I'd have triple Brighton, maybe Sanchez for Ward but no major issues with this team. Looks great!

      1. LC1
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Cheers geez. Good luck with yours!

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Smashing. Maybe a Ward upgrade if enough itb? Sanchez/Navas?

      1. LC1
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah contemplating this but always tend to stick with one 4.0 keeper.. Cheers!

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Just for the BB really. Raya is playable in any fixture & no more blanks for Brentford

  4. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mac Callister is the one to score big in the coming weeks. Wish I could get him this week

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Possible

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      What are you seeing that suggests he's a better pick that Mitoma, March or Ferguson?

      1. Zimo
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        If Ferguson starts all matches he's the best pick. Minutes are his issue.

  5. CABAYE4
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Are people now going Brentford over Brighton if not on WC?

    Originally was considering getting Mitoma and Estupinan but are Henry and Toney now better with one extra game?

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I am planning to go Toney, Maddison, Mee

  6. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Darwin to Toney and play this? Not too sure if the bench is correct. Digne played the last game and kept a CS.

    Pickford
    White Shaw Trippier
    Salah Rashford Mahrez Odegaard
    Haaland Nketiah Toney

    Ward Bailey Digne Bueno

    1. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wait for midweek games and Frank press conference but seems sensible.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hmm Trippier/Digne is pretty close. If Digne is widely predicted to start & Palace are still without Eze & Zaha then I'd probably chance him

      1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        My thought too. City will score. With Trippier I will be hoping he gets some attacking returns. With Digne there is a better chance of a clean sheet + a possibility of an attacking return.

    3. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Toney is just another transfer waiting to happen. I'd put it off for as long as possible until we know more about his ban. Not to mention his 8 yellow cards. A booking this weekend would mean, for me anyway, that he is not an option anymore.

  7. Ask Yourself
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    No love for James on WC?

    1. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No love for Chelsea.
      Better, safer and cheaper options elsewhere.

      1. Zimo
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        In terms of xGC technically they have been the best defence past couple of games. Thiago Silva out might change that.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I do love him & have planned to bring him in, but keep pushing it back a week with the wider issues at Chelsea. Has become a decision for 28-9 for me now

  8. Fit_to_drop
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mahrez's early sub last night means:

    a) He plays Sat
    b) Rested for ECL
    c) Who knows?

    1. GC123
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have him and have mustered 1 point since bringing him in two weeks ago. So, probably b but it’s Pep

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I think he will start v NEW, but its a pure guess & my track record of anticipating Pep is patchy

    3. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Always C

  9. stewoolley
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Current wildcard draft, need some advice has my mind is boggled.

    Raya Ward
    Zinch Estupinan Shaw Tripp Lewis
    Bruno Martinelli Saka Rash Mitoma
    Haaland Kane Toney

    Unsure on that Bruno position and whether or not I’ve spent too much on squad depth. Any help would be greatly appreciated.