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How the FPL Blank and Double Gameweeks look after the FA Cup

Another day, another update to bring you concerning the Blank and Double Gameweeks ahead in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

Blank Gameweek 28 is now complete after Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round ties – and a couple of shocks means that we’ve got more fixtures going ahead than we bargained for.

We’ll also take a look at the Blank Gameweek 32 latest in this article and what the midweek action means for future Double Gameweeks.

FPL BLANK GAMEWEEK 28: THE FULL FIXTURE LIST

Seven scheduled Premier League fixtures will definitely go ahead in Blank Gameweek 28, with Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur added to the mix after surprise defeats for both clubs in their respective FA Cup ties.

Three matches – Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United, Liverpool v Fulham and Manchester City v West Ham United – will be postponed.

GW28 Premier League fixture
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Bournemouth
Brentford v Leicester
Brighton v Man Utd
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v West Ham
Nott’m Forest v Newcastle
Southampton v Spurs
Wolves v Leeds

BLANK GAMEWEEK 32 LATEST

It wasn’t just the results of the FA Cup fifth round that influenced the Blank Gameweek 32 picture but also the draw for the quarter-finals.

There’ll only be a maximum of two blanks now in Gameweek 32 – something that was bordering on inconceivable at the start of this week.

One (and only one) of Fulham v Leeds United or Manchester United v Chelsea will definitely go ahead, due to the Cottagers and the Red Devils being paired in the quarter-final draw.

Brighton v Manchester City looks very likely to be a blank.

GW32 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen in the following situation:
Arsenal v SouthamptonOn
Bournemouth v West HamOn
Brentford v Aston VillaOn
Brighton v Man CityPossible blankIf either Brighton beat Grimsby Town in the FA Cup quarter-finals and/or Man City beat Burnley in the FA Cup quarter-finals
Crystal Palace v EvertonOn
Fulham v LeedsPossible blankIf Fulham beat Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals
Leicester v WolvesOn
Liverpool v Nottm ForestOn
Man Utd v ChelseaPossible blankIf Manchester United beat Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-finals
Newcastle v SpursOn

FUTURE DOUBLE GAMEWEEKS

After all that drama tonight, there’ll be fewer fixtures in the as-yet-unannounced Double Gameweeks than we might have anticipated.

Double Gameweeks 34/37 will be smaller than predicted as a result (eg three additional matches in one, two in the other), while there’ll likely also have to be another mini-Double Gameweek involving Brighton and Newcastle United.

OUTSTANDING FIXTURES THAT NEED REARRANGING
  • Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion (originally in Gameweek 25)
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United (originally in Gameweek 28)
  • Liverpool v Fulham (originally in Gameweek 28)
  • Manchester City v West Ham United (originally in Gameweek 28)
FIXTURES THAT MAY/WILL NEED REARRANGING
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City (originally in Gameweek 32)
  • Fulham v Leeds United *OR* Manchester United v Chelsea (originally in Gameweek 32)

FPL REACTION

How FPL Blank Gameweeks 28 + 32 look after the FA Cup 1

Not many of us saw this coming at the start of the evening and the initial thought after the full-time whistles blew is that the FPL run-in should now be a lot easier to negotiate.

Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on your perspective, as plenty of chaos usually brings with it opportunities to go against the herd and make mini-league or overall rank gains.

An earlier Wildcard (ie in Gameweeks 26 or 27) will look more attractive to many FPL managers now, with a squad much easier to set up to not only tackle and make the most of the blanks and doubles in Gameweeks 27-29 but even cope with Blank Gameweek 32 as well.

Harry Kane (£11.7m) suddenly comes back into the short-term thinking with a Blank Gameweek 28 fixture we didn’t think he’d have but tonight’s results do mean that Spurs, along with north London rivals Arsenal, won’t double again this season.

The Bench Boost in Gameweek 29 may gain in appeal, too, with no big doubles later in the campaign to rival it.

Two likely future doubles for Manchester City means that anyone with a Triple Captain still intact at least has an opportunity to belatedly back Erling Haaland (£12.2m) with the chip.

We’ll have more reaction to tonight’s developments in the coming days.


Note: we’ve reset the results of our Wildcard poll (found on the sidebar) after tonight’s games, as the changing Blank/Double Gameweek landscape may have altered some managers’ minds.

Here’s how the results looked before the reset, after some 450 votes:

Who played the most minutes over the March international break?

372 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 14 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Last Man Standing GW25 (466 teams)

    Safety score = 71
    Top score = Garrett Dooley with 121
    LMS average = 87.33 (-3.95) = 83.38

    49 teams to be removed, 417 teams through to GW26
    Up to 12% or minimum 51 out next GW.
    Congrats to all the survivors. 🙂

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. SpaceCadet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Still alive with 72!

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 14 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Well done!
        It's you, me and 415 others for the home stretch.

      2. Bluetiger1
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Great score on a low scoring week

  2. klopptimusprime
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Martinelli or Odegaard? (Have Saka + White)

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      For half a million more and better security of starts once Jesus is back, I’d go Ode

      1. Steve Stiffler
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        I have them 2 and Martinelli but would prefer having Odegaard

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Possible neither as fixtures for Arsenal from GW30 to GW35 not great - go for DGW players

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    This team worth deploying the WC to sort? All other chips intact. 0.4 ITB, 1FT.

    Kepa (Ward)
    Shaw* White Tarkowski (Trippier Neco)
    Salah Rashford Gakpo Saka (Andreas)
    Haaland Nunez Nketiah

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yes

  4. Slitherene
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Which move for a hit seems more sensible?

    A) Mahrez -> Martinelli
    B) Nketiah -> Watkins

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      B

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Any takers for Mbuemo over Toney?

    1. waldo666
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I was thinking about it but have now learned Toney's ban not to start until after GW29, if that is confirmed I might still go with Toney.

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Sky reports "However, it could take the FA several weeks to digest Toney's response which means a hearing is most likely to take place in April"

  6. SpaceCadet
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Will James start against Leeds with ucl game a couple of days later?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I don't think anyone can answer that except the manager

      1. SpaceCadet
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Looking for opinions mate

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Same answer, Potter rotates like crazy.

          Injuries may help the case for his starting but we have been here before ... it's a pure guess

  7. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Best option here?

    A) Darwin -> Toney
    B) Darwin & Trent -> Estupinan & Kane (-4)
    C) Wildcard

    Kepa
    Trent, Gabriel, Tarkowski
    Salah, Rashford, Odegaard, Martinelli, Mitoma
    Haaland, Darwin

    Ederson, Mitrovic, Trippier, Bueno
    Bank 0.6m, 1FT, all chips except TC

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Need a WC team to answer C)

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Probably something like:

        Raya, Sanchez/Kepa
        Trippier, James, Gabriel, Estupinan, Mee
        Saka, Rashford, Maddison, Martinelli, Mitoma
        Haaland, Kane, Toney

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 14 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          I guess it's about how much ground you might lose in the next few GWs vs WC later.
          Salah and Trent would need to do well in the next 2 etc.

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            11 months, 28 days ago

            I think I’m pretty set on WCing in either 26/27 given my current team. 5/6 DGWers in 27, get Saka & Kane in and set up to handle the blanks in 28/32. BB29 likely.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I would roll and then review again next week

  8. trafalgarlaw
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Salah -> Mitoma ? Or do it next week

    Kepa
    TAA Shaw Trippier White
    Salah Odegaard Martinelli Rashford
    Kane Haaland

    Ward Gnonto Andreas Bueno

    1. Steve Stiffler
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Would save it for next week, do you have 1FT?

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Salah>Mitoma on a GW when Salah has the plum fixture vs Bournemouth feels weird

  9. Steve Stiffler
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Wasnt planning on WC just yet, see heaps of people playing it though. Can manage these blanks and doubles fine with just taking a 1 hit over 3 weeks. 0.1ITB, 1FT.

    Kepa (Ward)
    Shaw White Ake (Trippier Tark)
    Salah Rashford Martinelli Saka Grealish
    Haaland Kane (Greenwood)

    GW27: Ake, Grealish > Mee, Mitoma (2 Doublers)
    GW28: Salah, Greenwood > Maddison, Watkins (10 players, -4)
    GW29: Tarkowski > Estupinian (10 Doublers, BB)

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Looks like a decent plan, but when will you WC?

      I would use a transfer this week and review next week

    2. Zack124
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 28 days ago

      My team is very similar, good plan, I was thinking of Toney instead Watkins.

  10. SomeoneKnows
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    For those who are planning to WC26, how many BGW28 do you plan on keeping in your teams? and how many DGW26 / DGW29 are you including?

    1. Peter FTW
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Aiming for 11 in GW28 then a few free transfers to get max number of DGW players in GW29 for BB.

  11. balint84
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    A) Nketiah to Mbeumo
    B) Ederson to Raya

    1. All For One
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      B

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      B

  12. All For One
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Raya
    Akanji, Dunk, White
    Mitoma, Martinelli, Saka, Rashford
    Toney, Haaland, Kane

    Ward, Mahrez, Trippier, Emerson.

    Wildcard, free hit left.

    What's the best plan for my remaining chips?

    I have 7 Gw players, was thinking if I should fh gw 28?

    Thanks

    1. Fellaini's Fro
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Not WC territory, save IMO

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Save. Monitor Mahrez now that CL has started.

  13. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Better 1 week punt (likely wildcard next week)?

    A) Nketiah to Iheanacho (would go Toney/Watkins but can only go up to 7.1m)
    B) White to Zinchenko
    C) Gakpo to any non-Arsenal mid 8.2m and below

    1. All For One
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      A, I don't think B is worth it.

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Why 1 week only? I was going to suggest Mitoma ahead of his DGW.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Ok, sorry. Completely missed the WC bit, lol.

  14. EmreCan Hustle
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Save FT?

    Ward
    Robertson Trippier Dawson
    Salah Saka Odegaard Martinelli
    Haaland Toney Watkins
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Iversen JWP Lewis Patterson

    No Rashford. Will look to bring him back after the blank.
    Martinelli to Mitoma?

    Thanks.

    1. Fellaini's Fro
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Don't you want to hold Martinelli after his recent performances?

      Think Robbo could go first. Tough fixture and blanks in 28

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        I do. Especially for BOU.
        I might just save and go for Mitoma next GW. Or do Robertson to Estupinan this GW.

    2. Happy Rotter
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Salah to Mitoma?

    3. Snake Juice
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Save

  15. EL tridente
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    How is this WC looking?

    Sanchez, Ward
    Trippier, Gabriel, Estupinan, Mee, Botman
    Saka, Ødegaard, Rashford, Maddison, Mitoma
    Haaland, Kane, Toney

    Will probably do Gabriel and Ødegaard to Shaw and Bowen in 29, so everybody except Kane, Haaland and Saka plays double

    1. Dollyems15
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Arsenal at home to Leeds might just be as good as a double fixture

  16. Dollyems15
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Any thoughts on which Chelsea defender to go for for the next 4/5 game weeks? Also looking at a Villa defender as they have quite good fixtures coming up. Any thoughts?

    1. Snake Juice
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Reece, but it might be dicey this weekend with the CL game on Tues.

      Cash or Mings for Villa.

    2. Dollyems15
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yeh was thinking mings for villa, good cheap option and seems to pick up bonus points. Might hold off for Chelsea till after champions league game see what the outcome is

  17. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    A) Darwin -> Toney
    B) Save FT

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Darwin is Darwin.

      I'm sure Toney will want to go out with a bang.

  18. Snake Juice
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Brentford’s fixtures are terrible. Rather have Watkins over Toney.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Don't think they are too bad, but from GW 27 four out of five are away from home

  19. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Drafting my WC and no sure on the following, what do you think?

    Gabriel or Zinc
    Kepa or Pope

    Thanks

    1. Prinzhorn
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Gabriel and Kepa (prefer Raya Sanchez though)

  20. Prinzhorn
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    WC this?

    Kepa
    Tark - Perisic - White
    Saka - Rashford - Salah - Mitoma
    Haaland - Darwin - Nketiah
    Ward - Trippier - Andreas - Badiashile

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      You need to plan out how many of your players double in 27 & 29 and blank in 28.

  21. Tomlette Greggs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Thanks for the write-up, Neale. Bookmarked.

  22. Drop Dead Tsimikas
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 27 days ago

    Think I’m alright to roll the FT with this bunch?

    Kepa
    Gabriel - Mings - Estupiñan
    Salah - Saka - Rashford - Mitoma
    Kane - Haaland - Felix (last chance)

    Ward, Tarko, Andreas, Trippier

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Yep. Let me know how Felix goes.

      1. Drop Dead Tsimikas
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        Was considering captaining him, but cooler heads prevailed and I’ve given the armband to Saka again.

  23. Piggs Boson
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Liverpool have only lost 0-6 at Anfield twice in their history. Once, in 1930 against Sunderland, and the second, against Manchester United this evening.

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Lol! Outdoing my 5-0 prediction!

      I noticed Liverpool won 4-0 at home and 5-0 away last year. Can see that getting reversed.

    2. Grande Tubarão
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      This aged well