Here’s our latest FPL double gameweeks and blanks update now that the quarter finals have taken place. We include a schedule of what we think GW32-35 will look like.
FPL double gameweeks and blanks – an update after the FA Cup quarter finals
I’m trying to write this as a fairly standalone article so apologies for repetition from other previous articles of mine.
The FA Cup quarter finals and semi finals will be played on the weekends of the premier league gameweeks of GW31 and GW33. They will therefore require postponements outside of the current gameweeks. With UEFA rules requiring no clashes with European fixtures the only options as GW32 and GW35 which on historical precedent has been followed. 4 postponed fixtures have already been allocated to GW32 and GW35 as you will see below.
Where are we now?
The quarter finals have completed with Man City, Wolves, Watford and Brighton winning. My simulation articles got 3 of the 4 fixtures right btw.
4 resulting fixture postponements have been confirmed.
In GW32 Spurs v Palace and Wolves v Man Utd
In GW35 Man Utd v Man City and Spurs v Brighton.
3 of the 4 are already on the fantasy premier league site
The remaining fixtures should, hopefully, come out soon. I imagine the FA are just waiting for Sky and BT to tell them when they want them to be.
The blank week schedules completed
This is just for completeness so you know where the postponement’s came from and where, if confirmed they are going to.
Green means they stay in the gameweek
Pink are to be postponed but whereabouts are to be confirmed
Yellow have been postponed and confirmed where
How GW32-GW35 could look
Those in italics below the main set of fixtures are where I think the postponements could go. The 4 in bold are already confirmed.
With Spurs v Brighton already confirmed then Chelsea v Brighton can only realistically go into GW32. Chelsea can’t go in a European conflict week given they are still in the Europa League
Man Utd v Man City is confirmed in GW35 which means Man City v Cardiff can only realistically go into GW32
With Wolves v Man Utd confirmed for GW32 then Wolves v Arsenal can only go to GW35
The 2 Watford matches for me though are interchangeable in my mind. That’s an issue for people trying to transition from 32 to 33 without using a chip as Southampton, Palace and Chelsea are potentially the only teams with DGWs in 32 and a game in GW33.
Lastly there’s the postponement which indirectly resulted from the EFL final of Brighton v Cardiff. That will have to go into a European conflict week as there is no other way of doing it. They will probably play it on a Monday or with a kick off before any European games on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m not sure which but if it goes into 33 there is no double gameweek for the 2 teams.
The FFGeek team plans
My plan has been to Free Hit 32, Wildcard 34 and bench boost 35 using my triple captain possibly for Salah v Huddersfield in GW36. His performance v Fulham did’t help that plan.
At the moment I’m waiting for the fixture announcements before activating the free hit chip as I want to be sure of what I’m dealing with. I’m not sure what the FA are doing apart from waiting to be told what to do.
Hopefully they will be confirmed in the next day or so or otherwise I’ll start to think something else is going on.
I’ll try and update the articles as fixtures are announced and then do a completion article once they all have.
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