fpl doubles and blank gameweeks – an update after 4th round replays

Here’s our FPL doubles and blank gameweeks article where we update our schedules after the 4th round FA Cup replays

fpl doubles and blank gameweeks – an update after 4th round replays

You can see more detail in my potential for blanks and doubles schedule article

A quick recap of the potential doubles and blanks caused by Premier League and FA Cup fixture clashes

GW28 – EFL cup final

Man City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United postponed

GW31 – FA Cup quarters make it a blank week

GW34 – FA Cup Semis make it a blank week but there is also calendar space for postponements midweek

GW37 – space for more postponements midweek


The 4th round replay results

Here’s the results from the BBC Football website

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So of the premier league teams, Liverpool, Newcastle and Spurs go through to the 5th round.  Southampton go out

The 5th round draw

Played midweek between GW28 and GW29.  No replays

How does potential blank GW31 look after 4th round replays

The games in green are still in GW31 on as both sides have been knocked out of the FA Cup

I’ve added the 5th round FA Cup fixture next to the team.  If they win that fixture they will play in the FA Cup quarters and that fixture will clash with their GW31 fixture.  A PL fixture will stay in GW31 when both teams are knocked out of the FA Cup and as I said above these fixtures are in green.  The 5th round is played between GW28 and GW29.

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So only 2 confirmed fixtures in the gameweek at the moment pending 5th round results.  For my FPL team out of Burnley, Watford, Wolves and Bournemouth I only have Rico in my team.

How about potential blank GW34?

Now GW34 is different because it will house the FA Cup Semi finals so the quarter finals will need to play out.  Therefore this is 1 step removed from the above schedule.  It is also complicated by the fact that it is a home for potential postponements as there is a calendar game midweek.  However how easy GW34 postponed fixtures can be moved to midweek will depend on how the postponements knit together.  It’s not for now though more for when we know the quarter finalists

There’s only 2 guaranteed fixtures at the moment in green pending 5th and quarter final results

So only Everton, Southampton, West Ham and Burnley have guaranteed fixtures at the moment although there’s alot to play out here.

How about we simulate the 5th round FA Cup results?

Lets assume

Chelsea beat Liverpool

Man Utd best Derby

Leicester Beat Birmingham

Arsenal beat Portsmouth

Sheffield Utd beat Reading

Man City beat Sheffield Wed

Spurs beat Norwich

WBA beat Newcastle

I only say Chelsea beat Liverpool as Liverpool could play more reserves than Chelsea

How does GW31 look then?

Green are guaranteed to stay.  Orange are the assumed results

If it did pan out like that I would have 8 starters as my FPL team looks now

Alexander Arnold, Holgate, Rico, Grealish, Salah, Cantwell, Calvert Lewin and Firmino assuming I make that transfer this week.  That’s with 6 transfers still to make.  Unfortunately we won’t know the winners until before GW29 which will only give 3 transfers.  But it maybe possible to navigate without using the Free Hit Chip

A reminder of some potential chip strategies

Here’s some options.  Once we get a bit more clarity it will be easier to decide

A last word

Rob Reid, Costas and Andrew Whitfield have all use their 2nd wildcard’s so will be navigating this without  a wildcard. Their forthcoming contributor articles will be interesting pointers

Otherwise that’s it.  Remember I have no special knowledge I just try and follow it through naturally so any comments or corrections are helpful

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