I spent tonight trying to get my head around the potential Double Gameweek (DGW) scenarios, using Ruth_NZ’s helpful post from last week as a guide. Given the first DGW could be as early as Gameweek 25, every transfer needs even more careful thought through than normal.
The Capital One Cup final, which is scheduled for the same weekend as Gameweek 27, will present between two and four teams with a DGW, depending on who gets through the semi-finals. The teams in the semi-finals are Liverpool, Everton, Stoke City and Manchester City. The first two are due to play each other in the Premier League in Gameweek 27, while Stoke are scheduled to host Aston Villa and Manchester City travel to Newcastle United.
It appears there are four possible gameweeks in which the rearranged games could be played: 25, 26, 34 and 37. As gameweeks 34 and 37 provide opportunities to rearrange games affected by the FA Cup quarter and semi finals, there may be a reluctance to take up those slots early. However, I’m also unsure how likely it is we will see a DGW in Gameweek 25 given there would only be two weeks between the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg and the available gamedays in Gameweek 25. Ruth suggested there’s a possible Monday night space available in Gameweek 26 if Liverpool, Everton or Stoke are involved. I’m also wondering if a game could be scheduled on FA Cup fifth round weekend (also Gameweek 26) if the League Cup finalists and their Gameweek 27 opponents have been knocked out of the FA Cup in an earlier round.
To try to make sense of all this, I have created the following chart with the various permutations and possible match-ups:
Possible DGW combinations are shown in yellow, with the team that could be affected by a Gameweek 27 postponement at the top of each segment and their potential DGW rivals in the next two slots. The Capital One Cup (C1C) fixtures and permutations are shown in purple, and the fixtures which could be postponed in Gameweek 27 are shown in dark grey. The mid-grey is there in preparation for the fourth round of the FA Cup (FAC).
I will try to update the chart as the season progresses and the DGW picture becomes clearer. This is a tricky topic to get our heads around so please add a comment below if you have any thoughts or think I have missed something.
Update – January 9, 2016: I’ve added the teams we know will have a fourth round match to the chart.