Double Gameweek planning: Part nine

Arsenal’s thumping of Hull City in their FA Cup fifth round replay has completed the blank picture for Gameweek 30. We now know that half the Premier League fixtures will be off and half the fixtures will be played this weekend.

Watford face the Gunners in the FA Cup quarter final this weekend. The winner of that tie will give have a blank Premier League fixture in Gameweek 35, while the loser will have a game because both sides have opponents waiting for them that are no longer in the cup.

Double Gameweek planning part 9

I’ve updated my Double Gameweek (DGW) planning chart from earlier in this series to add the new confirmed blank to the other known blanks (dark purple). The Premier League games we know are going ahead in Gameweeks 30 and 35 are also shown (light green).

Three games could potentially join the existing Gameweek 35 blank. Chelsea’s game against Bournemouth in Gameweek 35 will be off if the Blues beat Everton in the FA Cup quarter final, but it will stay on the calendar if they lose. Everton and Crystal Palace would both have to lose their respective FA Cup quarter-final matches for that Premier League fixture to survive. And, as mentioned, either the Sunderland v Arsenal or the Norwich City v Watford match in Gameweek 35 will be postponed (dark green), depending on who wins the cup tie between the Gunners and the Hornets.

In the DGW option boxes, the large tile shows a team who could have a DGW and the smaller tiles show their likely opposition (opponents the DGW team will have to travel to are indicated by lower case letters). The C1C final has created DGWs (lilac) that could be held in Gameweeks 34 or 37.

West Ham United’s Gameweek 35 league game against Manchester United has been postponed because, as well as originally being scheduled to face each other that week, they now meet in the FA Cup quarter-finals. So no matter who wins the cup tie, the league game can’t go ahead as planned because one side will be playing in the FA Cup semi-finals. The Red Devils and the Hammers both have two fixtures to rearrange and there are there are two slots available so I have coloured those options differently (light blue). There is a potential wrinkle with this scenario, which I discussed in Part 8 of this series.

The Premier League has stated it expects to announce “on or around” March 10 more details about when the fixtures postponed by cup games will be rearranged. But, for now, the chart shows DGW options created by the FA Cup quarter-finals (yellow) in Gameweek 34 because that is the week intended to pick up those games. They could potentially be rearranged for Gameweek 37, but that is intended to provide a slot for league matches rearranged by the FA Cup semi-finals in Gameweek 35. We will only start finding out from March 11 which sides will be in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The only exceptions I have made for charting FA Cup-inspired DGW options in Gameweek 37 is for teams whose the rearranged Gameweek 30 tie involves Liverpool or Everton. The Merseyside teams have a Gameweek 27 match to rearrange too and we don’t know yet which postponed fixture will grab the first available slot.

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12 thoughts on “Double Gameweek planning: Part nine

  1. Benji says:

    2ft. Thinking lukaku to vardy and Moreno to a stoke defender. To give me a full 11. Ozil is another option but I’d only want siggy this week and his fixtures after that arent so great.
    Planning on gw33 wild card

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    • If you are planning a GW33 WC you have some flexibility, though price may still be a consideration depending on your team value and the players you have an eye on for your wildcard. If you have a lot of value stored up in someone like Ozil, it may make more sense to hold them and find a different way to field 11. Arsenal’s fixtures improve after the blank too.

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    • That is where it gets messy and where I have yet to tread. I thought I wait and see if Everton definitely need to rearrange a third fixture before looking at that issue. We will have run out of simple slots for rearranged games and they will have to find a way of fitting it in somewhere before the end of the season.

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      • Ted Lasso says:

        If Chelsea beat Everton, Arsenal beat Watford, and Crystal Palace beat Reading this weekend in the league cup, do you think there is a chance that the Sunderland v Everton PL match from GW 30 gets rescheduled to GW 35? Both Sunderland and Everton would be free to play each other in GW 35 since Arsenal and Crystal Palace (their originally scheduled GW 35 PL opponents) would have blanks in GW 35 due to league cup semi-finals.

        (I tried to phrase that as clearly as I possibly could, but it gets a bit difficult when discussing DGWs!)

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        • If all those results come to pass, Everton would have three games to rearrange so it would make sense to use that spot for the Sunderland game if it hasn’t already be rescheduled for another date. There may be other scenarios that depend on three or four different results, but I have tried to keep the chart focused on the basics.

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