The postponed fixtures in Blank Gameweek 29 will be known after the completion of this week’s FA Cup fifth-round matches, which get underway on Tuesday evening.
The quarter-finals of English football’s showpiece cup competition clash with a set of Premier League fixtures on the weekend of March 20/21 and, with an international break following immediately afterwards, there is no chance of the postponed league games moving to the subsequent midweek.
Some of these matches will likely be shifted to the as-yet-unannounced but widely expected Double Gameweek 26, leaving Fantasy Premier League managers with little time to make adjustments.
BLANK GAMEWEEK 29
Only Fulham v Leeds United is so far guaranteed to go ahead in Blank Gameweek 29, with one – but not both – of West Ham United v Arsenal or Crystal Palace v Manchester United also assured of taking place.
We could get anywhere between two and seven of the pre-scheduled fixtures going ahead, depending on the midweek results.
|GW29 Premier League fixture||A blank will happen if the following happens in the FA Cup fifth round:|
|Brighton v Newcastle||Brighton beat Leicester|
|Burnley v Leicester||Burnley beat Bournemouth AND/OR Leicester beat Brighton|
|Crystal Palace v Man Utd||Man Utd beat West Ham|
|Liverpool v Chelsea||Chelsea beat Barnsley|
|Man City v Wolves||Man City beat Swansea AND/OR Wolves beat Southampton|
|Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa||Sheffield Utd beat Bristol City|
|Spurs v Southampton||Spurs beat Everton AND/OR Southampton beat Wolves|
|West Brom v Everton||Everton beat Spurs|
|West Ham v Arsenal||West Ham beat Man Utd|
The unlikely scenario of only three blanks in Gameweek 29 will occur if Bournemouth, Swansea, Bristol City, Barnsley, Spurs and Southampton all win.
For those rooting for maximum carnage in Gameweek 29, victories for Brighton, Burnley, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Southampton and Everton would ensure seven blanks.
There is, confusingly, the distant prospect of a game being added to Blank Gameweek 29.
Should Spurs be eliminated from the FA Cup in midweek and Sheffield United and Southampton progress, for example, then the Gameweek 18 meeting between the Lilywhites and Aston Villa could be accommodated.
We’re into the realms of serious guesswork now, of course, but the picture should be coming a lot clearer by the week’s end.
FA CUP FIFTH ROUND TIES
TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
Burnley v Bournemouth
Manchester United v West Ham United
WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
Swansea City v Manchester City
Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Sheffield United v Bristol City
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton
Barnsley v Chelsea
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