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FA Cup results can help steer Gameweek 20 moves in FPL

The Scout 4 Jan 2023
Kane, Tottenham

The Scout explains why managers should wait until after this weekend’s Third Round results before finalising plans

Managers in Fantasy Premier League should wait until this weekend’s FA Cup Third Round matches have taken place before making their next moves.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are both scheduled to play twice in Gameweek 20.

Pep Guardiola’s side visit Manchester United prior to hosting Spurs, who will entertain Arsenal beforehand. 

However, if either Man City or Spurs require a replay in the FA Cup, their Double Gameweek 20 head-to-head would need to be rescheduled and moved to another Gameweek.  

Spurs are at home to Portsmouth in the cup, while Man City welcome Premier League rivals Chelsea the following day, Sunday 8 January.

By waiting until the cup results have passed, managers still have five days to finalise their transfer plans before the Gameweek 20 deadline of 18:30 GMT Friday 13 January.

What to do with Kane

Patience could prove particularly prudent in the case of Harry Kane (£11.6m), who is in 28 per cent of squads.

The Spurs forward is on four yellow cards, but crucially will not miss their Gameweek 20 derby encounter with Arsenal as he was not booked against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 18.

If Kane is cautioned in the north London derby he will miss Spurs' second Gameweek 20 fixture against Man City, unless that is postponded due to cup results, in which case he would be suspended for his side's Gameweek 21 encounter with Fulham.

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