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How FA Cup and EFL Cup results will affect FPL managers

2 Feb 2023
Marcus Rashford

Blank and Double Gameweeks likely as clubs continue to progress in cup competitions

With the EFL Cup final and matches in the FA Cup sixth round and semi-finals falling on the same weekends as fixtures in the Premier League, managers in Fantasy Premier League need to take note when planning future transfers.

Clubs participating in these cup fixtures will have their league matches on those weekends postponed and subsequently rearranged on other dates.

This will create Blank Gameweeks in Fantasy, and then the possibility of Double Gameweeks for those clubs and their players later in the season.

EFL Cup status

Newcastle United and Manchester United have reached the EFL Cup final, which will be played on 26 February.

As a result, the Premier League fixtures they were due to play on that weekend, in Gameweek 25, will be postponed.

Newcastle were due to face Brighton & Hove Albion, while Man Utd were scheduled to face Brentford. But now all four teams will blank in Gameweek 25. 

FA Cup status

The FA Cup fifth round will be played midweek between 27 February and 2 March, with no Premier League matches being postponed. There are no replays in the fifth round, so all ties will be decided on the night.

Fifth-round draw
Southampton v Grimsby
Leicester v Blackburn
Stoke v Brighton
Sheff Utd v Spurs
 v Leeds
Bristol City v Man City
Man Utd
v West Ham
Burnley v Fleetwood Town

The FA Cup sixth round will be played on the same weekend as Gameweek 28 in FPL, causing the postponement of fixtures in Fantasy.

The following Premier League matches are at risk of postponement because the clubs in bold could be playing FA Cup sixth-round ties instead.

Gameweek 28 (FA Cup 6R)

Saturday 18 March
15:00 Brentford v Leicester
Liverpool v Fulham
Southampton v Spurs
Wolves v Leeds

Sunday 19 March
14:00 Brighton v Man Utd
16:30 Man City v West Ham

The FA Cup semi-finals will be played on the same weekend as Gameweek 32 in FPL. The following Premier League matches are at risk of postponement.

Gameweek 32 (FA Cup SF)

Saturday 22 April
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
Arsenal v Southampton
Brighton v Man City
Fulham v Leeds
Leicester v Wolves
Man Utd v Chelsea
Newcastle v Spurs

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