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How midweek FA Cup results affect FPL managers

1 Mar 2023
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We look at the latest changes to the schedule in Fantasy after the FA Cup fifth round

Managers in Fantasy Premier League can start making long-term plans now the FA Cup quarter-finalists have been confirmed.

Nine Premier League clubs were involved in the fifth round of the cup in midweek, and only four remain.

Fifth-round results

Stoke 0-1 Brighton
Leicester 1-2 Blackburn
Fulham 2-0 Leeds
Bristol City 0-3 Man City
Southampton 1-2 Grimsby
Burnley 1-0 Fleetwood
Man Utd 3-1 West Ham
Sheff Utd 1-0 Spurs

Quarter-final draw

Man City v Burnley
Man Utd v Fulham
v Grimsby
Sheff Utd v Blackburn

The FA Cup quarter-finals will take place on the same weekend as Gameweek 28 in FPL, causing the postponement of fixtures in Fantasy.

The following seven Premier League matches will take place as scheduled, due to the clubs involved being eliminated from the FA Cup.

Confirmed GW28 fixtures

Friday 17 March
20:00 Nott'm Forest v Newcastle

Saturday 18 March
15:00 Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth
15:00 Brentford v Leicester
15:00 Southampton v Spurs
15:00 Wolves v Leeds
17:30 Chelsea v Everton

Sunday 19 March
14:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace

The three matches listed below are now postponed after the clubs in bold progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals, with these fixtures to be rearranged later in the season.

Postponed fixtures

Brighton v Man Utd
Liverpool v Fulham
Man City v West Ham

The clubs who go on to reach the FA Cup semi-finals will also blank in Gameweek 32, along with the teams they are scheduled to face in that round of Premier League fixtures.

The following Gameweek 32 matches are currently at risk of postponement because the clubs in bold could reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Gameweek 32 (FA Cup SF)

Saturday 22 April
Brighton v Man City
v Leeds
Man Utd v Chelsea

Since Man Utd and Fulham face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals, one of them (the team who are eliminated from the cup) will be able to play their scheduled Premier League fixture in Gameweek 32.

Managers will need to consider how their handling of Blank Gameweeks 28 and 32 will affect their ability to attack Double Gameweeks 27 and 29.

See: FPL experts: How FA Cup results will affect chip strategy

FPL chips are hugely helpful in plotting a path through this tricky schedule.

The Scout and FPL experts will be on hand this week to provide the best advice on navigating the Blanks and Doubles.

See: What is the Free Hit chip in FPL?

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