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How Fantasy managers can plan for Blank Gameweek 32

The Scout 22 Mar 2023
Brighton & Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The Scout on why last weekend's FA Cup results will affect future plans for managers

Last weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals will have major repercussions on how managers approach the final 10 Gameweeks of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City and Manchester United all reached the last four of the competition, resulting in two matches being moved out of Gameweek 32.

Brighton's encounter against Man City at the Amex Stadium, along with Man Utd's home tie with Chelsea, will need to be rescheduled.

Essentially this means a host of key Fantasy assets including Ben Chilwell (£6.0m), Kaoru Mitoma (£5.5m) Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) and Erling Haaland (£12.0m) will suffer a Blank Gameweek 32.

Be cautious when drafting in for DGW29

Managers without a Wildcard or Free Hit chip remaining must be particularly careful when investing in Double Gameweek 29.

The more players from Brighton, Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea they own in DGW29, the less they have to field in BGW32.

Use your Free Hit in BGW32

Those who still have their Free Hit chip available should now consider deploying it in BGW32.

The numerous advantages can make it one of the most powerful tactics of the season. 

It not only allows them to profit from their rivals' less flexible plans, they can also focus their immediate attentions on DGW29, while also navigating the BGW32 for those four key sides.

From this point, those managers can invest heavily in Brighton, Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea assets for the long-term while knowing they can temporarily swap them out in BGW32.

Who have the best fixtures in BGW32?

Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool are likely to populate many Free Hit squads in BGW32.

All three have favourable home encounters with neither match scoring more than two on the Fixture Difficulty Rating scoreboard, providing numerous options at both ends of the pitch.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester's GW32
Team Opponent FDR
Arsenal Southampton 2
Liverpool Nott'm Forest 2
Leicester Wolves  2

Regardless of chip availability, Brighton assets should feature heavily in managers' plans for the run-in.

The Seagulls are among the 12 teams with a DGW29, as they face Brentford and AFC Bournemouth.

Crucially, Brighton have only played 25 matches this season, fewer than any other side.

They still have three fixtures yet to be rescheduled, which means they are likely to have a further three Double Gameweeks over the remainder of the campaign.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele (£3.9m) and left-back Pervis Estupinan (£4.8m) are the standout picks in defence, while Mitoma, Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) and Solly March (£5.1m) provide in-form options in attack.

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