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Why Arsenal and Chelsea could be set for Blank Gameweek 29 in Fantasy

7 Feb 2024
Saka and Palmer

The Scout on how Blues' 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Aston Villa may impact the FPL schedule

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Chelsea's 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win at Aston Villa could mean that popular Fantasy Premier League players Bukayo Saka (£9.1m) and Cole Palmer (£5.8m) are without a fixture in Blank Gameweek 29 (BGW29).

The FA Cup quarter-finals - the sixth round of the competition - take place on the same weekend as Gameweek 29 of FPL, meaning any Premier League matches involving clubs still involved in the cup will need to be rescheduled.

That will result in a BGW29 for a number of teams.

So if Chelsea beat Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 28 February, their trip to Arsenal in the Premier League in BGW29 will be rescheduled.

Saka and Palmer, the most-owned midfielders in Fantasy, found in 61 and 35 per cent of squads respectively, would both blank in such a scenario.

Villa's cup exit means they will visit West Ham United in BGW29 as scheduled, one of only three confirmed fixtures to go ahead in Blank Gameweek 29, along with Burnley v Brentford and Fulham v Spurs. 

Ollie Watkins (£8.7m), the third most-popular player in Fantasy with an ownership of just under 50 per cent, and the Hammers’ Jarrod Bowen (£7.7m), found in over 15 per cent of squads, will both have a fixture in the reduced round of matches.

Nottingham Forest beat Bristol City on penalties in their FA Cup fourth-round replay, setting up a fifth-round tie at home to Manchester United. Should they progress to the quarter-finals, or if Luton Town beat Manchester City, their BGW29 fixture will also need to be rescheduled.

The list below shows which fixtures are at risk of being postponed in BGW29, because at least one of the clubs - the clubs in bold text - are involved in the FA Cup and can still reach the quarter-finals.  

BGW29 fixtures at risk of postponement

Arsenal v Chelsea
Brighton
v Man City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Everton v Liverpool
Luton
v Nott'm Forest
Man Utd
v Sheff Utd
Wolves
v Bournemouth

FA Cup fifth-round draw

Monday 26 February
Coventry v Maidstone

Tuesday 27 February
Blackburn v Newcastle
Bournemouth
v Leicester
Luton v Man City

Wednesday 28 February
Chelsea v Leeds
Liverpool v Southampton
Nott'm Forest v Man Utd
Wolves v Brighton

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