With the Gameweek 34 deadline looming on Friday evening, Official Fantasy Premier League have now confirmed FPL Double Gameweek 35 and FPL Blank Gameweek 36.
Due to UK Government guidance that is set to allow supporters attend matches from the week beginning May 17, Gameweek 37 has been pushed back in the calendar – from the weekend of May 15 to the midweek beginning May 18.
That weekend will now host Gameweek 36, beginning on Friday, May 14. The rescheduled Gameweek 36 clashes with the FA Cup final.
The midweek originally hosting Gameweek 36 is now free to include two previously-unscheduled ‘leftover’ fixtures, along with the two matches displaced by the cup showpiece between Chelsea and Leicester.
Those four games are now officially part of Double Gameweek 35.
The blank bank
Eight teams now have a double set of fixtures in Gameweek 35; Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester, Manchester United and Southampton.Villa, Palace, Everton and Southampton – the four teams who were waiting on a fixture rearrangement – will also play in Blank Gameweek 36.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man Utd – whose fixtures needed to move because of the clash between GW36 and the FA Cup final – do not have a fixture in Blank Gameweek 36.
The rescheduled fixtures have just been announced but we don't yet know if/how the FPL deadlines will be changed.
'Matchweeks' 36 and 37 have been pushed back.
If the Gameweek 36 and 37 deadlines are both pushed back then we'll get this schedule: pic.twitter.com/WW0Ad5uGJ9
— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) April 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Gameweek 37 will now begin on Tuesday, May 18. A deadline for GW37 has not yet been decided by Official FPL.
The final matchround of the season, Gameweek 38, remains with a 14.30 [UK time] deadline on Sunday, May 23.
When the chips are down
The Double Gameweek 35 deadline remains at 18:30 [UK time] on Friday, May 7.
With just a week to prepare for this schedule reconfiguration, the strategy for Fantasy managers could come down to how many – if any – chips you have left to use.
Either of DGW35 or BGW36 look ripe for the ‘free hit’, depending on the current make-up of your squad. The ‘bench boost’ chip could serve users well in Double Gameweek 35, though rotation is undoubtedly going to be an issue considering the tight turnaround between games.
Those with a ‘wildcard’ remaining will have to plan carefully around Blank Gameweek 36, while any ‘triple captain’ holders are set to be eyeing up the double gameweek.
With games against West Brom (H) and Chelsea (a) before a blank, the best advice on Arsenal assets is to assess the Gunners after their Europa League semi-final second leg next Thursday.
That same logic applies to Chelsea, who welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge next Wednesday for their Champions League semi-final second leg. Blues defender Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m) has already been ruled out of Gameweek 34. Thomas Tuchel’s side play away to Manchester City before that trip to Arsenal in Double Gameweek 35.
📢Thomas Tuchel on Kovacic and injuries: "No [Mateo is not back]. He trained but still not fully comfortable.
— Colm Hayes (@ColmVHayes) April 30, 2021
Leicester players are already hot property in FPL, not least Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m), who has nine goals and an assist since fully breaking into the Foxes’ starting XI in Double Gameweek 26. Brendan Rodgers’ side take on Newcastle at home in Double Gameweek 35 before travelling to Man United three days before the FA Cup final.
United have an away day at Aston Villa before facing the Foxes. Having won 6-2 against Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may see fit to give star names such as Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) a breather for the away tie in Italy next week.
As previously alluded to, all of the four teams mentioned above do not have a fixture in Blank Gameweek 36.
Aston Villa face Man Utd and Everton at home in DGW35 before a trip to Crystal Palace in BGW36. Ollie Watkins (£6.6m) may gain some attention in attack but the Villa defence – especially Emi Martinez (£5.4m) – could prove more popular. However, Dean Smith’s side are without a clean sheet since Gameweek 27.
Unlikely men Crystal Palace have ended up with an attractive three-game stretch from Double Gameweek 35, with fixtures against Sheffield United (a), Southampton (a) and Villa (H). Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) could attract plenty of suitors, while Roy Hodgson’s squad boasts plenty of budget defenders for those willing to take a punt. Tyrick Mitchell (£3.8m) is currently being kept out of the Eagles XI by Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m).
A Blank Gameweek 36 tie at home to Sheffield United is set to put Everton assets firmly on the radar. The Toffees first travel to West Ham and Aston Villa in Double Gameweek 36. Richarlison (£7.8m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) and Lucas Digne (£6.1m) are likely to be well sought after, while the penalty-taking FPL legend Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) could turn a few heads.
Southampton travel to Liverpool in DGW35, with a home fixture against Crystal Palace followed by another St Mary’s outing against Fulham in BGW36. Danny Ings (£8.4m) is currently injured, meaning Che Adams (£5.7m) should rack up minutes, at least. James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) will now have sole control of penalty duties – if he didn’t already – while Saints defenders are probably going to well down the Fantasy shopping list.
Stay tuned to the Hub next week for plenty more content around Double Gameweek 35 and Blank Gameweek 36.