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Only eight teams play in our second major blank game-week of this season.

Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion lies down behind the wall as he defends a free kick - Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Despite some of the big names, Brighton’s midfielder Trossard offers good potential for this blank game-week.
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We’re back with our 2nd blank game-week of the season, with just the eight teams playing making up games (or making up for crashing out of the FA Cup). Even though the blanks will give all us fantasy managers headaches, at least there are still games to keep us occupied as we head into an international break to wrap the month, the Premier League resuming in April.


Friday

Fulham vs Leeds

This is our one match that should give us confirmed lineups before the Fantrax deadline. Please join us in the comments during countdown hour for coverage.

No new injury problems for Fulham, with forward Bobby Decordova-Reid not due back until April. Leeds talisman Patrick Bamford is a slight doubt for this one, although the comments from Bielsa suggest that he should be fit enough to feature. Fellow forward Rodrigo is also a slight doubt. Fulham has improved lately, so this is tight to call.

Prediction: 1-1


Saturday

Brighton vs Newcastle

The Seagulls have a few injuries at the back, with Lamptey and Webster out and Burn struggling after coming off early last week. Dunk and Trossard are the players catching everyone’s eye for this game-week; Newcastle struggles with firepower, and Calum Wilson is very unlikely to feature. Elsewhere, Saint-Maximin is out and Almiron struggling for match fitness.

Prediction: 2-1


Sunday

West Ham vs Arsenal

A tasty London Derby fixture! West Ham has been in great form this season, now reaching for European football next season. The Hammers do have a couple of injury concerns at the back, with Masuaku and Fredricks unlikely to feature, whilst Ogbonna is a long-term injury. Arsenal will be hoping to welcome back Saka and Willian after they sat out the Europa League match last night. Talisman PEA played the whole 90 in a strong Gunners side, but Lacazette was afforded a rest.

Prediction: 2-2

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham

It’s looking unlikely that Villa skipper Jack Grealish will be ready for this one after having been sidelined for the last five game-weeks. Elsewhere, Bertrand Traoré is a slight doubt after coming off early last time out. Spurs are in the middle of a crisis after following up their North London derby defeat with a 120-minute 3-0 knockout loss away at Zagreb in the Europa League last night. It’s worth noting that players such as Kane ran the entire 120 mins, so with only two days off between matches, they may suffer or even rest this game. Son Heung-Min is unlikely to feature after pulling his hamstring last week.

Prediction: 2-1

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What are your predictions for this game-week? How are you handling the blanks across your various fantasy teams? Whom will you captain in FPL? Please let us know your thoughts and comments below, and be here for lineups in the countdown hour!

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