Four Premier League games that were supposed to take place in Gameweek 32 were officially postponed today due to the clash with the FA Cup semi-finals that same weekend.

The fixtures are:

Aston Villa versus Manchester City
Chelsea versus Brighton and Hove Albion
Leicester City versus West Bromwich Albion
Southampton versus Crystal Palace

There doesn’t seem to be any risk of an empty game week, however – a free midweek following game week 32 is simply expected to accommodate those postponed games.

So far, only the fixtures up to Gameweek 31 have been selected for the TV show, so there is likely to be a delay in setting new dates.

Two more Premier League games that had previously been canceled – Aston Villa versus Everton and Tottenham Hotspur versus Southampton – stay excellent too.

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Another game, another Ilkay Gundogan (£ 6.1m) Goal out of or around the opponent’s six yard box.

The German showed up to give Manchester City the lead after 84 minutes of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Everton Aymeric Laporte (£ 6.0m) hit the hosts crossbar.

Gundogan was reassuredly put in as the more adventurous “number eight” and not further back in the double pivot (as was the case in the game against Southampton in Gameweek 27). He appeared in a number of threatening positions on Merseyside – although his goal was his only attempt in the game.

Winger Phil Foden (£ 6.1m) and Raheem Sterling (£ 11.4m) dominated the number of shots as Pep Guardiola’s final rotary saw Joao Cancelo (£ 6.1m), John Stones (£ 5.3m), Riad Mahrez (£ 8.1m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£ 11.9m) on the bench.

The Belgian was a late replacement for City’s double lead and was racing to put the tie to bed.

Everton saw little of the ball, but arguably had the better chances, with the Toffees posing a threat from set games and Richarlison (£ 8.0m) see more opportunities again than strike partners Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£ 7.6m).

Budget FPL goalkeeper Joao Virginia (£ 4.3m) was between the posts but Carlo Ancelotti expects both Robin Olsen (£ 4.5m) and Jordan Pickford (£ 4.8m) as well as wingers James Rodriguez (£ 7.7m) to be fit after the international break.

Kelechi IheanachoThe glowing form (£ 5.7m) continued when he scored a brace in Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Manchester United.

The Nigerian displayed predatory instincts to pounce on a Fred (£ 5.3m) Failure to resolve the deadlock before rounding off the rating when nodding in a Marc Albrighton (£ 5.2m) free kick.

Iheanacho also claimed support for Youri Tielemans‘(£ 6.5m) effort and would have had another to his name had strike partners Jamie Vardy (£ 10.1m), who scored only once in 2021, never missed a one-on-one chance in the second half.

Brendan Rodgers said of his formid striker, who now scores nine goals in as many games:

You can now see his confidence. He is at the top of his game. It’s a different structure [up front]. Kelechi is probably best with someone up there with him. These two work very well.

James MaddisonThe imminent return (£ 7.1m) need not be a worry for Iheanachos owners in FPL as it very likely will Ayoze Perez (£ 6.0m) Make way in ‘the hole’ if Rodgers stays with a 3-4-1-2.

How Harvey Barnes (£ 6.7m) re-incorporated into the side is another issue although the young winger is a long way from making a comeback.

Anthony Martial (£ 8.6m) and Edinson Cavani (£ 7.8m) both returned after injuring the visitors though Marcus Rashford (£ 9.5m) missed; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after full-time the striker will “maybe” be fit for England, despite scans showing an injury.

Mason Greenwood (£ 7.0m) scored United’s only goal with Bruno Fernandes (£ 11.5m) and Luke Shaw (£ 5.2m) among the players rested for Sunday’s clash and were only followed for the last half hour by the Red Devils who were watching the match.

Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their last seven games with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United. Only once in the club’s history have they managed a long series of consecutive failures.

Investing in the blues in good shape backline is extremely tempting ahead of Gameweek 30, but Thomas Tuchel has us guessing what his defense will look like from week to week César Azpilicueta (£ 5.8m) finally got a breather and forgot about a man Emerson Palmieri (£ 4.7m) moved into the last three – though how much can be read into an FA Cup roster is another question.

Sheffield United should have spoiled that record without conceding a goal David McGoldrick (£ 5.2m) missed the Blades’ blatant chances, and Tuchel cited fatigue as the reason the hosts looked atypically porous on the back:

After 14 games in a row, I could feel that we were tired and that we made a lot of small mistakes. We were fortunate enough to clean a clean sheet in the second half, but I think it’s the first time in our 14 games that we’ve looked tired. It is important to go through in the cup and that was the goal and we achieved it.

Ben Chilwell (£ 5.8m) claimed the templates for both Oliver Norwood‘s (£ 4.5m) own goal and Hakim Ziyech‘s (£ 7.9m) later clincher.

There was positive news for the owners of Edouard Mendy (£ 5.1m), while Tuchel confirmed full-time that the goalkeeper was not leaving to represent Senegal for dental surgery during the international break.

Southampton put their sad league form aside as they drove past the championship team Bournemouth and into the final four.

Nathan Redmond (£ 6.4m) was reinstated “out of position” Che Adams (£ 5.8m) up front and starring, scoring two goals and preparing Moussa Djenepo‘s (£ 5.4m) opener with a slide rule pass.

Danny Ings (£ 8.4m) is expected to be available after the international hiatus to tarnish the waters as the Saints attack.

Fraser Forster (£ 4.0m) was again preferred for the fourth time in five games in all competitions Alex McCarthy (£ 4.5m) between the posts.

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