The Premier League is entering the crucial run-in stage and the race is heating up.

Not only is this period pivotal in real life, it could also have a massive bearing on the final complexion of fantasy football leagues across the world.

As clubs look to fulfil their fixtures before the final gameweek, plenty of clubs are contending with double gameweeks, which, while gruelling for the likes of Pep Guardiola or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are good news for fantasy football managers.

So what exactly is a double gameweek, how does it affect your fantasy football team and when are they?

What is a double gameweek?

A double gameweek is, as the name suggests, a gameweek in which a team or teams are are scheduled to play two matches instead of the usual one.

Double gameweeks happen when fixtures are postponed and rearranged for a later date. The postponement of a clubs’ fixtures causes blank gameweeks for those concerned.

Reasons for delaying or changing fixtures varies, but it is usually to avoid congestion or clashes with competitions such as the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Champions League.

If managed cleverly, a double gameweek can be fertile ground for harvesting points, because it means that players can potentially double their points haul.

When are the double gameweeks in 2018-19?

Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19

The 2018-19 season is approaching a conclusion with only a few games left to play but there are still a few double gameweeks to be aware of when selecting your fantasy football team.

Gameweek 32

Gameweek 32 has been confirmed as a double gameweek for 10 teams, which can be seen in the table below:

Club Fixture One Fixture Two
Brighton Southampton (H) Chelsea (A)
Cardiff City Chelsea (H) Man City (A)
Chelsea Cardiff City (A) Brighton (H)
Crystal Palace Huddersfield (H) Tottenham (A)
Fulham Man City (H) Watford (A)
Man City Fulham (A) Cardiff City (H)
Man Utd Watford (H) Wolves (A)
Tottenham Liverpool (A) Crystal Palace (H)
Watford Man Utd (A) Fulham (H)
Wolves Burnley (A) Man Utd (H)

Gameweek 32 may be happy hunting ground for Manchester City, who face two teams who are fighting against relegation, so it could be a good idea to consider the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Other high scoring players worth picking for this week are Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty.

Gameweek 34

Two teams will have double gameweeks in matchday 34 and they can be seen below:

Club Fixture One Fixture Two
Brighton Bournemouth (H) Cardiff City (H)
Cardiff City Burnley (A) Brighton (A)

Brighton and Cardiff City are both in action twice on Gameweek 34. While neither club are exactly stellar in terms of fantasy football point-scoring, they do have players who score reasonably well.

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Defender Shane Duffy is one of Brighton’s best scorers in fantasy football thanks to his aerial threat from set-pieces and already has five goals to his name this season. Glenn Murray, meanwhile, is just ahead of Duffy in the points charts, but he has struggled to hit the net in recent weeks. Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is a good option, as is midfielder Victor Camarasa.

Gameweek 35

Double gameweeks have been confirmed for eight teams in gameweek 35, including Arsenal, Man City and Man United.

Club Fixture One Fixture Two
Arsenal Crystal Palace (H) Wolves (A)
Brighton Wolves (A) Tottenham (A)
Man City Tottenham (H) Man Utd (A)
Man Utd Everton (A) Man City (H)
Southampton Newcastle United (A) Watford (A)
Tottenham Man City (A) Brighton (H)
Watford Huddersfield (A) Southampton (H)
Wolves Brighton (H) Arsenal (H)

As you can see in the table above, gameweek 35 is a difficult one for Man City, who face Spurs and city rivals United. With that in mind, it may be wise to minimise the number of City players you choose.

It is similarly difficult for United and Spurs, but Arsenal come up against Palace and Wolves, teams they should be able to overcome. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are obvious options here.