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FPL - GW27 Captaincy

THE DOUBLE GAMEWEEKERS

The only two clubs that double in gameweek 27 are Man City and Southampton. Despite the Saints playing twice in GW27 I can’t help but think the Man City fixture should be written off given the recent form of the two clubs. I’m not sure that any Saints players appeal enough to lump the armband on them for the tie against Sheffield United (A) so won’t be considering any of their players within this article.

Man City, on the other hand, I expect them to beat Southampton comfortably in what will be their second game of the double gameweek. The first game however is a Manchester derby against fierce rivals United, who should be a tougher proposition. That said, City are looking a formidable force at the moment having won their last 15 league matches. It’s safe to say their players will be of interest in GW27, but which should we be targeting with the armband?

 

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8 & 13.3% TSB)

Back to fitness and back to back 90 minutes in the DGW26. When KDB is fit he plays more often than not, he’s probably the most consistent attacking asset when it comes to dodging the Pep roulette. Despite this season going down as a relatively conservative one for him so far given last season’s returns, KDB has still managed 11 assists, created 16 big chances (2nd) but has only 3 goals. He’s certainly due a haul, could gameweek 27 be the week that he delivers?

Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2 & 37.4% TSB)

In the last 13 gameweeks, Gundogan has scored 11 goals and assisted twice, he has been in the form of his life but with KDB back from injury I’m not sure how it will affect Gundogan’s minutes and positioning.  He started the last game against Wolves on the bench but managed to grab himself an assist in the last 30minutes. He will almost certainly play against Manchester United this weekend, there are question marks whether he starts against Southampton, either way I’m certain that given his ownership (37.4%) he will be a popular captaincy option this gameweek.

Ruben Dias (£6.1 & 23.2% TSB)

Despite not keeping a clean sheet in DGW26 Dias still walked away with 12 points thanks to his well-awaited goal against West Ham. Since City drew with West Brom all the way back in GW13 they have won every Premier League match, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process. Dias has been a main-stay in Pep’s defensive line, only missing a match due to injury in GW24. Other than Ederson it seems like Dias is the safest option when it comes to Man City starters, it’s just a question of whether you fancy them to keep clean sheets in double gameweek 27?

Others:

City have scored the most goals (56) and conceded the least (17), they are so well balanced and have incredible depth within the squad. The truth is that they have a number of perfectly capable captaincy options ahead of DGW27, as well as those mentioned above it could be worth considering Sterling, Mahrez, Ederson, Cancelo, Foden and maybe even Aguero. Obviously with exception of Ederson the risk is that they only play in one of the games, but they are all capable of double digits even if they do have their minutes managed.

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THE SINGLE GAMEWEEKERS

If Pep roulette isn’t for you then there are still single gameweek players with appealing fixtures and given that most managers will punt on City assets, they could offer differential qualities too.

Harry Kane (£11.1 & 32.9% TSB) Heung-Min Son (£9.5 & 52.6% TSB) VS Crystal Palace (H)

Kane has 14 goals (3rd) and 11 assists (3rd) to his name this season. He has the most shots out of any player in the league (87) and, despite Spurs’ form being a little up and down of late, has still managed 18 shots in the last five gameweeks (3rd). When Harry Kane scores, more times than not he will also scoop all 3 bonus points, he’s currently sat on 18 bonus points (3rd) for the season so far. Kane was highly owned for double gameweek 26 with a high number of managers trusting him with the triple captain chip, given the chances that he was presented with and missed I’m sure there’ll be many choosing not to trust him again this week, but Harry Kane is the best finisher in the league on his day and could easily walk away with a haul in GW27.

Son hasn’t been in good form of late but did manage two assists against Burnley in GW26 and was unlucky not to get the assist for Spurs’ goal against Fulham. Similar to Kane, Son can haul on any given day and out of the Spurs attacking duo has the better goal scoring record against Crystal Palace in recent years. In the last five Premier League games against The Eagles, Son has scored three goals to Kane’s two.

If Spurs turn up against Palace, I’m certain that they can dismantle them. Palace have conceded 43 goals (5th worst), 380 shots (3rd worst) and only managed 5 clean sheets so far this season. In the last ten gameweeks, Hodgson’s men have conceded 177 shots (3rd worst) but did manage to hold Man United to a 0-0 draw in GW26.

Mo Salah (£12.6 & 41.0% TSB) VS Fulham (H)

The reverse fixture finished in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage, Salah got the goal for Liverpool that day. With 17 goals he remains the league’s top goalscorer and despite the general feel that he’s taken a dip in form of late he has still scored 4 goals (1st), has an xG of 4.30 (1st) and had 21 shots (1st) over the last five gameweeks, so his underlying stats suggest that we shouldn’t be too worried about sticking the armband on him. Liverpool go up against a Fulham team that’s fighting for their lives at the moment, even in games that they’ve lost they have given a really good account of themselves. I expect Fulham to make it a difficult game for an out of form Liverpool team who will be boosted by the return of Diogo Jota.

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THE DIFFERENTIALS

Those managers looking for a real captaincy punt might want to consider this pair with their armband.

Michel Antonio (£6.5 & 10.8% TSB) Jesse Lingard (£6.0 & 5.6% TSB) VS Leeds (H)

Antonio has 7 goals and 3 assists to his name so far this season, which is pretty impressive given that he’s only started in 15 games. Two of those goals have come in recent weeks with goals against Tottenham and Man City in GW25 and GW26, proof that the speedy striker can score against anybody. The Hammers go up against Leeds in GW27, a team who have conceded 63 big chances (3rd worst) this season, they have also conceded 234 shots in the box (4th worst) an area that Antonio seems to flourish in.

Since arriving on loan from Man United Lingard has five returns from five games with 3 goals and 2 assists. In the five gameweeks he has accumulated 39 FPL points despite playing a game less than most given that West Ham did not double in GW26. Lingard could prove to be a massive differential captain in GW27, but it would take a brave man to stick the armband on him. West Ham are in a rich vein of form, currently sat in 5th position, I expect Lingard to cause Leeds some serious problems with his movement in and around the box.

 

MY CAPTAINCY PICK

At the moment, I'm leaning towards either Ruben Dias or Harry Kane for my GW27 captaincy, my bus team has the armband on Dias. Given how close Manchester derby games have been in recent years I wouldn't be surprised if it ended 0-0 which would see Dias bank a clean sheet and possible bonus points, I'm also expecting City to keep a clean sheet against Southampton. Two Ruben Dias clean sheets would be 24 points which I'd be delighted with. On the other hand, Kane could get a bag of goals against Crystal Palace at home so also appeals. 

 

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