It’s another Double Gameweek as both Manchester City and Southampton prepare to play twice over a five-day period.
Whether you’re weighing up using your Wildcard, Free Hit, or simply want to take a punt on one or two of our suggestions, we’ve pulled together an 11-man team of players you should be considering for Double Gameweek 27. Our captaincy suggestion this week is Ilkay Gundogan.
Opta’s stats power the FPL game and help steer the Sky Bet market so what better way to figure out how to build your squad this week? Be warned, Saturday’s deadline is at 11:00 ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley (12:30 kick-off).
Emiliano Martinez: Aston Villa have four straight favourable fixtures and could even have another DGW thrown into the mix with a new date for their rearranged fixture against Everton due. Only Ederson has kept more clean sheets than Martinez’s 13 this term and no goalkeeper has more than his 142 points on FPL. Villa to keep a clean sheet against Wolves is 2/1.
Sergio Reguilon: With an eye on GW29, when only eight teams are in action, it’s worth stacking up on Spurs players. Tottenham have one of the kindest run-ups to that skeleton GW and welcome Crystal Palace this weekend. The Eagles have picked up one point from a possible 21 away at Tottenham since promotion in 2013, and have had just four shots on target in their last three fixtures. Only Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have more assists than Reguilon in the Spurs squad this term.
Joao Cancelo: Man City head into another DGW with back-to-back home ties, but you should resist the urge to fill your City quota with a blank on the horizon (GW29). Pep Guardiola’s rotation is always a risk but Cancelo had a rest in DGW26 and should be fresh going into this double-header. City are due a clean sheet after conceding to West Ham and Wolves, while Cancelo offers your best chance of attacking returns. No City defender has had more shots or shots on target this season (27/8). Cancelo to score any time against United is 17/2.
Matt Targett: Another one worth drafting in now with Villa one of only eight teams playing in GW29. No FPL defender has kept more clean sheets than Targett (14) this season and the Villa man also has three assists to his name. Dean Smith’s side scraped a last-gasp win at Wolves earlier this season and will be confident going into the return fixture against a side who have won just three in 14. Villa to keep a clean sheet against Wolves is 2/1.
Aaron Cresswell: The highest-scoring defender on FPL this season, Cresswell has picked up nine assists, nine clean sheets and 17 bonus points across the 2020/21 campaign. West Ham host Leeds and Arsenal either side of a trip to Old Trafford and only Manchester City boast a better home record this season. Cresswell has a higher xA than any other West Ham player this season.
Ilkay Gundogan: Our captaincy pick. Benched for the 4-1 win over Wolves, Gundogan can expect to start both fixtures in DGW27. Playing in a more attacking role, he has more goals (11) than any of his Manchester City team-mates this season, while only Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have had more shots on target. Gundogan needed just eight minutes off the bench to grab his third FPL assist of the season against Wolves. Gundogan to score first in the Manchester Derby is 4/1.
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Heung-min Son: Another Tottenham player to consider going into a favourable run. Son ranks second in the Spurs squad for goals (13), assists (8) and first for chances created (50). Behind only Bruno Fernandes, he is the second-highest scorer on FPL this season despite not being on penalty duty and was unlucky not to pick up a hat-trick of assists in the recent 4-0 win over Burnley. Son to score first against Palace is 7/2.
Mohamed Salah: Fixtures against Fulham then Wolves in the coming GWs make Salah an obvious choice. He has four goals in his last six GWs and remains the biggest threat in Jurgen Klopp’s team. Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer (17 goals) and has also provided three assists. On penalty duties, too, Liverpool are the only team to receive more than five spot-kicks while maintaining a 100% record from 12 yards. Salah to score two or more against Fulham is 12/5.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Rested against Leicester, Aubameyang should be fresh for the visit to Burnley. Despite having a quieter campaign, Aubameyang still ranks among Arsenal’s biggest chance creators and is behind only Alexandre Lacazette for goals, assists and shots on target this season. His recent hat-trick against Leeds will have surely served as a shot in the arm for the Gunners star. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first and either Arsenal to win 2-1 or Arsenal to win 3-0 is 14/1.
Ollie Watkins: One of eight teams playing in GW29, it’s worth getting Villa players in now with a kind calendar up to GW30. If you fancy Villa to grab some goals in the coming weeks, Watkins is your man. He has more goals (10) and has taken more shots (67) than any of his team-mates, while only Jack Grealish has made more key passes. Pedro Neto and Watkins both to score when Villa face Wolves is 12/1.
Harry Kane: If you didn’t get Kane in ahead of GW26, what were you doing? He was unlucky not to grab at least two against Burnley and now heads into fixtures against Palace, Arsenal, Villa and Newcastle. Not only is he third in the scoring charts (14 goals), Kane is the top provider in the Premier League (11 assists). If that doesn’t convince you, you might need to bring him in simply to cover off your FPL rivals, with 322,647 transferring the Spurs frontman in ahead of DGW26. Kane to score two or more against Palace is 4/1.
Who’s it time to get rid of/avoid?
Bruno Fernandes: The Manchester United man has blanked in successive fixtures and now faces tough matches against in-form sides before United sit out GW29. Our advice: 0ffload for the time being.
Harvey Barnes: Underwent knee surgery on Tuesday after and is expected to be sidelined for a lengthy spell after an injury suffered in the defeat to Arsenal.
Allan Saint-Maximin: Newcastle go into a key period without the Frenchman, who won’t return until April at the earliest after suffering a groin tear.
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