Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 27
Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 27. Surely nobody will be captaining a player who doesn’t wear the light blue of Manchester City this week???! They have a double gameweek to look forward to and whilst it’s a slightly sudden and unexpected one it is surely a prime one with it being against Sunderland and Stoke. Indeed you could make a case for it being the best one this season looking at the potential ones ahead and we suspect there will be a good few Triple Captain armbands waved around this week as a result. The only, and main, problem with that is of course the risk of rotation. City have two league games in four days followed swiftly by an FA Cup game at the weekend and then a huge Champions League one in midweek and then another league game the weekend after against Liverpool, meaning six games in nineteen days beginning last night, or just over one every three days! You pick them at your peril, all we can do is say which ones we would have assuming that they did actually play. However, if you do decide to not risk the light blue rotation, and who could forgive you, then don’t forget that there are actually some other options this week, and good ones too. We have tried to balance the article out accordingly and have three or four to pick from each side of the fence.
Ok so let’s start with those who don’t fancy riding the rotation risk…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Bournemouth (H)
But that’s enough about me and Ibra, I’m supposed to be putting forward a case as to why you should captain him. Many fantasy managers benched Ibra last week ahead of his game against Bournemouth this week so I thought to myself that this would be an easy case to make. Defensively Bournemouth have made my task pretty easy, they’ve conceded 11 in their last four away games and if we look back a little further they’ve conceded 20 in their last eight away games. They have only kept two clean sheets away from home all season while they rank 7th worse for goal attempts conceded in their penalty area and 8th worse for goal attempts conceded from outside their area. Essentially they’re dire away from home. From an attacking point of view United are making me sweat a little. They’ve scored just five in their last four home games and 11 in their last eight. Over the season they rank 3rd for shots on target (home games) so they’re problem certainly isn’t creating the chances. While Ibra has been more clinical on his travels it’s worth noting that he leads the way for goal attempts on target a home. In effect it comes down to a team who creates lots of chances but takes a low % of them to a team who doesn’t defend very well. Fresh from their League Cup success and in the knowledge, that Liverpool continue to stutter I fully expect a Swedish masterclass at lunchtime on Saturday.
Diego Costa West Ham (A)
Harry Kane Everton (H)
And now for those who do… All in on City!
Well ok maybe not all in, let’s not forget that as a direct result of this DGW they then miss out in GW28 so you have to think carefully and balance your plans for that one against your ambitions for this. The strength of your bench along with your squad numbers for GW28 may well be key as to whether you can make the most of this one, or indeed choose to. Let’s take a look at the options for the armband should you want to…
No surprise that Sergio tops our list of City picks. If we asked you back in GW1 who you would be most likely to put your precious Triple Captain armband on, given any DGW, the answer would probably have been Aguero. If we mentioned that the games themselves would be against a Sunderland side bottom of the league and a Stoke side who have conceded 4 on 6 occasions this season already and have almost exclusively capitulated against the top 6 teams then we’d bet you’d have bitten our hand off. Well here we present you with just that very opportunity. Dare you not take it? The argument FOR is basically all of the above plus the evidence of what he did to Monaco last week, proving once again that he is vital to City’s chances, if only Pep would let him be so. Another brace against Huddersfield reserves will only strengthen his case. It matters not the opposition at this point, it’s more that he’s on the pitch (always helps, Pep) and that he’s in rude health and form. The argument AGAINST? Probably just rotation. It’s difficult to analyse his recent stats as he was of course jettisoned for a higher being just recently but that didn’t last long as the promised one was struck down in true Biblical fashion and tradition. With a metatarsal injury.
Would you trust any other City player with the Triple Armband knowing that you could alternatively wait for say a Sanchez or a Costa or an Ibra to land on a nice DGW? Probably not. But would you captain one? Probably, yes. Now the main question here is why you aren’t just jumping on Kun but there will be some who either just plain don’t fancy it or just aren’t in a situation to bring him in without some major team surgery. Or some combination of the above two. Is he really worth a -8 only to see him rested in one of them? That’s the chance you take and it’s not a decision we can make for you.
If you don’t have him then perhaps you will simply look to bring in one of the more affordable midfield options and we think that there are three main candidates who you should be looking at here –
At just £7.8m Sterling is certainly attainable for most and he too is in good form with his two assists against Huddersfield adding to a goal and an assist against Monaco as well as 4 assists and a goal in his last 4 Premier League games. So that’s 7 assists and 2 goals in his last 6 outings. That’s the sort of form that gets you game time under Pep and as such we think he will probably play both games. The most likely scenario is that he then gets rested in the FA Cup game ahead of the Monaco tie such is his importance to the cause right now. He’d probably be our pick for the armband out of the City contingent if you didn’t have Aguero.
Sane seems to have settled in finally and is showing the sort of form that he did in Germany which persuaded City to fork out £37m for his services. After very few appearances early on and the odd substitute cameo he has now begun to rack up the appearances as he has started 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions and in that sequence he has managed 4 goals and 3 assists. A bit like Sterling then he feels like part of Pep’s main furniture now and we expect he will be handed starts in both the Premier League games and at £7.5m he’s even more affordable.
Kevin De Bruyne
Unlike Sane, KDB has been getting the minutes. Like him though he only seems to have come to life very recently. His stats, his overall positioning and his price are what puts him as basically our 4th choice though. He has 2 goals and assist in his last 4 Premier League games which has somewhat brought him back to our attention and he’s probably been more consistent over the course of the season than the aforementioned three players with 4 goals and 12 assists in total. He is playing deeper than the others though as they all basically make up the main front three at the moment. His price is much steeper than his two ‘midfield’ compatriots at £10.5m too meaning that actually bringing him in is more of a task in itself. Given his steady consistency and that he is on corners and set-pieces though, we would captain him if you already had him and had none of the other three to pick from. We shall leave you with that emphatic endorsement!
Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 27. This article was written by Kop Warrior and inittowinit
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