FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 27

7:52am Mar 3 2017

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks and Tips to help maximise your Gameweek 27 FPL score

Good day and as ever, welcome to Gameweek 27’s Captaincy Picks and Tips article where games this week are the reverse fixtures to the opening day of the Premier League season.

Some interesting fixtures this week at both ends of the table and here’s hoping for a successful Gameweek for our captaincy selections.

As usual, we have our 3 regular picks and a gamble, who I have to say, has been very difficult to pick this week. However, despite that, our pick is sure to be a handful this weekend and will hopefully put in a good performance for any FPL managers brave enough to take the plunge and captain him, but more on that later.

Please note – some of you may find it strange that we haven’t picked Sergio Aguero as our number 1 pick for Gameweek 27, so let us briefly explain why.

Well, the reason being is that he’s currently dominating our Gameweek 27 Captains Poll article with 51% of the overall vote due to Manchester City’s DOUBLE Gameweek, so we, or any other FPL advice site don’t need to tell you WHY you should captain Aguero, or any other Manchester City player for that matter.

Pick 1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Man United

  • £11.5m
  • 36.1%
  • 0
  • Bournemouth (H)

Where else can we possibly start – up first is Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic who returns to Premier League action after his heroics for United in the EFL Cup final last week, where he bagged 2 goals including the winner in the Red Devils’ 3-2 win over Southampton at Wembley.

As Zlatan famously pointed out in his interview after the game last Sunday, he came to United for free and what a piece of business by Jose Mourinho as in my opinion, Zlatan is the signing of the season so far and at 35 years old, he he continues to age like a fine wine.

The big Swede is priced at a pretty hefty £11.5m, nevertheless he been worth every penny so far this season. United face an out of form Bournemouth at Old Trafford this Saturday lunchtime and the Cherries are bang out of form.

Burnley have conceded 20 goals in their last 7 league games and unsurprisingly not winning a game in the process – With this in mind, I can see Zlatan running riot this weekend and treating himself to a 10+ points tally.

He has 15 league goals to his name this season and an impressive FPL points tally of 145 points and fully expect him to break well clear of the 150 point mark this weekend.

United are in amazing form at the moment – unbeaten in 16 league matches and still in with a chance of adding the Europa League and FA Cup to their Community Shield and EFL Cup victories already this season.

The Premier League title is slightly beyond their realistic reach in my opinion and with that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mourinho decided to rest Zlatan in one or two games as the season progresses.

Having said that, I can’t see that happening this week as United have a chance to gate-crash the top 4 with 4th and 5th placed Arsenal and Liverpool facing off at Anfield on Saturday evening, and United could be in the top 4 by the time this game kicks off.

I really wish Ibrahimovic had come to England a few years ago because the entertainment he is providing us with on the pitch and in his interviews off it really is  absolute box office standard, however, we have to enjoy it while it lasts and hopefully he will sign a contract extension at Old Trafford to stay in England another year.

Due to Manchester City’s double Gameweek 27 against Sunderland and Stoke City, Zlatan Ibramimovic is likely to remain a captaincy differential this weekend and has only 13% of the total votes in our Captains Poll.

Pick 2

Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton

  • £6.7m
  • 6.5%
  • 0
  • Watford (A)

Next up is another man who scored twice at Wembley last weekend – Southampton’s Italian goal machine, Manolo Gabbiadini who would have had a hat-trick in the Saints’ 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final were it not for a poor decision from the linesman.

Still, it was another excellent performance who has taken to English football like a duck to water since his £17m club record move from Napoli in the January transfer window.

Gabbiadini has 3 Premier League goals to his name this season, on top of his brace last week and is averaging 10 FPL points per game. What an absolute bargain he is at just £6.7m; strike while the iron is hot because there is no doubt his price tag will continue to rise if he carries on his excellent goal scoring form for Southampton.

Southampton travel to Vicarage Road this weekend for a game against Watford who have won just twice in their last 11 Premier League outings. Furthermore, given Southampton’s impressive form since Gabbiadini joined the team and Watford’s poor form of late, I can’t see beyond a comfortable away win for The Saints.

If Gabbiadini carries on banging the goals in for Southampton, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Liverpool making a summer offer for the Italian – we all know how much they like to buy players from the Saints! We will see.

Pick 3

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

  • £10.3m
  • 32.0%
  • 5
  • West Ham (A)

Our last regular pick is Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard who will be hoping to help Chelsea continue West Ham’s misery at home against the big teams on Monday night.

The Hammers have lost 4-0 to Manchester City, 2-0 to Manchester United and 5-1 to Arsenal already this season at their new London Stadium home. They also lost to Chelsea convincingly in the EFL Cup on their own patch this season, so surely a comfortable away win is the order of the day on Monday?

Hazard is valued at £10.3m and has 152 FPL points to his name this season, so the Belgian midfielder is a competent and reliable selection for your FPL teams.

With Chelsea not having to juggle their domestic duties with European football this season, they have thrived in the Premier League this season and look likely to regain the Premier League title. Their cause has been massively helped by Eden Hazard, who has returned to form after a dire 2015/16 campaign.

He has 10 goals and 4 assists to date this season and has been given a slightly more advanced role due to Antonio Conte’s introduction of a 3-4-3 formation at Stamford Bridge. Many teams have tried stealing this set up, however, only Tottenham have come close to matching the Blues success in this formation.

I don’t think West Ham will be able to cope with Hazard and co on Monday night, so it really wouldn’t surprise me to see a similar scoreline to those the Hammers have met when facing the big teams – an away win with Hazard to score looks likely.

Finally, Hazard has quite strangely been transferred out of over 10,000 teams for this gameweek and so his TSB% is lower than usual so you could you could capitalise on this statistic by captaining Eden Hazard – if you’re brave enough to avoid a Manchester City player as captain that is…

The Gamble

Peter Crouch – Stoke City

  • £4.9m
  • 6.1%
  • 1
  • Middlesbrough (H)

Last but by no means least is our gamble, Stoke City forward Peter Crouch who has rolled back the years recently with a string of impressive performances for Stoke.

The Potters face an out of form Middlesbrough side at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with the away side winless in their last 9 matches.

The Teessiders have conceded only 9 goals during this run, with the majority of their defeats coming by the odd goal so, Crouchy won’t have it easy against a stubborn Boro defence this weekend, that’s for sure. Having said that, Boro have scored only 3 goals in their last 9 games so I would expect Stoke to sneak it by the odd goal.

Crouch is valued at just £4.9m so could be that cheap 3rd  striker you need to be able to afford the likes of Kane, Costa, Zlatan and Aguero.

The good thing about Crouch is that he is getting regular game time and usually could be a reliable addition to your starting XI, or first sub in case a player you start doesn’t play. That isn’t the case this week though as Stoke have a double Gameweek 27 so, start with Crouch and I think he’ll get you some above average returns

He has only 4 league goals and 54 FPL to his name this season but he has only began to start games recently and so I think both these tallies will rise. Stoke will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday after their 4-0 demolition from Spurs at White Hart Lane last week, and I think they will do exactly that.

With just 6% ownership and very few people who will think of Crouch as their captain for this weekend, taking a gamble and giving Crouchy the armband could be very smart and rewarding as a result, yet equally as risky and outrageous. Food for thought anyway…

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 27’ which was written by @holtdaniel123

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