Hot or Not - Gameweek 27
Posted by FFP-Danny
4:30pm Mar 3 2017
Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in the world of Fantasy Premier League for Gameweek 27?
Hello and welcome to my latest ‘Who’s HOT and who’s NOT’ article, where i’ll be assessing which players are likely to keep your arrows green, and who you might want to consider replacing.
Gameweek 26 saw Leicester bite back as they saw off Liverpool in their first game since the departure of Claudio Ranieri. Elsewhere, West Brom recorded yet another victory to further cement their place in the top half, and Crystal Palace came out on top in the relegation six-pointer against Middlesbrough.
Gameweek 27 sees two of the Premier League’s traditional heavyweights go toe-to-toe as Liverpool welcome Arsenal, while Leicester will be looking to record a second successive home victory as they take on Hull.
It’s also well worth noting that Manchester City have two fixtures in Gameweek 27 – something which is sure to put a spanner in the works for many of you FPL obsessives out there. To tinker or not to tinker?
As always, I wish all FPL managers the very best of luck!
Alfie Mawson – Swansea
The young defender is flourishing under new boss Paul Clement, and despite a somewhat predictable defeat at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 26, the Swans are winning the battle to secure their Premier League status for another year.
Gameweek 27 sees Mawson and co. take on Burnley at the Liberty Stadium. The Clarets are still awaiting their first Premier League win away from home this season, so this is a game in which the home side will look to take maximum points.
What’s more, Mawson has been on the score sheet in each of Swansea’s last two home games, and remains a rare selection – featuring in just 1.3% of teams – despite his low-cost and excellent form.
Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
It’s a double Gameweek for Manchester City in Gameweek 27, as they travel to Sunderland on Sunday, followed by a home fixture against Stoke on Wednesday. This means it’s a great opportunity to load up on City players if possible – especially as these are both games you would expect them to win.
Sterling is on good form, with four assists and one goal in his last five games. As a result, his popularity is rising and the England man is now selected by 13.9% of FPL managers at the time of publishing this article.
He is a tad pricey at £7.9m, but given the opportunity to score big in Gameweek 27, I think he’s well worth a punt.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester City
Following the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester seem to have rediscovered some form. Their impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Gameweek 26 was reminiscent of the sort of displays that carried them to glory last season.
If the Foxes are to go on a run and haul themselves away from danger, the form of Jamie Vardy will be key. The England striker looked back to his best in Gameweek 26, as he netted twice in a tireless display – which led many to question why he and so many of his teammates appeared to down tools towards the end of Ranieri’s reign.
At £9.6m, Vardy is very expensive when you consider the overall poor season he has had. However, Leicester take on Hull at the King Power in Gameweek 27 in a game they can ill afford to lose. A home win and another match-winning display from Vardy is most certainly on the cards.
Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool
Liverpool are having a woeful 2017. Jurgen Klopp’s side were heavily criticised for their abject performance at Leicester in Gameweek 26 and have Arsenal to come in Gameweek 27.
This is a fixture which always provides goals aplenty, so leaving any defenders in from either Arsenal or Liverpool carries significant risk.
Clyne features in over 9% of FPL teams but has only managed one clean sheet in seven. A straight-swap for Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia looks a great shout for Gameweek 27, as Jose Mourinho’s side face a struggling Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
Robert Snodgrass – West Ham
The Scotland midfielder has had an underwhelming start to his West Ham career, registering just one assist in his first four appearances. Whilst at Hull, Snodgrass was proving to be one of the bargains of the season, but since moving to East London in January the points have dried up slightly.
The Hammers take on a Chelsea side next who are refusing to budge at the top of the Premier League, so this perhaps isn’t the best opportunity for him to have a high-scoring Gameweek – on paper at least.
Still a good cheap option at £5.8m, however if you have some extra cash to play with it may be a good idea to look elsewhere.
Alvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough
The Spanish striker is hopelessly out of form. Scoring goals has been Middlesbrough’s Achilles heel all season, having failed to find the net in 12 of their 26 games – a record which has left the teetering on the brink of the relegation zone.
Next up for Aitor Karanka’s side is a trip to Stoke, who have only conceded two in their last four home games.
Despite the goal drought, Negredo remains a popular choice with FPL bosses, featuring in over 12% of teams. However, his Spanish compatriot, Fernando Llorente, is on better form, netting three in his last five and is the same price at £6.3m.
In Gameweek 27, Llorente’s Swansea have a home fixture against a Burnley side with the worst away record in the Premier League. So, on that basis, a straight swap looks a no-brainer!
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Hot or Not – Gameweek 27’ which was written by @DannyBryan27
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