FPLTips Team Selection for FPL DOUBLE Gameweek 26
Posted by FFPundits
11:18pm Feb 25 2021
As one Fantasy Premier League Double Gameweek ends, another opens – but is this the week to activate the Triple Captain chip…
Let’s take a quick look at how FPLtips’ team performed in Double Gameweek 25 and then take a closer look at their transfer plans and captaincy selection for Double Gameweek 26.
Goalkeeper and Defenders
Pope just about kept hold of the clean sheet after some poor finishing from West Brom, who missed 2 big chances.
Mee was passed fit to feature in the 0-0 draw after adhering to the concussion protocols.
Man City restricted Arsenal to just a single effort on target in their professional 1-0 win.
Cancelo went close to doubling the lead with a big chance late on but put his shot inches past the post.
An unfortunate Illan Meslier own goal denied Dallas the clean sheet against Wolves but he has a second chance to earn points against Southampton.
As does Raphinha, who created 3 big chances in the 1-0 defeat, coming away with 2 bonus points for his efforts.
Liverpool suffered a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat but their biggest chance of the night fell to Salah, who drew a superb save from Pickford.
Gundogan made his return from injury against the Gunners but this time it was Sterling who grabbed the headlines; opening the scoring with what turned out to be the decisive goal.
The Englishman had 2 of Man City’s 3 big chances during the match.
Bruno Fernandes had a fairly quiet game for the most part but got a vital touch on Matic’s cross to set up Dan James, and later converted from the penalty spot, to secure his 10th double-digit haul of the season.
The only return amongst the forwards so far has come from Antonio who will remain firmly rooted to the bench.
But there’s still hope for points from Bamford and Adams when Leeds host Southampton in the final match of Gameweek 25.
So now let’s take an early look at the transfer plans ahead of Saturday’s Double Gameweek 26 deadline:
Adams to Calvert-Lewin?
There are 2 free transfers available and one of them will likely see Che Adams make way, after appearing to lose his starting place.
The initial plan, weeks ago, was to sell a big hitter – either Salah or Sterling – and use the funds to bring in Harry Kane.
Maddison and Barnes have both been looking great, so a downgrade to one of those in midfield is definitely an option.
But that route involves hits and a fair bit of surgery and on current form, I’m not convinced Kane is a significantly better option than Salah or Sterling for Double Gameweek 26.
But Sterling’s minutes in the Champions League midweek could cause a re-think.
Calvert-Lewin offers a more straight-forward route and arguably has even better fixtures.
Despite only making 3 appearances in the last 4 Gameweeks; no FPL forward has earned more points in that time than the Englishman (25).
Antonio to Watkins?
Keeping it simple, the second potential transfer could see Antonio make way ahead of some tougher fixtures for West Ham.
Although he could come in handy for Blank Gameweek 29, there’s still the on-going doubt over his fitness.
Ollie Watkins also features in Gameweek 29 but has a Double Gameweek 26 and a potential Double Gameweek 28.
So, despite the absence of Grealish and the impact that is sure to have on Villa, it’s still hard to look passed Watkins for this run.
Over the last 6 Gameweeks, no FPL forward has taken as many shots in total (18), from inside the box (16) or on target (10).
Here’s how the team is set to line up:
Gameweek 26 Preview
Pope doesn’t have the easiest of fixtures but Burnley’s defence-first approach can often frustrate teams in the top half of the table.
Excluding Man City, they’ve conceded just 7 goals in their last 8 matches against top table sides, keeping 3 clean sheets.
Cancelo and Targett make up the back three, with slightly more favourable fixtures.
Man City have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 6 matches, with no side conceding fewer big chances than their 2.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have kept 3 clean sheets and face a Sheffield Utd side that have scored just 5 goals in that time; only West Brom, Spurs and Brighton (each 4) have managed fewer.
Gundogan keeps his place alongside the three big hitters in midfield and in fairness, the German has been performing like a premium pick himself.
Over the last 5 Gameweeks, only Bruno Fernandes (48) has earned more than his 46 FPL points, amongst midfielders.
He ranks level with Sterling on 5 big chances in that time; only Salah has had more – with 6.
No midfielder has taken as many shots in the box as the Egyptian (13) in that time, while only Fernandes and Lingard can equal his 8 efforts on target.
Joining the potential two new signings upfront will be Bamford, who keeps his place as the only single Gameweek player in the XI.
With 2 goals and 3 assists, he ranks joint-top amongst forwards for FPL points in the last 5 Gameweeks – with 30, on par with Jesus.
Prior to the meeting with Southampton, Leeds have scored 10 goals in their last 6 matches; ranking behind only West Ham (12), Man City (14) and Man Utd (17).
Captaincy – Use Triple Captain Chip?
It’s a big Double Gameweek, so we can expect to see lots of chips in-play and having already used the Bench Boost, the plan is to activate the Triple Captain chip.
If you have Harry Kane, he has to be up there as a contender but for me, Bruno Fernandes just edges him.
He’s been such a joy to watch since his arrival in the Premier League, where he’s amassed 23 goals, 20 assists and 307 FPL points in 39 appearances; averaging 7.9 points per game.
Yes, the Chelsea fixture presents some uncertainty and they’ve kept 4 clean sheets in their last 6 matches but that run has included the likes of Wolves, Burnley, Sheffield Utd and Newcastle.
If you could choose any opponent for an attacking player to face right now, Crystal Palace would have to be up there.
They’ve shipped 10 goals in their last 6 matches, with only five teams shipping more.
But even more astounding is the fact they’ve conceded 17 big chances in that time; a league-high figure only matched by Southampton, who at least have the excuse of suffering that freak 9-0 defeat to Man Utd after an early red card.
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