FPLTips' Team Selection - Gameweek 27
Posted by FFPundits
8:55pm Feb 19 2019
FPLtips are planning and preparing their Fantasy Premier League team for the upcoming BLANKS and DOUBLE Gameweeks
The initial plan was to bring Aubameyang in for Gameweek 27, ahead of back-to-back home fixtures – but after Wolves advanced to the FA Cup Quarter Finals, we now know that themselves and Arsenal will be without a Premier League fixture in Gameweek 31.
To leave open the option of using the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 32, for the Double Gameweek, the new plan will be to only bring in players with a Gameweek 31 fixture for the time being and to avoid selling any current players who feature that Gameweek, such as Hazard and Richarlison.
With that in mind, upgrading Issac Success to Marko Arnautovic is a move that fits the bill, as long as the West Ham striker looks likely to return to the starting XI this weekend.
The Hammers have a kind schedule between now and Gameweek 31, hosting Fulham, Newcastle and Huddersfield and this move will see Richarlison move to more of a bench role within the squad, only using him for the more favourable fixtures and also to help navigate the blanks.
Here’s how the rest of the team is shaping up for Friday’s Gameweek 27 deadline:
For now, Rui Patricio remains in the team but Lukasz Fabianski will be a transfer target for the near future, with navigating Gameweek 31 in mind.
Wolves face a Bournemouth side that have scored 6 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, ranking joint 8th best but only 6 teams have registered fewer than their 7 big chances.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka comes into the XI to make up a back 4 in defence, ahead of a trip to Leicester.
The Foxes have scored just 13 goals in 12 home matches this season; only Newcastle (12), Crystal Palace (9) and Huddersfield (6) have managed fewer.
Matt Doherty picked up a knock during the FA Cup win but looks likely to recover in time to face Bournemouth.
Heung-Min Son comes into this weekend’s meeting with Burnley in fine form, having scored in each of his last 3 outings, since his return from the Asian Cup.
Over that period, the South Korean ranks joint-top for goals scored amongst midfielders, matching Mané and Pogba’s tallies of 3 and only Agüero (16) has fired more than his 14 goal attempts, across all positions.
Manchester United host Liverpool on Sunday, with both teams having gone unbeaten across the last 5 Gameweeks, while Jürgen Klopp’s side have scored 10 goals, compared to United’s 9.
Only Wolves (11) and Man City (18) have scored more goals during that period, so the numbers suggest potential for a high-scoring encounter.
Mo Salah is level with Agüero in the race for the Golden Boot, after scoring his 17th league goal during the win over Bournemouth last Gameweek.
Paul Pogba’s unreal form continued in Man United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Chelsea, where he brilliantly set up Herrera for the opener, before adding a 2nd goal himself.
He’s directly contributed to 14 goals in 9 league matches under Solskjaer, ranking 1st across all positions for shots on target (21) and total goal attempts (39) during that period, while only 5 players have provided more attempted assists (19).
Raúl Jiménez took 6 efforts without scoring against Newcastle last Gameweek but he’s returned a very respectable tally of 3 goals and 1 assist in the last 4 Gameweeks.
Bournemouth have conceded 10 goals in the last 6 Gameweeks, with only 5 teams shipping more and only Man City (20) have scored more goals than Wolves (11) in that time.
As mentioned earlier, Marko Arnautovic is likely to be the free transfer in this Gameweek, providing he looks set to return to the starting XI.
It’s also encouraging to see that most betting sites have the West Ham striker as the firm Anytime Scorer favourite, with some as short as EVEN money.
No West Ham teammate has been involved in more big chances (10) or fired as many goal attempts (42) as the Austrian international this season and he’s taken an average of 1.2 shots on target per game, compared to Felipe Anderson’s average of 0.7.
Finally, Marcus Rashford completes the team as United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford.
Since Solskjaer took charge of Man Utd, no forward has fired more efforts on target than Rashford (19), while only Agüero has directly contributed to more goals (11 to 8).
Liverpool have conceded 5 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, keeping only 1 clean sheet.
For those who have him, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks like a great captaincy option for Gameweek 27, ahead of Southampton’s visit to the Emirates.
Heung-Min Son is arguably in even better form though and faces a Burnley side that have kept only 1 clean sheet in the last 6 Gameweeks.
The Clarets have tightened up defensively during that period, however, conceding only 6 goals and 9 big chances, so that opens the door for a potential differential captain with a favourable fixture.
Marko Arnautovic could perhaps be that man, but with doubts remaining over his form and fitness due to the recent injury, for now, the armband remains with the safer option in Heung-Min Son.
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