Top 5 FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Blank Gameweek 27
Posted by JackWoodfield
11:21pm Feb 20 2019
Premium players from Arsenal and Spurs are set to top the Fantasy Premier League captaincy polls for Gameweek 27
It was Mohamed Salah vs. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the armband in Gameweek 26, and Sergio Aguero made us all look like fools with a second hat-trick in his last three.
But with Man City, Chelsea, Brighton and Everton all without a fixture this week, Aguero isn’t a factor. Nor Sterling. Nor Hazard. The Gameweek 27 captaincy field is once again wide open.
Of course, with Liverpool and Manchester United tied up, the likes of Salah and Paul Pogba face tougher defences. That doesn’t mean two of the league’s most in-form players should be excluded from your thoughts though.
There’s an argument to including some mid-table assets in this week’s list, but the likes of Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Jamie Vardy aren’t in consistent point-scoring form to merit places.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane has returned to Tottenham training this week, but with his starting place against Burnley in doubt it’s likely prudent to refrain from going all in on the Spurs striker just yet.
With the Gameweek 31 blanks now confirmed, the FPL season is now ramping up. Rivals can be caught, leads can be extended. And choosing the right Gameweek 27 captain could be significant, so here are my five top picks.
Aubameyang vs. Southampton (H)
Pros for captaining:
> Arsenal unbeaten at home since GW3, won last six
> Gunners 3rd-highest home scorers (28)
> Auba scored 6, assisted 4 in last 5 home games
> Saints can spring a surprise; won reverse fixture
This feature was left looking pretty silly in GW26 after Aubameyang, our #2 captaincy tip, was expunged from relevance courtesy of the Arsenal striker’s failing immune system.
But Aubameyang returned to action in the Europa League last week and now looks set to lead the line – well, from the left-wing – against Southampton.
Aubameyang’s case for the captaincy is aided by the wheels starting to shake on the Ralph Hassenhuttl bandwagon. After three wins in the Austrian’s first game in charge, the Saints are now winless in three and back in the drop zone.
Saints’ performances haven’t been poor – they registered 7 shots on target in defeat to Cardiff – but a trip to the Emirates is coming at the wrong time.
Only Man City and Liverpool have scored more than Arsenal (28) at home, and the Gunners have won their last 6 home league games. Meanwhile, Aubameyang loves his home comforts. In his last 5 home games the Gabon striker has scored 6 and assisted 4.
Moreover, Aubameyang is well rested, and has a personal mission to claw back the two-goal Golden Boot lead that separates him (15) and the leaders (17). Aubameyang is, if you own him, the obvious GW27 captain pick.
Lacazette vs. Southampton (H)
Pros for captaining:
> 4 goals in last 6 PL games
> 5th-highest scoring FPL striker
> Arsenal’s home form (see above)
> See Auba’s con above
You’d be forgiven if you’d missed that Alexandre Lacazette has 4 goals in his last 6 Premier League games. You’d also be forgiven for not realising the Frenchman is the 5th-highest scoring striker in FPL.
But, if you own Lacazette, you would not be forgiven for ignoring his captaincy potential in GW27.
Much has been made about Lacazette making way early when he starts, but Unai Emery has started Lacazette in the Gunners’ last six in the league. In fact, Lacazette has played 90 minutes in 4 of Arsenal’s last 5 in the league.
With Lacazette suspended for Arsenal’s Europa League second leg against BATE on Thursday, it makes his chances of playing 90 minutes against Southampton even more likely.
Lacazette is in similarly strong form to Aubameyang, and will likely start as the #9 against Saints. He’s the joint-fourth-highest PL goalscorer this season (10) and offers an alternative captaincy selection if you don’t own Aubameyang.
Son Heung-min vs. Burnley (A)
Pros for captaining:
> Blistering form, now 4th-highest PPM
> Scored in last 3 PL games since Asian Cup return
> Spurs won 10 of last 12 in league
> Kane’s possible return could push Son out wide
> Burnley unbeaten in last 7
The caps lock-laden roars of relief on Twitter and WhatsApp chats following Son’s 90th-minute goal vs. Leicester in GW26 were almost tangible. Son is nearing cult hero FPL status, and his stellar run can continue against Burnley.
The South Korean is now the fourth-highest for points per match (6.6) among players who’ve played more than 180 minutes, and his minutes per goal involvement this season is a staggeringly low 74.7.
The return of Harry Kane complicates things slightly – after all, Son has played as a lone striker in Spurs’ last two games vs. Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund, and scored in both games.
But, as evidenced by Son’s 4 double-point hauls in 7 games alongside Kane prior to the England captain’s injury, Son can still deliver even if Kane lines up against Burnley.
Speaking of the Clarets, it’s worth noting that Sean Dyche’s side are enjoying a revival, going unbeaten in their last 7.
Spurs, though, have won 10 of their last 12 league games, and with the Londoners still in title contention they’re worth siding with for the win. And Son is most likely the man who can deliver it.
Paul Pogba vs. Liverpool (H)
Pros for captaining:
> United scored 2nd-most goals since Solskjaer took over (23)
> Liverpool’s injury-ravaged defence
> Pogba 8 league goals in last 9 league games
> The Liverpool rivalry; unpredictable game
Manchester United have swept past Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so why can’t they do it again against their biggest rivals? (don’t @ me)
Moreover, Pogba either assisted or scored in all three of those games, so why can’t the Premier League’s in-form player do it against United’s biggest rivals who are bidding to win their first Premier League title? (ok fine @ me)
No midfielder has more goals than Pogba since Solskjaer took over in late-December (8), and only three players have more FPL assists than the Frenchman this season (9).
Stats tend to go out the window somewhat in a ‘derby’ of this magnitude, but it’s worth remembering that Liverpool have kept just 1 clean sheet in 4 in the league, and 2 in their last 7. United, meanwhile, have scored the second-most goals since Solskjaer took over (23).
Pogba and United will carve out chances for sure, and goals could be likely against an injury-stricken Liverpool defence.
Mo Salah vs. Man United (A)
Pros for captaining:
> Still top of all sorts of stats charts
> Can you ever be confident backing against him?
> United’s non-CL unbeaten run
> Poor record vs. top six this season.
The fixture alone will dissuade many from captaining the highest-FPL scorer of this and last season. Salah has blanked against Spurs, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and United (in the reverse leg) this campaign.
Lest we forget, however, that Salah tops or nears the top of the rankings for a plenitude of stats.
The Liverpool forward has the most goals (17), highest xG (16.61), joint-second-highest amount of times in the Dream Team (5), highest PPM of players who’ve played more than 90 minutes (7.3), and no one has been involved in more goals this season (25).
As mentioned in the Pogba section, this is an impossible fixture to predict. But Salah can never be counted out of the captaincy discussion.
While the aforementioned likes of Anderson, Arnautovic and Vardy have the better fixture, Salah is simply the better player.
In Salah’s most recent game vs. a top six side he scored and assisted vs. Arsenal. Rule the Egyptian out at your peril.
Last week’s captain points: 16
Average captain score: 14.6
Total captain points: 380
This week’s Captain Obvious: Son Heung-min
I’m in the frankly excellent position of barely being able to field a full XI this week, so captaincy consideration isn’t the main thing on my mind.
But when the deadline looms, for a lack of Arsenal strikers I’ll likely opt with either Son or Salah, probably the former. His superlative form is worth latching onto, and Spurs have the best away form in the league. Let’s go Sonny.
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