Time to hop-off Alonso? Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 27

4:16pm Feb 6 2018

It’s 3-in 3-out for Gameweek 27, with a few surprise appearances on our Hot or Not list

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Only Manchester United managed to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 26, so has the ‘build from the back’ approach adopted by many FPL bosses become a bad idea? Or was this the exception and not the rule?

This week’s piece runs the rule over two cheaper options who have emerged in recent weeks, as well as championing one FPL asset who you simply cannot afford to ignore.

Elsewhere, it’s three big-hitters on the way out, as two players from top-four clubs and a popular forward are all shown the door ahead of Gameweek 27.

As always, I wish all of you the very best of luck and may your arrows continue to be green.

Who’s HOT?

Alfie Mawson vs. Burnley (H)

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Swansea have tightened up defensively in recent weeks, conceding just twice in their last three games, despite facing Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester.

As well as producing some excellent defensive displays, Mawson has provided a threat in the opposition box too, with a goal in Gameweek 24 and an assist in Gameweek 25.

As a result, the England Under 21 defender has amassed a very respectable 22 points over the last three Gameweeks.

Gameweek 27 sees the Swans face a Burnley side at the Liberty Stadium who are now without a win in nine.

Only Huddersfield and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Sean Dyche’s side, so there is every chance that the defenses will reign supreme here.

Mohamed Salah vs. Southampton (A)

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Mo Salah’s Gameweek 26 brace against Spurs nudged his FPL points tally over the 200 mark – and there are still 12 Gameweeks to go! With returns like this, can you really afford not to have the Egyptian in your side?

Liverpool travel to Southampton in Gameweek 27, who remain deep in trouble despite their Gameweek 26 victory over West Brom – their first win in 13.

By contrast, Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just once in the Premier League since Gameweek 9, a run which has seen Salah blank only twice.

The former Chelsea man’s cost continues to rise in reflection of his blistering form, however he remains a must-have – even at £10.3m.

Javier Hernández vs. Watford (H)

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Javier Hernandez has come good just at the right time as far as West Ham are concerned, producing two goals and one assist in the last three Gameweeks, as the Hammers bid to avoid relegation.

A win for David Moyes’ side in their Gameweek 27 showdown with Watford would see them go level on points with the Hornets – although this will be no easy task if Javi Gracia’s side produce a similar performance to the one which saw them stun Chelsea last time out.

Goals at both ends are to be expected at the London Stadium, making Hernandez a very tempting option due to his strong recent form.

Who’s NOT? (hot)

Marcos Alonso vs. West Brom (H)

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What on earth has happened to Chelsea? Antonio Conte’s side have shipped seven goals in the last two Gameweeks, after conceding just 16 in the previous 24.

West Brom visit Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 27, and you can bet your life that Alan Pardew’s side will smell blood and take the game to their beleaguered opponents, who seem to have downed tools.

Marcos Alonso missed the defeat at Watford and is expected to be fit to face the Baggies, but he and his defensive colleagues at Chelsea are not the FPL ‘safe bets’ that they usually are.

Paul Pogba vs. Newcastle (A)

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Manchester United’s record signing found himself on the bench as Jose Mourinho’s side eased past Huddersfield in Gameweek 26.

The Frenchman has now failed to produce any notable returns since a double assist three Gameweeks ago, and it remains to be seen whether he will be recalled to the starting line-up for the trip to Newcastle in Gameweek 27.

Regardless, there are better ways to spend £8.0m of your budget. Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic has scored three in his last five and costs just £4.7m.

Wayne Rooney vs. Crystal Palace (H)

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Excellent as a pundit in the Monday Night Football studio, but not much use as an FPL prospect, is how I would describe Wayne Rooney at the moment.

The Everton forward has chalked up just six points in the last eight Gameweeks, and has been unable to hold down a regular starting place in Sam Allardyce’s side – despite their recent struggles.

The Toffees have a winnable-looking fixture at home against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 27, but so do plenty of other teams who have strikers on decent form.

Jordan Ayew of Swansea, Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, and the aforementioned Javier Hernandez are all nailed-on starters and have all been amongst the goals of late.

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