Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 28

9:50am Feb 22 2018

Stars from Man City, Everton and Man United no longer make the cut ahead of Gameweek 28 says @DannyBryan27

After a dramatic weekend of FA Cup action, the Premier League takes centre stage once again, with Gameweek 28 on the horizon.

This week’s piece is noticeably forward-centric, given the flurry of points earned by some of the Premier League’s finest attacking players in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, with four of the top-six going head-to-head, it’s difficult to imagine a fruitful Gameweek for the defensive big-hitters – especially on recent form.

So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 28. As always, I wish all of you the very best of luck and may your arrows continue to be green.

Who’s HOT?

Kieran Tripper vs. Crystal Palace (A)

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Spurs have managed three clean sheets in their last five, and face a Crystal Palace side in Gameweek 28 who are desperately short of attacking threats, with Wilfried Zaha sidelined through injury and Christian Benteke decidedly out of form in front of goal.

After playing the full 90 minutes in each of Spurs’ last three Premier League outings, Trippier seems likely to start at Selhurst Park, and represents best value for money of all Mauricio Pochettino’s defensive options, at a relatively cool £5.2m.

Jamie Vardy vs. Stoke City (H)

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Jamie Vardy is a forward in excellent form, and is pound-for-pound the most useful attacking option out there at the moment, at £8.6m.

The England striker netted his fourth in four Gameweeks in Gameweek 27, but could do nothing to prevent Leicester succumbing to a heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Gameweek 28 sees the Foxes face relegation-threatened Stoke at the King Power. The Potters have the worst away defensive record in the league, so this represents an excellent opportunity for Vardy owners to continue to reap big returns.

Sergio Aguero vs. Arsenal (A)

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Sergio Aguero is simply red-hot at the moment. The Argentine forward netted four in Gameweek 27, as Manchester City thrashed Leicester 5-1 – he’s now scored eight in his last four.

Pep Guardiola’s side wrap up Gameweek 28 with a tough-looking fixture away at Arsenal, who’ve only lost once at the Emirates all season.

But despite the Gunners’ excellent home form, there’s still plenty of reason for optimism for Aguero owners, as Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine.

Goals at both ends are to be expected in this encounter, and Aguero is too good to overlook on current form.

Who’s NOT? (hot)

Nicolás Otamendi vs. Arsenal

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Nicolas Otamendi remains the FPL’s most popular defensive option – featuring in over 30% of squads at the time of writing – despite the fact that his Manchester City side have now kept just one clean sheet in their last five.

Gameweek 28 sees Otamendi and co. travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. Only Manchester City have found the net more times at home than the Gunners this season, so – as mentioned previously – goals are to be expected at both ends.

If you’re thinking of replacing City’s Argentine defender for Gameweek 28, then Leicester’s Harry Maguire looks an ideal straight-swap.

Wayne Rooney vs. Watford (A)

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Everton’s away form has been truly awful of late, having suffered heavy defeats at both Spurs and Arsenal in recent weeks.

The Toffees go into their Gameweek 28 fixture at Watford having scored just nine goals on the road all season, which should trigger alarm bells for the dwindling number of Rooney owners.

The former England captain played the full 90 minutes in Gameweek 27, as Sam Allardyce’s side enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, but earned just two points.

Romelu Lukaku vs. Chelsea (H)

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With the likes of Jamie Vardy and Roberto Firmino in such outstanding form, is Romelu Lukaku really worth £11.2m of anyone’s FPL budget?

The Belgian has scored just two in the last nine Gameweeks, and he faces his former club Chelsea in Gameweek 28, in a fixture which sees two of the top four go head-to-head at Old Trafford.

Admittedly, the Blues have looked unmistakably off-colour in recent weeks, particularly in their most recent away trip, when they were well beaten by Watford. But despite that, you’d have to say that both Vardy and Firmino have easier-looking fixtures, given that they each face bottom-half sides at home.

Lukaku is selected by over 20% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, but better options can be found elsewhere.

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