Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 27 Preview – Spurs start to show form as Man City have another double gameweek

Man City and Southampton, the league’s most in form and out of form teams have a double gameweek to look forward to but both teams will have very different expectations. Here’s this week’s Fantasy Premier League column.

City will be looking to continue their winning streak whereas Saints will be looking to pick up only their second win of the season before the two teams meet on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Tottenham have won back-to-back games for the first time in 2021 which bodes well ahead of a favourable fixture against Crystal Palace this weekend.

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Who's Hot - Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (Picture: PA)

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Captain Picks

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) vs Man United (H) & Southampton (H)

No outfield Man City player has played more Premier League minutes than Dias since his debut in gameweek four and since then he’s kept 14 clean sheets (58%).

Who's not - Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (Picture: PA)

If his gametime and clean sheet ratio continues then he’s on for an eight-pointer at the very least which is certainly captain potential.

Man United and Southampton come into the gameweek without scoring in the last four games between them and there’s always the chance for Dias to score from a set-piece.

Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) vs Crystal Palace (H)

Over the last three home games against Crystal Palace, Son has scored three goals compared to Harry Kane’s zero which bodes well for Tottenham who seem to have re-found their mojo.

Captain's pick - Ruben Dias of Manchester City (PIcture: SportImage)

That said, the South Korean has only scored once in his last ten league games compared to Kane’s five, so he could be due.

Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m) vs Man United (H) & Southampton (H)

After being initially rested for City’s midweek game against Wolves on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola brought Gundogan on for the final eight minutes of the game to help his team over the line and still managed to bag an assist in the final moments of the game.

He should therefore be fresh for the Manchester derby before facing Southampton. Ilkay has four goals and two assists across his last five games so is in great form coming into the double gameweek.

One to watch - Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier (Picture: PA).

The Form Guide - Who’s Hot?

Gabriel Jesus (Man City, £9.2m)

Only Harry Kane has taken more shots in the box than Jesus over the last four gameweeks, showing how the Brazilian has become an important spearhead to the City attack.

Faith was rewarded to those who already own him as he scored his first brace of the season against Wolves on Tuesday and having played in each of City’s last 12 league games, he should be good to go again for the double gameweek.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham, £9.3m)

Although he’s yet to complete a full 90 minutes this season, Bale has started Spurs’ last two games which has seen them secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since November.

Over these two games, behind Kane, Bale has had more shots than any other Tottenham player and with games against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Aston Villa on the horizon, now may be the perfect time to bring him in to be ahead of the curve.

The Form Guide - Who’s Not?

Bruno Fernandes (Man United, £11.6m)

I never thought I’d write about Fernandes in this section but here we are! Bruno has gone two games in a row without a goal nor an assist for the fourth time this season but it’s his upcoming schedule that is the real worry.

He faces the league’s meanest defence, faces in-form West Ham before not having a game in gameweek 29. Owned by almost 60% of players, selling Bruno is a risky move that could definitely pay off.

Eric Dier (Tottenham, £4.9m)

It may be no coincidence that Tottenham have won the last three games that Dier has missed.

Sanchez and Alderweireld have started to build a strong partnership in central defence and kept consecutive clean sheets for the first time this year. With no obvious way back into the starting line-up, it looks like Dier’s time is up.

Ones to Watch (Less than 5% ownership)

Jannick Vestergaard (Southampton, £4.7m. 3.2%)

It’s slim pickings for Southampton players, who are in dire form coming into their double gameweek. They’ve won only one league game this year and have failed to score in their last two games. That said, Vestergaard could be a nice differential since Southampton have a great chance for a clean sheet when they play Sheffield United. As well as this, no Southampton player has taken more shots in the box than Vestergaard over the last four gameweeks.

Riyad Mahrez (Man City, £8.1m, 4.3%)

Going under the radar prior to City’s last few games, Mahrez had only scored points in a handful of games before his 17-point haul last time out.

You can never predict Man City’s line-up but if form is anything to go by then you can expect Mahrez to play. Also, no City player created more chances than the Algerian against Wolves.

The Explainer

Transfers

After picking your initial squad, you receive 1 free transfer each Gameweek. Each additional transfer you make in the same Gameweek will deduct 4 points from your score.

If you do not use your free transfer, you are able to make an additional free transfer the following Gameweek. If you do not use this saved free transfer in the following Gameweek, it will be carried over until you do. You can never have more than 1 saved transfer.

For example, since you get 1 free transfer per gameweek, if you make no transfers between gameweeks, you will have 2 free transfers in preparation for the next gameweek. You will incur a 4 point hit per transfer over your free transfer allowance.

Point Scoring

During the season, your fantasy football players will be allocated points based on their performance in the Premier League. Remember, every week your captain scores double points, so pick them wisely!

Points Action

1 For playing up to 60 minutes

2 For playing 60 minutes or more (excluding stoppage time)

6 For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender

5 For each goal scored by a midfielder

4 For each goal scored by a forward

3 For each goal assist

4 For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender

1 For a clean sheet by a midfielder

1 For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper

5 For each penalty save

-2 For each penalty miss

1 to 3 Bonus points for the best players in a match

-1 For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender

-1 For each yellow card

-3 For each red card

-2 For each own goal

For more information on the rules of the game, visit https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help/rules

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