Hopefully you’ve recovered from the misery of a double gameweek that was gameweek 26.
Fortunately, 27 is upon us, and it’s another double gameweek. It’s time for the universe to right its wrongs, so Fantasy Premier League managers around the world need to fine-tune their squads to get things back on track.
Let’s get into 90min‘s tips for gameweek 27.
Ederson should be the dream pick-up. He’s set for matches against a Manchester United side who can’t score against rivals and a Southampton side who have forgotten how to play football. It’s a no-brainer.
If he’s off limits, Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez or Tottenham Hotspur‘s Hugo Lloris should be right up there.
Chelsea man Andreas Christensen is back in the starting lineup, and he’s part of a back line that have kept three straight clean sheets. He’s a cheap pick-up, and he looks good for another clean sheet.
Kyle Bartley of West Brom is another cut-price option to consider. He was on the score sheet last week and will fancy his chances of another impressive performance at home against Newcastle, who have just lost the only two players who make them worth watching, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.
Kevin De Bruyne is back fit, so if you’ve got the funds available, drafting the Belgian back in should be high on your to-do list. Team-mate Ilkay Gundogan is another safe bet, and he stands to play a major role after being rested against Wolves.
For a cheaper option, it has to be West Ham’s Jesse Lingard. He’s joint top of the Premier League when it comes to shots on target over the last four games, and he can expect more than a few pops on goal when Leeds come to town.
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get Harry Kane back into your team. He was outstanding against Burnley and is starting to find his groove again. Against Crystal Palace, he will expect plenty of good opportunities to keep the trend going.
Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins is another smart option, partly because Villa have a kind run of fixtures going forward and Watkins will have the chance to rack up points over the next month.
The injury bug has been busy this week. Make sure you’ve done away with Saint-Maximin and Harvey Barnes, both of whom won’t be seen for a long time unfortunately.
It’s also time to accept that Bruno Fernandes is in a bit of a rut. The Manchester United midfielder is far too expensive for the quality of performances he is producing, and he’s going to have a tough time trying to bounce back against Manchester City.
One player who is also a little risky is Everton forward Richarlison. The Brazilian has four goals in his last four games, but he’ll come up against a stubborn Chelsea side this week and might struggle to keep his run going.
Your best bet for a captain is to look to Manchester City. They play twice this week so will have more chance to pick up points than most, and let’s not forget, they’re really good at football.
Gundogan will likely return to the starting lineup and will be expected to continue his red-hot goalscoring form. He’s been one of the Premier League’s star players in 2021, and he’s the ideal captain for a double gameweek.
City’s two fixtures mean filling up with some of Pep Guardiola’s stars is a smart move, but for that same reason, don’t forget about Southampton.
While they’re probably not going to get many points when they meet City, the fact that the Saints will get two chances to impress this week means adding one of two of the more-reliable players could be the way to go. Danny Ings or Jannik Vestergaard might be the ideal candidates.
Gameweek 29 is on the horizon, and just eight teams will be in action that week, so it’s wise to start thinking ahead.
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton, Fulham, Leeds, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham are the lucky teams scheduled to play, and it’s not hard to see where you need to focus your picks. Villa, Spurs and West Ham are obvious picks, while there are some gems from Leeds and Arsenal which shouldn’t be forgotten.
Leeds trio Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Stuart Dallas are about as reliable as they come, while West Ham hitman Michail Antonio is only on the up. Buy now.