Gameweek 27 Fantasy Premier League Captaincy Dilemma

The Gameweek 27 Fantasy Premier League captaincy dilemma is a particularly troubling one. Manchester City and Southampton play twice this gameweek, but Pep Guardiola’s rotation roulette means nobody is certain to start both matches. On the other hand, Southampton are in absolutely horrible form and none of their players look worth it to hand the armband. Read on to find out about the options this week.

Gameweek 27 Fantasy Premier League Captaincy Dilemma

Fantasy Premier League Captaincy: The Options

Finding the right captain this week is very tricky. It should be one of the Manchester City players but one should not disregard good single gamers also.

Ilkay Gündogan

  • Goals: 11
  • Assists: 3
  • FPL Points: 132
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 41
  • Price: £6.2
  • Opponents: Manchester United (home), Southampton (home)

Ilkay Gündogan started once and played only around ten minutes in the last gameweek. This might give him more chances to start both matches next week. However, that is up to Pep Guardiola to decide. That uncertainty will make FPL managers worry about captaining him. Besides, Gündogan’s points seem to have dried up somewhat after Kevin De Bruyne’s return. Still, the German got an assist after coming on against Wolves and he is a great shout for the armband. His positioning is still quite advanced and FPL managers should not just look at the FPL points generated since KDB’s return.

Raheem Sterling

  • Goals: 9
  • Assists: 7
  • FPL Points: 130
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 25
  • Price: £11.6
  • Opponents: Manchester United (home), Southampton (home)

Raheem Sterling was rested in one game but played the full 90 in the other on gameweek 26. He might start both games this week but once again, nobody knows that for sure. If given two starts, Sterling has the capability of scoring quite well. However, if he only starts the Manchester derby and rides the pine against Southampton, he might return two points once again.

Kevin De Bruyne

  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 11
  • FPL Points: 109
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 15
  • Price: £11.8
  • Opponents: Manchester United (home), Southampton (home)
As we all know, Kevin De Bruyne is a key player for Manchester City. His quality and attacking threat are top class. Before his injury, the Belgian started almost every game in the Premier League. However, with the Champions League around the corner and the Premier League title more or less assured, Guardiola might decide to rest him from time to time. This is a worrying scenario because otherwise, De Bruyne would be the best captaincy pick without a doubt. He started both matches last gameweek as well.

Rúben Dias

  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 1
  • Clean Sheets: 14
  • FPL Points: 119
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 22
  • Price: £6.1
  • Opponents: Manchester United (home), Southampton (home)
With uncertainties over the starting status of attacking players, one might consider handing the armband to Rúben Dias. He is a bit more nailed-on than other players even though Dias too has been rested recently. Clean sheets are possible in both matches and out of the defenders, Dias is the safest.

Harry Kane

  • Goals: 14
  • Assists: 11
  • FPL Points: 161
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 19
  • Price: £11.1
  • Opponents: Crystal Palace (home)

Tottenham Hotspur produced a brilliant attacking display against Burnley to win 4-0 at home on Sunday. They have another home game this week against defensive-minded Crystal Palace. Spurs have a great record in this London derby. Palace have lost in each of their last four trips to Spurs, conceding eight goals in the process. Interestingly, Kane did not score in any of those matches but has scored in the last two trips to Selhurst Park. Kane would be a good captaincy shout this week. However, will he outscore the Manchester City options in this one match?

Son Heung-min

  • Goals: 13
  • Assists: 8
  • FPL Points: 170
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 27
  • Price: £9.5
  • Opponents: Crystal Palace (home)
As discussed above, Tottenham Hotspur have a great record in this fixture. Son Heung-min likes this fixture as his four goals in the last three home matches against Crystal Palace suggest. The South Korean scored 11 points in the last game and was unlucky not to get a goal for himself. Son is a decent option for the armband as well but the question remains whether he can outscore the players with two matches.

Mohamed Salah

  • Goals: 17
  • Assists: 4
  • FPL Points: 167
  • FPL points in the last five matches: 21
  • Price: £12.6
  • Opponents:  Fulham (home)

Despite Liverpool’s terrible run of home form, Salah has to be considered for the armband. He used to have a sensational record at Anfield before the recent downturn. Salah has scored only once in the last six matches at home and that too was a penalty. Against a highly competitive Fulham side, will the Egyptian King do some serious damage? The current form suggests otherwise.

Fantasy Premier League Captaincy: The Last Word

One should not worry too much about the rotation policy and pick a Manchester City player for the armband. Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan are the best options.

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