It has been the longest gameweek ever, which started on 8 Feb 2020 and has not even ended at the time of writing, with the last match involving Man City and West Ham happening on the 19 Feb 2020.
We look at 5 talking points ahead of Gameweek 27.
UEFA has banned them from European competitions for the next 2 seasons, which Man City has appealed. This would mean that Pep should be selecting his strongest side for the rest of the Champions League campaign this season. For Gameweek 27, I would be worried about whether popular Man City assets like KDB (MCI, 10.8m, TSB 53.3%) and Aguero (MCI, 12.1m, TSB 24.3%) will be rested away to Leicester, given that Man City play away at Real Madrid a few days later.
Vardy (LEI, 9.7m, TSB 36.5%)
He was very poor against Wolves and has not scored since Gameweek 18. Interestingly, he will be playing against his Gameweek 18 opponent, which is Man City. If you owned him, I would not sell him as Man City will be distracted by their Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
Lundstram (SHU, 5.0m, TSB 43.3%)
Lundstram is the 3rd most popular defender in the game. He has now failed to start in 3 successive games, although he did come off the bench and score a goal in his last game. I think Wilder sees him as the perfect player to bring off the bench and will not be starting him against Brighton this week. If you have other fires to fight, you should keep him but given that he is unlikely to start, i would not play him in your starting 11.
His injury is a huge blow to those who owned him, as he has been in great form with 4 goals in his last 3 games. There are not many suitable options to replace, as the midfielders with the form do not have the fixtures to match it. If you do not have 3 Liverpool players and have the cash, one of Salah (LIV, 12.8m, TSB 45.1%) or Mane (LIV, 12.2m, TSB 21.0%) would be a great option. Otherwise, here are some options which you can consider.
- Salah/Mane (LIV) – WHU, @WAT, BOU, @EVE
- Traore (WOL, 5.8m, TSB 20.1%) – NOR, @TOT, BHA, @WHU
- Maddison (LEI, 7.5m, TSB 21.1%) – MCI, @NOR, AST, @WAT
- Ward-Prowse (SOU, 5.7m, TSB 1.5%) – AST, @WHU, NEW, @NOR
The most important question – Who to captain?
Salah/Mane would be the most popular captain choice given their home match against West Ham. We feel Jimenez (WOL, 7.8m, TSB 26.2%) and Ings (SOU, 7.1m, TSB 30.9%) are good differentials as they are playing at home against Norwich and Aston Villa respectively.
That’s all and good luck for Gameweek 27!
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