Game Week 27 FPL Picks
Last week was generally good for the Premier League's top players, with big fantasy players putting in solid shifts, and most especially Harry Kane, one of our Captain Picks. Every week we now review every game, so feel free to check out our review of game week 26 here.
Week 27 FPL Tips
Finally - a week with EVERY team in action and all the top fantasy prospects taking to the field! This is the kind of the week that really separates the men from the boys and gives a huge selection of possible options. Our Captain Picks will come later in the week but for now check out all our FPL week 27 picks and we take a look at all the action game by game.
Man Utd vs Bournemouth
The week gets going with a super fantasy game. Although Bournemouth are a pretty good team (and expect them to park the bus at Old Trafford), you'd really expect to see good performances from the Utd stars. Expect Ibrahimovic to be in most captain discussions and you'd really expect to see him knock one in. Pogba will be a popular midfield option while Valencia is typically one of the better performing FPL defenders. De Gea is worth a look at for your GK. Although Bournemouth's Daniels and Smith are usually decent defence options, try to avoid playing them away to Man Utd.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace
This is the kind of game which looks unappealing but somehow one player always seems to put in a 8+ performance. The most obvious candidate for this is the superb FPL prospect (and player in general) Gareth McAuley. He's notched 7 or more points in the last few weeks and he's a player that can score, and will fancy doing so at home to Palace. Philips (who should start) and Fletcher are next best while keeper Foster is usually a good bet. If you're starting a midfielder or forward from Palace it's probably a bad sign, but it might be worth looking at van Aanholt to keep his run of form going after he got a goal and clean sheet last week.
Swansea vs Burnley
Two teams of contrasting fortunes meet up, with Swansea perched precariously above the relegation zone and Burnley already looking to secure another year in the top flight. We really like Sigurdsson in this game and think he has a good chance for a solid performance from midfield. Kingsley and Amat are pretty good options to play at defence in this particular game but we're not hot on forward Llorente - even with a good game at home to Burnley, it's probably possible to do better within your budget. The only Burnley player worth spending too long considering is Heaton, with this representing a good chance for him to rack up some points.
Watford vs Southhampton
A mid-table clash that has bore-draw written all over it. By far Watford's best prospect is Capoue, who's been good form midfield, despite a recent drop off in points. We're not keep on any other Watford players, including Deeney or keeper Gomes despite the home fixture. Southhampton's defender van Dijk was their only really valuable fantasy player and he's out so it's probably worth avoiding picking up any Saints player, especially for an away fixture.
Leicester vs Hull
Just wow, what is possible to say about Leicester? Nothing seems to make sense for the reigning champions, and despite the criticism of the decision, replacing Ranieri appeared todo wonders for their performance. Coming off that 3-1 win, expect Leicester's best players to put up another good performance in a winnable home game against Hull. Vardy had fallen off many radars but it's hard not to put him into consideration now, and you'd like his chances of scoring this week. We still don't like Mahrez at his asking price, though he's due a performance while Morgan remains a decent option in defence. Hull's best option by far is their keeper, Jakupovic.
Stoke vs Middlesbrough
Stoke are in 10th, and we're able to write that just about every season, and Middlesbrough, one place above relegation won't be looking forward to the trip. We're not starting any Stoke players, nor much interested in them from a FPL perspective this week, but if you're playing Allen in midfield, Pieters in defence or Grant in goal, things could be worse. There are many options this week up front, but if you're very strapped for cash you could do worse than Borough's Negredo.
Liverpool vs Arsenal (game of the week)
This 4th vs 5th Champion's League spot battle could not have much more at stake. Liverpool come off a disastrous 3-1 loss to Liverpool where they looked as bad as the scoreline suggests and even Wenger might be in trouble after a string of mediocrity. Liverpool have the same issue as every week in that their talent is spread and thus so is there fantasy points tally. That being said we think this is going to be high scoring game and so we like all four Liverpool midfielders in this order: Mane, Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho. Form Arsenal Sanchez (despite his price tag) remains the nailed on option and will be in the captain discussion. If Koscielny starts, then you must start him too, he just racks up too many points from defence.
Tottenham vs Everton
The battle of the FPL super strikers. Although both scored last week, Harry Kane had the fantasy performance of the week and certainly out shone Lukaku. This week Kane is clearly the better option taking on the Toffees as home and he'll be right up there in the captain talk. Alli and Eriksen are both good options in midfield and pretty hard to separate, while Walker remains an absolute points machine from defence. Lukaku is still obviously a good option up front and likely to grab a goal while defenders Coleman, Baines and Williams are liked in that order - though not loved in this tough away game.
Sunderland vs Man City
An absolute must win game for rock bottom Sunderland as they have a tough game at home to Man City who won't be pleased with their own performance this year. Defoe is a very good value striker for a proven goalscorer, but it's hard to be enthusiastic against City's defence. Aguero remains one of the best players in the league and a great goal scorer, but you're entitled to be nervous that Sunderland will be hard to breakdown as they fight for at least a point. Sterling might not be their best midfielder, but he represents better value than De Bruyne considering similar fantasy performances.
West Ham vs Chelsea
The Hammers who are themselves out performing expectations will be no pushovers in this London Derby against nailed on champs Chelsea. Antonio would usually be up for discussion but he's suspended leaving midfielder Snodgrass as the best West Ham option, but still not much liked. We're surprisingly cold on Costa despite his goal scoring record as he represents an expensive option in a game likely to be low scoring and chippy. Azpilicueta and Hazard are the next most interesting to us (in that order).