Gareth Bale

The greatest Double Game Week ever it was, but was your game week 26 inspired or disappointing? Game Week 27 knocks on the door with Man City and Southampton playing twice in a third consecutive double game week.

Indeed, there is a blank game week 29 ahead with only eight teams playing and it must be at the forefront of decisions.

Ahead of the deadline at 11:00 GMT on Saturday, Football Castle delivers the top picks and double game week differentials for GW 27.


Emi Martínez(£5.3m)

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Only Man City’s Ederson has kept more clean sheets than Martinez’s 13 this term and no goalkeeper has more than his 142 points in FPL. The Argentine is nailed-on for bonus points and should deliver this weekend against a shaky Wolves side. Martinez to keep a clean sheet is 2.75.

Emiliano Martinez
By far the best FPL goalkeeper this season. (Getty Images)

João Cancelo(£6.2m) 

Was given a rest in DGW 26 and is due a clean sheet after City conceded in both games. Cancelo is City’s biggest attacking threat at the back and would be set for points in two home games against Man United and Southampton.

Antonio Rüdiger(£4.6m) has benefitted the most from Thomas Tuchel’s era as he has been ever-present in his compatriot’s games in charge. Chelsea do not look like conceding every time they play having shut out Tottenham, Atlético Madrid, Man United, and Liverpool under the Bavarian.

Rüdiger is a mainstay in the best Premier League defence at the moment and could become a key asset in the final stages of the season.

Matt Targett(£5.0m) Is worth investing in now with an eye on his GW 29 fixture.  No FPL defender has kept more clean sheets than Targett (14) this season and the Villa man also has three assists to his name.

Midfield and Attack

Ollie Watkins(£6.6m) 

Despite the injury to Jack Grealish, Watkins remains Villa’s key attacking asset having assisted the only goal against Leeds. The 25-year-old has more goals (10) and has taken more shots (67) than any of his team-mates and faces favourable fixtures till GW 30.

Patrick Bamford(£6.8m) and Raphinha(£5.4m) remain hot picks with a fixture in GW 29. Both Leeds men are key attacking assets in any team and their modest prices make them must-haves.

Over the last four matches, no player has a higher expected goal involvement than Michail Antonio(£6.5m) who scored in back-to-back games against City and Tottenham after being sold by many managers. The West Ham man faces tricky fixtures leading up to GW 29 but edges Jesse Lingard(£6.0m) because of his ineligibility in GW 28 against parent club Man United. Lingard, however, is booked at 8.50 to score first against Leeds.

Captaincy Picks

Ilkay Gundogan

İlkay Gündoğan(£6.2m) needed just eight minutes off the bench to grab an assist against Wolves. The German would be back to the starting lineup in DGW 27 and would be important going forward against United and Southampton.

Pertinently, his attacking returns do not diminish in Kevin De Bruyne’s presence and he could be a key asset in as City look to increase their 21-game unbeaten run. Gündoğan is 5.86 to score first in the Manchester Derby.

Gareth Bale(£9.3m) had the highest points in GW 26 with 21 as he started against Burnley and Fulham. 

The Welsh international racked up an impressive 19 points with two goals and an assist against Burnley and, with handy fixtures on the horizon, is owned by only 1.5% of Fantasy managers.

Tottenham are hitting a good moment of attacking form and it is wise to also double up on either of Heung-Min Son(£9.5m) or Harry Kane(£11.1m) for their upcoming fixtures particularly as they are one of the four teams with a fixture in blank game week 29. Sergio Reguilón(£5.5m) also faces Crystal Palace who have had just four shots on target in their last three games. Spurs are 2.70 to score over two goals against the Eagles.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang(£11.3m) was rested in the win over Leicester and should return against Burnley before successive derbies up to GW 29. The Arsenal captain’s recent hat trick against Leeds makes him a tasty pick ahead of a tricky time for FPL managers.


Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin

Chief Editor of the Football Castle, Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin is a football junkie and writer of the beautiful game.

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