By Neil Leverett
- The Premier League rolls on as Chelsea host Spurs in a London derby in Gameweek 27
- Top two rivals Leicester City and Manchester City clash at the King Power, as Liverpool look to inflict further misery on West Ham
- Arsenal face off with Everton in the chase for a top six finish, whilst Southampton play relegation threatened Aston Villa
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – As the Fantasy Premier League season enters its’ final months, who do you need in your squads this weekend to get the upper hand in Gameweek 27?
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To begins this week’s picks, we turn to an ever-reliable points-getter in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After completing his three-match ban for his dismissal against Crystal Palace, the Arsenal forward netted his fourth goal in six last time out and as Everton visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, could be in for further favour.
Opening the scoring in the Gunners’ eventual rout of Newcastle United last weekend, Aubameyang broke the deadlock after a rather off-key showing from the hosts who are still in something of a transition under Mikel Arteta.
Showing an newly-honed defensive solidity in Greece on Thursday night, Sunday will see their attacking unit return to the centre stage and after all four of their favoured front line scored against the Magpies, Arsenal will be keen to see the Toffees come unstuck in North London.
Aubameyang’s future remains in the balance ahead of the summer, but the Gunners’ skipper for the time being seems settled to his wide left role with Alexandre Lacazette deployed up top.
As the joint winner of last season’s Golden Boot, the Arsenal hit-man is again now the favourite to pick up the award and with just 11 league games to play this season, Everton will be wary of another Aubameyang show.
To partner the Gabonese in Gameweek 27, Danny Ings again gets our vote. Now standing as the seventh-highest scoring player in Fantasy Premier League this season, Ings has now notched a remarkable 15 goals for the season already – level with Aubameyang – and will be keen on adding to that this weekend as Aston Villa travel to the South coast.
Perched just two behind top scorer Jamie Vardy, Ings however has continued on from his prolific run of goals earlier this season compared to the Leicester forward who looks out of sorts, now having failed to score in eight successive league games.
Bringing a run of three goalless games to an end himself against former club Burnley in Gameweek 26, Ings faces a Villa defence this weekend that has shipped 14 league goals since the turn of the year.
As England duty approaches next month and with Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane both considered doubts for the Euro’s in the summer, the Saints striker knows this is a critical time to garner a recall into the Three Lions’ fold. Villa will be fighting for their lives at St. Marys’ already but in this current moment, there are few better finishers than Ings. That has every chance of continuing here.
Next, to a player who has been on Britwatch’s radar for some time. Harvey Barnes has arguably been one of the biggest marks of the Brendan Rodgers revolution at Leicester City and having been a driving force for the Foxes of late, is set to be unleashed on Manchester City’s still shaky back line.
Equipped with a real turn of pace and a silky composure on the ball, the midfielder has been a revelation on the right wing supporting Vardy up front. Whilst his striker teammate is encountering his biggest Premier League goal drought yet, Barnes however, is flourishing and has three goals and an assist in his last four outings, at a value of just 6.0 and an ownership of 3%.
Putting to one side last Friday night’s rather disappointment meeting with Wolves, the visit of the the Citizens should give the hosts more room for manoeuvre in Gameweek 27, including Barnes’ pace on the left of midfield.
Like Ings, Barnes is now knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door for England’s friendlies next month. With the chance to showcase his talents against City, the Englishman will be ever the more eager to continue his form of late this weekend.
Thus far, we have resisted the temptation to bring in Bruno Fernandes since his January move from Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, as Manchester United show signs of staging a battle for the top four – or five with their city rivals’ impending European ban – we are tipping the Portuguese to shine against Watford in Gameweek 27.
Having played less than 15 minutes in the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Club Brugge on Thursday night, Fernandes is an almost certainty to start his third league game for the visit of the Hornets and after supplying the corner for Harry Maguire’s goal against Chelsea last time out, could be set for his own first flurry of points here.
In just 180 minutes of game time since arriving in the Premier League, the Portuguese international has already shown glimpses of his lethal ability from set pieces, and afforded the chance from free-kicks, Fernandes may become one of the league’s top marksmen from dead-ball situations in time.
Fernandes’ other main selling point could yet be with his spot-kick duties – where he became an expert in Lisbon – but with Anthony Martial a clinical converter from 12-yards also, that is still unclear.
Whilst the news of Rashford being ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to injury is a huge blow for his side, Fernandes could now be ready to off-set that beginning in Gameweek 27. Watford will be no pushovers, however, Fernandes has already made a huge difference to United’s attack and is ready to make his mark.
Wolves’ season has simply gone from strength to strength. After a goalless draw with Leicester City on Valentine’s Day, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men thumped Espanyol 4-0 in their Europa League last 32 first leg less than 24 hours ago. As Norwich City roll up as the next to be tested at Molineux, Matt Doherty is primed for a points haul.
After battling for a spot at wing-back with Adama Traore earlier this term, the Spaniard’s shift into a out-and-out wing role has seen Doherty slot back into the right of midfield ahead of Leander Dendoncker in a back three.
Even at right-back, the Irishman had a penchant for a foray forward and now occupying a more advanced role, Doherty is a frequent presence in attack, with their threat from aerial positions one of Wolves’ unique attractions for fantasy managers.
Following on from his seven assists and four goals last season, Doherty remains on course to replicate his statistic of last term. Though the full-back has not contributed either in the past seven games, the visit of the goal-shy and fragile Canaries comes at the perfect time to register for his owners.
Premier League Gameweek 27 begins on Saturday lunchtime as Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur, kick off 12:30 UK time.
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