It feels like an age since the last fantasy premier league gameweek with the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League taking centre stage. However, that’s all out of the way so it’s back to business with Gameweek 27 stepping up to the plate. With Liverpool and Swansea doubling up in Gameweek 26, they both miss out this weekend as Swansea look to win the Carling Cup for the first time in their history to give their fans a taste of sweet victory.
The final takes place on Sunday at 4pm but before that we have a whole weekend of Premier League action to look forward to. Fulham get us started in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture taking on Stoke, whilst Arsenal entertain Villa in one of five 3pm fixtures. Another one of those includes league leaders United visiting bottom of the table QPR in what could be a belter of a match.
The highlight of the weekend takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm with Man City hosting Chelsea. City can’t afford to drop many more points especially at home and will be looking for all three in Gameweek 27. Chelsea tackled Sparta Prague on Thursday night and could be a little jaded when they turn up to the Etihad, whilst United will be hoping they can play their part in widening the gap between the top two.
To help you plan ahead for this gameweek, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures and form, and have come up with some players you might want to consider bringing in or captaining for Gameweek 27. If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 27th gameweek of the season:
- Ben FOSTER [SUN(H), 5.0m] – Foster was inspirational between the sticks in the previous gameweek where the Baggies pulled off a shock 2-0 victory at Anfield. Foster made 6 saves and collected a bonus point for his efforts to rack up a massive 14-point haul. Clarke will be looking for similar solidity from his goalkeeper when Sunderland visit the Hawthorns this weekend.
- Thomas VERMAELEN [AVL(H), 6.7m] – Vermaelen has had an underwhelming season so far delivering no attacking returns at all and it hards to justify his expensive pricetag. However, Arsenal are sure to put Villa to the sword this weekend as they look to make amends for the Bayern performance. With this in mind, Vermaelen could very well pick up a clean sheet in addition to finally earning his first attacking points of the season.
- Patrice EVRA [QPR(A), 7.3m] – United have finally started to find some defensive strength, picking up clean sheets in their last 2 gameweeks and with QPR struggling in front of goal it could be 3 in 3. With attacking potential in his locker too, Evra is a defender with the potential for high returns this weekend.
- Ian HARTE [WIG(H), 3.9m] – To help even it out, we’ve thrown in a budget defender to round off our defensive backline. Reading battle Wigan in relegation decider that whets the appetite and McDermott knows just how important this game is. A win would mean the world to Reading and we can expect a wholehearted performance from them. With Harte picking up an assist in both of the previous gameweeks, he is another defender with the potential to return at both ends of the field.
- Gareth BALE [WHM(A), 10.1m] – Bale has been in incredible form scoring 4 goals in the past 3 gameweeks. He continued this great form scoring two wonderful free kicks in the home win over Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League. This form has been reflected in the transfers in with his price rising 0.3m since Gameweek 26. With returns in his last 2 away matches, travelling to West Ham will provide no fear for the Welsh livewire.
- Theo WALCOTT (C) [AVL(H), 9.5m] – Another midfielder in spectacular form is Theo Walcott, who has collected 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 matches. With Arsenal hosting Villa this weekend, we could be in for a goalfest and it would be incredibly unlikely for Walcott to not return any attacking points, which is why we’re making him our captain this weekend.
- David SILVA [CHE(H), 9.3m] – City have struggled to find their groove in recent weeks and it’s not surprising to see that Silva’s returns have dried up a little. The creative Spaniard pulls all the strings and if they are to pick up a much needed win over Chelsea, Silva will be at the heart of it. With Chelsea playing two additional European fixtures in the past fortnight, the fatigue might just play a factor in Sunday’s super match.
- Robert SNODGRASS [EVE(H), 6.2m] – Norwich are a match for anyone when playing at home and they will be well rested for the game against Everton. Oldham showed last weekend that goals can be scored against Everton and despite Snodgrass’ recent lack of returns, this could be the gameweek where he performs. With 4 goals and 4 assists this season, the potential is there.
- Olivier GIROUD [AVL(H), 8.0m] – Giroud had to make do with a cameo in the loss to Bayern, which should mean that he is fresh and raring to go for the game against Villa. Arsenal are sure to create plenty of chances against Villa and with Giroud looking to add to his goal tally, he may be able to finally break into double figures for the fantasy premier league season.
- Robin VAN PERSIE [QPR(A), 14.0m] – Van Persie addressed his recent double blank with a 12 point haul in the game against Everton, picking up a goal and an assist. With Rooney out, the Dutchman is sure to start as Fergie looks for 3 points against the basement dwellers. QPR are desperate for points but they will need to watch Van Persie very closely if they want to get anything out of this difficult game.
- Romelu LUKAKU [SUN(H), 6.5m] – Lukaku has been in outstanding form recently, notching 4 goals and 2 assists in the last 6 gameweeks. He’s recently stated that he’d like to spend another season at West Brom and it’s easy to see why. The young Belgian is clearly enjoying his football and will prove to be a true test for the Sunderland backline in Gameweek 27.
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