GW-27 concludes today with Manchester City hosting Southampton, which will provide further insight into which assets are worth investment this time around. Except for its Friday deadline, GW-28 brings us back to FPL normality of single games and no blanks. It’s worth noting that GW-29 will have blanks, with only eight teams in action, so steer toward their players as part of your plan.
Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, £5.3, @NEW): The former Arsenal shot-stopper continues to offer great FPL value, recently delivering back-to-back clean-sheets. Villa may not be firing on all cylinders right now, but another clean-sheet is probable against strugglers Newcastle.
Kasper Schmeichel (LEI, £6.1, SHU): Leicester hasn’t been great recently, but Schmeichel has a great opportunity to keep a clean-sheet when hosting goal-shy Sheffield United. The Blades have now failed to score in four consecutive games.
Kyle Bartley (£5.2, CRY vs WBA): West Brom may be struggling to score goals but is doing a good job of keeping them out. It’s now three clean-sheets on the bounce for Big Sam’s men who have a great chance to make it four against struggling Palace. Bartley also scored back in GW-26, so he offers more than just clean-sheets.
João Cancelo (£6.2, FUL vs MCI): It wasn’t a great game for Cancelo and the Citizens last time out, but Cancelo was hooked off on the 65th minute, which may put him in contention to feature against Southampton and then in this game-week. Keep an eye on City’s upcoming fixtures. Cancelo could be good to hold as the Citizens look to bounce back.
Luke Shaw (£5.1, MU vs WHU): Shaw is hot FPL property at the moment, continuing his fine offensive form after having scored in the impressive win over Man City last time out. He offers great value and potential at both ends of the pitch. His ownership has risen, but he still remains at around 11% ownership.
Youri Tielemans (£6.4, LEI vs SHU): Leicester is certainly struggling for form at the moment, not helped by injuries to key assets Barnes and Maddison. Tielemans has stepped up in their absence in the last couple of games with a goal and assist. He’s modestly priced and has low ownership (3.9%).
Gareth Bale (£9.4, ARS vs TOT): He may be a pricey asset in the game, but his recent performances are promising. With two consecutive braces, Bale looks to be reliving his previous good form at Tottenham. He’s an explosive player, and at around 5% ownership, he is a great differential pick.
Kai Havertz (£8.2, LEE vs CHE): Havertz seems to have finally shown glimpses of his promise, with two assists last time out. Mason Mount may be a more popular pick in midfield, but Havertz is not a bad differential should he continue to be in favor under Tuchel. Next up is a Leeds side that is leaking goals.
Riyad Mahrez (£8.1, FUL vs MCI): The Citizens had a disappointing end to their long unbeaten run, losing out to their neighbors last time out. This should be just a blip for Pep, his players still worth backing. Mahrez has impressed recently, helping himself to a couple of returns and starting again midweek. He could be the key to breaking down a more resilient Fulham side. Look at the Southampton result before making your pick.
Harry Kane (£11.3, ARS vs TOT): He has a great record of scoring against his former club and is in strong form leading into this derby. With three goals and two assists in his last two matches, you should back him in this one. Spurs look to be hitting a good run of form and play in the blank GW-29.
Timo Werner (£9.2, LEE vs CHE): Werner is rarely a feature in our picks, having struggled for goals since moving across from RB Leipzig. Werner will have the perfect opportunity to get in amongst the goals again against a Leeds side that struggles at the back.
Richarlison (£7.9, EVE vs BUR): He’s the in-form man for Everton at the moment, outscoring strike partner DCL in recent times. Richarlison has two goals in his last three matches. Get in quick whilst his stock begins to rise.
Are you ready for a Friday deadline? What do you think of our picks for this game-week? Which transfer(s) are you making? Are you making decisions with blank GW-29 in mind? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!