Gameweek 27 in the FPL had 11 matches in total featuring a double gameweek for Manchester City and Southampton. There were a total of 26 goals scored over the 11 games, giving an average of 2.36 goals per fixture. The highest FPL score for the round was 167 points and the average team total was 60. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 27 and see who were the FPL’s big hits and misses.
Spurs made it three league wins on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday evening. Harry Kane - one of our ‘Top picks’ for this round at Drafthound - was in scintillating form. The England international forward was involved in all of his team’s goals, scoring two and assisting the other two. Kane earned an excellent 19 points for gameweek 27 and was the second-best player of the whole round.
The two assists Kane provided were finished off by Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard is enjoying an Indian summer in his career in recent weeks and has played his way into Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven. Bale has started the last three games, coinciding with Spurs’ winning run. He normally gets taken off between 60 and 70 minutes into each game. Whether that is a tactical decision or based on Bale’s possible lack of match fitness is unclear. Bale’s FPL score for the round was 14 points.
Kane and Bale were the standout performers for Spurs with Heung-Min Son the next-best FPL player. However, he managed a relatively low 5 points.
Son was the most ‘transferred out’ Spurs player with almost 70,000 teams getting rid of the South Korea international. Kane and Bale were each signed by more than 300,000 FPL players for gameweek 27.
James Ward-Prowse was signed by almost 80,000 players ahead of Southampton’s double gameweek. This was more than twice as much as the next most ‘transferred in’ Southampton player - Che Adams. Ward-Prowse didn’t let anyone down, scoring 18 points over the two games. The midfielder earned 11 points in the 2-0 win at Sheffield United after scoring a penalty and keeping a clean sheet. That result brought an end to a 9-game winless run for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side in the Premier League. Ward-Prowse bagged another penalty on Wednesday as The Saints fell to a heavy 5-2 defeat at Manchester City. He is currently selected by 9.8% of teams and costs 5.9 million at the moment. Ward-Prowse was selected on both the ‘Value picks’ and ‘Differential picks’ at Drafthound for gameweek 27.
Che Adams was Southampton’s other goalscorer in both games. Adams managed to get 12 FPL points over the two games. Adams was one of our ‘Value picks’ at Drafthound.
The best of the rest for Southampton were Stuart Armstrong (10 points), Ryan Bertrand (8), Jan Vestergaard (8), and Kyle Walker-Peters (7). Vestergaard made the cut as part of our ‘Value picks’ and ‘Differential picks’ at Drafthound.
Riyad Mahrez had another excellent round in the FPL for Manchester City. Like most of his teammates, the tricky forward had a quiet game as they lost 2-0 to rivals Manchester United on Sunday. However, Pep Guardiola’s men bounced back with a 5-2 win over Southampton and Mahrez scored twice in that game. His FPL total for the round was 20 points making him the highest-scoring player overall. Mahrez was selected by Drafthound as both a ‘Differential pick’ and a ‘Top pick’.
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were other noteworthy City players from this round. De Bruyne also scored two against Southampton while Foden registered two assists in the same game. De Bruyne’s FPL score was 16 points while Foden got 12 points.
Ilkay Gündogan has been one of the most consistent FPL players of recent weeks and he added another 10 points to his tally for the season. The Germany international midfielder was another of our ‘Value picks’.
Luke Shaw - one of our ‘Top picks’ and ‘Value picks’ - was the highest-scoring defender in FPL for the round. Shaw earned 14 points in Manchester United’s excellent 2-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday thanks to his goal, a clean sheet, and some bonus points.
Despite Leeds’ 2-0 defeat away to West Ham on Monday, their goalkeeper, Illan Meslier, was the best stopper of the FPL gameweek. Meslier scored 9 points for his heroics at London Stadium, even though he couldn’t keep a clean sheet on the day.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 27. Gameweek 28 takes place this coming weekend and the deadline for transfers and changes is Friday, March 12th at 18:30 GMT.
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