Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 26 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 26 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Goal’s handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign

In what is the biggest double gameweek in Premier League history (!), the next six days in the Fantasy Premier League really could make or break your season.

Indeed, as many as 14 teams have two fixtures this week, offering big point-scoring opportunities across the board.

So as you weigh up possible transfers and team picks, Goal is on hand to offer selection advice, possible captain picks and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your FPL league tables.

Contents

  1. Gameweek fixtures
  2. Team selection advice
  3. Who is the best captain pick?

Gameweek 26 fixtures

Date Fixture Time (GMT)
Feb 27 Man City vs West Ham 12:30
Feb 27 West Brom vs Brighton 15:00
Feb 27 Leeds vs Aston Villa 17:30
Feb 27 Newcastle vs Wolves 20:00
     
Feb 28 Crystal Palace vs Fulham 12:00
Feb 28 Leicester vs Arsenal 12:00
Feb 28 Tottenham vs Burnley 14:00
Feb 28 Chelsea vs Man Utd 16:30
Feb 28 Sheffield Utd vs Liverpool 19:15
     
Mar 1 Everton vs Southampton 20:00
     
Mar 2 Man City vs Wolves 20:00
     
Mar 3 Burnley vs Leicester 18:00
Mar 3 Sheffield Utd vs Aston Villa 18:00
Mar 3 Crystal Palace vs Man Utd 20:15
     
Mar 4 Fulham vs Tottenham 18:00
Mar 4 West Brom vs Everton 18:00
Mar 4 Liverpool vs Chelsea 20:15
GAMEWEEK 26 CHANGES DEADLINE: Feb 27, 11:00

Team selection advice

Goalkeepers

Owners of Manchester City players have consecutive double gameweeks to look forward to, with Pep Guardiola’s side facing West Ham, Wolves, Manchester United and Southampton, all at home, over the next 12 days.

That’s likely to bring about heavy rotation of the starting XI but Ederson (£6.1m) is at least one City star that will almost certainly start all four matches, injuries and suspension permitting.

Indeed, City have kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches in all competitions and, as they continue to accelerate towards winning the Premier League title, there’s likely to be a fair few more shut-outs to follow.

As for an alternative, Emiliano Martinez (£5.3m) – the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game with 130 points – is the best option.

Villa face Leeds (A) and Sheffield United (A) in their pair of double gameweek fixtures and, with one eye on Gameweek 29 when Dean Smith’s side are one of just eight teams to have a fixture, he continues to represent excellent value.

Defenders

Everton have arguably the most appealing set of double gameweek fixtures as Carlo Ancelotti’s side take on a drastically out-of-form Southampton at Goodison Park before an away meeting with struggling West Brom.

With that in mind, France international left-back Lucas Digne (£6.1m) looks a top defensive pick, with the 27-year-old having claimed 11 points over his last two matches.

Digne is, of course, one of the Toffees’ primary set-piece takers and is always looking to deliver an early cross from the left, with Everton likely to have the majority of the possession in both their matches in Gameweek 26.

As we’ve already mentioned, with City facing four matches in a short space of time there’s no doubt Guardiola will make changes in each game, and second-guessing those changes is no mean feat.

Having made John Stones (£5.2m) and Ruben Dias (£6.1m) his go-to centre-back pairing for much of the 2020-21 campaign, Aymeric Laporte (£6m) has steadily come back into contention and it’s likely the Catalan will rotate those three across the four fixtures.

It may, therefore, make more sense to go with Joao Cancelo (£6.1m).

The Portuguese probably stands the best chance of playing the most minutes of all of City’s defenders, with the 26-year-old in exceptional form at the moment and capable of playing in both full-back positions, as well as, should it be required, a midfield role too.

Midfielders

The most transferred-in midfielder, and by a huge distance, ahead of Gameweek 26 is Leicester City star Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) – and it’s easy to see why.

The 23-year-old has produced returns in all but two of his last eight matches, with 25 points having been secured from the Foxes’ last two games.

Brendan Rodgers’s side take on Arsenal (H) and Burnley (A) in their double gameweek fixtures and Barnes, having only played half an hour of the Europa League defeat to Slavia Prague, should be fit and raring to go.

What to do about Heung-Min Son (£9.5m)?

Many FPL bosses will still have the South Korea international in their teams despite all but one – that saw him bag 10 points against West Brom – of his last six matches having only returned two points.

Now is not the time to get rid, however, with Tottenham, who were able to rest Son for their Europa League win over Wolfsberger, facing Burnley (H) and Fulham (A) in their two Gameweek 26 fixtures.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m), who only played half of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad, should also feature in both matches in Gameweek 26 and has scored in each of his last four Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, one man you’ll probably want to get rid of ahead of Gameweek 26 is Jack Grealish (£7.6m).

Villa boss Smith confirmed on Friday that the England international still isn’t ready to return and, despite the 25-year-old being the fourth highest-scoring midfielder in the game, there are better alternatives for the double gameweek.

Forwards

He may be without a goal in either of his last two matches but Gameweek 26 could well see a huge return from Harry Kane (£11.1m).

The Tottenham forward, like team-mate Son, was an unused sub against Wolfsberger in midweek and he has a decent chance of adding to the 13 league goals he’s scored this season against both Burnley and Fulham.

We mentioned Everton’s two favourable fixtures earlier and, for that reason, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) should also be a shoo-in for your teams.

The England international came off the bench to make a decisive contribution in the Merseyside derby and he’ll no doubt be back in Ancelotti’s starting XI when they meet Southampton on Monday night.

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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 26?

If you still have it, Gameweek 26 may well be the best time to unleash your Triple Captain chip.

Indeed, with so many players having double gameweek fixtures, it’s tricky to pick out an obvious stand-out to take the armband, and there’s as many as five or six hugely appealing candidates.

Although with Manchester City likely to rotate their midfield and attack, and Manchester United and Liverpool having at least one tricky fixture, we’re going for the differential pick of Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) this week.

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