Double gameweek 27 is shaping up as the most wide-open captaincy race of the season.
Upper mid-table teams Brighton & Brentford have favourable double gameweeks while the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool & Tottenham have prime single gameweek fixtures against weak opposition.
This is an opportunity to gain valuable rank by making the correct choice and also a chance to take a risk and reap the rewards with less potential downside.
Whether you’re looking for a safe pick or a high-risk/high-reward option, we’ve analysed all the fixtures to help you make the best decision for your team.
What do the bookies predict ahead of gameweek 27? Find out in this week’s edition of Bookie’s Advantage
Ivan Toney, Brentford
I expect many of the 34% of managers who own Ivan Toney to captain the Englishman this week. However, this will likely be less than a quarter of the overall managers in FPL.
Toney is the definition of a ‘talisman player’. He has been directly involved in 18 of Brentford’s 40 goals this season. And that includes Toney missing two fixtures.
Toney is one of the best in the business when it comes to penalties and also has some free-kick duties to his name this season.
Brentford face Everton and Southampton; both as away fixtures. Everton have conceded eight goals in their previous three fixtures while Southampton battle relegation and look dishevelled as a squad.
Toney has the best bookies odds with a 58% chance of scoring this gameweek.
Kaoru Mitoma, Brighton
At the start of the season I would never have expected to be debating my captaincy choice with Mitoma as one of the options, but here we are!
Mitoma has been on fire for Brighton, recording six goals and three assists in his past 11 matches. He has only blanked three times in this time period.
Mitoma is full of confidence and is running head on at the defence and scoring top quality goals as of late. Sometimes it is a simple enough choice to back the in-form man to be your captain.
Mitoma has been given goalscoring odds of 44% and is a solid captaincy option.
Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton
As of late, Mac Allister has been deployed in the #10 position and has been increasing his attacking output dramatically.
He has taken 13 shots over the last three gameweeks and has been involved in five big scoring chances.
Brighton are second in xG per match since the World Cup and their form looks likely to continue.
Mac Allister has been assigned a 45% chance to score by the bookies but he could get also lucky by being on penalty duties and having that opportunity to score.
Evan Ferguson, Brighton
The big Brighton #9 has been somewhat of a revelation in recent weeks.
The 18 year-old has three goals and two assists to his name in only 387 minutes of game time. That’s just over four full matches!
Ferguson recorded 16 shots with nine on target in this time which are great underlying numbers. He will likely lead the line across both matches this gameweek.
The bookies have given Ferguson a 57% chance of scoring and I believe he is a perfect differential this week if that’s what you are looking for.
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Nick, also known as StatsmanFPL, is a qualified data analyst with a love for FPL. He analyses the data so you don’t have to. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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