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5 FPL Tips for this Week GW28

Fantasy Premier League GW28 is upon us and it is yet another double gameweek.

Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, Watford and Wolves all have two fixtures. For more information you can check out our double gameweek schedule.

Focus on the Double and Blank Gameweek

If you are planning to get through BGW30 without using a free hit you should target a player who doubles in GW28 and also has a fixture in GW30. This would mean bringing in a player from Aston Villa or Wolves.

This makes Philippe Coutinho a top transfer target. He is a great option this week as he is even captain material. Aston Villa play Southampton (H) and Leeds (a).

Coutinho has had 4 goal involvements since joining villa and is averaging over 5.3 points per game. He is ranked highest of all villa players with a total of 0.52 XGI over the past 6 games. This would mean you get four fixtures in the space of three weeks.

Leeds are leaking goals and have conceded 20 goals in there last four games. 11 of which have come over the past three home games.

This warms to the chance of Aston Villa having success again after a great 2-0 victory over Brighton at the weekend. Coutinho didn’t return in this game but his overall threat continues to look promising.

Additionally, he also has a fixture in BGW30, so this is one less to worry about.

Update: It has now been confirmed there will only be four fixtures in GW30:

  • Aston Villa vs Arsenal
  • Leicester vs Brentford
  • Tottenham vs West Ham
  • Wolves vs Leeds

No Need to Spend Too Big on DGW Teams

If you can set yourself up with double gameweek teams without spending big, do so.

One excellent example for GW28 is Jacob Ramsey. At just £4.8m he has cemented his place in the starting line up and has been getting in some great positions under Gerrard.

In the past 6 games Ramsey is only 0.02 xGi behind Coutinho, so for a player who is currently £2.6m cheaper, this seems a great option.

This is also a player who you don’t have to start each week and can have on the bench during Aston Villa’s fixture swing from GW29 onwards. Therefore, he can also act as an enabler as that fifth midfielder.

Attack the Short-term, not the Long-term

Try to attack the DGW28 and DGW29. As we all know a lot can change in Fantasy Premier League in a short space of time.

Newcastle are a good example, who double in both gameweeks. They are currently on a 6 game unbeaten run, winning four of them. Furthermore, they have only conceded four goals during that period, too.

Two attacking options are Willock £5.7m and Fraser £5.3m. They are also differentials options with 3% and 1% respective ownership.

Willock over the past four games has had more shots than the rest of this seasons games combined. This stat certainly shows he is getting more chances and in shooting positions and has shown with his two goals and an assist in his previous three games.

However, with such a good, recent defensive stats, a defender could be the way to go.

According to the FPL player form guide, Fabian Schar (£4.3m) comes out on top in the last 6 games. With that said though, Matt Targett (£4.7m) appears to be a more certain starter and provides more of an attacking threat.

Don’t play Chelsea Roulette

Chelsea players will justifiably be tempting targets, especially if they are given a double in GW28.

However, predicting their starting lineup, and finding someone who will play both games, will be hard work. That means it may be prudent to avoid the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz , Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.

If you are after players who are ‘nailed’ for 90 minutes then these are the hardest positions for Chelsea assets to predict.

If you are okay with these players missing a fixture or being rested then Mason Mount becomes the best option.

After not the best performance in the final he still found himself in some great attacking positions having two or three clear big chances. On another day he could have walked away with a couple of goals.

With Chelsea’s fixture swing the players to target are the defenders in the order of:

Antonio Rudiger

With Rudiger (£6.1m) you are getting the most nailed defender to start each game and for 90 minutes. He is one of the first names on the team sheet and has been consistently great this year, arguably having his best season to date.

His appeal is strengthened by the likelihood of him having the double he becomes a great asset moving forward.

Reece James

The Cesar Azpilicueta injury is one to keep an eye on, making James an even stronger option, following his return in the League Cup final. Update: It looks all but certain Azpilicueta will miss the Burnley game.

With a 0.41 xGi and getting an attacking return in 9 of his last 14 starts, he could be an essential asset over the coming few gameweeks.

Interestingly, the last time James played these 3 fixtures in the reverse leg he scored a massive 41 points.

Something similar wouldn’t be too bad to repeat and at £6.2m he is someone who should be strongly considered.

Thiago Silva

Silva (£5.6m) is the cheapest of the three and it looks like he’ll maintain his starting place. He has racked up an impressive 100 points so far.

Despite three goals and two assists to his name this campaign, he is certainly the least attacking threat of the three.

A Captaincy Wildcard

The effective ownership of captain options this week will be widely spread due to Mohamed Salah only having the one fixture against a tough West Ham side.

It is a given that Salah can haul in any given gameweek. His record this season is impressive even by his own high standards, having scored 19 and providing 11 assists.

Consequently, there will be many FPL managers that still give him the captain’s armband.

As discussed in the first tip of the article Coutinho is a great option given the DGW and fixtures he has.

Elsewhere, Raphinha is going under the radar with regards to captain options as he has created 19 chances over the past 6 weeks and only come away with one assist in this time period.

This shows he is massively underperforming his stats and with the DGW of Leicester (a) and Aston Villa (H) it may be a time where he finally gets his returns.

In this time period only Bruno Fernandes has created more chances so it’s one to think about if you own him.

Furthermore, with the announcement of Jesse Marsch and the new manager bounce, it could make Raphinha an even better asset. Last time out he had a goal and an assist rules out by the woodwork.

If there’s one week you shouldn’t stress too much about the captaincy, it’s this one.