Fantasy Premier League 2019/20 Gameweek 27: Three in, three out

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 27 kicks off on Saturday the 22nd of February at 12:30 pm UK time, when Chelsea play host to Tottenham.

Gameweek 27 will end on Monday the 24th of February, with West Ham traveling to Liverpool.

So, all of your transfers for GW27 need to be done by 11:30 am UK time on Saturday the 22nd.

But if you are struggling to choose who to sign and who to sell this week, here are some tips.

Three in including Liverpool midfielder

Danny Ings (7.1)

Southampton are at home to a struggling Aston Villa side this game week.

Villa will kick-off at St Mary’s in 17th place, just one point above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa’s biggest issue this season has been their less than sturdy defence.

After 26 Premier League outings this term, Villa have let in a staggering 50 goals, more than any other side in the English top-flight.

As a result, this clash should be the perfect chance for an in-form Danny Ings to impress.

Ings is currently the 3rd best forward on FPL with a very impressive 135 points to his name due to the Englishman netting 15 in the league this term.

So, given Villa’s dismal defensive record, you would fancy Ings to once again be amongst the goals this week.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton FC at Villa Park on December 21, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Sadio Mane (12.2)

Liverpool may have been handed a rare defeat in the Champions League earlier this week but they should have no issues getting back to winning ways in the league.

The Reds will play host to relegation-battling West Ham on Monday the 24th of February.

West Ham are having an awful season and begin GW27 sat in the relegation zone.

And given Liverpool are undefeated in the league this campaign and are especially strong at Anfield, you probably want one of their attackers in your side this week.

Given Sadio Mane only played 45 minutes in midweek, you would assume he will be in from the get-go vs the Hammers.

The Senegalese winger has scored 12 and assisted eight in the PL this season and should have no problems providing a goal contribution this week.

George Baldock (5.1)

John Lundstram has been, for the majority of the season, a gift for FPL players.

Lundstram started the season as a 4.0 defender but he has been playing most of his games in midfield.

This, combined with Sheffield United’s tight defence and Lundstram’s goal contributions made him an FPL manager’s dream.

However, over the last few weeks, largely since the Blades signed Sander Berge, Lundstram has seen his game time diminishing.

As a result, you may be better served selling Lundstram and signing another Sheffield United defender such as George Baldock, who currently has just eight less points than Lundstram.

Three out including Tottenham midfielder

Heung-Min Son (10.0)

With Harry Kane picking up an injury in January, many FPL players who owned the Englishman may have decided to replace him with Heung-Min Son.

This was, at the time, a smart idea as the South Korean is arguably Spurs’ second-biggest attacking threat.

Son has also been in pretty decent goalscoring form of late, netting four in his last three PL ties.

However, the Tottenham standout picked up an injury vs Aston Villa this past weekend and Jose Mourinho recently stated he is not expecting Son to play again this season.

Chris Wood (6.3)

At 6.3, Burnley forward Chris Wood looks a decent budget option for your FPL side.

Wood has scored 10 and assisted one in the league this term and with Burnley playing an inconsistent Bournemouth team, you may have expected him to get in on the goals again this week.

But the Burnley striker came off 22 minutes into their last clash and when speaking about Wood ahead of Bournemouth, Sean Dyche labelled him ‘touch-and-go’.

As a result, you may be better served either selling or benching wood for GW27.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on November 26, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ryan Fraser (6.8)

Bournemouth duo Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson were some of the top performers on FPL last season.

The Scotsman managed the second-most assists in the PL last term with only then Chelsea star Eden Hazard earning more.

However, 2019/20 has not been as kind for both Fraser and Bournemouth.

Fraser has scored just once and provided four assists in the English top-flight this season and at 6.8, he is really not worth keeping in your side.

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Pep Guardiola provides updates on Man City trio ahead of Leicester

Leicester vs Man City

Manchester City and Leicester will go head-to-head on Saturday the 22nd of February.

You can check out 101’s betting tips for the clash here.

These two sides last faced off at the Etihad in the reverse fixture earlier this season with Man City dominating that tie and eventually emerging with a 3-1 victory.

Pep Guardiola and co will likely be hoping for a similarly easy victory this time around as they look ahead to their upcoming Champions League clash.

City are set for a huge last 16 CL tie with Spanish giants Real Madrid next week.

And with their PL title hopes all but over, we could see the Citizens field a slightly weaker team on Saturday as Guardiola looks to rest/limit injuries to his key stars.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City sits injured as Davinson Sánchez and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur look on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 02, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Guardiola on Sterling, David Silva & Sane

Prior to taking on Leicester, the Man City boss has provided updates on three players. Those players being David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

David Silva appeared to pick up some sort of knock earlier this week when City eased past West Ham but when speaking about the aforementioned trio, Pep stated they are all ok but some of them are not 100 percent.

Guardiola went on to state Sterling is in the latter stages of his recovery whilst Sane needs a little more time:

“All of them are okay, not 100 percent some of them.

“David was smart, intelligent to come off for the last minutes [against West Ham].

“Raheem is in the latter stages [of his recovery]. He’s getting better.

“Leroy is good as well, but, of course, he needs a little more time after six months out.” As quoted by Manchester City’s official website.

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho gives update on Moussa Sissoko

Chelsea vs Tottenham

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off sees Tottenham travel to Chelsea.

You can check out 101’s betting tips for the clash here.

After an upturn in form under Jose Mourinho, Spurs are now just a point off the top-four, a feat that seemed rather unrealistic earlier this season when Mauricio Pochettino was at the helm.

The team keeping the Lilywhites out of the top-four is their upcoming opponents, Chelsea.

But Spurs probably couldn’t ask for a better time to play the Blues.

Frank Lampard’s side are winless in four league outings and have a huge Champions League tie against German powerhouse Bayern Munich next week. Chelsea also look set to be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante for the clash at Stamford Bridge.

 

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Jose Mourinho on Moussa Sissoko

Ahead of what could be a season-defining tie, Jose Mourinho held his pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday.

During the presser, Mourinho spoke about Spurs midfielder, Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman has been sidelined for the majority of 2020 due to injury.

But when speaking about Sissoko on Friday, the Portuguese tactician claimed the 30-year-old could be back with Spurs by the end of March:

“I think Moussa will give us some matches this season.

“He went outside, started a little bit and next week he will have a different phase of his recovery.

“I’m optimistic, but realistic about his situation. I would expect Moussa to be playing a few weeks of football with us. In normal conditions, we are going to have him back by the end of March, beginning of April.” As quoted by Tottenham’s official website.

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Liverpool reportedly eyeing move for Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica

Milot Rashica’s Werder Bremen stint

Milot Rashica joined Werder Bremen from Dutch outfit Vitesse in January of 2018.

The German side are believed to have paid around £6.3m for the 23-year-old’s services.

In just over two years, Rashica has notched 61 appearances for Werder Bremen, in which he has scored 23 and assisted 10.

Rashica is having a particularly fruitful 2019/20 campaign, netting 10 and assisting four in 21 appearances across all competitions for the German outfit.

The Kosovo international is naturally a right-winger, however, he is extremely versatile.

Since moving to Germany, Rashica has played the majority of his games down the left and he is also capable of playing behind the striker or as a centre-forward.

 

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Liverpool eyeing Milot Rashica?

Rashica is currently contracted to Werder Bremen until the summer of 2022.

However, it looks as though the winger is attracting some interest from one of the Premier League’s top clubs.

As per the Mirror, citing German outlet BILD, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been tracking Rashica’s progress personally with a view to making a move for him in the summer.

The report from the Mirror also claims that Klopp has identified the Werder Bremen standout as a potential back-up for Sadio Mane.

And given his versatility, should Liverpool sign Rashica, he would also be able to provide cover for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Another Bundesliga forward to be linked with Liverpool this month has been Timo Werner.

The RB Leipzig hitman recently spoke about his links to the European champions. You can read what the German had to say here.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl gives update on Southampton trio ahead of Aston Villa

Southampton vs Aston Villa

Southampton will welcome Aston Villa to St Mary’s on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways.

The Saints had been playing some pretty impressive football, which saw them move clear of the relegation zone and closer to the top half of the table.

However, Southampton’s form has dipped off somewhat in recent weeks.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have now lost three of their last four league outings.

But Southampton should have a decent chance of getting back to winning ways this weekend.

Villa have won just one of their last five league ties and are only above the relegation zone by a point.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Sofiane Boufal of Southampton leaves the pitch due to injury during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Burnley FC at St Mary’s Stadium on February 15, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Hasenhuttl on Redmond, Boufal & Walker-Peters

Ahead of Saturday’s tie, Ralph Hasenhuttl held his pre-Aston Villa press conference on Thursday.

During the presser, the Austrian gave an update on three Southampton stars.

Southampton are set to be without the services of Nathan Redmond on Saturday with Hasenhuttl claiming the Englishman will be out for at least a month:

“Redmond is out. We still don’t know exactly how long it will be, minimum of one month.”

Hasenhuttl then gave an update on Sofiane Boufal, who picked up an injury vs Burnley last week:

“I didn’t train him this week. He is ahead of schedule but would be tough to be fit for this weekend.

“He has problems with his heel and I think it’s possible for him to start next week.”

Finally, the Southampton boss confirmed January addition Kyle Walker-Peters is out injured:

“He is injured now and is definitely out.”

All quotes via Southampton’s official website.

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