As the dust settles on a huge double gameweek, attentions quickly turn towards the Premier League’s weekend fixtures with FPL managers having less than 48 hours to fine-tune their sides following Thursday night’s action.
League leaders Manchester City and Southampton are both in action twice as they catch up on previous postponements, whilst Tottenham and Liverpool face struggling sides on home soil.
As always we’re on hand with our best selections for the armband, here are four of the best captaincy options in gameweek 27 of Fantasy Premier League:
Harry Kane v Crystal Palace (H)
After struggling for form, Tottenham burst into life by thrashing Burnley last weekend, Jose Mourinho unleashing his forward options with Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura all returning in a 4-0 thumping of the Clarets.
The trio of Kane, Son and Bale in particular was eagerly anticipated following the latter’s return to north London during the summer, and after a slow start last weekend’s performance was encouraging following an excellent showing from the Wales international.
Bale’s return to form adds a new goal threat to Spurs and could perhaps free Kane, who scored his 14th league goal of the season against Burnley to move back level with Bruno Fernandes for the most direct goal involvements in the Premier League this season.
Kane has averaged 1.12 goals and assists per 90 minutes this season and has had three big chances in his past four Premier League fixtures ahead of Thursday’s clash with Fulham, the England captain in the mood and arguably the leading contender for the armband against a Crystal Palace team with one win in their past five.
Son Heung-Min v Crystal Palace (H)
The second nomination from Spurs in our list of the best captaincy options, Son Heung-Min hauled 11 points during that aforementioned win over Burnley and has two double-digit returns in his past four gameweeks.
Just two players – Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes – have been involved in more than his 21 goals this season and the South Korean’s share of the north Londoner’s set-piece duties add to his appeal as an attractive captaincy option.
Son also enjoys a fine record against this weekend’s opponents with five goals and an assist in eight appearances against Crystal Palace, the forward having only scored more times against Southampton and Manchester City since moving to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has averaged 0.88 goal and assists per 90 minutes this season, a record he will be confident of extending against an Eagles side regularly conceding shots at goal despite recent clean sheets against Fulham and Manchester United.
Kevin De Bruyne v Manchester United (H) and Southampton (H)
Kevin De Bruyne’s ownership stands at just 13.2% at the time of writing given his recent return from injury, making the Manchester City midfielder an intriguing option for the captaincy ahead of two fixtures for the league leaders in GW27.
Selecting a Manchester City captain during a double gameweek always provides a sense of risk given Pep Guardiola’s rotation roulette, but high risk promises high return when it comes to De Bruyne.
The Belgium international has provided a joint-league leading 11 assists in just 19 league starts this season, leading the Premier League for assists per 90 minutes and expected assists per 90.
The 28-year-old also ranks behind only Harry Kane for shots per 90 with 3.69 averaged each game, whilst his return to the side also offers the promise of a return to penalty duties given City’s struggles from the spot this season.
De Bruyne faces an out-of-sorts Manchester United at the Etihad in his first fixture, before meeting a struggling Southampton side who have lost eight of their past nine and have conceded 19 goals in their last six.
Mohamed Salah v Fulham (H)
Amid a lack of stand-out options, we’re going to offer another roll of the dice here with the selection Mohamed Salah.
The league’s leading scorer at home to a side mired in the bottom three may look straightforward, but a closer look at the statistics points towards this being a selection for the punters amongst us.
Fulham have kept the joint-most clean sheets – alongside Manchester City and Chelsea – over the past seven gameweeks, whilst Salah has just four goals across his past 12 league appearances.
However, Liverpool ended their winless run by beating Sheffield United last weekend and face Chelsea on Thursday evening before the visit of Fulham, whilst their injury-ravaged options should be strengthened ahead of the clash with the Cottagers.
Naby Keita and James Milner returned as substitutes at Bramall Lane, whilst perhaps more crucially Fabinho, Alisson and Diogo Jota are all in contention ahead of gameweek 27.
The fortunes of Tottenham and Leicester in recent weeks have shown how quickly things can change and a bolstered Liverpool have a chance to strengthen their top four push this weekend.