Who are the best Fantasy Premier League players to own for Double Gameweek 26? 4-time top 1k and 4-time top 10k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium players for our FPL teams.
Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Chelsea (a) and Crystal Palace (a)Bruno Fernandes has simply been unstoppable since his arrival at Old Trafford. He is the highest scoring player in the game (190 points) – a massive 26 points ahead of second placed Mohamed Salah (£12.6m). Since his Premier League debut, he has amassed the most points (307) and also the most points per appearance (7.9). He really has cemented himself as the number one FPL option. With four goals and three assists in his last four games and 15 goals and 12 assists overall in the league, the Portuguese is a lock pick for Double Gameweek 26. His stats have been phenomenal too with 83 Shots (1st), 36 Shots on Target (1st), 32 Shots in the Box and 15 Big Chances while also creating 71 Chances (2nd) and 17 Big Chances (1st). Manchester United come up against Chelsea (a) and Crystal Palace (a) in Double Gameweek 26 and despite having a tough first game you still have to fancy them to score in that looking at their attacking stats. Also, their second game is very enticing against Roy Hodgson’s men. The Eagles have conceded 353 Shots (15th), 225 Shots in the Box (18th), 121 Shots on Target (15th), and 56 Big Chances (17th). They have also conceded 43 goals (19th). Man United on the other hand have scored 53 goals (1st) with 359 Shots (3rd), 150 Shots on Target (1st), 220 Shots in the Box (6th), and 67 Big Chances (2nd). The Red Devils are clearly one of the best in the league when it comes to attack and Bruno is the heartbeat of that team. He is involved in almost every single attacking move which is proven by his 51% Goal Involvement and also the fact that he now has the most attacking returns in the league with 27. He will be one of the highest captained in this bumper Double Gameweek and has an 81% chance of anytime returns according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) – Leicester City
Fixture: Arsenal (H) and Burnley (a)Harvey Barnes has been in unbelievable form lately and a great option at his price. He has 9 goals and five assists over the season and more recently has two goals and two assists in his last two. His stats have been good also with 55 Shots, 25 Shots on Target, 40 Shots in the Box and 9 Big Chances. He has also created 26 Chances himself. Leicester City play both Arsenal (H) and Burnley (a) in the Double Gameweek 26. The Foxes are flying high this season and are serious contenders for the top four. They currently sit third, only by virtue of goal difference behind Manchester United. They have been a very solid and attacking team and Barnes has been at the forefront of that in recent weeks. They have scored 44 goals (4th) with 307 Shots, 115 Shots on Target, 185 Shots on the Box and 53 Big Chances. They have a home game against the Gunners in which they will be favourites for and Barnes has six goals and three assists at home. Their second game against Burnley sees them come up against a side who concede a lot of chances. The Clarets have conceded 355 Shots (18th), 223 Shots in the Box (17th) and 125 Shots on Target (16th). All in all, it’s a good double Gameweek for Leicester and especially for the young English midfielder who is thriving just now. His price is very generous also and with the number of shots he gets in the box he is the biggest goal threat in that Leicester team after teammate Jamie Vardy. Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 71% for anytime returns.
Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Sheffield United (a) and Chelsea (H)Liverpool are clearly on a treacherous run of form just now having lost their last four league games in a row. However, this hasn’t stopped the Egyptian from getting plenty of attacking returns and putting up good numbers. In his last five games, he has four goals with 17 Shots (1st), 8 Shots on Target (1st), 13 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 6 Big Chances (1st). It's also important to remember Salah sits as the league's top scorer with 17 goals and four assists and is second highest scoring player in the game. Liverpool are another team that have a good set of fixtures in Double Gameweek 26 starting with a game against bottom of the table Sheffield United. The Blades have conceded 41 goals (18th) while also conceding 330 Shots (15th), 207 Shots in the box (16th), 131 Shots on Target (18th), and 57 Big Chances (18th). Liverpool despite their poor form are still one of the best attacking teams in the league and we know they have the quality there to switch it on at any time. They have 383 Shots (2nd), 137 Shots on Target (3rd), 248 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 66 Big Chances (3rd). They have also scored 45 goals (3rd). Mohamed Salah's stats show that he is still a great option despite Liverpool’s woeful team performances and he doesn’t need the team to be playing well for him to get attacking returns. The Egyptian is also on penalties and is a massive 93% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool. Not only that, but he also has the most projected points at 12.5.
Ilkay Gündogan (£6.1m) – Manchester City
Fixture: West Ham (H) and Wolves (H)The German now has 11 goals and two assists all of which have come in the last 14 games (Gameweek 13). During this time he has scored the most goals and points (114) and also boasts great attacking stats too. Since Gameweek 13 he has 34 Shots (6th), 16 Shots on Target (3rd), 26 Shots in the Box (6th) and 12 Big Chances (1st). He has also created 23 Chances and 3 Big Chances. Manchester City look to have the best Double Gameweek fixtures this week not only due to their two home games but more due to the fact they have been unstoppable this season in every department. They sit a comfortable 10 points clear the top of the league and have the best defence by far and also the best attack. They have scored 50 goals (2nd) with 386 Shots (1st), 140 Shots on Target (2nd), 254 Shots in the Box (1st) and 73 Big Chances (1st). They also have the best xG at 51.88. Pep Guardiola’s men seem to be fixture-proof at the moment having won their last 18 games in all competitions. Gundogan at only £6.1m is still an absolute bargain despite rising in price by £0.6m. Having scored 12 goals in his last three seasons combined he already has 11 this season and will get plenty more. He is clearly playing a different and much more attacking role and is revelling in it. He is definitely a good captain option for Double Gameweek 26. Our Price Prediction Tool has him at 70% for anytime returns also.
Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) – Spurs
Fixture: Burnley (H) and Fulham (a)Heung-Min Son has 13 goals and six assists over the season with 45 Shots, 25 Shots on Target, 29 Shots in the Box and 19 Big Chances (4th). He has also created 43 Chances with 7 Big Chances. Spurs are another team who seem to be out of form having lost five of their lat six league games. Their only win in that period game against West Brom at home and their losses against Liverpool, Brighton, Chelsea, Manchester City, and West Ham. Although you would expect a team of their quality to get at least something out of these games they were not easy fixtures. They now have a very generous Double Gameweek in 26 with games against Burnley (H) and Fulham (a). It’s the old form vs fixtures debate with both Spurs and Son this week as he only has one goal and one assist in his last eight league games. I am in the latter camp and think Spurs will win both these games and Son is sure to be involved especially with Harry Kane (£11.1m) back too. Burnley concede a lot of chances and have one of the worst defensive stats in the league with 355 Shots (18th), 223 Shots in the Box (17th) and 125 Shots on Target (16th). Fulham although a much improved defensive side recently have still conceded 63 Big Chances (20th) so are susceptible. The South Korean has eight double-digit hauls already this season so we know exactly what he is capable of and can be mega explosive on his day. Our Points Prediction Tool rates him highly too at 81% for anytime returns.
Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Leeds United (a) and Sheffield United (a)Ollie Watkins has scored four goals in his last seven games (since Gameweek 19) and also has 10 goals and four assists overall. He has blanked in his last two games and only managed one shot in that time but they were against Brighton and Leicester City who are both solid defences. Over the season his stats have been very impressive and he is up against two very leaky defences in Double Gameweek 26. In only 23 games he has had 64 Shots (6th), 29 Shots on Target, (5th), 60 Shots in the Box (2nd), and 20 Big Chances (4th). He has also created 26 Chances (3rd among forwards) and 3 Big Chances. He is truly great value at only £6.5m. Aston Villa face Leeds United and Sheffield United in Double Gameweek 26 and this looks like a very good pair of fixtures for Villa’s attack and especially Watkins. Leeds have conceded 345 Shots (16th), 220 Shots in the Box (17th), 134 Shots on Target (19th), and 60 Big Chances (19th). They have also conceded 43 goals (19th). The Blades’ defensive record isn’t much better. They have conceded 330 Shots (15th), 207 Shots in the Box (16th), 131 Shots on Target (18th), and 57 Big Chances (18th) while conceding 41 goals (18th). As you can see both defences are very vulnerable and despite Villa’s decrease in attacking numbers recently I feel they are more than good enough to score against these two teams. Watkins despite playing two games less than most of the league has put up attacking numbers up there with the best and he knows exactly where the net is. The Villa forward has had a great season to date and is clearly getting a lot of chances and especially shots in the box. Also if Grealish is out he may well be on penalties also as Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) seems to have lost his starting place in the first 11. Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 78% for anytime returns.
Harry Kane (£11.1m) – Spurs
Fixture: Burnley (H) and Fulham (a)Harry Kane has 13 goals and 11 assists (24 attacking returns) this season with 82 Shots (2nd), 30 Shots on Target (4th), 51 Shots in the Box (6th), and 16 Big Chances (8th). He has also created 33 Chances and 12 Big Chances which is the most among all forwards. Also bear in mind he has only played 22 games. Spurs have a Double Gameweek in 26 and have one of the best fixtures on paper. They play Burnley (H) and Fulham (a). Since his return from injury, he has one goal in the three games and was quite unfortunate not to get something last Gameweek against West Ham where he had 6 Shots and 4 Shots in the Box. Looking at the stats Burnley have one of the worst defences in the league and concede a lot of chances. They have conceded 355 Shots (18th), 223 Shots in the Box (17th) and 125 Shots on Target (16th). Fulham have improved a lot defensively recently but Spurs with the quality they have should have too much for them. Harry Kane still has the highest Goal Involvement in the league with 65% and England forward is also on penalties. He is not only a big goal threat but also has huge assist threat as proven by his stats and also his 11 assists so far. He will no doubt be one of the highest captained players for Double Gameweek 26 and is a great shout for the triple captain chip too. He is nailed to start and will more than likely play the full 90 when he does too. He is also a massive 90% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) – Everton
Fixture: Southampton (H) and West Brom (a)Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 13 goals and six assists this season and also more recently three goals and two assists in his last three appearances. Over the season the Evertonian forward has 55 Shots, 32 Shots on Target and 47 Shots in the Box with 21 Big Chances. Everton have a great pair of fixtures in Double Gameweek 26. They play Southampton who have been very poor losing six of their last seven games conceding 22 goals in that time (20th), and also West Brom who have the worst defence in the league. The Baggies have conceded 386 Shots (20th), 254 Shots in the Box (20th), 158 Shots on Target (20th) and 63 Big Chances (20th). They have also conceded the most goals (55) – 12 more than Leeds United who have conceded the second most goals. Another stat that sticks out against West Brom is that they have conceded 62 shots from headed attempts and we know how good Calvert-Lewin is in the air with him already scoring five (1st) with his head and also 17 headed attempts (4th) on goal. We know how clinical and explosive he can be with him scoring 10 goals in his first nine games which included a hatrick and a brace and this was when Everton had all their main players fit as they do now. He is a serious captain contender for this week in my opinion and could be a great differential if you are playing catch up as most will be captaining the likes of Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes and Mohamed Salah. Our Points Prediction Tool also has him at 81% to return anytime and he is another player who is nailed to start when fit and also more than likely to play the full game.
Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) – Leicester City
Fixture: Arsenal (H) and Burnley (a)The Leicester forward has one goal and one assist in his last two starts since coming back from injury and has 12 goals and nine assists over the season. He has been his usual attacking self and in the last two has had 8 Shots (2nd), 4 Shots on Target (2nd), 8 Shots in the Box (1st) and 3 Big Chances (1st). Over the season Vardy has had 55 Shots, 27 Shots on Target, 53 Shots in the Box and 25 Big Chances (1st) while also creating 16 Chances and 4 Big Chances. Brendan Rodger’s men face both Arsenal and Burnley in Double Gameweek 26 and this is a very good Gameweek for Vardy I feel as he likes to score against the ‘big teams’. He has already scored against Manchester City (hatrick), Arsenal, Spurs, and Liverpool this season. Leicester City have been one of the best attacking teams in the league this season. They have scored 44 goals (4th) with 307 Shots, 115 Shots on Target, 185 Shots on the Box and 53 Big Chances. I fancy Vardy to do well against Arsenal but it’s the second game against Burnley which seems the most enticing. They have conceded 355 Shots (18th), 223 Shots in the Box (17th), and 125 Shots on Target (16th). The Golden Boot winner is Leicester City’s talisman and main goal threat. With his Goal Involvement of 55% (4th) and the fact he is on penalties makes him a great fantasy asset in his own right but with a double this week he looks even better. Leicester have also received 10 penalties (1st) this season. With the double fixture, Vardy is at a big 87% for anytime returns over the two games according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Aston Villa (H)With his goal last Gameweek against Southampton, Patrick Bamford has now scored 13 goals and also has eight assists and sits as the second highest scoring forward in the game. Although he only has a single fixture this Gameweek he is still a great option. The £6.9m striker has had 82 Shots (2nd), 37 Shots on Target (1st), 73 Shots in the Box (1st) and 23 Big Chances (2nd). The forward has also created 17 Chances and 4 Big Chances. Leeds United play Aston Villa in Double Gameweek 26 and looking at Leeds’s attacking stats and Villas recent defensive stats this is a good fixture. The Whites have had 354 Shots (4th), 137 Shots on Target (3rd), 252 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 43 goals (5th). Aston Villa on the other hand have one of the worst defensive numbers in the last six games. Since Gameweek 20 the Villain’s have conceded 106 Shots (20th), 60 Shots in the box (18th) and 39 Shots on Target (19th). They really should have conceded more goals too but have Emi Martinez to thank for that and really haven’t been great defensively lately and Leeds are the type of team to capitalise on that in a big way. The forward is in great form this season and because of the double Gameweek may find it hard to make most peoples starting 11’s but he should absolutely not be written off this week. Even with a single game our Points Prediction Tool has him at 65% for anytime returns. In conclusion, I will rank these Double Gameweek 26 midfielders and forwards in accordance to our Power Rankings for Hub members!
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