We are already passed through the two-thirds of the season, ups and downs on the league table as slowed down, teams are trying to focus on their chemistry to move upwards in the league table. After the end of FPL 2021/22 Gameweek 27, there has been a lot of share of points with the premium assets delivering huge points. Apart from the popular picks, there are quite a number of players, who have impressed over the weekend with points and underlying stats. The onset of good fixtures along with their form can really turn them into good replacements for the underperforming assets of the fantasy team. All the managers are trying to stabilize their teams with suitable options before the price hikes. In this FPL Gameweek 28 Watchlist 2021/22, we will be looking at 5 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run.
FPL Gameweek 28 Watchlist 2021/22
The focus of this week is primarily on utilizing the Wild Card chip considering the fixture swing of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Wolves. With that being said, here are five players under consideration in this gameweek after impressing over the weekend.
1. Martin Dubravka (Goalkeeper) – 4.4 Million
Newcastle got the better of Brentford in gameweek 27 to continue their good run of form. They’ve lost just 4 out of 14 matches since Eddie Howe took charge. In the last 5 gameweeks Martin Dubravka has saved 10 of the 11 shots on target he’s faced helping his side to 3 clean sheets. They’ve conceded just 2 goals meanwhile an average of 0.4 per game with only Chelsea faring better. Though the Blues have played just twice. Only Arsenal and Chelsea can better Newcastle‘s average of 0.73 expected goals conceded per game.
Back-to-back double gameweeks see Newcastle face Brighton Southampton Chelsea, and Everton. The Seagulls along with Everton rank amongst the bottom five teams for goals scored in the last six matches with four and five respectively. Chelsea fashioned just six big chances in that time with only Norwich producing fewer.
2. Romain Saiss (Defender) – 5.0 Million
Wolves have proved themselves of having one of the best defenses in the league this season keeping a total of 9 clean sheets so far. Being a defender Saiss has scored 2 goals landing a total of 15 shots with a non-penalty expected goals figure of 0.10 (xG) per 90 and an expected assist figure of 0.01 (xA) per 90. He use to create 0.51 good chances per 90 with an average of 1.2 touches in the opposition’s penalty box every game.
Wolves will be hosting Crystal Palace and Watford at home which looks like very decent fixtures with huge chances of clean sheets. Apart from this, the wanderers have a favorable run of fixtures till gameweeks 32 that includes Everton (A), Leeds (H), Aston Villa (H), Newcastle (A).
3. Antonio Rudiger (Defender) – 6.1 Million
Chelsea‘s meeting with Norwich from gameweek 30 is scheduled to move to gameweek 28 should either team progress in the FA Cup this week. That would mean a double gameweek of Burnley and Norwich for the blues with both being away from home.
Reece James has returned from injury but even with doubts now over Azpilicueta‘s fitness it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see his game time managed to some degree. Antonio Rudiger, therefore, provides the most assured route into the Chelsea defense having started all but one premier game this season which he missed through injury.
Thomas Tuchel’s side has kept 11 clean sheets this season, seven of which have come on the road, only Man City can match that tally. They’ve considered the joint fewest number of goals in away matches with eight and only the league leaders can better their 11.81 expected goal conceded figure. Burnley and Norwich are the two sides with the fewest goals scored this season and the lowest expected goals figures. In their last six matches, The Clarets have fashioned just six big chances with Norwich the only side to fare worse with three.
4. Bukayo Saka (Midfielder) – 6.5 Million
Bukayo Saka enjoyed a lively double gameweek 26 where only Heung-Min Son fashioned more than his 7 attempted assists and only Mohamed Salah fired more than his 11 shots. His total of 26 touches in the opposition penalty box also ranks second-best only behind the Egyptian king. Arsenal has another double game week to come after their trip to Watford this weekend welcoming Leicester and Liverpool to the emirates in gameweek 29.
Given Liverpool’s impressive form in front of goal, scoring 18 times in their last six matches, a double up on Arsenal attack rather than defense may be preferable. Leicester meanwhile trails just five teams for big chances with 11. But the Foxes have however conceded 21 big chances in the same period with only Leeds allowing more and 13 of the 20 goals conceded by Liverpool this season have come away from home.
5. Joseph Willock (Midfielder) – 5.7 Million
A ‘double-double’ makes Newcastle players must have assets for upcoming gameweeks. Hence, Joseph Willock is one of the best picks from the Newcastle squad. He has a total of 29 FPL points in the last 5 matches (averaging 5.8/game) with a double-digit haul. In that spell, he has 2 goals, 1 assist, and 2 clean sheets.
The Englishman has a non-penalty expected goals figure of 0.31 (xG) per 90 landing total of 15 shots (4 on target) with an average of 4.6 touches per game and an expected assists figure of 0.04 (xA) per 90 creating 10 good chances and 1 big chance in the above mentioned period. He has also 4.7 progressive carries per 90.
Newcastle has not lost a single game in their last 5 matches (4W-1D-0L) and Willock has played a key role in that great run. The Magpies will face Brighton at home and Southampton away at gameweek 28 followed by Chelsea away and Everton away at gameweek 29. However, do keep in mind that Gameweek 30 is blank for Newcastle. So any Newcastle asset that you invest in right now, will be sitting on the bench on gameweek 30.
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