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FPL Title Race: Leader has Triple Captain advantage

The Scout 25 Jul 2020
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The Scout assesses the race for the overall title, as current No 1 Chris McGowan looks to boost his two-point lead by playing his chip

The race to be crowned the winner of 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League is going down to the final Gameweek, with only two points separating the top two managers out of the 7.6million+ who play the game.

Chris McGowan holds a slim advantage over his nearest rival, Joshua Bull, heading into Sunday's 15:00 BST deadline.

The pair have each enjoyed successful seasons, but own only three of the same players, Nick Pope (£5.1m), Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m) and Danny Ings (£7.6m) going into the final Gameweek.

City alternatives

Crucially Chris still has his Triple Captain chip left to play and may look to pinpoint one of his Manchester City differentials to get the edge at home to Norwich City.

He owns Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) and Phil Foden (£5.5m), whereas Joshua has Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m).

That could tempt Chris to play his Triple Captain chip on Sterling, who has earned four double-figure hauls in the last six Gameweeks.

On the other hand, Joshua still has his second Wildcard and could shake up his squad and triple-up on Man City and Arsenal assets, with favourable final-day home matches against teams in the relegation zone.

Not over yet

But both will be looking over their shoulders during Sunday's finale, with only 20 points separating the top five managers in FPL.

Midfield trio Fernandes, Sterling and Anthony Martial (£8.5m) are the most popular players among the top five. Each can be found in four of those sides.

And with the final day of the season usually full of goals, it could be the forwards who prove decisive instead.

Aubameyang differential

Third-placed Aleksandar Antonov is the only manager in the top five who currently holds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m), who is at home to Watford.

Sitting in fourth, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is hoping to add the FPL world title to his collection and has Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) as his big differential.

But the Norwegian also has £3.7m of his budget left to bring in Aubameyang or Harry Kane (£10.9m), potentially moving out Marcus Rashford (£8.9m).

In fifth, Michael Murphy is the only top-five manager to own the City trio of Sterling, De Bruyne and Jesus.

An emphatic win against the Canaries, with all three bringing in double-figures, could propel him to glory.

See: FPL overall standings

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