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GW26 Captains: Gundogan among host of Man City options

The Scout 25 Feb 2021

Home matches against West Ham and Wolves lift armband potential in both attack and defence

Two home matches for Manchester City raise the appeal of their key players as captaincy contenders in Double Gameweek 26 of Fantasy Premier League.

The league leaders welcome West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Etihad Stadium on the back of 19 successive wins in all competitions.

In attack, Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) has been their standout player in Fantasy of late.

The German has scored twice in three of his last six appearances, and totalled 70 points in his last seven outings.

Both Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) offer strong alternatives for the armband.

At home, De Bruyne’s 31 shots and 26 chances created are both team-leading totals.

Sterling, meanwhile, has blanked just once in his last six outings, scoring four goals and supplying two assists.

Back the City defence?

Man City’s strong defence should also be considered, having claimed 13 clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League contests. 

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) is the defender who is least likely to be rotated, having started 22 of Man City’s last 23 matches. 

Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) is their most attacking pick at the back. His 25 shots and 34 key passes both rank among the top five defenders in Fantasy this season.

John Stones (£5.2m), meanwhile, was their top-scoring player in Double Gameweek 19, bringing in 27 points.

Salah coming into form

Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) faces Sheffield United and Chelsea on the back of four goals in his last five matches for Liverpool.

His 57 shots in the box and 35 shots on target both rank among the top three players in Fantasy this season.

Forward alternatives

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) provide further armband options up front.

Calvert-Lewin has two goals, two assists and 25 points in his last three appearances ahead of Everton’s meetings with Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.

Aston Villa’s Watkins is up against Leeds United and Sheff Utd teams who have struggled defensively.

They are both among the bottom six sides for goals conceded this season, with 43 and 41 respectively.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW26 Kings to watch: Calvert-Lewin has fixtures to thrive
Part 2: GW26 Differentials: Traore a key figure for Villa
Part 3: GW26 Captains: Fernandes can extend goal streak
Part 5: Who to captain in Double GW26? What the experts say
Part 6: Scout Selection: Digne part of Everton double-up
Part 7: GW26 final call: Jota can make Double Gameweek impact

Remember, the Gameweek 26 deadline is at 11:00 GMT on Saturday 27 February. 

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