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GW27 FPL stats: Gundogan goal worth the wait for a million managers

10 Mar 2021
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Most-captained player scores in final match of Gameweek, while De Bruyne rewards his new owners

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They had to wait until the final match of the Gameweek but more than a million managers were rewarded for captaining Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m) in Fantasy Premier League.

For the first time in his career Gundogan was the most-captained player in the game, and he justified that faith with a goal in the second match of Manchester City's Double Gameweek 27. 

Gundogan's strike in the 5-2 win over Southampton came as a relief to his backers after the German blanked in the 2-0 derby defeat by Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) was the star of that match as he rewarded his army of backers and punished those who sold him. 

The Portuguese, who claimed 10 points, was the second-most captained player in Gameweek 27, with more than 875,000 managers benefiting from his early penalty at the Etihad Stadium.

But he was also the third-most sold, with 331,000+ managers opting to transfer him out after blanking in back-to-back 0-0 draws in Double Gameweek 26.

GW27 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Points
Gundogan 1,023 10
Fernandes 875 10
Salah 862 2

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) completed the top three captain picks. But he followed a blank in Double Gameweek 26 with further frustration as he claimed two points in Liverpool's 1-0 home defeat against Fulham.

GW27 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Barnes 1,119 0
Maddison 339 0
Fernandes 331 10

Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) and James Maddison (£7.2m) were the most-sold players ahead of the Gameweek deadline.

A combined 1.4million managers parted company with the Leicester City pair after injuries ruled them out of their 2-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion.

And more than 331,000 managers shipped out Fernandes as the fixtures toughen up for Man Utd. Only one of their next nine matches score two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Points
Gundogan 61 10
De Bruyne 12 16
Kane 8 19

Gundogan was also the most-popular captain among the leading 100 FPL managers.

But Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Harry Kane (£11.3m) replaced Fernandes and Salah among the elite.

Their thinking paid off as Kane returned 19 points thanks to two goals and two assists in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

De Bruyne blanked against Man Utd but scored twice against Southampton, his first goals since Gameweek 17.

GW27 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)  
Lingard 459 5
Mount 424 1
De Bruyne 364 16

Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) was the top transfer target for Fantasy managers, gaining 459,000+ new owners, and the midfielder rewarded his backers with a goal against Leeds United.

In his six appearances since joining West Ham United on loan he's averaged 7.3 points per match.

The second most-bought player was Mason Mount (£7.0m). The Chelsea midfielder has established himself under Thomas Tuchel, starting the last seven matches and scoring three goals over that period.

However, Mount was dropped for the 2-0 victory over Everton on Monday.

More than 364,000 managers benefited from De Bruyne's brace on Wednesday.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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Part 2: GW27 Bonus points: Man City trio rewarded
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Double success for Ward-Prowse
Part 4: FPL Sunday review: Bale and Kane become the top targets
Part 5: FPL experts: Is it time to sell Salah?
Part 6: FPL Monday review: More joy for West Ham defenders

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