FPL Gameweek 28: Tips, Captain, Haaland dilemma & Team

After the double, here comes the expected Fantasy Premier League blank gameweek 28. Brighton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham do not play as their fixtures clashes with the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Without further ado, let’s move to our FPL GW28 Tips, where we discuss best picks, transfer targets, captain, differentials, odds & team selection. We will also discuss what we plan to do with the top-scoring player in the game – Erling Haaland.

1. Fantasy Premier League Blank Gameweek 28 Tips

  • You do not need to have 11 starters for blank gameweek 28.
  • 9-10 QUALITY players are enough (big emphasis on quality)
  • Aim to have 3 Arsenal players – our trio would be Saka, Martinelli and Gabriel
  • If you are not on any chip, focus on players from teams who play in blank GW28 and also have a double gameweek in GW29, such as Newcastle, Brentford, Aston Villa, Leicester…
  • bench Rashford, keep him for double gameweek 29

2. Key players to own and transfer targets for GW28

  • Kane – your captain for GW28
  • Trippier – plays in blank GW28 and has a double in GW29
  • Saka – the best Arsenal player and you want the best players from best team in your FPL squad
  • 2nd Arsenal mid: Martinelli or Odegaard
  • Arsenal defender: Gabriel or Zinchenko
  • Toney
  • Chelsea defender/goalkeeper: Kepa or/and Chilwell
  • Watkins
  • 2nd Newcastle defender: Pope or Botman

3. Fixtures to target in Blank Gameweek 28

In which fixtures we could expect a lot of fantasy points? Fixtures to target in blank GW28 according to bookies odds:

  • Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: The Gunners 73 % to win, 38 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Chelsea vs Everton: The Blues 66 % to win, 29 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: The Villans 57 % to win, 26 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle: Newcastle 56 % to win, 22 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Southampton vs Tottenham: Spurs 51 % to win, 22 % to score 2.5+ goals

4. Differentials for GW28

Son (Tottenham, 11.6m)

  • owned only by 5.8% of FPL managers
  • great one week punt (mainly for free hitters) for Blank Gameweek 28
  • There are not many hitters to choose from in blank GW28

Chilwell (Chelsea, 5.8m)

  • selected only by 3% of FPL managers
  • not just one week punt, but longer term pick, for double gameweek 29 as well
  • Great attacking threat, 1G + 1A in last two Premier League matches

5. Best captain pick in FPL GW28

There are two good captaincy fixtures in blank gameweek 28. You either go for Harry Kane or an Arsenal midfielder. For us, Kane is a clear option as he is very reliable this season, although (on paper) his fixture is a bit tougher.

6. What to do with Haaland?

Haaland’s form has not been great lately, and he has just one fixture (against Liverpool – although their defence is pretty leaky this season) in the next two gameweeks. Few other good forwards have 3 fixtures in next two gameweeks and could outscore him.

It is totally fine to bench Haaland in blank GW28 and then play him against Liverpool in Gameweek 29. However, our verdict is: SELL for Watkins, who is in good form, has a good fixture in the blank GW, and then plays twice in double gameweek 29. Of course, we will aim to bring Haaland back after GW29.

But you must know that it will cost you more money to bring him back after double gameweek 29.

This decision is full of risk, so if you are a risk averse FPL manager, rather aim to bench Haaland in GW28.

7. What bookies odds say about Gameweek 28

As usual, we converted bookies odds into probabilities using our Odds to probability calculator, to assess the potential of gameweek 28.

Clean sheet odds for GW28

With a 53 % probability of keeping a clean sheet, Arsenal leads the clean sheet odds table for GW28. Bookies also expect Chelsea (52 %) and Newcastle (42 %) to do well defensively in Gameweek 28.

Bookies expect 4.04 clean sheets in gameweek 28. In last season, we were used to a rate of 5.58 per clean sheets gameweek. This season we have seen clean sheets at the rate of 5.81 clean sheets per gameweek.

Expected vs. actual clean sheets

Due to a correction in the number of clean sheets: Newcastle, Manchester United

Newcastle overperformed their defensive expectations the most from all teams. They should have kept 7.49 clean sheets instead of 12 according to our expected clean sheets table.

Due to an improvement in the number of clean sheets: Manchester City, West Ham

Manchester City underperformed their defensive expectations the most of all teams. They should have kept 12.05 clean sheets instead of 10 according to our expected clean sheets table.

You can see the expected clean sheets table and clean sheet odds for all Premier League teams here.

Goalscoring odds for GW28

Goalscoring odds for GW28 are available here: Premier League Goalscoring Odds. Harry Kane leads the anytime scorer odds table.

8. Using Chips in Blank Gameweek 28: Free hit?

Gameweek 28 could be an opportunity for managers to use their free hit. But only if you cannot field 9-10 quality players with one -4 points hit. Otherwise, a free hit could be more valuable in blank gameweek 32 or in double gameweek in GW34 or GW37.

If you plan to use some of your chips in FPL GW28, here are our drafts for your inspiration:

9. FPL GW28 Team selection

Now let’s look at our FPL team selection for Gameweek 28 – Scout squad. Kane is our captain. Mitoma and Rashford on the bench – picks for double gameweek 29.

fpl gw28 wildcard team 1
fpl gw28 wildcard team

10. Fantasy Premier League Tips

Find more tips, strategies and picks for Fantasy Premier League in these articles:

We hope our FPL GW28 tips helped you to gather some useful information before the blank gameweek 28 deadline.

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Good luck in FPL GW28!

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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