Our captaincy article helps you choose the right captain for the upcoming game week. This year I am again using my experience and data from the RMT Adviser’s algorithm to make my recommendations.
Harry Kane (7.54 points)
Hand up those of you who were stung by Harry Kane last time out?
For those of you reading this with your hands in the air you’ll be pleased to know that Kane is once again the top pick by the RMT Advisor.
Spurs are at home to an Everton side that is likely to concede ground and possession to Spurs in much the same way the likes of West Ham did in the previous game which may mean trouble for Kane captainers.
That said, I’m still going to back Kane to find the net this week and the Advisor is also confident of a Kane goal with 1 goal projected in 38.2% of its simulations.
Romelu Lukaku (6.17 points)
A home game against Stoke, theoretically, should be a banker for big returns. The Belgian has been in mixed form in recent weeks having scored just 2 goals in his last 5 FPL appearances. However, a goal and an assist in the FA Cup has been followed up with a much needed rest as the squad have been having some warm weather training in Dubai.
A fresh and rested Lukaku will be looking to get back to the consistent levels from the start of the season and this is a great fixture for him to start with.
The RMT Advisor also fancies Lukaku to get on the score sheet with 1 goal projected in 32% of simulations, 2 goals in 12% and a hattrick in 3 % of the simulations run.
Alexis Sanchez (5.84points)
Sanchez is currently the biggest talking point in the media at this current moment with several reports of Manchester United rivaling their neighbours City for his signature.
For now though he remains an Arsenal player and I would expect him to start against Bournemouth having missed the last 2 cup games for the Gunners.
Bournemouth are a side that likes to try and play some football so that should give spaces for Arsenal to attack. Sanchez registered 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 away games so there is a good chance he gets some attacking returns this weekend.
The RMT Advisor has Sanchez scoring 1 goal in 31%, 2 goals in 9% and 3 goals in 1.6% of all its simulations.
Paul Pogba (5.32 points)
Another Manchester United player makes the RMT Advisor picks this week with Paul Pogba completing the list of featured players in this weeks article.
Stoke have recently fired Mark Hughes as a result of their FA Cup loss to Coventry and it remains to be seen if this decision has a positive effect on their form but I think a home win is the most likely result on Monday night.
Jesse Lingard is a more popular transfer in this week due to his low price and good recent goal scoring form but the underlying stats are interesting.
Pogba delivered 2 assists and maximum bonus in the win over Everton and was a real creative force with 5 key passes and 2 shots on goal. The cheaper Lingard scored a cracking goal and fired in 4 shots but played just 1 key pass.
Lingard scored again in the cup win last Friday and again fired in 4 shots on goal with just a solitary key pass while Pogba had 7 shots on goal and 3 key passes.
I’ve just mentioned Lingard in comparison to Pogba and the RMT Advisor gives him a projected points score of 4.8 points.
Other players who may well be worth consideration for you this week are Chelsea “defender” Alonso on 4.7 points- with a decent clean sheet potential and a constant goal scoring threat, Alonso is definitely worth buying and if you’re feeling brave then a great captain differential.
I can’t finish this article without mentioning Mo Salah. Liverpool vs Manchester City is a huge game but Salah always gets chances to score and has done this season in games against Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal so he is virtually fixture proof, an injury doubt probably limits his RMT Advisor appeal this week as he comes in with 4.11 points.