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.
I will begin a short and sweet preview for this double game week with one of the more obvious picks; Harry Kane.
Not so long ago this seemed like a nailed on, no brainer pick as this week’s captain but Kane’s form has been patchy at best and has got people scrambling around for other options.
Spurs have two relatively good fixtures this week with games against West Brom and Newcastle. Having said that I personally don’t see Spurs scoring more than 1 or 2 goals in those games.
On the plus side for Kane is his pursuit of the Golden Boot; Kane wants this award again and you can rest assured that he will be shooting on sight over the next 3 matches and I wouldn’t put it past him to take any set piece remotely near the goal in an attempt to make up the ground on Mo Salah. The one other factor in Kane’s favour is that he is not going to be rotated which is probably the biggest fear around the next two players.
Gabriel Jesus/Raheem Sterling
Manchester City have the best 2 fixtures of this double game week so having a City captain has to be the most sensible choice, at least in theory it is.
While City have the title wrapped up there are genuine concerns about how much rotation Pep Guardiola will use over the last week of the season and as a result FPL managers across the globe will be worried about game time for City assets.
Sterling and Jesus seem the logical City assets to have and they have each been in good form over the last few matches with little to seperate them. Personally, I do favour Sterling out of the 2 based on an extra point per goal and clean sheet plus he seems to have a greater assist potential too.
Manchester City assets will be prone to rotation this week and next but for now I would be confident of at least 150 minutes or so from both Jesus and Sterling and quite frankly that is better than 180 minutes from most other double game week players.
For those of you who like to live on the wild side of FPL there are other options out there worth looking in to so here are a few sneaky picks that I think may be worth a look;
Arsenal- admittedly they have little to play for now but I refuse to believe that Arsene will want to go out with a whimper and will be set on finishing off properly so how about an Arsenal attacker like Ramsey, Aubameyang or Lacazette as a differential skipper?
Man Utd- Paul Pogba has found some good form since being used in a 3 man midfield (who knew that would happen?). Pogba should play both games and with 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 PL games he has to be worth bringing in this week.
Anthony Martial would be my wildcard pick this week with the news that Lukaku is out of the first game. There has been some suggestions that he may play more centrally next season in a bid to keep him at the club long term and what better time to start then now, especially with the main striker out injured.
Chelsea- Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard complete my extra picks this week with both players in excellent form lately. Hazard has been operating just off the main striker which has seen an upturn in his form and has returned a goal and assist over the last 3 matches.
Giroud seems to have put himself ahead of Alvaro Morata thanks to some excellent form in recent weeks including 3 goals against Southampton in their 2 recent matches. Giroud has started the last couple of league matches and he could be a great differential this week with just 2.5% ownership.