Our captaincy article is back to help you choose the right captain for game week 23. This year we are using data from the RMT Bot and our experience to make our recommendations.
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We begin this week’s captaincy article with a rather familiar name-Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez seems to be the most popular choice almost every week and to be fair to him he rarely seems to let people down. Sanchez once again delivered in the last game week although it has to be said he left it late- well very, very, very late as he converted a last minute penalty to pinch arsenal all 3 points at home to Burnley.
This round of fixtures sees Arsenal have what looks like it should be a plumb home game with a Watford side that has been largely underwhelming so far this season. The bot has Sanchez at a phenomenally high 8.2 points this week with goal projections as follows; 0 goals 45% of simulations, 1 goal in 38%, 2 goals in 12% and 3 goals in 3% of all simulations run.
Coming off a relatively rare blank game week last time out the bot is backing the mighty Swede to rediscover his scoring touch in Man Utd’s home game with Hull City. The bot has a projected points score of 7.2 which to put in context is very high because it is quite rare for the bot to have players with over 6 points never mind the 7 and 8 for Zlatan and Alexis respectively. Rested for the weekends FA Cup stroll against Wigan Zlatan comes in to this game fresh and rested and raring to go.
I know Hull won when these two played last week but United played like a side with a comfortable 2 goal cushion and I can see them being quietly determined to set the record straight this time. Zlatan is likely to be a very popular captain pick this weekend and you can probably feel quite safe giving him the armband.
My first pick is the super in-form Spurs midfielder. Scorer of 8 goals in his last 6 games and up against a seriously depleted Sunderland side who appear to be on a slide towards relegation looks too good to pass up. The bot isn’t hugely keen on Alli projecting him to score a relatively modest 5.35 points with him scoring the following amount of goals; 0 in 67% of all simulations, 1 in 29%, 2 in 3% and 3 in 0.6%.
While the bot doesn’t share my enthusiasm for giving Alli the armband this week I’d like to point out that he scored a vital goal for Spurs in the cup at the weekend to maintain his excellent goal scoring form and Sunderland have just sold another key player in Patrick van Aanholt. If you need further convincing then please also allow me to point you in the direction of his recent fpl scores- 9, 15, 14, 15, 6, 6. There is no player in better form currently in fpl and with a great looking fixture on paper surely you have to give him serious consideration.
My other pick for this week feels like seeing an old friend for the first time in ages. Aguero, once considered an absolute must have among us fpl players, has seen his stock plummet over the last few months as a combination of rotation, relatively poor form and a bout of severe ill-discipline have seen us move on to new, fresh options (think Kane, Zlatan, Giroud, Lukakau). However I do feel that this week could be a good time to invest in City attackers in general as they hit a stretch of very reasonable fixtures with the exception of a blank in GW26 thanks to their neighbour’s excellence in reaching the EFL cup final.
Aguero comes in this week with a projected points score of 5.31 and has some okay projected scoring stats with 1 goal in 32% of simulations, 2 in 9.6% and 3 in 1.4%. City face a trip to West ham this week in a repeat of their recent FA cup tie in which City won 5-0, while it may be a touch unrealistic to expect a similar score this time City will start as favourites and as they showed for long spells against Spurs when they play well they are very tough to stop. While Aguero may not be the be all and end all of the City attack any more he is still a very potent differential among those sides who didn’t give up FPL months ago.
If you can navigate the bye week without too much squad disruption then now might be a good time to invest in a City attacker.