Our captaincy article is back to help you choose the right captain for game week 36. This year we are using data from the RMT Adviser’s algorithm and our experience to make our recommendations.
Let me kick off by saying he is only on this list because of a double game week and not because of any great form. 1 goal in his last 7 fpl outings does not inspire great confidence in the Chilean front man but he is a player who can produce a big double figure score out of nowhere.
As I’ve already stated Arsenal have 2 games this week but the fixtures are not exactly the kindest with games against Manchester United and Southampton. Arsenal will want to make a point after their defeat last week against local rivals Spurs, which ensured that they will finish below their rivals for the first time in 20-odd years. Arsenal still have ambitions of pinching a top 4 place and will surely need to win both of these games for them to have any chance so they will be fully motivated- I mention this because their opposition may not be as fully focussed, Jose Mourinho has already alluded to rotating some of his United players and Southampton have the look of a side with little tangible rewards to play for.
Sanchez is likely to be the most popular captain choice because of his dgw and explosive points scoring potential but I do wonder if there are a couple of better picks elsewhere…
3 goals and an assist in his first 4 appearances for Man City made Jesus fpl’s hottest property, a foot injury ended this run prematurely but Jesus is now back and scored on his first start back last weekend against Middlesbrough coupled with injury doubts about the fitness of Sergio Aguero have once again made Jesus a hot fpl commodity as many pick him up with free transfers and wildcards.
City are at home this weekend against a Crystal Palace side that have had some mixed results lately- having beaten Chelsea and Arsenal but yet somehow lost at home to Burnley. I have no idea which Palace will show up this weekend but with City pushing hard to seal their place in the top 4 I can’t see beyond a home win this week.
His 4 goals and an assist have come in just 298 fpl minutes so far and if he can maintain that kind of production over City’s last 4 fixtures which are very kind then he is one that should be in all of our teams and is a real captaincy contender if you want to go with a single game week player this week.
The Chelsea man is in sparkling form at the moment and is helping push Chelsea towards a league and cup double with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 game weeks highlighting his effectiveness. Chelsea have rebounded well from their losses against both Crystal Palace and Manchester United recording big wins against Everton, Southampton and also against Spurs in the FA cup Semi Final (Hazard scored and assisted that day too) taking his tally to 15 goals and 9 assists for the season.
Chelsea are at home this week against Middlesbrough in what looks like it should be a routine home win and if Hazard can maintain his recent good form then anyone giving him the captains armband can do so with confidence. Hazard has good underlying stats to go with his recent spike in actual fpl returns averaging 2.2 shots per game and attempting an average of 2.3 assists too. Hazard has form and fixture this week which is what we look for in an fpl captain- Hazard is definitely a viable single game week captain!
I tipped him last week and King returned 11 points thanks to a goal, clean sheet and 3 bonus points so this week I’m tipping him again. I wish I had the courage to follow my instinct last week and had gone with King for the armband but no use crying over spilt milk and this week he is teasing me to pick him and learn from my mistake. Bournemouth are at home against Stoke this weekend which gives King a chance to add to his 15 goals for the season because Stoke haven’t been playing that well recently and have only 1 in in the last 5 game weeks. King is likely to be overlooked for bigger priced bigger names again this week but if you’re after a differential captain then I think King is your man for the job.