Welcome back to another edition of the captains! The number 1 nailed it last week, however personally after a couple of speculative picks that haven’t paid off I think I’m settling on a captains structure. Let’s take a look…
Before we get into the contenders I think there is a very specific pattern with captains success. Stick with your forwards! I stated earlier in the week that the midfielders are far too inconsistent for my liking, and whilst a pick like Ozil may occasionally pay off, more often than not it won’t. We have 2 in-form strikers to pick from so that’s the way things are heading. Now onto the contenders…
Van Persie – I feel like I have to throw his name into the mix, and for the few that still own him you’re probably going to be captaining him. he isn’t dominating games in any definition of the term and is relying on rebounds to get on the scoresheet. I do like united for goals though.
Silva – Yes he has a great fixture, but you just can’t trust midfielders like Silva with the armband. Silva scores double figures once every blue moon, so be very careful. I’d avoid.
Giroud – He was very close to making the top 3, just missing out. I reckon Arsenal will take advantage of Liverpool’s defensive frailties and goals could be on the cards. Giroud looks a great shot for a goal and could be a sneaky captain option, but his lack of ability to find a second goal has me looking elsewhere.
Sturridge – He is playing in the shadow of his striking partner at the moment, and whilst he is still performing brilliantly you can’t look to captain him over Suarez. Could very easily pop up for a goal at some point as Arsenal tend to always concede, but not a captain option this week.
Michu – Never again will I be captaining Michu, however the Welsh derby should be an entertaining contest, and you can’t hold a good man down for long. A risky captain of difference.
Lukaku – I’m not sure exactly how Everton v Tottenham is going to pan out, so I’m trying to avoid it all together. Certainly don’t go captaining Lukaku this week, it would be a huge risk.
Soldado – Same goes for Soldado, it’s good to see him back in goal scoring form. Well, not really… Still only 1 finish from open play. He’ll get there!
Aguero – Form seems to be a great guide for captaincy selections, and you can’t find a better option than this man looking at the fixtures. He is on a scoring romp currently, and Man City look like putting teams away. If you’ve made the call and jumped on board, he looks a no brainer for the captaincy at home to Norwich. He was rested midweek and should be fit and raring to go.
Suarez – I can’t see how he won’t score this week to be honest. He is the in-form player in the comp, and arguably its best. Arsenal have kept just 2 clean sheets all season, their second coming last week against a lack luster palace, whilst only being saved by some Szczesny heroics. There will be goals in this clash and Suarez should be amongst them, however I think Arsenal may get the better of Liverpool so I must lean towards Aguero personally. If you don’t own Sergio however then you have found your man!
Rooney – Rooney is in some red hot form currently, and I get the feeling Manchester United may find their feet this week. Rooney loves a goal against Fulham and you’d be a brave man to deny him this week. He looks the goods if you want to go against the crowd!
Ozil – His potential is good enough to warrant the armband against anyone, and against a team that may push further forward he could find more space than he has done against the lower teams. I can see him pulling the strings this week and returning the goods, however there’s no denying it comes with a huge amount of risk. Liverpool could easily just flood midfield and try to shut him down. if you want to be a risk taker then Ozil may just be worth the punt.
So that’s it from me this week! Good luck with your captaincy selection this week and let’s hope all 4 pay off! Andy will be bringing us his brilliant preview as always before Nick does the dirty work in assessing the team news and injuries. Good luck to all for the weekend! Cheers.