I reckon we have one of the toughest captain decisions of the season coming up this week, with no players currently out from the pack. Let’s take a look at the options! EDIT: Nick has encountered computer problems, so if you’re after some team news just ask away in the comments!
Negredo – An interesting option this week. The gamble to bring him in last week failed, but so did Dzeko so things weren’t too bad. He looked ruisty and was clearly lacking match fitness, hence his early substitution. I still believe he is in Man City’s best XI and will start once again this week, only with a better chance to play out the full 90. His away form is horrible, however if Man City were to bounce back from last week’s shock then Negredo will be the man leading the charge.
Sturridge – He is presenting himself as a legitimate alternative to Suarez, however I will always lean to captaining the latter until Sturridge breaks through with some massive games.
Dzeko – Very risky, too risky in my opinion. I do think City will bounce back with vengeance, and they did beat Norwich 7-0 earlier in the season. However every team will have a slump at some stage and City’s away form is nothing to write home about. Don’t put this one down as a straight forward thumping, and Dzeko’s spot is always under threat. With Jovetic now fit, he cannot be considered for captaincy.
Toure – Yaya Toure has surprisingly become one of the most consistent midfielders to pick from, even with his deeper role. However with his partner in crime Fernandinho going down with injury and not expected back until at least GW27, Demichellis is filling in his position. This has given Toure the license to burst forward, and he looked more dangerous than he had all season against Chelsea. Could be a cheeky captain option this week.
Lallana – Lallana is in ridiculous form, and with 3 double figure hauls in 4 weeks he must be considered for the armband. Stoke at home presents him the chance to score once again, and incredibly he has got bonus points in EVERY single match he has scored in all season. Not the worst option by any means.
Johnson – Ok, so I may have scrolled over Sunderland by habit. I do agree he is a viable option at home to Hull, however I would just never trust him enough to justify the armband. He is a great POD, but I would lean towards a safer captaincy option.
1. Van Persie/Rooney – It has to be said, even Manchester United will be able to belt this Fulham side. With a fully fit squad to choose from (In the front half) United will look to pile on the goals, something they have struggled to do this season. Basically, if you’re going to pay the extra cost for these two blokes, then you need to be captaining them at home to Fulham. Both will surely be great.
2. Suarez – At this stage I will once again be captaining this man, for two reasons. Firstly he is playing my supported club, so either way I will be happy. Secondly, he is just so consistent. You are basically guaranteed some kind of attacking returns, so even if you captain him you shouldn’t lose out too badly to everyone else. And we all know his capability to go big. The final piece of the puzzle is scoring against a top 4 side, and I truly believe he will be gearing up for a big one. I expect a reasonably tight game, with no more than 2 goals for either side. However I can’t see Suarez doing nothing, so he is my teams captain choice once again. The next 2 options however are very close.
3. Hazard – If you’re a risk taker, then this could be the option for you. Hazard has gone back to his inconsistent ways recently, but a home clash against Newcastle will surely give him the chance to get back on the scoresheet. I can’t see anything other than a comfortable Chelsea win, and Hazard is a great shout to get on the scoresheet and do some serious damage. I could definitely see myself giving in to temptation here.
Mata – I’m sure he will tempt quite a lot of you, he is certainly tempting me. His consistency is a big plus, and with a big goal haul expected against Fulham he could certainly reach double figures. However, similar to Silva, he doesn’t have the highest ceiling and struggles to gain big returns. Could be a worthy punt, he is certainly right up there in my considerations. My final choice this week may not be decided until the very last minute, a rare occurrence this season. I couldn’t blame you for captaining this man!
That’s about it from me. It is with regret that I have to let you all know of Andy’s departure. He has recently got himself a new job in London and is right under the pump, so unfortunately he couldn’t maintain the brilliant research he did on those previews for us throughout the year. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten! In the meantime, Nick’s fantastic News Wrap’s will fill you in on all the team news you need to know. We will do our best to get a preview up and running again, if anyone is interested in the gig just email us at [email protected] Good luck with your captain decisions, and more importantly here’s to some high scoring! Cheers.