Back so soon! With lockout and the first games under 12 hours away (19:30 GMT) it’s time to have another look at the captaincy options. Well done to those who went with Hazard, I hesitated right up until deadline and ended up missing the boat. Time for redemption!
Silva – As always, I’m sure you know as tempting as the fixture may be, Silva shouldn’t be considered! Better options out there.
RVP/Rooney – They let us down big time last week, even though Vanners got on the board. An away trip to a determined Arsenal will be no easy task, so ignore their good history in this fixture.
Kolarov – I am seriously considering this guy for captaincy. I had 2 line ball calls to make last week. Suarez or Hazard captain, and Kolarov or Zabaleta. Of course I got both wrong, however I reckon he is guaranteed a start midweek. A clean sheet is surely on the cards and some attacking returns would be no surprise. Certainly hold him, and he’s not the worst captain option either.
Toure – Man City v Sunderland is definitely the game to watch this week, from an fpl perspective. I’m honestly not sure what will happen. Man City’s dominance has been incredible all season, however their 4 goal per game average has come to a sudden halt with Aguero’s second injury. Their form has dropped, they’ve lost some of that incredible confidence, and they have struggled against Sunderland in the past. This may be a game where Pellegrini will take the 3 points no matter what the score line. There is no doubt they will be fired up and by no means complacent, however I’m still cautious. Toure certainly provides an option for the armband, but not over one of SAS in my opinion.
Dzeko – The risks are too great, I definitely wouldn’t. Even though the chances are he will start, I can’t be convinced!
1. Suarez – This is a really tough one for me, there is no doubt the Suarez perma captain philosophy has gone out the door since Sturridge’s re-introduction. Here’s the stats. In the 4 games Sturridge has started after returning, Suarez has scored 1 goal, returning 25 points at an average of 6.25 ppg. Now this is by no means bad, however there have been better options elsewhere. Sturridge for example has scored in every game, notching 5 times and scoring 10 more points than Suarez at almost 9 per game. I think the key factor is consistency. Both are scoring or assisting in every single gameweek, and a trip to Fulham only enhances the potential. For me the captaincy decision lies between these 2, and Sturridges inability to go huge (A high score of 14, Suarez scored 13 in the same game) has me leaning towards Suarez. It just seems like he’s about to go bang, you can’t keep a great player down for long. The post can only stop him so many times, and are you really going to argue that he’s not hungry for goals? He has still scored or assisted in every week during this ‘down period’ and this is the reason why I’m sticking with him. Go elsewhere at your own peril.
2. Sturridge – It wouldn’t be a ridiculous call by any means, he has scored in all 5 games since returning! Fulham will not hold down SAS, and Sturridge will surely get amongst the goals yet again.
3. Hazard – If you want to play Russian Roulette Fantasy Premier League style, then Hazard could be the go. West Brom shouldn’t halt a rampaging Chelsea, especially without Steve Clarke there to counter Mourinho’s tactics. Too dangerous in my opinion, can’t see him scoring enough to justify the risk. Then again he is the best winger in the League, and I didn’t see him scoring over 20 last week!
Negredo – He has to be the most frustrating player to own in fpl. He can be so dominating at times, however 90% of the game you wouldn’t be able to tell if he was on the field or if City were down to 10 men. This is his last chance for me, and it has to be a big one for him. He has relied on home success so far, but that run has halted of late. Time to get it going again, surely this is the game he cracks double figures! Not a bad punt, big risk and big reward.
That’s it from me this week, as there are FA Cup fixtures on the weekend! We will take the break to refresh over the weekend, before returning for some double gameweek chat next week. Good luck to all! Cheers.