Sorry for the delay with the captains this week, exams are now complete! let’s not waste any more time, here’s the best options for the upcoming gameweek.
Seeing as we’re short for time, I’ll just briefly skim through the options that may tempt some.
Falcao is certainly an option worth considering, but there’s too much risk involved for my liking. United have so much quality the points should be spread around anyway if they win. Rooney would be my fourth best option this week, he looks like he’s done enough to hold his starting spot up front and has more dimensions to his game.
Arsenal face a tough away trip to Aston Villa and with their poor form, I’d avoid this week.
Swansea Southampton could go either way, so I’m not willing to hedge my bets there.
Liverpool are struggling without the creativity of Sturridge, so there’s a certain amount of risk in placing your trust in them. Balotelli is a wildcard and I would think just owning him is a risk enough.
Spurs face West Brom at home which should be a comfortable win for them. I can never tell who out of Lamela and Eriksen will be the one to perform, it seems to be one or the other. Adebayor is the only player worthy of armband consideration and I wouldn’t be seen dead doing that.
The final team to analyse is Everton. Lukaku is definitely worth a shout but we saw that too many times last year he lets us down when we all need him the most. Baines is my POD captaincy pick of the week, he proved why he’s worth 7.0 with a 12 point haul last week, and Palace at home could be a great chance for a clean sheet and some attacking returns to boot.
1. Costa – This is where it counts, and after watching him with one eye shut tear Swansea apart, I’m too nervous to not give him the number 1 spot this week. He has earned it. “But Chelsea are playing City away.” I don’t think it matters where Chelsea are playing or where Costa’s playing at the moment, they’re odds on to score. City haven’t exactly been resolute in defence, and Arsenal proved that last week. The big positive is that Costa was rested midweek for the Champions League, meaning he is being saved specifically for this game. We’ve seen what kind of damage he can do, don’t be surprised if he does it again this week.
2. Aguero – I was concerned with City’s away trip to Bayern Munich midweek, but my concerns were eased when Aguero was rested. In fact he came on at the end and nearly scored the equaliser. He looks to be fully fit for the first time in ages and it can only mean bad news for City’s opposition. Chelsea seem to have thrown defending out the door and are keen to go back to their glory days of playing the opposition off the park. He loves the big stage and I can see him getting on the scoresheet once again here. Great option.
3. Di Maria – The two big strikers aside, it has been hard to nail a captaincy choice this season. Di Maria could be the bloke to fix that curse. His set piece delivery is deadly, and he constantly looks the most threatening of United’s attacking force. With world class strikers to feed, he should pick up some more points against a Leicester team who even though they’ve started well, defence hasn’t been their strong point. Another great option to have, but falls just behind the big 2.
Sterling – You’d be a brave man to back in Liverpool at the moment, but if anyone can bring them back to form it’s Sterling. He played a full 90 minutes midweek which concerns me, whilst it’s clear that his link up with Sturridge is more crucial than first thought. Balotelli just doesn’t do enough in my opinion. West Ham have gone for a more attacking style of football, which leads me to believe that Liverpool can get a few past them. There’s every chance Big Sam could go back to his defensive ways for this game, and that’s what makes Sterling such a punt. One for the risk takers.
So there you have it! Good luck for the upcoming gameweek, hopefully these blokes can get the job done for me again!