Sorry for the late post, the cricket has been too good! Here are this weeks captaincy options, we’ve got some tough decisions to make with the loss of Aguero…
If Everton was in top form, I’d be lining them up for the armband this week. QPR’s away form is nothing short of horrific, they are yet to even take a single point on the road!!! 7 away fixtures, 2 goals and 0 points. Baines must be considered seeing as QPR have failed to score in 5 of those 7 games, if you were to ever gamble captaining a defender this would be the one. Lukaku is a fair shout as well, but he is yet to score more than 1 in a game this season. I’m not sure the rewards are worth the risk.
I know we’re desperate for options this week, but I’d try to avoid midpricers like Bony, Benteke, Sakho and co. Stick with the premiums! Andy Carroll is probably the best shout of those guys, but we shouldn’t get carried away after 1 massive game. The red card helped, I’d be contempt with owning him as a POD. Pelle might also get a mention, but his form doesn’t warrant the armband.
Alexis Sanchez has lost his way over the past month, and will be hoping to rediscover his form at home to Newcastle. Pardew’s men have been extremely solid at the back, I can see this game being a tight contest. His form is the only thing stopping me from giving him the armband, if there was a top 5 he would be number 4.
1. Rooney/RVP – Just like last season, I will be splitting the pair as I’m sure nobody will own both. Man United come up against Liverpool at Old Trafford where they got smashed last season. I can see this game being the polar opposite. I am quite concerned that United’s form isn’t as good as their results show, but this game means a lot to them. If you’re going to pay 12.4 to get RVP in, you back him in. Simple as that. In Rooney’s case, I think he’s about as safe as anybody to gain some kind of attacking returns this week. He steps up in these big games and with his hot form, he’s a great option.
2. Costa – I have been putting blind faith in Costa recently, but his form is quite concerning. It’s hard to tell if he’s returned from those injury concerns at peak fitness, but Mourinho continues to back him in. The concerning part is his lack of assist work, and a constant struggle for bonus points. Having said that, Chelsea host an out of form Hull at Stamford Bridge. You’d be a brave soul to deny him at least a goal this weekend, he could go huge. I usually like to captain on form, but I think Costa deserves one more chance.
3. Toure – If you don’t feel comfortable with either of the above options, look no further than this man. I get the feeling he will step up for City with Aguero missing, surely they will have too much firepower for a struggling Leicester. if he scores, he is almost guaranteed full bonus points and double figures. He is a perfect example of the reward matching the risk, and you get the feeling it could pay off this week.
Hazard – If you want a Chelsea captain and Costa isn’t the man for you, look no further. He will taunt Hull all day and it’s hard not to see him returning some kind of attacking returns. What concerns me is he is blanking far too much this season to be considered a safe captaincy option, however he is definitely worth a punt.
So there you have it! It’s going to be an extremely tough call this week, picking a solid captain will be crucial. Let’s just hope for a high scoring gameweek, good luck to all!