FPL is back, and don’t we love it! A week and a half off is way too long, let’s get straight into the captaincy options for the upcoming GW…
Kane has to be a contender every week, and for good reason. He has scored in 10 of his past 13 games, notching an unbelievable 6 double figure scores over that period. Then consider his away form. He has scored in every away game over that period, averaging 10.7 ppg in the process. It must be said that they’ve had an easy run of away fixtures, and Man United’s defence is solid if not spectacular. Whilst they don’t get many clean sheets, they don’t concede many either. They are well organised and will make it a tough contest for Spurs. Not for me this week.
Silva’s incapability to play 90 minutes makes it tough to captain him, however his form warrants strong consideration. Whilst Aguero receives most of the attention, Silva has been in sublime touch since returning from injury. 8 goals and 4 assists over that 13 game period has seen him average 7.2 ppg, his ability to find the back of the net has been a surprise to many (including myself). He has done most of his damage at home however, so I’m not to confident he will go huge this week.
Costa… First of all, I don’t really like the bloke. Does anybody? Secondly, he has been pretty average in recent times. Southampton will push Chelsea all the way, they are struggling in attack big time. In their past 8 games in all competitions, they have scored just 11 goals. They only have 6 in their past 5 in the EPL. I can’t see much else than a 1-0 victory this weekend, so I’d be avoiding captaincy here.
1. Aguero – By now we should all know that Aguero loves an away trip, and this week should be no different. Burnley away seems to be the perfect game for him to kill it. He hasn’t failed to score or assist away from the Etihad since October, the odds are on your side if you choose to captain him this week. Great option.
2. Sanchez – Arsenal’s recent history against West Ham is fantastic. Brilliant in fact. The Gunners haven’t lost against the Hammers since 2007, winning their past 9 clashed between the pair. It’s no coincidence and I can’t see anything other than another Arsenal win this week. I tweeted that Sanchez had lost it about 30 seconds before scoring last week, perhaps things are turning around for him. Don’t worry about midweek Champions League, they need him in the battle for the place! Great captaincy choice this week.
3. Hazard – Hazard has been consistent if not spectacular, but that’s exactly what we need as fpl managers. I have mentioned Chelsea’s goalscoring troubles over recent weeks, however Hazard has played a part in 67% of those 6 goals since January. He has scored or assisted in 75% of games since the start of December, so you’ve got a pretty safe option in Hazard. It won’t be easy for the Blues though…
Ozil’s recent form has more than warranted a spot in the captains this week, however he remains a risk. The possibility of him shifting out to a wing is always a concern (Especially with Ox out), however there can be no denying that he is back to his best form and it’s brilliant to watch. He will pull the strings against West Ham and I’m almost certain he will gain more attacking returns to add to his 2 goals and 5 assists since returning last month. He’s a bargain at 9.1 and a great captaincy shout this weekend. Cazorla also has to slip into this category, although he is plying his trade from a deeper position at the moment. He will cause the hammers all sorts of trouble and is another great option to have.
There you have it! Hopefully this can help make up your mind, Aguero will be getting my armband this weekend regardless. Good luck for the gameweek, we’re starting to reach the pointy end of the season. As always let’s make it a high scoring one!