Hope you all had a merry Christmas! We are now halfway through the season…but it’s no time to take a break! Let’s have a look at captain options for the upcoming game week.
The Top 3
1. Mesut Ozil
The German play maker is finally delivering and he’s showing absolutely no sign of slowing down. After Arsenal’s unexpected (goalless) loss to Southampton, he took it upon himself to put the Gunners back on the right tracks with one goal and one assist against Bournemouth. Arsenal’s next opponent, Newcastle, has not conceded more than one goal in an EPL game in December but ranks pretty poorly overall in terms of defense. FYI Ozil is leading captain polls by a wide margin at the moment and he has a high ownership of 53.6% of managers…
The pros: amazing consistency, central to everything Arsenal does, bonus points magnet, great fixture at home
The cons: only 3 goals scored so far (ie. less explosive than Mahrez), not your man if you’re looking for a differential
2. Riyad Mahrez
After being absolutely sensational early-mid December, Leicester and Mahrez have drawn two consecutive blanks. No reason to panic here, they played Liverpool and Man City after all. But the Foxes may be a bit exhausted and if that’s the case I’m not sure they have the bench to afford rotating some of their key players (Mahrez and Vardy basically). Whatever you do, do not trade Mahrez! The only move that may be sensible would be to trade Vardy for Igahlo…I will personally sit tight though. A home game against Bournemouth seems like the perfect chance to keep challenging Arsenal for the number one spot. The Cherries are not really famous for clean sheets, nevertheless they won 3 consecutive games in December.
The pros: very explosive, central to everything Leicester does, very good home fixture
The cons: two consecutive blanks (ie. less consistent than Ozil), is Leicester experiencing fatigue?
3. Romelu Lukaku
I just feel that he has to be in the top 3 these days. You know him by now so I won’t give you all his amazing stats again. Even though Spurs have good defensive stats, he’s proven that he was fixture proof. Not necessarily a bonus point magnet but very reliable (home or away, strong or weak opponent).
The pros: amazing consistency, lone striker role
The cons: Spurs can be a tough opponent
Another super reliable striker. This is why he gets to be this week’s punt (instead of a City player for example). He’s been scoring against Liverpool and Chelsea too, cementing his position as a fixture proof player.
The pros: amazing consistency, lone striker role, Kompany will be missing the game
The cons: he’s been scoring against struggling Chelsea and Liverpool but Man City may prove to be a tougher challenge
Thanks guys. Hope this has helped!