Studs Up Skippers GW26

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Interesting GW this one. A lot of games have goal fest potential…which only makes our captain choice harder!

Playing Norwich is a guarantee for goals these days. The poor Canaries have conceded 16 times in the last 5 games!! That’s enough to keep Payet in your team but probably not to give him the armband after 4 blanks in a row.

Arsenal-Leicester will be an interesting game to follow but not great in term of captain material in my opinion. I’m not keen on captaining a Leicester player given Arsenal’s strong defense (although I don’t expect them to keep a cleanie this time around) and Arsenal doesn’t really have any captain-worthy player anymore.

Rooney has been consistently performing lately (5 goals and 3 assists in the last 6), yet he still seems to be flying under most people’s radar. I mentioned him a few weeks ago in an Addicts’ Presser article, but to be fair it’s hard to trust United these days…even when they’re playing Sunderland away…

The Top 3

1.    Sergio Aguero

I’m keeping him on top but he’s not as (seemingly) safe a pick as he was in the last 2 gameweeks. He did score in each of those 2 games but unfortunately didn’t get a single bonus point.Spurs have been pretty solid defensively this season too. Nevertheless, a double figure haul is always around the corner when Aguero is in form and I’m willing to bet on that happening… or better yet not taking the risk of betting on it not happening :). FYI the Argentinian is still leading most of the captain polls right now, but the margin is not as high as it was in the previous weeks.

The pros: the king of FPL is back in form, home game
The cons: has been scoring without earning a single bonus point in the last 2 games, Spurs defense is strong

2.     Diego Costa

He was the punt last week and he didn’t let me down with a late equalizer (saved my team from a truly horrendous performance too…). He’s now scored 6 goals and 2 assists in the last 8 games (4 of these goals and 1 assist at home) and he’s playing Newcastle at Stamford Bridge this Saturday. Before keeping a cleanie versus West Brom last week, the Magpies had conceded 11 goals in their 4 previous games. Costa does have a Champion’s League game to play next week though, so there’s always the risk that his mind will be on that (as is for each Chelsea player). If you give him the armband, you’ll be hoping that he doesn’t think too hard about the ass whooping he’s going to get from the mighty Paris Saint Germain 🙂

The pros: good form, great fixture at home
The cons: Chelsea has a Champion’s League game to play next week, which may have an impact on the team’s performance

3.        Romelu Lukaku

After 5 EPL games without scoring and a light injury, Lukaku came back from the dead last week to score a goal and grab 3 bonus points in Everton’s beating of Stoke. Next game sees the Toffees welcoming West Brom at Goodison. Once known for their tight defense, Pulis’ men have been very shaky in the last few months, especially away (their last clean sheet away from home was on October 24th against Norwich!). A good opportunity for the Belgian striker to show that he’s truly back. By the way, the Toffees have scored 10 times in their last 4 games…

The pros: good fixture at home, lone striker role+Everton in great attacking form
The cons: is he really back?

The punt.

Roberto Firmino

I know he’s on everybody’s mind these days but I’m not putting him on the podium just yet. It was a close call, he’s clearly a good pick as Liverpool travel to Villa Park. But Sturridge and Coutinho (who scored earlier this week) may both be in the Reds starting lineup on Sunday, which puts a question mark on Firmino’s role as a false nine. Before he played in that position, he wasn’t on anybody’s mind.

The pros: very explosive, good fixture
The cons: uncertainty around his role in the team with Sturridge/Coutinho coming back

 

Thanks guys. Hope this has helped!

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