Well last week was an odd one. Not only did the majority of the ‘popular’ picks blank, but some didn’t play at all. Many captained the likes of Sterling (0), Jesus (1), Morata (1) and Lukaku (5), which saw many less than happy fantasy managers! Our captaincy picks somewhat reflected this performance, which can be seen below:
1. Gabriel Jesus – 1 point
2. Romelu Lukaku – 5 points
3. Christian Eriksen – 2 points
Differential – Tammy Abraham – 2 points
Gamble – Wilfried Zaha – 3 points
Now onto this week’s picks:
1. Sergio Aguero (WBA)
The City striker is fit again after he was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam, and he rejoins a city team unbeaten all season. If truth be told, it doesn’t look like Pep’s team will be beaten any time soon. West Brom away is never an easy place to go with Tony Pulis in charge but City look invincible and are likely to terrorise the Baggies on Saturday afternoon. Aguero picked up that all important match fitness against Wolves in the league cup this week and scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out. The Argentine is not the only captaincy contender in the City side with Gabriel Jesus also worth a mention, but for me, Aguero has been a must own for years and remains so. Perhaps the stand-out option this week.
2. Alexis Sanchez (SWA)
Sanchez played very well at Everton on Sunday and it was his late goal which sealed Ronald Koeman’s fate. This week, Swansea are the visitors as Arsenal will look to continue their decent run after an horrendous start to the season, Swansea aren’t a bad side by any means but probably lack the ammunition to get a result on Sunday. With Mesut Ozil beginning to look interested again, the smart money is on a sizeable Arsenal win and as ever, the Chilean is likely to be pulling the strings which makes him a strong captaincy pick.
3. Mohamed Salah (HUD)
At the start of the season, I confidently predicted that Huddersfield would be relegated by Christmas and few disagreed. How wrong I was! David Wagner is doing a great job and early signs suggest little risk of relegation. In gameweek 9, they beat Manchester United at home and will be high on confidence ahead of their trip to Anfield this weekend to play a less than convincing Liverpool side. However, going forward, Liverpool can be ruthless and in the absence of Sadio Mane, it is Salah who is now the main threat. You’d expect Liverpool to score a few and for this reason, the Egyptian winger is worth a mention.
Differential – Wilfried Zaha (WHU)
Admittedly, this is a bit of a left field pick but hear me out. Roy Hodgson’s win against Chelsea has seemingly taken the pressure off, despite it being his only points so far. However, his side looks much stronger than under Frank de Boer. Zaha is always a nice threat on the wing but the big appeal is the fixture. West Ham are in a dire situation; they lost 3-0 to Brighton last week and will not be keen on a trip to Selhurst Park with its electric atmosphere. If you want a more risky pick then consider Zaha.
Gamble – Dele Alli (MUN)
Alli is in great form and looks like he’ll have the opportunity to once again find the back of the net. He’s in the gamble category because of his fixture which is a tough one but Alli loves a big game so should not be discounted. Spurs are on form and a United side coming off the back of a shock league defeat last week may not be at their best. Certainly not the safest option but we know he’s class so definitely consider him this week.
That concludes our analysis. Best of luck with the upcoming gameweek!
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)