After such a great gameweek 29 for the captaincy analysis, we saw gameweek 30’s picks all blank! One saving grace was that we didn’t pick the other Ayew! Before we look at this week’s limited picks, here’s how last week’s FPL Captaincy Analysis did:
1. Harry Kane – 1 point
2. Leroy Sane – 3 points
3. Mohamed Salah – 2 points
Differential – Andre Ayew – 2 points
Gamble – Eden Hazard – 3 points
Now onto this week’s picks…
1. Mohamed Salah (WAT)
The phrase “Every man and his dog” springs to mind immediately because, quite literally, everyone who owns Salah will captain him. There are no other big teams playing this week, and no other huge players playing due to their appearance in the FA Cup, meaning that Salah is the only player of note that is featuring this week. He’s the most logical player to captain, and unless you’re in desperate need of catching up to the rest of the world, then I’d suggest captaining Salah this week, especially against Watford, where Salah scored and assisted in the reverse fixture.
2. Callum Wilson (WBA)
The second highest owned attacking player who actually plays this week is Callum Wilson. Admittedly, this isn’t a sure thing, but he’s likely to be the ‘next-likely’ captaincy choice due to his ownership. He’s failed to score in the last 5 games for Bournemouth, but he’s never been a consistent goal scorer for the Cherries anyway. Bournemouth have scored at least one goal in their last 11 games, so it’s only a matter of time before Wilson does end up on the scoresheet. They take on a West Brom side who have only won once in the last 27 games, so a win does seem likely for Bournemouth, and considering how leaky the Baggies defence has been this season, you have to fancy Wilson to break his mini-drought.
3. Xherdan Shaqiri (EVE)
In a team as poor as Stoke’s, Shaqiri has certainly been the bright spark of their campaign, scoring 7 and assisting 6, including 3 in the last 5 games. With Stoke desperate for points to survive in the Premier League, they’ll be up for this fixture against Everton, who have the second worst away record in the entirety of English league football, so they’ll certainly fancy themselves to get something out of this game. As Carragher said, “If you ever need a win, Everton is the team to play”, which seems apt, especially this season. Shaqiri is the most likely Stoke player to try and inspire them to get a win, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he does score a few this week.
Differential – Wilfried Zaha (HUD)
In all honesty, every choice bar Salah could be considered a differential due to their low ownership, but considering Zaha has just come back from injury, Zaha’s ‘active’ ownership will not be as high as the other players. Palace have failed to win without Zaha in two years, proving how influential he is to their team, even assisting after coming on last week against Chelsea. Palace are also a team in desperate need of points, as they currently sit in 18th place in the league. This is a huge fixture in the relegation battle as they face fellow battlers Huddersfield away, so they’ll definitely need their star player to be on his A game for this one!
Gamble – Cenk Tosun (STK)
With seemingly the entirety of Turkey behind him, Tosun initially found it hard to settle into Premier League life, struggling to start for his new team. However, with two goals in two games, he may well have cemented his place in the Everton starting line-up, however this is a gamble, because Allardyce may opt for Calvert-Lewin or Niasse. The only problem is that Tosun only had two shots and one dribble, indicating that Everton struggle to get Tosun on the ball, a weakness that may be empathised even more with the injury of Sigurdsson, the man who has created the most chances for Everton. This will be a huge loss for Everton, and especially Tosun, who may have another game struggling to make a huge impact.
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)