Welcome to another Fantasy Premier League captaincy analysis article for the upcoming gameweek 24. Before we get down to business we will look back on the FPL gameweek just gone.
1. Sergio Aguero – 12 points
2. Romelu Lukaku – 2 points
3. Harry Kane – 5 points
Differential – Anthony Martial- 2 points
Gamble – Riyad Mahrez – 6 points
So all in all it was a mixed bag for our recommendations but now it’s time to move on to the picks for the upcoming midweek fixtures.
1. Sergio Aguero (SUN)
The Argentine has hit a rich vein of form of late, picking up a brace in each of his last 2 league games and another goal in the league cup against Everton (much to my disappointment!). With 5 goals in 3 games you would have to consider Aguero for the armband. City face a trip to Wearside on Tuesday to face a Sunderland side who are improving but still look fragile defensively. City have an attacking threat which most would envy and when Aguero is leading the line, Manuel Pellegrini’s side always look like scoring. I have adopted a strategy when it comes to Aguero: ‘if his legs are working properly then have him in your team’ and with his fine form and tempting fixture, Aguero will be the obvious captaincy choice.
2. Romelu Lukaku (NEW)
The Everton frontman has struggled to find the net recently, and I believe it is largely down to fatigue. After a hectic festive period in which Lukaku was on top form, he was not given much opportunity to rest and now we are seeing the consequences of the game time Lukaku has played recently. However, you would imagine the Belgian would sit out the FA cup tie against Carlisle on Sunday so should be fully ready to go at Goodison next Wednesday. Newcastle are the visitors this week and in all honesty neither side are playing very well although there is lots of quality within both teams so a good match and, due to both sides inability to defend, a high scoring encounter is to be expected. For Lukaku owners, the prospect of goals is very good as Everton’s only reliable goalscorer and it would be a safe bet that the Belgium international will be heavily involved. A risk due to his recent dry spell but he may well add to his 15 league goals so is worth considering.
3. Dele Alli (NOR)
I could use a wide range of superlatives to describe the ability of Dele Alli but instead I will just say ‘Dele Alli is very good at football’. If that endorsement hasn’t convinced you to consider captaining the future of English football then maybe a few statistics might? 6 goals, 4 assists & 99 FPL points, an average of over 5 points per gameweek since Boxing Day. The midweek fixtures see Spurs travel to Norwich and judging by the way they dealt with James Milner & co last weeekend, I genuinely expect Tottenham’s attacking players to force the FA to introduce a mercy rule at half time. Norwich were shambolic on Saturday and unless Alex Neil can work his magic on the training ground I can see the Canaries adding to their dismal defensive record of 8 goals shipped in 2 games. Given the form and incredible ability of Alli, you have to give him some consideration. Just incase you haven’t noticed I think Dele Alli is a decent player…
Differential – Dimitri Payet (AVL)
Payet is a very good player and makes things happen for West Ham which is why he is held in such high regard by West Ham fans. FPL wise he is gold when he is on the pitch, the fact that he has 90 points despite spending a large part of the season injured is testament to his ability to making meaningful contributions for the Hammers’ push for Europe. Without the Frenchman the East London outfit have a win rate of just 14% which emphasises just how important he is. West Ham take on struggling Aston Villa and given their terrible defensive record many managers are expecting Payet to do the business and there is no reason why you should think otherwise. The fact that he has blanked in his last 2 games may put some managers off so he is likely to be a differential pick.
Gamble – Jamie Vardy (LIV)
Vardy scored for the first time in 7 games at the weekend and his overall performance was very impressive. On the whole, Leicester looked rejuvenated as they brushed aside a Stoke team who have put in several decent performances this term. Leicester host Liverpool and it may well prove to be a difficult game for the Foxes as Liverpool will be on a high following their progression to the league cup final. However, Liverpool’s back line looks very weak so Leicester’s lethal strike force will more than likely find some joy on Tuesday night, the King Power stadium will be rocking and Leicester will try to use this to their advantage to get a positive result. A risk due to his recent goal drought but with the players around him playing so well Vardy may be the beneficiary by adding to his 16 league goals.
All that is left to say is thanks for reading and good luck this week!
Written by Bonus FPL