FPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Gameweek 30. As a particularly brutal and disappointing gameweek has passed by in terms of captaincy, plenty of maverick moves are expected across the community ahead of this one!
SCOUT: Only one of the ten most-captained players of Gameweek 29 – Harry Kane – scored a goal this weekend pic.twitter.com/vKawlhlcZc
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) March 3, 2019
With penalty misses, rotation, negative points and bookings, Gameweek 29 was a dismal affair. I guess the saving grace was that no popular options hauled, with just Kane, Hazard and Higuain delivering some sort of return. Gameweek 30 is sandwiched between Europa League fixtures, plus Liverpool and Manchester City have crucial Champions League clashes next midweek – could we see minutes of some popular options managed once more?
Shield Pick: Mohammed Salah vs Burnley (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/13
…he has now. https://t.co/jWdX5xUH45
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) March 3, 2019
Salah is just clinging on to the highest ownership in the game, despite blanking 3 games in a row. He is well ahead on total FPL points with 198 and has another home game this weekend. Three consecutive blanks is a rare event for the Egyptian, surely it won’t be 4? It’s 1 goal and 1 assist from 2 appearances for Salah against Burnley and just 1 goal in his last 4 Premier League appearances. He’s likely to be the most captained player once more this weekend, but will you keep faith with the crowd and play safe with the shield pick?
Sword Pick: Raheem Sterling vs Watford (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/5
Despite his blank in GW31, we expect Sterling to score enough points in the other 3GWs to justify him being in your team.
— Arrow FPL (@ArrowFPL) March 1, 2019
The second highest FPL points scorer in the game could be a viable alternative for those managers not going with Salah. Manchester City have a well deserved break between their fixtures so Sterling should get another start after being rested recently: he has 2 goals and 1 assist from his last 4 games and tends to score heavily at the Etihad. He was rested in the reverse fixture which may cause some concern for owners, but he has returned either a goal or an assist in every appearances against the Hornets under Pep. Are you going to take a risk on the sword pick?
Form Pick: Sergio Aguero vs Watford (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/15
City striker has not blanked when named in Pep Guardiola's XI for Etihad fixtures this season
Points per match [when starting]: 11.6 😱 (includes three hat-tricks)
— Colm Hayes (@ColmVHayes) March 4, 2019
Aguero appears to be Pep’s favoured option once more and his home record is phenomenal: he now has 4 goals in his last 4 games and hasn’t blanked in a home start all season. Watford visiting the Etihad provides an ideal opportunity for Aguero to deliver once more: he has 10 goals and 2 assists from 6 appearances. With penalties in his locker too, managers can be hopeful of even more points. The big question is whether he starts, but a week between games and an advantage in the Champions League does bring hope. Will you go form the form pick?
Fixture Pick: Sadio Mane vs Burnley (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/11
SCOUT: Mané (£9.6m) scores twice in GW28, making it 6 goals in the last 6 Gameweeks. With 22.5% ownership he now has favourable fixtures, including games in GW31 and GW33#FPL #LIVWAT pic.twitter.com/fYa8RaHviH
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) February 27, 2019
Mane has provided great consistency in recent weeks, with 3 goals in his last 4 games and has arguably been a more promising FPL asset than Salah since the turn of the year. A home game against Burnley could deliver more points for Mane: Burnley are without a clean sheet in their last 6 games, conceding 10 over that spell. It should be a convincing win for Liverpool in this favourable game, are you opting for the fixture pick?
Reverse Pick: Riyad Mahrez vs Watford (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 21/20
⏪ REVERSE #FPL ⏪
Gameweek 30 sees the reverse of the Gameweek 15 Fixtures. Here’s the Dream Team and Results. pic.twitter.com/KzVZbiF6c4
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) March 4, 2019
A 13 point haul back in Gameweek 15 gains Mahrez the reverse fixture pick selection this weekend. He collected a goal, assist and 3 bonus point when City won 2-1 at Vicarage Road and could be set for another double digit haul here. He’s seen limited minutes in recent weeks but did get the crucial goal in the 1-0 win at Bournemouth last weekend and with Sane out of favour and De Bruyne carrying an injury, he could play a crucial role in Pep’s set up. Watford have conceded 7 goals in their last 4 games, with the 5 conceded at Anfield just two weeks ago particularly significant. Will you captain the reverse pick?
Punt Pick: Jamie Vardy vs Fulham (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 3/4
— #FPL Stag 🇨🇽 (@FPLStag) March 4, 2019
Jamie Vardy can always be relied upon to step up under a new manager: he’s back in form, with 3 goals in his last 4 games and now has a promising fixture at home to Fulham. There are concerns Vardy has a slight knock, but should he be available for the weekend, he becomes an enticing captain proposition. Fulham have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, it’s no clean sheets in 9 games, conceding 2+ in every game this year. Will you take a punt on another Vardy party?
Park the Bus Pick: Andrew Robertson vs Burnley (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 17/2
Clean Sheet Odds: 4/6
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 1, 2019
Liverpool have four consecutive clean sheets, with Robertson contributing 3 assists in that spell: could we see a repeat performance this weekend? Robertson now has 9 assists for the season, plays in the best defence in the league and has collected 24 bonus points, which is the 2nd highest for all players in the game. Burnley have failed to score in 2 of their last 4 away games: are you brave enough to captain a defender?
Clueless Husband Pick: Virgil Van Dijk vs Burnley (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 24/5
Clean Sheet Odds: 4/6
Virgil van Dijk's February:
✅ 2 goals
✅ 3 clean sheets
✅ 1 goal conceded
PFA Player of the Month 👏pic.twitter.com/6gGDonTRvc
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) March 4, 2019
Dick Van Dyke is the Clueless Husband selection for this week, following a solid performance in the Merseyside Derby. Van Dijk is another stalwart in a Liverpool back line that have kept 17 clean sheets this season: he has 2 goals in his last 4 games and 5 bonus points. Will you side with my Clueless Husband?
Until Next Week…
Holly and her Clueless Husband
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