FPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Gameweek 36. It could be the best remaining opportunity to play the Triple Captain chip as title contenders Liverpool face an already relegated Huddersfield.
Gameweek 35 yielded plenty of points for those on Bench Boost, but the captain contenders failed to make a big splash in those significant overall rank swings. Gameweek 36 looks to be tricky for captaincy, with just the top six having something significant to play for. Liverpool and Chelsea have had the week off but Liverpool have a clash with Barcelona coming up in the Champions League. Chelsea and Arsenal have tough games against Manchester United and Leicester respectively, plus Europa League action. Manchester City and Spurs have had a very congested schedule, with a midweek game just preceding this set of games. There’s plenty of pros and cons around, with rotation always a lingering concern. Now more than ever, the captain chip is crucial and the final dice roll to conquer those mini leagues and overall rankings.
Shield Pick: Sadio Mane vs Huddersfield (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 1/2
Mane’s last 8 home games…
7, 7, 9, 8, 13, 14, 2 & 9
Next Huddersfield at home
Today: I mean c’mon it’s a no-brainer to captain him…
Friday come 21:50: He ends with 2 points, Liverpool winning something to nil & he receives a cheeky yellow for dissent
This be me fpl 🤪
— FPL My Club (@FPLMyClub) April 24, 2019
It may be a surprise to see Mane as the shield pick from the Liverpool player, but he currently has the higher ownership, in 42.4% of live teams at the time of writing, compared to the 25.3% with Salah. A home fixture against the worst team in the league, Huddersfield, is a mouth-watering prospect: could it even be time to deploy that well saved Triple Captain chip? Mane has just 1 goal from his last 4 games, but has blanked just once at home in his last 8 appearances which is an impressive record. Liverpool have had a weeks rest and have several days gap between this Friday fixture and Barcelona on Wednesday. If I still had my triple captain chip, I’d give it to Mane this weekend. Will you play safe with the shield pick?
Sword Pick: Mohammed Salah vs Huddersfield (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 1/2
If you look at his Instagram he is at the Time 100 gala in New York which was yesterday at Lincoln Center in New York. He is on TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people.
He could fly back today of course but very little time to be ready for Fridays game. pic.twitter.com/arDUuhjucI
— Toast (@FplToast) April 24, 2019
Salah won’t be as highly captained as Mane, with ownership of just 25.3% in live teams. Rotation is a slight concern, given his trip to New York midweek for the Times gala. He’s returned consistently in recent games, with 2 goals and 2 assists and he’s clearly pushing for consecutive Golden Boot wins. Remarkably, he could be the differential captain here, he got a goal in the reverse fixture and could be on penalties if Milner is absent. Huddersfield have conceded 12 goals in their last 4 games. Are you going to attack with the sword pick?
Form Pick: Jamie Vardy vs Arsenal (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20
Backing Vardy for a big finish to the season? 👀
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) April 23, 2019
Vardy could well be overlooked as a captain option on first glance due to the fixture, but it’s actually a very tempting consideration. He is a man in form, with 4 goals and 1 assist from his last 4 games, which has elevated him into the Golden Boot race. Arsenal have just 1 away clean sheet this season, conceding 3 goals to Crystal Palace and Wolves last gameweek. This fixture historically yields goals, with the reverse fixture ending 3-1. Vardy has 6 goals in 8 appearances against Arsenal. Will you opt for the form pick?
Fixture Pick: Heung-Min Son vs West Ham (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/10
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 16, 2019
Spurs have a favourable home fixture and Son is in reasonable form, with 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 4 games. Spurs have scored 7 goals in their last 4 games. Conversely, West Ham haven’t been great recently, conceding 2+ goals in each of their last 6 games. Son has a great record against them Hammers, with 3 goals and 5 assists from 7 appearances in all competitions. Son’s starting berth looks secure given his ban in the first leg of the Champions League semi final. Are you going with the fixture pick?
Punt Pick: Sergio Aguero vs Burnley (A)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 13/20
Who next? pic.twitter.com/0HThkFK9bb
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) April 20, 2019
Aguero looks like the go to captain option from Manchester City, given Sterling being benched in the reverse of this fixture. At the time of writing, he leads the Golden Boot race with 19 goals, with 1 goal and 2 assists from his last 4 games, plus penalties in his locker too. He got a goal in the reverse fixture which City won 5-0: Burnley have 2 clean sheets in their last 4 games though, conceding 3 goals. Rotation fears should be eased given no Champions League action. Will you take a punt on Aguero?
Park the Bus Pick: Andrew Robertson vs Huddersfield (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/1
Clean Sheet Odds: 4/9
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 21, 2019
The leagues best defence are up against the leagues worst attack at home this week, could it be viable to captain a defender? Robertson has been involved in 19 clean sheets this season as well as 10 assists and 27 bonus points. Liverpool have conceded just 2 goals in their last 4 games, keeping 2 clean sheets. Huddersfield have 2 goals in their last 4 games, both coming at home. Are you brave enough to captain a defender?
Clueless Husband Pick: Lucas Moura vs West Ham (H)
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20
⚽️⚽️⚽️🅰️ | After netting a hat-trick, 1 assist & 3 bonus points against Huddersfield in Gameweek 34, #THFC’s Lucas Moura is now the most transferred in player (87K) ahead of DOUBLE Gameweek 35.
— Fantasy Football Pundits (@FFPundits) April 17, 2019
After watching several Spurs games in the last few days, the Clueless Husband is going with Moura here. The fixture is excellent and Moura has delivered in recent games, particularly that hat trick against Huddersfield. Will you side with my Clueless Husband?
Until Next Week…
Holly and her Clueless Husband
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