Game Week 38 Captain Picks

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fplhollyFPL Holly is back with her final captain selections of the season. It’s the last opportunity to roll the dice in the hope of clinching that overall rank target and mini league victory. Big gains could still be made!

Gameweek 37 provided plenty of controversy with many managers suffering yet another dreaded captaincy blank. Salah was one of few players to return, with most disappointment coming from Manchester City in the Monday Night Football.

It’s worth bearing in mind for the final round of games, that it’s Manchester City and Liverpool with most to play for. The golden boot (Salah, Aguero, Aubameyang, Mane), golden glove (Allison, Ederson) and playmaker awards (Hazard, Fraser) are still up for contention too. A home game provides most motivation!

Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal & Chelsea have all been busy in European action this week and may wish to protect players for their respective finals, although these are still 3 weeks away. Manchester City and Watford also have a looming FA Cup final to contend, which could influence things. Remember, many managers use this opportunity to give young talent their debut, it can be a tricky week to call.

Shield Pick: Sergio Aguero vs Brighton (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/6

Aguero has the highest ownership in the game, and very popular within the Top 10K and Top 1K. If playing safe and retaining position is important to you this week, Aguero is your man. He’s chasing in the Golden Boot race, on penalties and playing in a side who just needs a win to secure a second consecutive Premier League crown. Many will have fond memories of Aguero’s part in securing the title on the last day of the season seven years ago, will he and City leave it late again here? Aguero was on the scoresheet in the reverse fixture, in fact he has found the back of the net each time he has faced the Seagulls. With a goal and an assist in his last 4 games, will you play safe with the shield pick?

Sword Pick: Raheem Sterling vs Brighton (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/5

Sterling is ahead of Aguero in terms of points per game for Manchester City, plus has the better away record, but his form is lacking, with just a solitary assist in his last 4 games, as City have been grinding out those all important wins on their hunt for the title. Brighton will struggle to keep this potent attack out, but have tightened up since their woeful Double Gameweek 34 performance, conceding just 3 goals in their last 4 games. With safety now secured though, they could quite literally be on the beach. Will you attack your rivals with the sword pick?

Form Pick: Mohammed Salah vs Wolves (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20

Salah looks set to overcome last weekend’s concussion to play in this crucial final game for Liverpool and he’s in great form: he has 4 goals and 2 assists from his last 4 games. He’s ahead by a margin of two in the Golden Boot race, and will be doing everything in his power to keep his rivals at bay. After spectating in that dramatic Champions League performance in midweek, he will be raring to go in what could be the title clinching performance for Liverpool. Salah was in a similar vein of form back in Gameweek 18, where he managed a goal and an assist in the reverse fixture. Are you going with the form pick?

Fixture Pick: Sadio Mane vs Wolves (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20

A home game on the last day of the season to win the title, against a side with nothing to play for, makes the ideal fixture this weekend. Anfield will be bouncing after THAT Barcelona game and Sadio Mane will be gunning for goals to take the golden boot from Salah’s grasp. Mane may feel the after effects of the Champions League in his legs, but his form is good, with 3 goals from his last 4 games. Wolves have 2 clean sheets from their last 4 games, but haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 8! He looks set to be my captain this weekend as I bid to move back into the Top 5k on the final day of the season, he could be a relative differential. Mane’s home form is excellent: will you opt for the fixture pick?

Punt Pick: Nathan Redmond vs Huddersfield (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 5/2

For those mavericks with a huge margin to make up on the final day of the season, Nathan Redmond could be the punt that rescues last minute success. A home game against Huddersfield looks excellent on paper, but he does have just 1 assist in his last 4 games. He seems a likely source of goals for the Saints against a Huddersfield defence who’ve conceded 12 goals in their last 4 games. Redmond managed a goal and an assist in the reverse fixture. Will you take a punt on a differential?

Park the Bus Pick: Aymeric Laporte vs Brighton (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 25/1

Clean Sheet Odds: 3/4

With 20 clean sheets this season, Manchester City have left it late to equal Liverpool’s impressive defensive tally and could move ahead given that they face the weaker attack. Laporte has 4 clean sheets from his last 4 games, plus an assist, as well as taking all three bonus points in his most recent three games. Brighton have been in a barren spell from a goal scoring perspective, with just 2 goals from their last 8 games.

Are you brave enough to captain a defender?

Clueless Husband Pick: Eden Hazard vs Leicester (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 5/4

A double digit return last weekend is enough for my Clueless Husband to keep the faith with Hazard this Sunday. It could well be Hazard’s final game for Chelsea, with plenty of speculation over his future at the club. He has 3 assists from his last 4 games, going for the most assists this season, plus he’s on penalties too. Will you side with my Clueless Husband?

Good Luck!

Holly and her Clueless Husband

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By | 2019-05-09T09:42:25+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Analysis|0 Comments

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