Gameweek 21 Captain Tips

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fplhollyFPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Gameweek 21. There’s no Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku anywhere, due to a blank gameweek and lack of form, which is a season first. Her Clueless Husband also returns with a selection to annoy her with, read on for more.

As I’m writing this, using my new iPad keyboard, Gameweek 20 is still continuing, so I can’t give a full review. Hopefully you followed my essential advice and gave Harry Kane that armband: 34 points and a massive green arrow are all yours! The Liverpool suggestions of Salah and Coutinho also delivered decent points totals. The biggest rotation of the season is expected in Gameweek 21, so it is imperative you choose the armband wisely and have a strong vice captain: here are my selections.

Shield Pick: Mohammed Salah vs Leicester (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/6

Mohammed Salah is the Fantasy Football gift that keeps on giving: he’s been involved in a remarkable 22 Premier League goals for Liverpool, at the half way point of the season, and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. He is the top FPL points scorer, even though Harry Kane has moved ahead of him in the golden boot race. Given that he is the highest owned player in the game, and Kane has a blank, Salah will be the most captained player this week. He was substituted early against Swansea, which suggests he will feature against Leicester and he has already shown strong substitute performances this season, when he doesn’t get a starting berth. He scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season. If you have a strong rank to protect, give Mo the armband.

Sword Pick: Alvaro Morata vs Stoke (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/13

Morata has had a lot of rest recently, due to an injury and suspension, so looks set for a start in Gameweek 21. An easy match up against Stoke makes him a strong captaincy candidate. He scored a hat trick in the away fixture earlier this season, and has scored in his last two appearances for Chelsea. If you weren’t convinced up to this point, it’s worth noting that Stoke are struggling for central defenders with Ryan Shawcross injured, Martins Indi ruled out and Kurt Zouma ineligible against his parent club. Plenty are considering Morata for a one week put, with Kane having a blank. Are you going to take the jump and hand him your armband?

Form Pick: Jesse Lingard vs Southampton (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 17/10

Lingard has the best form of all FPL assets, and has amassed 3 goals and an assist over his last 3 games. Jose attempted to rest him against Burnley, since he had started the previous 6 Premier League games, but his second half brace highlighted his importance. Manchester United are in a rotten run of form by their standard, so Jose will have to play him again this time around. Lingard has 2 goals and 3 assists against the Saints and is a reasonably priced midfielder. Will you consider bringing him in and giving him the captaincy?

Fixture Pick: Raheem Sterling vs Crystal Palace (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 17/20

Sterling has been the stand out pick in this Manchester City side over the last few weeks and this time out they have an easy fixture against the defensively weak Crystal Palace. As I write this, Manchester City have yet to play in Gameweek 20, so I have little insight into Pep’s current injury and rotation issues. Despite this, Sterling has started every game since Gameweek 11, has some strong substitute appearances and was rested in the EFL cup just before Christmas. He got two goals in the reverse fixture this season, with a total of 4 goals ands 2 assists in 8 appearances against Palace. Are you going with the fixture pick?

Punt Pick: Richarlison vs Swansea (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 6/4

Watford are on an upwards trend after a win against Leicester last time out, and Richarlison is vital in Marco Silva’s plans. He was started out of position, leading the line against Leicester for the first part of the match and he has 2 assists in his last 4 games. Swansea are still without a manager and have managed to concede 13 goals in their last 4 games. Will you go with the punt pick?

Park the Bus Pick: Marcos Alonso vs Stoke (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 13/5

Clean Sheet Odds: 4/7

Marcos Alonso is in an excellent run of form, with 2 goals and an assist in his last 4 games. Added to this, Chelsea have kept 3 clean sheets in a row, I wouldn’t bet against them making it 4 this time around. Alonso is essentially playing as a winger, and is beating Hazard for points returns. You’d need to be brave to captain a defender, but Alonso is basically a midfielder who can give you clean sheet points too. The only risk is that he is rested, or he could get subbed before the 60 minute mark. Are you brave enough this week?

Clueless Husband Pick: Roberto Firmino vs Leicester (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 5/6

My husband has had to put up with me moaning for the last two gameweeks about selling Bobby, as the goals and assists have flew in. Meanwhile, he’s been reaping the points and is giving him the armband this week just to frustrate me further. Leicester have conceded 10 goals in their last 5 games, and Firmino has 3 double digit returns on the bounce. He now has 4 goals and 2 assists over his last 3, and was substituted early against Swansea. Surely he is undroppable for Klopp right now? Do you agree with my clueless husband?

Until Next Week…
Good Luck!

Holly.

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