Gameweek 5 Captain Picks

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fplhollyFPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Gameweek 5. After a two week absence due to the International Break, our fantasy assets should be back with a bang as the Premier League returns. The only person disappointed for the return of FPL is the Clueless Husband.

Gameweek 4 was a disappointing one for many: Salah and Kane blanked, plus those who trusted Aguero with the armband or triple captain chip were underwhelmed by his 6 point haul. Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso continues to excel and many managers are still scrambling to get him in their teams.

Gameweek 5 will be interesting, especially since Spurs entertain Liverpool at Wembley. It’s the start of a tricky schedule for the traditional top six sides, as Champions League and Europa League fixtures kick in this midweek. Chelsea have the pick of the fixtures, as Cardiff visit Stamford Bridge. Manchester City will be looking to climb up the table, with a home game against Fulham.

Shield Pick: Sergio Aguero vs Fulham (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/9

A home game against weak opposition is quite the prospect: especially since he already has 3 goals and 2 assists at the Etihad this season. He’s also on penalties, which could further bolster his goal scoring prospects: he’s had 20 shots this season which is the most in the Premier League. Aguero has had the International Break off and his strong form means that his ownership is rising to the highest in the game, overtaking Salah. Fulham have yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League, conceding 2+ goals in each of their four games. Are you going to play safe with the shield pick?

Sword Pick: Mohammed Salah vs Spurs (A)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 19/20

Salah was ousted from the top captaincy selection last time around and that trend looks set to continue, as the fixture looks a tough one on paper. However, Salah managed 3 goals against Spurs last season, including one in the away fixture. He’s a big game player and the fantasy points look to be just around the corner: he’s missed 4 of his 5 big chances so far and also has 13 Goal Attempt Assists, which is the best in the league. His performance will be crucial to Liverpool maintaining their unbeaten start to the season: will you gamble on the sword pick?

Form Pick: Marcos Alonso vs Cardiff (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 27/10

It’s not very often that more than one defender appears among the captain picks, but as the leading FPL points scorer, Marcos Alonso is a worthy contender. He has managed attacking returns in every game so far, plus two clean sheets in four games. Cardiff are particular goal shy, with just two goals across their four games. The fixture looks promising for both attacking returns and a clean sheet. Alonso is also leading the Bonus charts, with 9 in total. Are you opting for the form pick?

Fixture Pick: Eden Hazard vs Cardiff (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 10/11

If you like the look of Chelsea’s fixture, but refuse to captain a defender, Eden Hazard is an excellent alternative. He’s the only other player to deliver attacking returns in the opening 4 games: he’s managed 2 goals and 2 assists across limited minutes. He’s also the Chelsea penalty taker, but Etheridge has proven difficult to beat from the spot so far this season. Cardiff have conceded 5 goals in 4 games. Will you go for the fixture pick?

Punt Pick: Harry Kane vs Liverpool (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 10/11

Harry Kane has had an inconsistent start to the season, but could strike form at just the right time. He’s got 2 goals and 1 assist so far, plus he’s on penalties too. His record against Liverpool is strong: 5 goals and 2 assists in 7 games, including 2 goals and an assist in the 4-1 win last time around. The fixture makes this one a bit of a punt, will you take it?

Park the Bus Pick: Benjamin Mendy vs Fulham (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/1

Clean Sheet Odds: 3/4

Not to be outdone by Alonso, Mendy has amassed a minimum of 4 points in his opening games, also achieving 5 assists to date. 3 of those assists have come across the two home games and more attacking returns are promising against a leaky Fulham defence. Pep will be aiming for a clean sheet in this one too, having only managed one in four. Mitrovic may be lurking to snatch those clean sheet points away though. Are you brave enough to captain a defender?

Clueless Husband Pick: Dele Alli vs Liverpool (H)

Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 3/1

Never one to study the fixtures, the Clueless Husband is opting for Dele Alli this week. A little late to the hand manoeuvre challenges, it could be a tough game for Alli, but he did manage a goal in this fixture last season. Alison’s blunder prevented a clean sweep of shut outs for Liverpool and Dele will be on the prowl to capitalise on any other howlers from the Liverpool keeper. Will you side with my Clueless Husband?

Until Next Week…
Good Luck!

Holly and her Clueless Husband

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By | 2018-09-11T15:05:46+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Analysis|0 Comments

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