Fantasy Premier League Captain Tips For Gameweek 31

Welcome back to another Fantasy Premier League Captain Tips for Gameweek 31 article. This week jamieFPL returns to analyse some alternative options for your captain’s armband.

Last week 36% of active teams captained Sergio Aguero, followed by Harry Kane (16.8%), Riyad Mahrez (14.0%) and Jamie Vardy (13.5%).

Aguero and Mahrez both blanked, Vardy grabbed an assist whilst Harry Kane stole the show with 13pts thanks to his brace and 3 bonus points.

The English striker faces Bournemouth (H) this weekend and with Aguero blanking in three of his last four matches, we expect Kane to be this game week’s favourite.

He’s also our safe tip for this weekend as he looks to maintain his top goalscorer status and keep Spurs hot on Leicester’s tail.

However, if you’re looking to climb the rankings and take a gamble, we’ve compared Lukaku, Sigurdsson and Rondon as alternative options for your captain’s armband.

Recent Form:

PlayerGAPPG
Rondon317.00
Sigurdsson216.25
Lukaku315.75

G = Goals, A = Assists, PPG = Points per Game.

All three players have been in excellent form over the last four game weeks with both strikers scoring on three occasions and Sigurdsson scoring two in his last two.

Despite finding the net in three of his last four, Lukaku has only picked up three bonus points compared to Rondon’s five and Sigurdsson’s four, therefore lowering his PPG.

With little to separate the three based on form, let’s take a look at their fixture difficulty ahead of Gameweek 31.

Opposition Difficulty:

PlayerVs.BCCGC
SigurdssonAVL1511
LukakuARS98
RondonNOR34

Vs. = Opponents, BCC = Big Chances Conceded, GC = Goals Conceded.

Sigurdsson has this weekend’s prize fixture as Swansea host Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans will be looking to move further away from the drop zone by taking all three points and bolstering their goal difference.

The Villains look to have given up this season and are evidently struggling in both attack and defence. Over their last four matches they’ve conceded an average of 2.75 goals per game and now stand 9 points from safety.

Only Villa, Newcastle and Crystal Palace have worse defensive form than Arsenal from their last four Premier League matches which comes as good news to Everton and Lukaku owners.

The Gunners are without a win in their last three league games, whilst the Toffees boast the third best attack in the Premier League. The statistics indicate a couple of goals and no doubt an in-form Lukaku will claim at least one.

The Canaries have tightened up at the back in recent weeks only letting in an average of one goal per game. However, Norwich have lost their last 13 on the road so their confidence will be at rock bottom.

The Verdict:

Sigurdsson’s has two goals in his last two matches and faces the most fragile defence in the Premier League; so it’s hard to look elsewhere. Since the arrival of new boss Francesco Guidolin he’s been utilised as a #10 and flourished in his new role.

Lukaku and Rondon are both in excellent form and come up against opposition who are in poor defensive form and struggling on the road respectively.

All three players are good options for the armband this weekend, though it’s arguable whether the striker pose greater threat than the likes of Kane, Aguero and Vardy.  

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