Gameweek 25: Why You Should Captain Alexis Sanchez
Fantasy Premier League Captain Tips For Gameweek 25
Are you struggling to select your Fantasy Premier League captain for Gameweek 25? Look no further than Alexis Sanchez ahead of Arsenal’s home fixture against Hull.
This article will look at player pedigree, recent form and fixture difficulty with the aim to provide a weighted argument for Sanchez’s captaincy in gameweek 25.
Alexis Sanchez is proven within Fantasy Premier League.
As the top scoring midfielder in Fantasy Premier League this season with 168 points and averaging an impressive seven points per game, Alexis Sanchez is always a contender for the armband. 35.6% of managers currently have him in their teams despite his premium 11.8m price tag.
The reason that his price tag is so high is because of his league pedigree. In his first season after arriving from Barcelona he tallied up 207 points, followed by 167 points last year. At this point in the season he’s already the highest scoring player in the game with 168 points – 1 more than last season and we’re only in Gameweek 25.
A lot of Alexis Sanchez’s appeal depends on which position he is playing. Despite a slow start in a lone striker berth, the Chilean managed 12 goals and seven assists in the 16 games he started up front and scored six double figure hauls including a monster 23-points against West Ham. Sanchez has been seen as a less attractive option lately as Olivier Giroud’s fine form pushed him back to the wing.
Despite not being the main source of attack however, he has still managed a respectable three goals and two assists in six games on the left and scored 6.5 points from the left wing – although that had been helped by being moved up front in the second half against Swansea – suggesting the move has far from dampened the former Barcelona man’s prospects.
Statistically he makes a reliable captain pick.
In Arsenal’s last game against Chelsea, Sanchez’s movement up front was favoured by Arsene Wenger while Giroud dropped to the bench. It remains to be seen whether Wenger will keep faith with Alexis after a disappointing performance in the 3-1 loss – especially with Giroud bagging a consolation goal – with either the Frenchman or possibly even the more mobile Danny Welbeck vying for a place.
The underlying statistics look good regardless however; Sanchez has averaged four shots per game in his last four, with seven of those coming in the box. Factoring in five key passes as well and it seems the points potential is there regardless of his position an assist for Giroud or Welbeck just as likely as a goal.
Arsenal remain undefeated against Hull in their last 13 matches (all competitions) and during this time have scored at least 2 goals in all but one fixture. In addition to this, Hull have failed to win their last 11 Premier League matches on the road which could explain why our expected goals model forecasts Arsenal to score the most goals in Gameweek 25.
His fixture in gameweek 25 holds strong potential for points.
While at one time the prospect of Arsenal facing Hull at home would seem like a thrashing waiting to happen, the reality may be different. The Gunners have suffered back-to-back losses at Watford and Chelsea and needed a 98th minute penalty to see off Burnley.
Hull on the other hand have seen a remarkable upturn in fortune under new boss Marco Silva. The Portuguese has got the Tigers organised and they have conceded just three goals in his time in charge, with only Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur managing less.
Indeed, the feat is made more impressive considering Hull have managed consecutive clean sheets against the Red Devils and Liverpool and was without captain Curtis Davies and the experienced Michael Dawson in the last game.
That said, there are still some statistics which could bode well for Sanchez. The Tigers have given away 17 chances in central areas under Silva – an average of 4.25 per game. Only Swansea have conceded more in that time and should Sanchez start up top or even have license to cut in from the left, he would be likely to have a huge share of those chances.
His head-to-head record against Hull is also second to none. From his last three encounters with Hull in the league, Sanchez has managed to score FIVE goals, with back-to-back braces.
Why you should captain Alexis Sanchez in Gameweek 25?
After the loss to Chelsea and speculation all week about their manager’s future, it is likely the Gunners will be out for blood. With a 12-point deficit from the top and their title hopes in tatters, the North-London side may well play with a little less pressure and take their frustrations out on the Tigers.
If that is to happen, a double figure haul (not unlike the one Sanchez grabbed at the KCom Stadium back in Gameweek 5) could be on the cards.