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Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 19

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 19

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 19

Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 19. Welcome to the Captain Picks article for Gameweek 19. Firstly, let me say Merry Christmas to all of you, and I hope you are busy stuffing your bellies full with Christmas food and beer, enjoying the holidays with your families. While food and family are the best things of Christmas time, we all know the second best thing: the busy Premier League schedule, giving us three rounds of festive football in one week. As we all know, a certain Argentinian is coming back from suspension this GW, so let me put one thing straight right away – I will not be tipping Aguero in this article. This is for a number of reasons: he has a tough matchup against Liverpool, City are struggling at the moment and playing poorly despite winning their last three matches, and his ownership among active players will be low due to his suspension and his fixture. Still, I assume that some will bring him in immediately so I will talk about him briefly here: he has scored 10 goals in 11 matches and City have scored 9 goals in their last 4 matches, meaning that Aguero clearly has a potential to produce points. However, I believe there are better options for the armband this round, so let’s take a look at whom those options are.

Diego Costa and Eden Hazard (Stoke at home)

Having served his suspension last GW, Costa will be fresh to fight against the Potters come Saturday afternoon. The highest scoring striker and the second highest scorer overall, Costa has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 matches, netting 33 points. Despite a slow start to the season, Stoke have made somewhat of a resurgence, finding themselves in 12th place. Still, Chelsea are on a 12-match winning streak in the PL and are by all means favorites to make this match their 13th win. As we have seen all season, Costa is consistent rather than explosive: he has scored over 10 points on only three occasions, and he has only scored more than one goal in a match once. Costa has only blanked in 3 matches this season, making him probably the most consistent producer of points in FPL, but if you want someone explosive rather than consistent from this match then consider Eden Hazard instead. Hazard has scored 2 goals in his last 6 matches, meaning that he does not have form on his side, but we all know his quality and he can explode at any moment. However, the fact that I must refer to his innate quality as a player rather than any actual statistics underlining good form implies that Costa is the safer option of these two players this round.

Alexis Sanchez (Crystal Palace at home)

While this fixture is appealing, it is not as appealing as it would have been a couple of days ago when Lord Pardew was in charge of Palace rather than Big Sam: you certainly want your fantasy captain to face a team managed by the former instead of the latter. Arsenal struggled to break down West Bromwich last round and perhaps that is a sign to come for this round when they play against another manager likely to play defensive and organized? Still, the fact that Sanchez is facing the team placed 17th in the PL cannot be ignored, and it is important to remember that Big Sam has only had a few days to leave his mark on his new team. Sanchez has 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 matches, yet his highest score from his last 4 is only 7 points, and his average score per match over those 4 matches is 5 points. Sanchezs’ blank against West Bromwich was the first time he has done so since Arsenal faced Manchester United and knowing Sanchez he is more likely to rebound with a good performance than to blank again. In fact, he has blanked in two successive games only twice this season. As such, I suggest that Sanchez represents a captaincy candidate that is both reliable and explosive.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Middlesbrough at home)

While both Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were criticized earlier in the season, they have gone 9 matches without losing in the Premier League and thus find themselves in 6th place, only 4 points behind Arsenal in 4th. Along with United’s increase in form, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently the top player in the game with 6 goals, 3 assists, and 56 points in his last 6 matches. He is averaging an astonishing 4.8 shots per game, showing how involved he is in United’s attack and that he is their main finisher. Middlesbrough may not concede a lot of goals but that is not likely to stop a team and a player that are in great form. With an ownership of 42%, Zlatan is likely to be the most captained player for GW 19, and he is very likely to reward all those who give him the armband.

Adam Lallana (Manchester City at home)

With 4 goals scored in a riot against Stoke, Liverpool have now won 3 matches in a row and they have scored 10 goals in the last 4. Adam Lallana has been Liverpool’s standout player recently, as he has scored 4 goals, gotten 1 assist, and attained 36 points over the 4 matches. While his opponent may be City, whom as previously mentioned have won 3 matches in a row, City conceded 7 goals against Leicester and Chelsea prior to those matches. City have in no way shown defensive reliability this season, keeping only 4 clean sheets, and with the way Liverpool are playing City could very well struggle at Anfield come New Year’s Eve. As a matter of fact, City have conceded as many goals (20) as another team mentioned here but with considerably lower stature: Middlesbrough. Remember last season, when Liverpool won 4-1 away and 3-0 at home – Liverpool’s high pressing style is exactly the kind of style City struggle against. Besides Lallana, Mane has gotten points recently as well, with 2 goals, 4 assists, and 40 points in his last 6 matches. While many may be dismayed by Liverpool’s matchup, I suggest that Liverpool should be considered the favorites here and could score several goals against a fragile City defence.

Romelu Lukaku (Hull away)

Everton have put in some mixed performances lately, losing to Liverpool and Watford but winning against Arsenal and Leicester. Romelu Lukaku has only scored 3 goals in his last 8 matches, but looking at Everton’s fixtures you can see why: in those 8 matches Everton faced only 2 opponents currently outside the top 10. However, Everton have been granted a late-year present as they kick off round 19 away at Hull, the team at the bottom of the table and without a win in 6 matches. While Lukaku blanked in both his 2 latest home matches against Arsenal and Liverpool, he scored 3 goals away against Leicester and Watford. Most fantasy managers will probably look to other players to captain this round, given the fixtures of the other players mentioned here. However, Lukaku has both the form and the fixture to perform this round. He will perhaps not be high on many people’s list for the armband this GW, but that does not change the fact that Lukaku faces a team that has conceded more goals than all the teams in the PL besides Swansea, meaning that he is likely to get points this round.

Thank you for reading my Captain Picks. Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 19. This article was written by Tekno-kun


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  1. 79
    Raziel says:

    Is it weird to consider to keep Wally?

    • 79.1
    • 79.2
      Andy says:

      Tough one saying as you need a GK with Pickfords injury but I’d be tempted to take a hit in removing him as well as he must be a major doubt to start one of the next two games with them being so close together.

    • 79.3
      Raziel says:

      Sorry guys, this is my team.

      • Raziel says:

        So guys, suggestions? Ummm I was thinking Pickord to Foster, Kane to Costa and ummm Wally to Lallana?

        • Raziel says:

          Ps. I heard that Lallana was playing very deep. I know he was considered for captain but will he really be that interesting? Heard Firm was looking really good in the last game and Lallana wasn’t even involved before his goal.

        • RedVT says:

          Not sure where you heard that but I watched the whole match and Lallana was everywhere. All the players are constantly moving which makes them so difficult to defend against. Not sure if Firmino is definitely ruled out of any matches because of his upcoming court case, but I think his court appearance is actually on a match day, so you’d think he’s a possible doubt for that one at least.

        • Matt says:

          Raz I would do those moves mate.

        • Raziel says:

          True Red, I figured it was short term but it is the 31st of Jan and it will be the game versus Chelsea. Around that time Wally might be interesting again, if I fucking dare.

    • 79.4
      RedVT says:

      Raz, that’s a lot of money and potential points sitting on your bench for most likely 2 game weeks at a minimum. Who’s your 1st sub that would take his place? If you don’t have a lot of money invested in him I’d probably move him on if it were me. Take into account likely rotation/rest and you could be fielding your 2nd/3rd sub over the next couple GWs. Think I’d want someone healthy and dangerous in my starting 11 and then look to bring Theo back possibly later.

    • 79.5
  2. 80
    Pancho says:

    Andy (and anyone else interested) here’s the update on my wife’s team. Thoughts???

    • 80.1
      Andy says:

      Is there any way of getting Ericksen in there over Alli, maybe downgrade Cech if needed as the difference in points between the marquee GK’s and the rest isn’t as great with the save bonus points, I like Foster from the tier below and was a bit disappointed when I had to downgrade him to raise a little funds.

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