Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 29. This weekend sees one of the best days of the year, St. Patricks Day!! The one day of the year we all get to release our true alcoholic side with it being totally acceptable, and just in time too! Last weekend we saw only four matches and the likes of Can, Schneiderlin and Mawson hitting the back of the net with the bigger names not getting the points. Most teams only scraped together eight or nine players so it was to be expected that scores would be low and with an average of 15 points that clearly happened. We could all do with a massive performance from our captain but this is my first Captain Pick’s article so we’ll see how I do!!
5. Josh King and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Bournemouth vs Swansea)
This is for the gamblers out there as this could either be a goal-fest of a game or a drab one. King scored a hat-trick in the last game bringing his total to seven goals in the last five games and is definitely a man in form and up against a Swansea team who, though they are improving, did show their weaknesses against Hull at the weekend. King did miss a penalty against West Ham but so did Benik Afobe so either Eddie Howe will just put that down to bad luck or he will give someone else a chance! However, I would still choose King for his possible set piece chances and the fact he is playing OOP as the striker. On the other side of the field is old FPL favourite Siggy. The Icelander is Swansea’s best player by far and with his set piece duties it is a rare occasion when he isn’t amongst the points. Siggy can chip away at a Bournemouth team who haven’t kept a clean sheet since the reverse of this fixture in December. This may be an omen for the Swans or maybe the loss of Ake has affected their solidity. Siggy’s main target, Llorente, has a slight knock but early reports suggest he should make it for Saturday, we will just have to see what Mr. Clement says but I’ll let Cookie deal with that!!
4. Alexis Sanchez (away vs West Brom)
Arsenal have been terrible of late losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich and three losses in their last four league games has brought us to the annual festivities which include Arsenal fans moaning about their season imploding, calling for signings in the summer and also the annual cries of “Wenger Out”. The Frenchmen has spent 20 years at Arsenal and maybe it is time for a fresh face but as of right now the man is still in charge. There has been rumours that some of Arsenal’s big names are not happy at the club and it is evident in the face of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean looks clearly frustrated at the Emirates so why am I including him in this Captain article? Well the simple answer is he is Arsenal’s best player! This became clear to any doubters when he came on at half-time against Liverpool to set up Welbeck for Arsenal’s only goal. Sanchez has scored seventeen goals this term and assisted ten meaning Sanchez has been involved in 49% of Arsenal’s goals this season. Against a West Brom team that must have found Tony Pulis’ terrible twin brother who can’t keep a clean sheet to save his life, Sanchez should bag a decent haul for any fantasy players this week. Assuming he can be bothered!
3. Sergio Aguero (home vs Liverpool)
City’s last five league games have seen four wins and a draw with 10 goals scored and only 1 conceded. Aguero has only returned to the City starting line-up due to Jesus’ untimely injury. This has made Kun the main man at the top of the City attack and I can’t see him not starting against Liverpool. Kun is one of the best strikers in the league and against a Liverpool team that makes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde look consistent then the little Argentine needs to be considered. No one knows what Liverpool will show up to the Etihad on Sunday and with Liverpool conceding at least one goal per game and City scoring just under two, it could be a busy day for Mignolet. With both defences lookign likely to concede at any given moment, goals are expected in the game and who wouldn’t want to skipper Aguero in a goal feast?!
2. Romelu Lukaku (home vs Hull)
Everton have been in brilliant form as of late and apart from a loss to Spurs two weeks ago, they are undefeated in the league in 2017. Hull have been a resurgent side since the appointment of Marco Silva only conceding ten goals but I fancy Everton to get the win here with the big Belgian the star man. The form Lukaku is in is formidable, he has scored seven goals and gotten one assist in his last five games. This includes a four goal rout against Bournemouth a few weeks back. Hull should have plenty of problems handling Lukaku and the rest of the Everton team at the weekend with the likes of Coleman bombing down the wing to whip in crosses and Barkley looking to be back to somehwere near his best. Big Rom has scored in each of the last five matches at Goodison and I’d fancy Lukaku to grab at least something out of the game. As his manager says of him, “Romelu always scores at least one here”.
1. Eden Hazard & Diego Costa (away vs Stoke)
Chelsea are well on their way to winning the double this year being 10 points clear at the top and winning a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup last night. The last five league games for Chelsea have seen three wins and two draws with ten goals scored and Hazard and Costa grabbing two goals and two assists each. Chelsea score an average of 2.11 goals per game and at home this stretches a little to 2.77 so Chelsea are potent at home. Hazard takes at least 2 shots a game and Costa takes 3 with half of them on target so you could expect something from the pair. Coming up against Stoke usually would be a tough game but Chelsea are beating everyone this season and with Stoke letting in 1.43 goals per game I see Chelsea continuing their stroll to the title.
Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 29. This article was written by MattX
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