FPL Captain Picks Gameweek 21
The spirit of Guy Sanchez
For those unaccustomed to said spirit it usually entails a meandering of the recent hand Guy has been dealt by life (as he knows it). Oft it’s not a good one, but often it’s a funny one. We’ve gone with him from Dayquil days to 12 hour work days, from Covid scares to Everton woes.
But why did I immediately think of Guy when I came to write this intro? Mainly because I don’t arrive with good news, but also because the lack of that allows me time to actually write this, albeit perhaps not in the best of moods. But then again who is these days. Actually I was, until about 8.02am on Wednesday morning…
I’ll unashamedly summon the spirit of Cookie’s Diary here too…
I was awoken at 6.20am with a text from the NHS to tell me that yesterdays Covid test was negative. ‘Happy days’ I thought, I’ll crack on and get ready for work. That was up until the point that Mrs Init decided to emerge from the bedroom, baring the worst news. She was the one with real symptoms and had indeed tested positive. My immediate reaction was to go and lie down for 10 minutes just to contemplate the next 10 days of isolation.
For the record, and a record it may well be, this is now my 7th time in some sort of isolation. And that’s having not shown a single sympton of having it myself*. Yet…
*(that’s if you discount nearly dying from it (I wasn’t, it just felt like it) last February, but it wasn’t even a thing back then).
I don’t expect or want any sympathy here, I’ve been lucky enough to be classed as a ‘key worker’ throughout all this and as such I have been able to crack on as normal, as such, sans the kids football games and going to the gym, etc. I even got to do some of those back in the halcyon days prior to Christmas, you know, that short period when we looked like we had some prospect of normality returning. But being isolated really doesn’t suit me at all. At all. I was bored by 10am, I was thinking of breaking out by 12pm, I was contemplating murdering my elderly neigbour by 4pm, just as an escape route.
Reflecting upon it all, the Init family here have a teacher, two kids of school age and a key worker; you go do the odds of contracting something at some point.
Anyway, we did. And so now I have some time to write some stuff. Every cloud, and all that…
Having asked our writers for their picks it is quite clear that there is a division this week, either that or they are simply taking the p*ss.
Either way, here are my picks this week.
DCL – Newcastle (H)
The Player / Everton
- Hasn’t actually scored since GW11 in the PL
- Is hardly a bonus point magenet (just 10 all season)
- Has a total of 5 points in his last 3 appearances
- Everton have scored an average of 1.7 goals per game at home
- Are rubbish
- Have lost 6 of their last 8
- Haven’t won since 12th Dec
- Haven’t won away since November
- Have (conveniently) conceded an average of 1.7 goals per game away from home
He’s due, for sure. He scored on his return in the FA Cup, so it’s not like he’s totally out of form. It’s perhaps no coincidence that his form slumped a bit when their cheif creator James also disappeared in GW12 for a few weeks.
Chances of scoring: 7.5/10
Captaincy Rating: 7/10
Gundogan – Sheffield Utd (H)
The Player / Man City
- Didn’t score for 12 GW’s
- Now has 7 goals in 8 games
- Has 12 bonus points in that short period
- Is a midfielder so his goals get you 5 not 4
- Always likely to grab a clean sheet Brucie
- City are joint top for home goals scored, averaging 2.1 per game
- Are bottom
- Concede an average of 1.8 goals per game away from home
- Haven’t won since… erm, Tuesday! Although that was their first success away from home
He’s in form, for sure. As are City. And he’s on pens now too, in theory. His brace vs West Brom also illustrated just how confident he is right now; they weren’t lucky goals, they were class goals, almost the sort you would expect KdB to get. The result at Old Trafford will scare a few off what was probably already a bit of a punt but with both him and City in this sort of form they may make that look like a blip. A 5-0 blip.
Chances of scoring: 7.5/10
Captaincy Rating: 7.5/10
Salah – West Ham (A)
Salah is always on the Captaincy radar though, regardless of form, which is probably just as well. A brace vs Man Utd in the FA Cup was a reminder of what he is capable of.
The Player / Liverpool
- Hasn’t scored since GW14
- Scored 13 in 13 appearances prior to that
- Is still sat at 4th overall in FPL points
- West Ham were sat above Liverpool in the league table until tonight
- They have only conceded an average of 1.1 goals per game at home
We own him because we know he can go off on one at any given moment. We probably captain him in the hope that he does too. But he has failed us all so many times recently, but it’s always a risk vs reward scenario with him.
Chances of scoring: 8/10
Captaincy Rating: somewhere between 5-8/10!
Kane (or Son!)- Brighton (A)
The Player / Spurs
- 12 goals and 11 assists in 20 games
- He has played all but 11 minutes of every game
- He has blanked in only 5 of them
- Spurs are scoring at a rate of 2.1 per game away from home
- Have tightened up as of late, remember when Man City were due to hammer them at home…
- Conceding at a rate of 1.5 per home game
- Lost narrowly to Spurs back in November, a late Bale goal edging the latter over the line to a 2-1 victory
Kane and Son will be popular picks this week, and a lot of that will be to do with casuals logging on and seeing Brighton as a given. However, they probably aren’t. But he isn’t the top points scorer for nothing. If he is indeed properly injured then Son may well play up top, but whether he can be as effective without his assist mate remains to be seen.
Chances of scoring: 8/10
Captaincy Rating: 8/10
This is where we ask our entire writing team to tell us who they think they will pick this week…. There are more caveats and get out clauses than a Lionel Messi contract but this is their initial gut feeling based upon who they actually own.
DMC — Cancelo
Jamesimmo — Dallas
Swirly — Sterling
Guy — DCL
Matt — Gundogan
Loud Atlas — Kane
Smash — Soucek (TC)
Kop — Not Bruno!
Cookie – Gundogan
The Gallant Pioneer — DCL
Rosco — Joelinton….
Ellefcee — Gundogan
Pre lockdown 2 goals, 3 assists.
Floydeth — Gungogan
AT — Gundogan
Init — Sterling
Mito — Salah
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