If you were one of the people trying to say that Haaland has been found out or that City are too washed, you could send through your written apologies at any time. The great man delivered a 17-point masterclass to deliver BIG TIME as our top captaincy pick.
This week’s captaincy selection could make or break your season. Luckily, the tough decision of who to choose as your FPL captain has been analysed, scrutinised and detailed by our resident statistician.
Whether you’re looking for a safe pick or a high-risk/high-reward option, we’ve analysed all the fixtures to help you make the best decision for your team.
A timely reminder: There is an EARLY deadline this week as Chelsea and Fulham face off in an 8pm Friday night fixture.
Check out our look at the goalscorer and clean sheet odds here
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
Rashford has continued his inspired performances with a goal against Arsenal from long range. He has now scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in his 12 appearances since the World Cup. He’s in the form of his life.
Manchester United also have a Double gameweek this week against Crystal Palace and Leeds at Old Trafford. How good is that!
Crystal Palace and Leeds are 18th and 19th for Expected Goals conceded since the restart after the World Cup and travelling to Old Trafford is no easy task for any team in recent months.
Rashford has been given a 66% chance of scoring by the bookies. Coupled with his playmaking and assisting abilities, he is the stand out, safe choice for this week’s captaincy pick.
If you have the Triple Captain chip available, I would highly recommend using it on Marcus Rashford this week.
Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes was almost a forgotten asset in fantasy premier league terms this season after having significantly less involvement in scoring due to Ronaldo being at the club in the opening months of the season. Now that Ronaldo is gone, Bruno is flourishing once again as he has in previous seasons.
The portuguese midfielder has scored or assisted in seven of his last nine fixtures in all competitions. His role post-Ronaldo is now much more advanced and involved around the penalty area. Bruno has attempted two or more shots in his last nine fixtures also, a good sign for captaincy. He is also likely still on penalty duties.
If you are looking for a differential Triple Captain that has the chance to propel you up the leaderboards, look no further than Bruno Fernandes in Gameweek 22.
Bruno has been given a 55% chance of scoring by the bookies. Coupled with his playmaking and assisting abilities, he could be an excellent choice for those who are after a differential. I would not be surprised if a penalty goal was scored across the two matches this week.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
De Bruyne definitely has not performed to his usual World Class status over the recent period but this could be the match he uses to return to form.
After being rested for the Spurs fixture, we could see Kevin return hungry and determined to lead his team back into the title race as Arsenal threaten to run away with the league.
De Bruyne has not been in great form lately, so the stats aren’t there to support this choice. It is more of an option if you believe De Bruyne and Manchester City are prepared to have a breakout game and return to top form. De Bruyne will be heavily involved if so.
De Bruyne will always have the Norwegian star Haaland to potentially assist while also having a 22% chance to score himself.
Kieran Trippier, Newcastle
Trippier was my daring differential last week and successfully delivered eight points. A good haul that did not come close to Haaland’s 17 points!
It is rare that I would ever consider a defender as a captain option but Trippier and Newcastle have been performing to an unbelievable standard to date and continue to do so.
Trippier has returned points in 17 of 20 matches this season. Yes, you read that correctly. Trippier has combined Newcastle’s defensive solidity with his chance-creating abilities to earn himself 31 bonus points for the season along with 14 clean sheets.
West Ham have had some very clear struggles this season, failing to score in nine premier league matches so far this season.
I would recommend sticking with Rashford or Bruno due to the Double gameweek but Trippier is always an option if you’re so inclined.
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