FPL Captain Choices: Gameweek 2

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 2, who will you choose?

Well what an opening weekend that was! With a total of 31 goals scored, 3 red cards and unexpected wins for Huddersfield and Burnley, the premier league was back with a bang.

Last week’s captain picks were a mixed bag, with Lukaku bossing West Ham and my very own (K)un getting his obligatory goal, whilst Kane and Jesus both had the chances to reach double figures and ultimately were very unlucky not to do so.

In the main, the big hitters all look as such, so no knee-jerk transfers should be banded about after one captain “fail”.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what gameweek 2 has to offer us.

The Results for the Poll

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For the second week running, Romelu Lukaku leads the way with 59% of the votes, and with good reason too.

Manchester United were in stunning form as they swept aside the Hammers on Sunday. I tried to play down Lukaku’s explosivity (my very own new word!) in last week’s captain article, due to Mourinho’s teams tendency, last season, to sit back when his side took the lead.

As demonstrated however, the red devils just kept attacking and that killer instinct was back like the Fergie days of old.

After his brace, which could and maybe should have been more, his current 50.7% ownership will only be going one way – up.

With Pogba, Mata and Mkhi pulling the strings behind him and the dominant Matic allowing them the freedom to attack without the worry of defensive responsibility, United put in a real title contender performance.

Swansea will be very happy with their point and clean sheet away at Southampton, but with the tails well and truly up for Mourinho’s team, I see a similar dismantling to that of the Hammers taking place at the Liberty.

If we are to find one thing to deter us from Romelu, it is his goal scoring record against the Welsh side. Funnily enough it was his record against West Ham that convinced many to put the armband on him. In 11 games, he has only found the net on 3 occasions against them, with only 1 in 4 at the Liberty.

Again as last week, in second place is Harry Kane with 16% of the votes.

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Having blanked at St. James’, he’s currently the most transferred out striker in the game, which, if you ask me, is absolutely crazy (and I don’t even own him!).

Spurs welcome a Chelsea side next in their first game at their temporary home of Wembley. Having conceded 3 first half goals to Burnley (no disrespect but nobody saw that coming), and with captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas getting sent off, Tottenham will be favourites for this massive London derby.

There’s still the fear of the August curse and how playing at the national stadium will affect the whole Spurs team, but having registered 6 shots against the Magpies, with one hitting the woodwork, it’s not like the potential for goals wasn’t there.

Against a Chelsea side missing their captain, and with the troubles off the pitch surrounding Costa, I see Spurs putting Chelsea to the sword and I don’t see Harry missing as many chances this time around.

The next considerations come from a Liverpool side who were in great attacking form in the early kick-off, with Mané, Salah and Firmino all getting on the scoresheet.

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At 16% of the votes on our poll, FPL managers are fancying Pool to put a few past a Palace side that look like they might take some time to get used to their new system under de Boer.

However, with 3 wins in their last 3 visits to Anfield, it might not be that straight forward for Klopp’s men.

All three of the above are viable captain options however, picking the right one will prove difficult. As we witnessed last season, points were often shared around when Liverpool were in the goals.

With the penalty over the weekend and the favourable price compared to the other 2, Roberto Firmino looks like the best option if the fact he’s now on pens (when Milner isn’t on the pitch) can bridge the gap between his midfield rivals.

With the two legged champions league qualifier against Hoffenheim this week and next, rotation could yet rear its ugly head.

Monday night football returns this gameweek with Manchester City taking on Everton and with another 16% of the votes, are the striker pairing of Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus. 

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Agüero scored for the 7th consecutive away league game last week and although Everton have strengthened at the back, I see the Argentine finding the net at the Etihad in this game.

His strike partner Gabriel Jesus was unlucky not to score at the Amex on Saturday night, as he had a point blank header saved and hit the woodwork from the follow up. Promising signs for his owners as he is getting in goal scoring positions on a regular basis and could still be a good option.

Of the two though, Kun looks much the safer pick. He still has that explosivity (love this new word!) over Jesus and has that pedigree in the Premier League, whereas the Brazilian hasn’t as of yet. A gamble on Jesus could pay off though if he continues to take up these dangerous positions, as he will assuredly see the goals begin to flow.

For a slightly differential captain, my picks this week are:

  1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – The Armenian looked like his slick, best self at OT on late Sunday afternoon – beginning to show us why Man United paid the money for him. He came over to sunny England with ridiculously good stats from Dortmund, perhaps he’s ready to show us that he can replicate those stats in the PL – watch this space.
  2. Jamie Vardy – The Vardy party has started early this year, with the man himself banging in a brace and maximum bonus at the Emirates against a leaky Arsenal defence. He looked back to his best and Leicester were impressive for large parts of the game. With Brighton up next at the King Power, I can’t see Vardy sending people home, he’ll want to keep the party going.
  3. Steve Mounie – The Benin man-mountain! Taking a punt on this guy turned out amazing for me. Landing me a beautiful 12pts and a cheeky point in the ‘Connect Picks‘ series. He was a constant threat and the Palace defence just simply couldn’t handle him, as he helped himself to 2 goals in a 3-0 rout on Saturday afternoon at the home of the Eagles. A nice looking home fixture against the Magpies next, Huddersfield and Mounie, look set to continue their fantastic start.
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