We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 4, who will you choose?
The international break really takes it’s toll on us fantasy football addicts.
Many will have filled the void tinkering with a wildcard (me included), investigating the form and fixtures and planning ahead or by watching their national side, although I don’t think many England fans will feel that void was quite filled (that’s a rant for another day).
But after what always seems to feel like an age, FPL returns to our lives this weekend and that means choosing a captain.
The Results of the Poll
He scored! Big Harry Kane leads the way in this week’s poll with 46% of the votes.
Many will have had a little laugh at the Spurs man bagging 2 goals on the first of September, re-enforcing the belief in the “August curse”.
With August now out of the way, many fancy Kane to do the business this week, but an away game at Everton is going to be a tough game for most teams this season.
Koeman’s side will set up much the same as Tottenham, 3 at the back with the wingbacks providing the width.
I don’t see this as a high scoring game myself, but if Spurs are to break the Toffees backline, Harry Kane is still the best chance they have.
Form is temporary, class is permanent.
Next in the poll, and another one that scored for his international team (netting a hat-trick against Gibraltar), is last week’s villain for many, Romelu Lukaku.
My Saturday morning decision to switch the armband from Kun to Lukaku looked to be a good one when Peps rotation struck, but by half 7, a penalty miss meant I’d lost a point by my earlier decision.
The fact that Romelu did take the penalty was encouraging however, Mourinho mentioned after the game after being questioned about it by a reporter, that Lukaku asked the permission of the main penalty-taker to take the penalty – him then missing it, most likely completely dispelled any chances of him becoming the main penalty-taker in the future, with Pogba or Mata being the most probable candidates for spot kick duties.
It’s worth noting here on this subject, that Pogba took a penalty for United last year in the Europa League, with Rooney and Mata on the pitch, and scored it.
Back to the topic at hand…
As Arsenal found out in gameweek 2, an away day at Stoke is no walk in the park.
The Potters will keep it tight at the back and Man United might have to be patient in waiting for their chance and because of this, I don’t think the Belgian possesses the explosivity we want from our captain.
In what, I can see, being a tight game, it might just be a single goal that settles this one and therefore, doesn’t exactly promote confidence in the United striker getting returns.Embed from Getty Images
With ‘Other’ coming in third place, it’s clear to see there are a lot of options for this week’s armband however, the one that seemed to be mentioned the most in the replies to the captain poll tweet, was Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniard has started the season on fire for both club and country, with a goal and assist in both starts he’s had for the champions and a goal for his country just 5 minutes after coming off the bench last week against Italy.
Eden Hazard returned from injury with a goal for his country – this will be a massive boost for Chelsea and for the potential of Morata.
Having their main man back will galvanise Conte’s men and his movement off the ball should result in more space for Morata and with Morata’s quality, should mean more attacking returns.
With Leicester conceding 6 goals in their first 3 Premier League matches, they’re going to have a hard time stopping him.Embed from Getty Images
Just looking solely on fixtures this week, you have to say Arsenal’s home game against joint bottom of the league Bournemouth is the sweetest, promoting Frenchmen Lacazette perhaps more than anyone, after Sanchez’s injury scare in Chile (although latest reports (Daily Express) suggest that Sanchez has been pictured in training today for Chile and looks to be fine).
Lacazette got off to a great start in English football, scoring after just 2 minutes on his debut performance and was fractionally offside when he confidently slammed the ball into the top corner against Stoke.
Back at the Emirates after 2 poor away results for the gooners, Arsene Wenger would surely be mad not to start the Frenchman after dropping him at Liverpool and whenever Arsenal have a bad result, they normally bounce back strong (they can’t exactly afford anything else after their despondent performance against Liverpool) and Bournemouth at home could potentially serve the best platform for them to do so and as such, Lacazette looks a strong option this week.
- Chicharito – The natural born goal scorer that is Javier Hernández. Bilić is already under pressure after 3 away defeats. This is a massive game for the Hammers against a Huddy side that have kept 3 clean sheets. If anyone is going to save Slaven’s blushes in this one, it’s little pea.
- Liverpool attacker – picking one of the Liverpool front three would be a big gamble but it could pay off massively. Deadly on the break in what will be an open game in the early kick off. Mané, Salah and Firmino could share the spoils again, or one could take the limelight. All three have the explosivity. Pick the right one and you’re golden.
- Olivier Giroud – A maverick shout I know, but Wenger needs to try something different, and if Giroud is starting for France, he must be doing something right. This just feels like a perfect game for him, no other reason, just a gut feeling.