FPL Captain Choices: Gameweek 5

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 5, who will you choose?

We were spoilt last gameweek with players bringing home the points in what we expected to be relatively tough fixtures. Most of the main captain options bagged in gameweek 4 (Kane, Lukaku, Jesus and Agüero amongst others) – an unusual occurrence in FPL this year.

With Harry Kane winning our captain poll in 2 of the opening 4 gameweeks, he finally delivered what many anticipated, GOALS!

I expect the FPL community to be all over him for Swansea in GW5. Let’s take a look what this week’s poll says…

The Results for the Poll

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As expected, Harry Kane, leads the way this week with two thirds of the FPL community vote on our captain poll. He rewarded those with the patience to keep hold of him and even more those bold managers who took the route of captaining him, with 2 goals and max bonus.

To say his points return last weekend was coming would be an understatement!

He is averaging 7 shots per game, with 3 of these coming from inside the penalty area. A player with Kane’s finishing ability was always going to start scoring soon enough and it finally happened, albeit the first goal being a little fortunate to say the least.

This week, Spurs take on a Swansea side that are yet to concede on the road however, I see this game being a step too far for the Swans defence.

Tottenham will dominate the ball in this one and with Harry firing on all cylinders and being the focal point of the attack, I can’t see him not scoring this week in what should be a comfortable victory for Spurs.

With Spurs dispelling any remaining Wembley fears tonight in their Champions League match against Dortmund winning 3-1 and Kane scoring back to back braces, you have to think Swansea are in for a severely rough ride come Saturday evening that looks very likely to be marked by a full-flowing Harry Kane.

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Up next in the poll, is Romelu Lukaku with 18% of the votes.

Another who’s been ever present in our captain poll this season, he has started the season very well with 4 goals in 4 games.

This week however, we have the opening round of the Champions league to contend with – rotation usually rears it’s ugly head after European ties.

That being said, I can’t see Lukaku being benched ahead of a game against his former club! Things like this, always add extra spice and motivation to the game for players and I can see the Belgian powerhouse punishing an Everton side that have looked extremely poor in the last 2 games.

The United striker has been a consistent point scorer this season, but you have to think, even if he would have scored that penalty against Leicester a few weeks back, he would have had three 6 pointers in a row.

Is this really what we want from a captain? Or do we desire someone more explosive perhaps?

This was the point our Chief Editor (Simon) made at the beginning of the season > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/08/team-preview-manchester-united/

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With 13% of the votes, it seems FPL managers are fancying the Liverpool attackers this week at home to Burnley.

It always seems like such a lovely fixture on paper for a captain, with that dark green colour clouding our true judgement of the difficulty of said fixture, but is it as simple as that?

Last year they only managed a 2-1 win in this fixture with a front 3 of Coutinho, Origi and Mané and neither Coutinho, nor Mané were involved in any of the goals.

Liverpool were labelled last season as a team that would fight and perform in the big games, but would wither away and underperform in these kind of matches at home against the lower teams.

If you take the one example we have thus far, it was a shocking Crystal Palace side at home where they only managed a 1-0 win – telling perhaps?

Mané scored the only goal in that game, softening the blow somewhat but of course, we don’t have Sadio Mané to call upon this week, so it falls to Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to bring home the points.

It remains to be seen how Mané’s suspension will affect Jürgen Klopp’s side. Some might see it as a positive; more chance of returns for Bobby/Mo as there’s no Mané to steal the goals.

Alternatively, you could say without Mané, Liverpool are losing their main attacking threat, resulting in less chances.

Liverpool also have their first Champions league group game since the 14/15 season.

Yet again this causes uncertainty around Liverpool – we’ve already seen Salah drop to the bench for a Premier League match after the mid week qualifying game against Hoffenheim.

How will regular mid week football affect them in the Premier League? Will Klopp rotate his stars again this weekend to give them a rest? All these questions are not what we want when picking our captain.

Differential Captain Picks

  1. Eriksen/Alli – If you’ve gone without Kane, I think either of these two players are safe bets for the captaincy this week, although it’s worth noting that Alli is probably the safer option of these two, given that he’s suspended for Champions League for 3 matches making him immune to rotation. Even so, I think Eriksen will be fine and will play, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the pressers for any hints about rotation.
  2. Jesus – Someone who keeps getting taken off early, yet seemingly not to the detriment of his output. Jesus is proving better value than Lukaku right now and could be worth the armband this week in a fixture they’ve dominated in recent years. However, Watford look a more balanced side under Silva and it won’t be easy by any means, but the only game they’ve played this year against a top side was Liverpool on the opening day and they conceded 3 goals, so I think City will have too much for them going forward. It’s a fixture Jesus could do really well in and with confidence high after a brace in his last match and with the knowledge that he scored and assisted in this fixture last year, he’ll be raring to go.
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