FPL Captain Choices: Gameweek 7

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 7, who will you choose?

Gameweek 6 was awash aplenty with captain returns galore – even those who captained Gabriel Jesus, who found himself benched, got their VC returns, as he was an unused sub in City’s mauling of Crystal Palace.

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Add Lacazette – who bagged a brace and 3 bonus last night against WBA – to the list and you get a tantalising recipe for premium forward delight.

And that’s just the forwards that gameweek!

Spurs duo Eriksen and Alli both bagged decent returns, scoring 9 and 8 respectively away at West Ham, for those that gambled on a differential captain.

One of our differential captain picks (https://fplconnect.blog/2017/09/19/fpl-captain-choices-gameweek-6/) David Silva, also returned a very healthy 11 points for those that wanted to take advantage of the lovely Palace fixture, but didn’t have Agüero to captain.

Another good midfield differential captain that we identified for gameweek 6 in our previous captain article, was Mo Salah. He didn’t set the world alight in this game but bagged himself a goal to return him a respectable 7pts.

You’d be hard pressed to find a captain that didn’t return that gameweek, which is why the average was a very high 60pts.

Results of the poll

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Unsurprisingly, Lukaku returns to the top of our captain poll this week with half of the votes.

Whilst his performances haven’t been particularly that impressive of late, the Belgian is finding his way to the back of the net week in, week out and therefore simply cannot be ignored.

With a struggling Palace – still licking their fresh wounds inflicted by the might on the other half of Manchester – up next, I think only new wounds are to be dished out.

They actually performed admirably in the first 43 minutes of the game against Pep’s City and could easily of scored themselves, with Loftus-cheek hitting the post and flicking a shot narrowly wide of Ederson’s goal.

But as soon as the first goal hit the back of the net, it was always gonna open the floodgates for the City attack to get more goals, and that’s exactly what happened.

I think it will likely follow a similar pattern on the Saturday coming, with Palace setting up defensively and United needing to score 1 in the first half to open them up. If they do that, then I think it could be 3/4/5-0, similar to the City game.

If there was any potential worry for this fixture however, it would be that United have to travel to Russia in their UCL tie on Wednesday, not giving them too long to recover or prepare for their match against Palace on the Saturday afternoon – a bit leggy perhaps?

Regardless of that, they have the squad to keep it fresh and I still fully expect a comfortable win on the weekend, but maybe not as big a scoreline as the City game, maybe just 2/3-0, for me.

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Kane seconds the list on 36% of the votes after making it 6 goals in his last 4 games, confirming he’s back to his best.

Two goals against West Ham, chances he should be taking all day and contrary to August, he took them with aplomb.

He came extremely close to netting a hat-trick on two occasions, hitting the post from a long range free kick that had Hart scrambling and a close range shot from a difficult angle which also clattered against the post.

With all his goals in the Premier League so far coming away from Wembley, Kane owners will be confident about his prospects given the next fixture is away again, and to Huddersfield.

Whilst Huddersfield have started very well, only conceding 3 goals in their 6 Premier League matches to date, they haven’t been truly tested yet.

Their matches have come against – and I think it’s fair to say – teams that aren’t exactly proficient in attack.

Spurs will be the first time they face a top side and Kane (who’s recently been named amongst the World’s Best XI), Eriksen and Alli are on a completely different level to the attacking line-ups they’ve played thus far.

I can see Spurs netting 3 again in this one and if they do, it’s hard to see Kane not amongst the names on the scoresheet.

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Lacazette narrowly takes the third spot on the poll with just 7% of the votes, likely more down to his lower (10.4%) ownership and the highly owned pair of Lukaku/Kane and their fixtures, rather than people not thinking he’s a good option this week.

All 4 of Lacazette’s goals have come at the Emirates, with Brighton up next for Arsenal at the Emirates again, Lacazette will certainly provide a decent alternative and likely differential captain option this week.

Arsenal have responded well to the shockingly abject performance against Liverpool and have since then bounced back with 2 comfortable home wins to 0, as well as a solid 0-0 draw away to the current champions Chelsea in-between.

With parity resumed in North London, I expect another comfortable 2/3-0 win against Brighton and on current form at the Emirates, you have to think the flying Frenchman will continue his form and net in this one.

Differential captaincy picks

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  1. Firmino – After a flying start, scoring 2 goals and notching 2 assists in the first 3 games, he’s gone on to blank the next 3, but much like last year, he went through periods like this but always ended up punishing those that decided to show him the exit door and I think it could be a similar story this week. With Mané set to return to the side, as evidenced in the above stat graph, he seems to perform much better when Mané is in the team (contributing attacking returns 68% of the time) compared to when Mané is out of the team (contributing attacking returns 46% of the time). Newcastle have been playing well both offensively and defensively, but I think the Liverpool attack with Coutinho and Mané back in the side will have too much for the Magpies and I can see them conceding a few goals.
  2. Sánchez – I have to pick this man again. He looked sharp against WBA and came very close to scoring with his free-kick coming back off the bar to assist the opener for Lacazette. He put a couple of very good balls over the top, one for Monreal and one for Lacazette and was unlucky both didn’t end in assists for him. Him not being on penalties anymore however, does decrease his value from last season, but he’s still the same Sánchez for me and I’m confident a big haul is in the offing. That haul could very well come against Brighton if Arsenal are in the mood and I’m closely monitoring the Chilean International for a transfer in, potentially sometime after the impending International break.
  3. Mkhitaryan – A midfielder ticking along nicely, bagging a goal and 5 assists in his first 6 games. A sitting duck in Palace up next for United promotes mainly Lukaku, but much like those who fancied the fixture but didn’t have Agüero last GW, had Silva as an option – it’s a similar scenario where, if United get goals, Mkhitaryan will be in the points as Silva was for City (11pts). The difference is, that over half of the game’s players (56%) have Lukaku, so despite Mkhi’s high ownership himself (33.3%), he will still be a differential captaincy option and I think a potential shrewd one at that. He has a ‘minute per chance created’ rate of 26, and has created 19 opportunities for his team-mates with all 5 big chances he’s created being put away. If you have Lukaku, then it has to be in on him, but if you don’t and really fancy this fixture, then Mkhi is a great alternative.

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