Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 13

12:02pm Nov 24 2016

Will you follow the form or favour the fixture when it comes to picking your Gameweek 13 Fantasy Premier League captain?

Here we will identify 3 picks and a captaincy gamble for your consideration and once again, we’ve excluded Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero from our picks. Are people starting to lose faith in the Argentinian, despite his 8 Premier League goals?

At the time of writing and publishing this article, over 24,5000 of you have transferred Aguero out of your teams ahead of Gameweek 13, in exchange for Harry Kane, Jermain Defoe, Diego Costa.

Our Gameweek 12 Captaincy Picks didn’t do too badly, however, a misfiring Romelu Lukaku let us down with several chances missed. Perhaps, even more surprisingly, was that Eden Hazard failed to find the net, but did keep a clean sheet and gain a bonus point to earn a modest total of 4 FPL points.

The other two picks, Jermain Defoe and Marcos Alonso did us proud though. Defoe scored a wonderful goal and also bagged an assist with 2 bonus points against Hull City, earning 11 points in total.

Meanwhile, Chelsea earned their SIXTH consecutive Premier League clean sheet which helped justify our gamble on opting for a defender as one of our captaincy selections. Not huge returns, but another 6 points on the board for Alonso and 12 for those who gave him the armband.


Pick 1

Diego Costa – Chelsea

  • £10.6m
  • 42.1%
  • 9
  • Spurs (H)

The Spaniard is arguably playing his best football for Chelsea at the moment and already has 10 Premier League goals to his name and a mammoth 82 FPL points.

Having score only 12 league goals last season,  I think it’s safe to say that he will beat that record by some margin, provided he can stay fit.

Chelsea are at home to Spurs on Saturday, which is a big game for both teams and a whopper for the neutral. If Spurs are to regain their place in the top four then this is the kind of game they need to win and with Chelsea playing so well at present, it will be a difficult task for them.

Chelsea have had the benefit of a midweek off, while Spurs made the short trip to France for a Champions League defeat to Monaco, which saw them exit the competition at a disappointingly early stage.

In my opinion, not having the distraction of European football this year will be such a bonus for teams like Chelsea and Liverpool, as their recent results have proved.

Costa is flying under Antonio Conte leadership this season and with Eden Hazard playing well again and creating a number of chances, Costa is likely to go head-to-head with Sergio Aguero for the Golden Boot award this year.

The introduction of Alonso and Moses as wing-backs is also benefiting Costa, providing him with plenty of service and big chances.

Costa is an absolute bargain at £10.6m in my opinion, especially with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Harry Kane costing slightly more but delivering less. In fairness to Kane, he has started firing the last few weeks so I’d expect his points tally to rise.

Although Spurs are unbeaten in the league, they’re drawing far too many games and keeping very few clean-sheets so fully expect plenty of goals in the fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea’s last home game was a 5-0 demolishing of Everton and it will take some effort to match that scoreline this weekend. However, if they do put in a similar performance then I expect them to win the game comfortably with Costa’s name all over the score-sheet.


Pick 2

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

  • £9.1m
  • 15.6%
  • 3
  • Sunderland (H)

Liverpool welcome David Moyes’ Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday and will be hoping to end the visitors run of two successive Premier League wins.

I think we’d all agree that Klopp’s Red’s have been nothing less than amazing at Anfield this season and are so far undefeated at home, whilst scoring 17 goals in the process.

It’s also worth noting that, apart from Liverpool’s 0-0 snooze-fest draw against Manchester United, Sadio Mane has scored in every home fixture so far this season

Liverpool have put 6, 5 and 4 past Watford, Hull and Leicester respectively already this season and I think there’s a similar chance they could reach similar heights on Saturday, especially with Mane, Coutinho and Firmino leading the line.

Mane has 6 goals, 2 assists and 4 bonus points so far this season, which accumulates a total of 64 FPL points.

If you are thinking of transferring Mane into your team, then take a look at Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures. These look very favourable on the ICT Index and I think he will perform very well in these games.

However, as a side note, you will only have Mane until the new year as he will depart for the African Cup of Nations. This is something to think about in the long run, but short term, Mane will get you points.

Sunderland have picked up the pace recently and are finally starting to find their feet under David Moyes. Two much needed wins against Bournemouth and Hull City have eased the pressure on the Scotsman, but I don’t see them getting anything from this tie on Saturday.

Mane has the lowest TSB% of the red-hot Liverpool midfielders (15.6%) so offers a viable and exciting captaincy differential angle for Gameweek 13, with Coutinho (46.4%) and Firmino (17.9%) likely to be more popular selections.


Pick 3

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea

  • £7.2m
  • 3.5%
  • 9
  • Crystal Palace (H)

Sigurdsson has been one of the few shining lights in a dismal season for the Swans so far this season. They are win-less in 11 games since their 1-0 win at Burnley on the opening game of the season and if they are to remain a Premier League team next season, they need to be winning against teams at home like Palace.

Sigurdsson has 52 FPL points to his name so far this season, outscoring Ozil, Payet, Mahrez and Mata to name but a few. Not too bad for a player whose team sit bottom of the Premier League table, right?

In fairness to them, they have improved in the last few weeks and picked up a respectable 1-1 draw against Everton in Gameweek 12. Swansea fans will be hoping to earn their first win since week 1 and their first at the Liberty Stadium this season.

It’s worth noting that Swansea have only beaten Crystal Palace once in the Premier League, and that was at Selhurst Park. All the games with Swansea at home have resulted in a 1-1 draw, surely it can’t be 4 in a row on Saturday?

Sigurdsson is on set-piece duties at Swansea so is more likely to earn assist and goal points. It’s a surprise that he’s in only 3.5% of FPL teams, but has been transferred in by over 12,000 fantasy bosses ahead of Gameweek 12.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some better positioned teams come in for Sigurdsson in January, especially if he continues his excellent form.


The Gamble

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

  • £9.6m
  • 9.3%
  • 5
  • Middlesbrough (H)

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but this week’s captaincy gamble is Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy.

Vardy – a gamble? you might be thinking. Who’d have thought we’d be saying that this time last year. In fact a year ago this exact weekend, Vardy was about to score for the 11th consecutive league match to break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record.

Fast forward 12 months to this weekend and Vardy is up to 11 matches WITHOUT a goal. If he fails to find the back of the net against Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, it will be 9 Premier League matches in a row that the Englishman has failed to find the back of the net.

Leicester are under a bit of pressure at the moment and are in a perilous position, being just 2 points above the relegation places. Surely they can’t get relegated can they?

Saturday’s match against Middlesbrough is a big game for both teams. With Leicester occupying 14th position and Middlesbrough placed 15th in the Premier League, 3 points is vital for both teams in order to give them some breathing space over the relegation places.

While Leicester have struggled in the league, their Champions League form has been excellent and they progressed to the last 16 stage with another good win through the week.

If Leicester can carry their European form into the Premier League and Vardy can rediscover his goal scoring ways then they’re likely to fly back up the table.

Vardy is priced at £9.6m, which is fairly expensive for a player who has gone so long without a goal. However, looking at the Foxes upcoming fixtures, they do look quite kind on paper, so I don’t think it will be long before Vardy is back in amongst the goals.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 13’ which was written by @holtdaniel123


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