Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 19

12:59pm Dec 29 2016

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero returns to action at Liverpool after serving a 4-match-ban, but will he be your Gameweek 19 Fantasy Premier League captain?

Welcome to the final Captain Picks and Tips article of 2016 and a very happy new year and best wishes al all of our loyal and casual readers.

Boxing Day was a successful gameweek for two of our captaincy picks, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard contributing double-figure FPL points tallies with a goal each. Unfortunately, Kevin de Bruyne and the gamble Islam Slimani didn’t make much of an impression, so hopefully we can make it up to you this week.

Given that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had such a successful Boxing Day and is playing so well now, it’s impossible to put him anywhere other than number 1 in this weeks picks. Whilst it seems like an obvious choice, rather than a ‘tip’, he will also be the Fantasy Football Pundits’ captain for Gameweek 19 too.

Please note that these selections are for both Gameweek’s 19 and 20 due to the quick turnaround in time between both rounds of fixtures. If we find the time then we will write more articles for Gameweek 20, but, it’s not great fun to write with a stinking hangover…

Pick 1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Man United (MID)

  • £11.6m
  • 42.6%
  • 15
  • Middlesbrough (H)

Manchester United have some decent fixtures over the next week, with Middlesbrough visiting Old Trafford before they journey south to face West Ham at the London Stadium. I strongly fancy United to gain 6 points from these two games, with Zlatan being key to their attacking FPL returns.

Ibrahimovic is on fire for United and FPL bosses right now, scoring 8 goals in his last 8 Premier League outings. Having said that, with United playing 2 games in 3 days and Jose Mourinho publicly stating that the Swede “needs a rest,” I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ibrahimovic benched for one of these matches, or brought off early to give Rashford or Rooney some game-time.

Whilst reading that may put many of you off, Manchester United are still 4 points adrift of the top 4 placings and I don’t see why Jose would change something which isn’t broken?

Scoring three triple-digit FPL points returns (15, 12, 11) in his last three Fantasy Premier league gameweeks, the form and consistency is clearly with Zlatan and he’s near impossible to oppose as our number 1 captaincy selection for gameweeks 19 and 20 respectively.

Pick 2

Diego Costa – Chelsea (STK)

  • £10.7m
  • 40.0%
  • n/a
  • Stoke City (H)

Next up is Chelsea’s star striker, Diego Costa, who returns to action this weekend having been suspended for Chelsea’s game on Boxing Day. The game he missed could have provided Costa with a vital rest ahead of a busy schedule for the Blues over the next few weeks.

Chelsea face Stoke at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 19 and Conte will be confident of making it 13 league wins in a row, against a team who lost 4-1 at Anfield in their Gameweek 18 fixture. If they do win this game, it could be 13 – unlucky for some as they face a tricky trip to White Hart Lane, so it will take a good performance to make it 14 wins in a row.

Costa sits top of the Premier League scoring charts with 13 goals so far this season and will no-doubt have one eye on the Premier League’s Golden Boot award. Given the level of consistency he has already showed since Gameweek 1, I see no reason to go against the grain when it comes to owning Costa, or not.

Up against a Stoke side who have conceded 9 goals in their last 4 Premier League outings, Diego Costa comes in to this fixture with both excellent form and fresh legs and I struggle to see him failing to have his name on the score-sheet come 4:45pm on Saturday.

Pick 3

Sergio Aguero – Man City (liv)

  • £12.8m
  • 17.7%
  • n/a
  • Liverpool (A)

Our final regular pick sees the return of a familiar face – none other than Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who finally returns after serving a 4 match suspension.

The Citizens face a tricky visit to Anfield on New Years Eve to face an in form Liverpool team – an absolute 6 pointer for both teams title chances, before welcoming a Burnley side to the Etihad Stadium who are win-less on the road this season and have scored just 2 goals away from Turf Moor.

A home win to nil is the order of the day for this one then surely?

Aguero’s return could comes just at the right time as they urgently need a goalscorer for the game at Anfield. With Aguero fresh for this match against a defence and goalkeeper who seem to be unreliable, he could provide the goods with a goal or two.

With Aguero and Costa both returning from suspension, there’s a tricky decision for many of us to make. Do we bite the bullet in Gameweek 19 and draft in Aguero, or, do we wait for Gameweek 20 and save a transfer?

The Gamble

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea

  • £7.5m
  • 9.7%
  • 2
  • Bournemouth (H)

The gamble this week is Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson – a big gamble to captain a player from the team who are bottom of the table, but one I think could be worth taking.

Swansea sacked Bob Bradley this week – his spell in charge was abysmal but one highlight was the 5-4 thriller against Crystal Palace. Those two teams face off again at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night – surely lightning won’t strike twice? 

Before that, Bournemouth are the visitors to the Liberty Stadium on New Years Eve. Swansea desperately need 3 points in this match if they are to have any chance of staying in the Premier League this season. 

Sigurdsson is on set-piece duties for the Swans and is very dangerous with free kicks and has increased odds of earning FPL points. Swansea need him to pull the strings in what’s a vital week in their season and I’ve a strong gut-feeling he’ll deliver the goods for Swansea and FPL managers.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 19’ which was written by @holtdaniel123

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