FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 38
Posted by Daniel Holt
10:19am May 19 2017
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks and Tips from Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal
Hello all and welcome to our final Captaincy Tips and Picks article of the current season. After an amazing year with plenty of ups and downs, the FPL season will sadly come to an end this Sunday. What are we going to do with our lives?
Anyway, let’s wipe away those tears as we still have one more precious weekend to enjoy so let’s make the most of it.
I’d also just like to point out before we start – players from the following teams are excluded from the article:
Chelsea – due to their involvement in the FA Cup Final, there is a rotation risk as shown on Monday evening so who knows what team Antonio Conte will put out?
Manchester United – due to their involvement in the Europa League final, Jose Mourinho has already said he will play a weakened team in the game against Crystal Palace and has said that United haven’t wanted to play their final few league games.
Despite excluding these two teams, there are still a number of exciting candidates to talk about and as usual, we will discuss 3 regular picks and a gamble.
Players in this article will feature from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City who are all battling for a top 4 place, while our gamble plies his trade at Turf Moor.
So for one last time this season, lets talk captaincy picks! (so emotional)
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
- Everton (H)
First up this week is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who again features after recapturing his blistering FPL form. Since Arsene Wenger changed to a 3-4-2-1 formation with Sanchez and Ozil sat just behind the lone striker, there’s no doubt that Arsenal’s form and Sanchez’s have picked up massively.
The Gunners are on a 4-match winning streak now, scoring 10 goals and conceding just 1. It’s likely, in my opinion, that they’ll make it 5 wins in a row on Sunday at The Emirates, as they host Everton, who have won just once in their last 4 games.
Even if Arsenal do make it 5 wins in a row, its unlikely they’ll make it into the top 4 as they’ll need Middlesbrough and Watford to do them a favour by stopping Liverpool and Man City winning, which seems unlikely in all fairness.
Sanchez has earned 38 FPL points in his last 3 matches combined, scoring 4 goals, 1 assist and 7 bonus points in the process. In fact, he has scored more FPL points in these 3 games than in his previous 9 put together!
It’s also worth pointing out that the warning sign on the FPL site regarding Sanchez’s fitness now appears to have disappeared, so it looks like the Chilean has shaken off the groin injury that he had and will feature in Arsenal’s Gameweek 38 fixture.
One thing that I would also like to mention is that Wenger may decide to take Sanchez off around the 60-70 minute mark to give him a slight rest ahead of the FA Cup final next Saturday. However, I wouldn’t over think that scenario too much as we all know what’s he’s capable of.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
- Middlesbrough (H)
Next up is Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Klopp’s star midfielder will be expected to do well at home to relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday, where the Liverpool fans will be hoping (and praying) for a win – in return, this will secure Champions League football for them next season.
Coutinho was very, very impressive in a deeper role in last Sunday’s 4-0 hammering of West Ham at the London Stadium. The Brazilian scored twice, chipped in with an assist, earned 3 bonus points and tallied a staggering 19 FPL points.
Well done to anyone who captained him in this game – lets hope he does something similar this week.
The narrower system suited Liverpool very well last week and if they adopt the same formation this week and play as well as they did against West Ham, then it could be a cricket score at Anfield against a Middlesbrough team low on form and confidence.
Every goal does count, even at this stage of the season – especially as top 4 rivals Arsenal and Manchester City have similar goal differences. There has been speculation this week of a play-off between two of the three teams to decide the top 4, which seem very unlikely, but, you never know…
Liverpool sit top of the top 6 mini-league this season but have struggled against the lower placed teams, such as Bournemouth and Crystal Palace – so you could argue that Sunday’s game is a potential banana-skin.
However, with Coutinho playing so well and running the show in midfield, I can’t see beyond a comfortable home win for Liverpool win this weekend.
I’ve said this many times before, but in my strong opinion, Coutinho is severely under-priced on FPL at just £8.6m – especially when the likes of Firmino are pricier. Grab and enjoy his price whilst you can, because if he stays at Liverpool this summer, his starting price next season is likely to be closer to 10m.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
- Watford (A)
Our final regular pick of this article is Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who as we all know, has fond memories of the last day of the season.
The stakes may not be as high this time around as City look to be almost certain of a Champions League place next season, but, they still need a win and hopefully an Aguero goal or two can guarantee their place.
City travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in Walter Mazzarri’s final game in charge, as the Hornets took the unprecedented approach to announce the Italian had been sacked before the season had even ended. How nice of them!
Surely this can’t have had a positive impact on player morale, but having said that, will they be more up for this match and more determined to see out Mazzarri in style?
If they weren’t playing a team as good as City then I would say yes, but, I think City and Aguero will have too much for them and win quite comfortably.
Aguero has fought his way back into the City starting XI, pushing Gabriel Jesus out wide, which has resulted in them playing some lovely, attacking football which is amazing to watch.
They now have a plethora of attacking talents such as Sane, de Bruyne, Silva and many, many more. That is why Aguero is such an attractive FPL talent as with the sheer volume of play-makers surrounding him, he’s presented with so many chances which he regularly takes.
Although he hasn’t done as well this season, he has missed a lot of games through injury and suspension so some of the criticism he has received has been a tad unfair. I think he will bag a few goals on Sunday and if I was lucky enough to have him in my team he would without a doubt be my captain.
Sam Vokes – Burnley
- West Ham (H)
And finally, to end this article, our gamble this week is Burnley striker Sam Vokes. Burnley will entertain West Ham at Turf Moor and will be hoping to end a fantastic season with yet another home win.
West Ham, however, have had a season to forget and probably can’t wait to get it over with, brush it under the carpet and move on. With Burnley making Turf Moor such a fortress and West Ham struggling, surely it will be a home win?
Sam Vokes has had a solid season, scoring 113 FPL points and for a player valued at only £5.6m, that is some achievement. It’s also quite surprising that the Welshman is in less than 3% of teams, but with managers recently focusing on the double gameweeks, not many of us found the need to own him as a cheap 3rd striker I suppose.#
If you’re down on your luck or looking for a HUGE captaincy differential this week, then why not go against the grain and hope that Vokes grabs a goal and bonus? He who dares…
I’d like to end this article by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has read any of my articles this season and interacted with me on Twitter. I hope that you have enjoyed reading the articles as much as I have enjoyed writing them for you.
Have a great summer and I look forward to writing more articles for the 2017/18 season.
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