FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 25
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
11:25am Jan 29 2018
Does Sergio Aguero’s 26% ownership on FPL still make him a huge captaincy differential for Gameweek 25?
It’s that time of the week again where we, the Fantasy Premier League managers, struggle to decide on which of the premium FPL assets we own will take the precious captains armband in to Gameweek 25.
With many of us owning the likes of Kane, Aguero, Salah, Sterling and De Bruyne, the weekly captaincy pick has become nothing more than a lottery pick – which sadly, due to the small margins in FPL these days, can make or break your Gameweek.
For me personally, and like I have done over the last few articles of the weekly Captain Picks, I’ve began to focus less on stats and form, as trying to compare 3 or 4 elite in-form players simply enhances the headache, as each are capable of a double-digit point-haul, every week.
This week, I have taken the top 3 captaincy candidates and placed them in order of my personal preference and given reasons why, which I hope will give you food for thought when making your selections.
As always, I wish you all the very best for Gameweek 25 and if you’ve any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via @FFPundits_Drew on Twitter before Tuesday’s 6:45pm deadline.
Sergio Aguero vs. West Brom (H)
My main concern ahead of Gameweek 25 isn’t what to do with Arnautovic or Masuaku both in my FPL squad, but, that I will be fielding a starting 11 that doesn’t contain this man, Sergio Aguero.
Since scoring that hat-trick vs Newcastle in Gameweek 24, over 165,000 of you have moved to transfer the Argentine in, leading to his overall ownership now reaching 26.4% at the time of writing.
Manchester City’s opponents, West Brom, have recently began to turn a corner, after failing to win a league game from September to December, they have now picked up 4 points from their last 2 games and followed this up with the 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.
On the other hand, they have kept only 2 clean sheets in their last 7 games whilst conceding 9 goals in the process.
With Manchester City scoring 3 goals in each of their last 3 Premier League games, taking them to a staggering 70 goals for the season already, owning Aguero at this stage of the season looks to be the difference between red or green arrows come the end of the Gameweek.
Netting 4 goals, 1 assist and 3 bonus points in his last 3 Premier League outings, Kun has also played 90 minutes in each of these games, whilst Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined through injury.
With Jesus’ return on the horizon, this could be the last Gameweek we can enjoy captaining Aguero without the fear of Pep rotating the pair.
As an FPL writer, I always aim to practice what I preach to our audience – however, for Gameweek 25, there’s no way for me (@FFPundits_Drew) to fit Aguero in to my team without mass-changes.
Mohamed Salah vs. Huddersfield (A)
It’s a tough call for some this week between Salah and Aguero, although it’s a welcomed headache for those FPL bosses who are fortunate enough to own both.
Liverpool themselves are on a bad mini run, having lost to 1-0 to Swansea in the Premier League and then knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom.
Salah, however, continues to impress, having made 14 goal attempts during his last 3 league games – in the FA Cup defeat to West Brom he scored and won a penalty (subsequently missed by Firmino).
It’s safe to say that Salah continues to play his part for the 55% of us that own him and a fixture vs Huddersfield in Gameweek 25 should ensure his FPL form continues.
Huddersfield have conceded 9 in their previous 4 Premier League games and have failed to win in their last 6. It’s a worrying time for The Terriers who are now only 2 points off the relegation zone, with Liverpool likely to smell blood.
Without Aguero, it’s an easy captaincy choice for me this week – I will be relying on this man to carry my captain’s armband and I am confident he will reward me. I just hope he can outscore Aguero.
Harry Kane vs. Manchester United (H)
It would be difficult to have a captain’s article without including FPL’s golden by, Harry Kane, who sneaks in this week as my third pick.
In FPL, form is key, and Kane certainly has the form, netting 3 goals in his last 2 Premier League games, taking his tally to 21 goals for the season.
The issue this week is that Spurs host my beloved Manchester United, who have the best defensive record in the league this season.
Manchester United may have kept 4 clean-sheets during their last 4 league games, but on closer inspection, we can see that they allowed 45 shots on goal.
With Harry Kane’s shooting record this season, it’s fair to say that he will cause Manchester United problems on Wednesday, but will Jose park the bus? If not, the pressure could be on for the ever-reliable, de Gea.
Kane is the sort of player you can give the captain’s armband to and leave it with him all season – but, for me, whilst some may not agree or approve (it’s just my personal opinion), I think United will keep him fairly quiet, with Aguero outscoring him this week.
Marcos Alonso vs. Bournemouth (H)
I was guilty of being one of those FPL managers who, despite Alonso’s high number of goal attempts, begrudgingly made a logical decision at the time to downgrade to Christensen, picking up any Chelsea clean-sheets and using the spare cash to bring in Salah.
That move worked out at first, as any attacking returns lost by not owning Alonso were much less than the rewards from owning Salah.
We all know what happened next though, don’t we? Christensen’s missing out on 4 clean-sheets due to being rested, suffering with injury and then twice making 57 minute appearances. It still hurts.
Well, I am delighted to announce (not that you care) that ahead of Gameweek 24, Alonso returned to my squad and I’ll look forward to him lining up for me in Gameweek 25.
How do we view Alonso as a captaincy option?
Attacking wise, Conte has already said that he expects his wing-backs to get into the box and make attempts on goal – there have been times this season where he is taking up the number 9 position.
With 45 shots on goal this season – 20 more than the next highest for a defender (Bellerin), Alonso can boast more goal attempts than both Hazard and Pogba!
Chelsea’s opponents on Wednesday are Bournemouth – a team who are struggling on the road and are without an away win since November, highlighted by the 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Alonso is of course a gamble from a captaincy perspective, but can he outscore the likes of Aguero and Salah?
What he does have in his armoury is those consistent clean-sheet point returns and with Chelsea keeping 6 clean-sheets during their last 7 games, he could be the man to boost your overall rankings, which being a huge captaincy differential.
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