Sterling vs De Bruyne - FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 19
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
9:41am Dec 21 2017
Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne to deliver the goods for fantasy bosses this Christmas?
Hurrah, Christmas is here!
Oh no, I’ve still got all my Christmas shopping to do!
Between scouring through last-minute deals on Amazon and Toys R Us this week, I’ve been slowing chipping away at my Gameweek 19 Captains Picks and Tips article, so forgive the delay in getting it out to you this week folks.
As you will see below, the Manchester City vs Bournemouth game has been my main focus, with huge returns expected from Sterling and Co. against a Bournemouth side littered with injuries this week.
My top 3 captain picks are once again in order of personal preference, and there’s a cheeky differential for those of you looking to make up ground in your mini-leagues.
As always, I wish you all the very best of luck for Gameweek 19 and from myself @FFPundits_Drew and all of us here at FFP, we hope that you have a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends and we’ll see you Boxing Day.
Raheem Sterling vs. Bournemouth (H)
With Pep Guardiola seemingly settled on 10 of his first choice starting 11, the re-introduction of Manchester City assets to my weekly captaincy picks is long overdue.
A midfielder effectively playing on the right of a front 3 in the most attacking team in the Premier League, Raheem Sterling is a Fantasy Premier League managers dream at the moment.
Sterling has been involved in 17 of Man City’s goals this season (11 goals and 6 assists), only 1 behind Mo Salah who has been involved in 18 (14 goals and 4 assists).
Currently priced £1.5m less than the Egyptian, if Salah is a fantasy must-own with weekly captaincy credentials, then surely Sterling is too?
His record against Bournemouth is impressive – scoring 6 goals in his last 5 games against the Cherries, including a hat-trick in a 5-1 win at the Etihad back in 2015.
Rested on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup against Leicester, the signs look good for Sterling to make Pep’s starting 11 once again in Gameweek 19.
After saving up the pennies over a several weeks, I will be joining the other 250k+ FPL managers in bringing Sterling into my own line-up this week – in my case, at the expense of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Not only will I be transferring him in myself for Gameweek 19, but I’ll also be giving him the captain’s armband.
Kevin de Bruyne vs Bournemouth (H)
No Manchester City players in my captain picks for weeks and then 2 come along at once – but can you blame me?
This Gameweek 19 fixture is far too tempting to stop with just Sterling, when there are so many other temptations within that City line-up.
De Bruyne was a popular pick for Gameweek 1 – guaranteed to start and a history of chalking up the assists over a season.
A slow start due to playing in a deeper role meant managers soon let him go – oh boy do some of us regret it now; leaving us scrambling around for cash trying to squeeze him back in alongside Salah and Hazard.
The assists from last season have continued into 2017-18, however, his recent form has led to goals being added to his game, scoring 5 in his last 8 Premier League games.
Now totalling 6 goals and 8 assists for the season, as well as loving those FPL Bonus Points, it’s clear to see why over 135K managers have found the cash to bring the Belgian in ahead of Gameweek 19.
For me, it’s a case of if I could, I would – I have looked at possible options to see Kevin in my team alongside Sterling but at the moment I may have to go without.
As a non-owner, De Bruyne is definitely a player I will be watching from behind the sofa with one eye closed this weekend and if I did own him, I’d be losing sleep over Sterling versus KDB for the armband this Saturday.
Harry Kane vs. Burnley (A)
A current hot topic on Twitter – is Kane an expensive luxury we can no longer afford due to his inconsistent form?
Defiantly something that divides opinion, as many have already removed him and reaped the rewards during Gameweek 18, whilst others are sticking with him and will be hoping they are rewarded for their loyalty against Burnley away.
Where do I stand? Well for me he stays – although I can’t say I haven’t at least had a little glimpse of how my team would look with that extra cash.
In Gameweek 19, Tottenham travel to this season’s surprise package, Burnley. Not an easy game and as we all know, Burnley are the only side who can boast equalling the defensive records of the two Manchester clubs.
That said, I think Burnley have ridden their look at times. They have only conceded 12 goals but they have the worst record when it comes to shots against averaging 16.2 shots per game.
With Kane already having 100 shots at goal this season and Burnley’s shots against, you have a recipe for Harry Kane to serve up a feast of goals on Saturday.
With KDB and Sterling taking the lions share of the votes in our Gameweek 19 Captains Poll, Harry Kane, for once, offers us a captaincy differential opportunity.
Paul Pogba vs. Leicester (A)
We can’t let Manchester City fill up two places in this week’s Captain Picks without having one for Manchester United as well.
The gamble picks for Gameweek 19 is a cheeky punt on the returning Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman is key to making United click – the team is built around him and his absences this season have effected their performances badly, both in terms of results and match stats.
It’s very much been a stop-start season so far for Pogba, with bursts of 4 games then halted through injury or suspension – he has still managed 3 goals, 7 assists and 4 bonus points in just 8 games.
Having an involvement in 10 goals over 8 appearances is makes you wonder where Pogba would rank in the FPL Midfielders table this season if he had played every game, or whether Manchester United could have kept up with the pace of Manchester City?
Returning this week for the away trip to Leicester City, who go into the game off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, Pogba is fresh and will be motivated to make up for lost time.
If you are looking to make up some lost ground, Pogba is still owned by only 10.8% and has an affordable price-tag of just £7.9m.
STOP RIGHT THERE: Be sure to join myself, FPLTips and Fantasy Football Pundits this Christmas on Starting 11 for some daily fantasy football action over the festive period.
It’s a FREE to play daily game without any player values or team budgets – simply pick YOUR best Gameweek 19 11-man-team and watch out for some Christmas goodies and cool prizes.