Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 5

10:51am Sep 15 2016

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United’s Zlatan and Everton’s Lukaku are topping our Gameweek 5 Captains Poll, but which players are we putting up as our best picks for GW5…

With Manchester City’s star-man, Sergio Aguero still out of action for one more Gameweek, our Gameweek 5 Captains Poll has been blow wide open again as FPL bosses around the world scramble to find a suitable captaincy replacement.

With Romelu Lukaku (29%) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28%) sharing 57% of all votes posted to the Poll, it’s clear to see that there are many plausible captaincy options out there for Gameweek 5, but, who will you trust with the armband this weekend?

Here are this weeks top 3 captain picks and gamble.


Pick 1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United

  • £11.9m
  • 63.3%
  • 29
  • 5
  • Watford (A)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the third highest point scorer this season so far behind Michael Antonio and Etienne Capoue… Who’d of thought it!

He’s showing great signs of consistency, scoring a total of 4 goals in 4 games so far this year, which could have easily been 5 after a chance went begging on his weaker foot with the goal gaping.

Ibrahimovic’s stats are improving once again. He had 10 shots against City – the most in a single game this year for the Swede. As well as having 4 shots inside the box,  3 of those where on target. This is a promising sign for FPL bosses around the world as collectively as a team, Manchester United had 14 attempts on goal all game, so with 10 of those coming from Zlatan, it tells a story in itself.

Jose’s men come up against Watford in Gameweek 5. Watford made a miraculous comeback against the Hammers, who turned what looked like a likely defeat at 2-0 down, in to a 4-2 victory for Walter Mazzarri’s Hornets.

Watford are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have conceded an average of 2 goals a game (8 this season).
With Ibrahimovic being Mourinho’s key-man, I can personally see him grabbing a couple and playing a big part in the majority of United’s attempts on goal.

It’s would take a brave FPL boss not to captain him this week – especially with his high ownership of 63%+ and that’s why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is this weeks number 1 pick.


Pick 2

Romelu Lukaku – Everton

  • £9.1m
  • 12.2%
  • 20
  • 17
  • Middlesbrough (H)

Romelu Lukaku had a blinder of a Monday night vs. David Moyes’ Sunderland, having bagged an 11 minute hat-trick and maximum FPL bonus points, scoring a total of 17 FPL points.

During the build up to Gameweek 4, many FPL pundits and community members on Twitter rightly questioned Lukaku’s recent form and goal-drought of 11 matches. However, he rewarded those bosses who had faith in him after netting a brace for Belgium and is now the 4th most transferred IN player ahead of Gameweek 5.

He had a total of 9 shots on target against Sunderland and 6 of those hit the target. Amazingly 9 of Lukaku’s 10 shots came inside the box – You couldn’t ask for much from a striker in your FPL team as these stats are pure gold.

Lukaku is coming up against Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, where Karanka’s men have conceded a goal a game and seem to be struggling to find their feet in the Premier league.

Boro have kept only kept 1 clean sheet this season so far, which came against West Brom in a stalemate 0-0 draw in Gameweek 3. Everton will be Boro’s toughest opponent so far this year and with Lukaku’s recent display vs. Sunderland a solid defensive performance, I personally cannot see Middlesbrough getting anything from this game, other than a quiet coach-ride home.

With new signing Bolasie finally fitting in nicely to the starting XI nicely, Lukaku will surely continue to get more and more quality supply and with this match likely to be a free-flowing game, I think this will be a free-flowing game, I can see Lukaku having his name on the score sheet yet again and is this weeks number 2 pick.


Pick 3

Harry Kane – Tottenham

  • £10.9m
  • 14.4%
  • 15
  • 6
  • Sunderland (H)

Harry Kane scored his first goal of the season against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium in Spurs’ 0-4 win.

Kane has always had a lean spell in August and as soon as September hit after the international break, he’s  hit the back of the net.

‘Arry had a total of 3 shots at goal, which statistically is much poorer than our previous picks. He had 1 shot on target against Given and he converted calmly. 2 of his shots were inside the box, while one hit the corner flag!

Spurs are averaging just under 2 goals a game thanks to their earlier performance. Also, with the return of Moussa Dembele, Kane’s performances will no doubt improve, as statistically, it’s known that Spurs create more chances and score more goals with Dembele in the starting XI.

Tottenham are up against Sunderland in Gameweek, who were recently hammered 3-0 thanks to an 11-minute Lukaku hat-trick. Their confidence will be rock bottom, like their position in the league – only 19th due to goal difference.

Moyes’ Black Cats have conceded 8 goals so far this season, an average of 2 per game. They have picked up only 1 point so far and have 3 losses to their name. Worrying.

It looks like a banker win for Spurs and another hammering looks to be on the cards. Harry Kane appears to be a very solid captain pick and I can see him bagging a goal this week as Sunderland continue to struggle whilst Spurs’ confidence grows.


The Gamble

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

  • £9.9m
  • 17.7%
  • 18
  • 6
  • Burnley (H)

Jamie Vardy got himself on the score sheet after a fantastic assist by Lucas, his first in a long time…

After a 4-1 defeat, Leicester City don’t look like the team of last season but they still look decent in terms of FPL returns going forward.

Vardy had a total of 3 shots in the game, all of which were on target which is still encouraging considering Leicester has only 38% of the possession. Even though Vardy’s goal was a gift –  a poacher’s goal, he’s getting into the right places at the right time and showing his knack of getting goals out of nowhere, like he did so well last season.

He had one successful dribble and won 5 of his aerial duel against Klopp’s team. Considering Leicester’s possession, Vardy’s stats were very good and should be taken as a massive positive going forward when looking for a differential striker.

The Foxes face Burnley at home in Gameweek 5, who have conceded 5 goals in 4 games this season so far and managed to keep only one clean sheet, which came against Liverpool in Gameweek 2. Vardy will look to exploit his pace against the Burnley back-line and hope to regain his form of last season.

I can see this game being a fairly cagey affair, but, with Vardy scoring 2 in his last 2 Premier League outings, there’s no reasons to suggest why he won’t find his name on the score-sheet again this week and hit a purple patch of consistent form.

Article written by @FPL_Junior – Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for more Fantasy Premier League discussion and opinion on all things FPL.


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