Captaincy alternatives to Mo Salah? FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 32
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
10:30am Mar 29 2018
Liverpool’s Mo Salah is the obvious captaincy choice for Gameweek 32, but @JWoodfield365 gives us 4 alternate options to ponder over
Much in the way Andy Dufresne crawled through a river of s*** and came out clean on the other side, the last soporific international break is behind us, and our lives can begin anew.
As exciting as it was to watch Jamie Vardy try and touch the ball against the Netherlands, the arrival of Gameweek 32, which marks the beginning of the squeaky bum sprint to the FPL finish, is as much of a relief as it is ludicrously stimulating.
With Wildcards activated (or planned for) with the unbridled joy of Jose Mourinho turning world-beaters into pub players, preparations are underway for Double Gameweek 34 and Blank Gameweek 35, and as important as ardent transfer planning is, selecting the right captain to augment your points is now particularly essential.
Ladies and gentleman, your Gameweek 32 captain options:
Mohamed Salah vs. Crystal Palace (A)
Not recommending Salah as your primary captaincy pick would be nothing short of sabotage at this point.
The Egyptian has already toppled Alexis Sanchez’s season-high points total of 264 from last year, and is now only three off the 31-goal record in a 38-game Premier League season.
He’s also on course to surpass Luis Suarez’s record of 295 FPL points in a single season (2012/13). With seven games left, Salah is extremely likely to do both.
Liverpool’s GW32 opponents Crystal Palace have kept just two clean sheets at Selhurst Park all season; the Reds have failed to score on the road just twice.
Romelu Lukaku vs. Swansea (H)
After his 25-goal exploits last season, more was expected from Lukaku this season. Sure, 14 league goals and seven assists is fine, but given his lofty £11.7m price tag, it’s less fine when you consider Jamie Vardy, priced at £2.6m less, also has 14 league goals. Plus, Vardy didn’t move for £90m last summer.
However, the Belgian is hitting some form at the optimal time. Three of those goals and two assists have come in Lukaku’s last five, and as rejuvenated as Man United’s Gameweek 32 opponents Swansea are at the Liberty Stadium, winning their last four, they’ve won just two away games all season.
United have the best home defensive record in the league, conceding just seven, and only two sides have scored fewer times on the road than the Swans.
All signs point to the Red Devils being in charge, and Lukaku, United’s only player to hit double figures in the league, will be pivotal as his side bid to chalk up a fourth-straight league win.
Not only does Lukaku have enamouring Gameweek 32 captaincy potential, but with dual double gameweeks approaching, the Belgian offers prospective longer-term benefits too.
Aubameyang vs. Stoke (H)
Only Man City (51) have scored more than Arsenal at home (39), and you have to pity relegation-threatened Stoke as their floundering bid for survival sees them travel to the Emirates on the back of a seven-game winless run.
The Potters have admirably only conceded eight goals in that time, but in Aubameyang they’re coming up against a striker adapting impressively to the Premier League, registering three goals and an assist in five.
Stoke haven’t beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, in fact they haven’t beaten the Gunners away in a league game since 1981. The result isn’t exactly academic, but Aubameyang getting goalscoring chances certainly is.
Riyad Mahrez vs. Brighton (A)
Leicester’s blonde bombshell is bordering on ‘essential’ status in light of the Foxes’ upcoming dual double gameweeks, and since he returned to his contracted role as a player for Leicester City in February, the Algerian has gone on to collect double-figure point hauls in consecutive matches.
Objectively a less attractive option than the aforementioned trio – Leicester’s Gameweek 32 opponents Brighton have lost just three league games at home – Mahrez is an outsider’s pick. But Leicester have only blanked three times on the road, and if Mahrez’s intention is to jack up his summer transfer fee, it’s a golden time to invest big on him.
Raheem Sterling vs. Everton (A)
Having returned from a two-game lay-off with an assist against Stoke, the mercurial Sterling has already surpassed his best Premier League goalscoring season and is just three off his record-best assists haul of 14 from last season.
In likelihood Sergio Aguero won’t be fit for Man City’s Gameweek 32 trip to Everton, and with Gabriel Jesus still feeling his way back into action, Sterling is the captaincy tip for those eager to ride the league leaders’ coattails as they stroll towards title glory.
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