In Salah we trust? - FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 28

7:59am Feb 24 2018

Is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah your go-to captaincy pick against West Ham in Gameweek 28?

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Good day to all Fantasy Premier League managers and welcome back to my Captaincy Picks and Tips article ahead of Saturday’s Gameweek 28 deadline at 11:30am.

As always, based on the top 3 results of our weekly Captains Poll, I’ve been tasked with placing the FPL top dogs in order of personal preference and I’ve got to say, it was a tricky one this week, as two caught my eye and have caused sleepless nights this week.

I hope that this week’s selections and reasons give you plenty of food for thought and always guys, the best of luck for this weekend’s action and may your arrows be green.

Pick 1

Mohamed Salah vs. West Ham (H)

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Our Captains Poll was dominated by one man for Gameweek 28, as 57% of you voted for Liverpool’s star-man, Mohamed Salah.

It’s not difficult to see why based on his season-long form and consistency – is this one of the clearest captaincy decisions we’ve had this season?

Salah, now owned by 59.3% of fantasy bosses, has recorded a staggering THREE double-digit returns during his last FIVE Gameweeks.

Five goals have come during that period, taking Salah to 22 goals for the season – only 1 behind current leader, Harry Kane. Add those 9 assists into the mix and it highlights once again what a season the Egyptian is having.

I love a differential captain, don’t get me wrong (Sanchez, I’ll never forgive you), but when players like Salah offer such high returns on a regular basis, he is hard to ignore – especially when he’s blanked on only 6 occasions this season.

Liverpool have a wonderful fixture run, as well as being one of the 8 teams confirmed to have a fixture during Gameweek 31 – if you don’t own Salah by now, why not?

In Gameweek 28 Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield, who despite beating Watford last time out, were previously without a win in their last 4, which included leaking 3 goals to Brighton and a defeat in the FA Cup to League One Wigan Athletic.

For me, that armband is on Mohamed Salah and that is where it’s likely to stay come 11:30am on Saturday.

Pick 2

Harry Kane vs. Crystal Palace (A)

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The main rival to captaining Salah this week is Harry Kane, right?

#KaneExit2 will be deemed a success as Kane managed only 12 points in three games during a tricky fixture spell for Tottenham, especially when the majority of fantasybosses who sold him, did so for 4 goal Aguero!

Is it time for Harry to return to our Fantasy Premier League teams though?

Well, he still shows form despite those fixtures – 5 goals during his last 5 games matches Salah’s returns and now the fixtures perk up for Spurs, with Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Bournemouth on the horizon.

Roy Hodgson has lifted Crystal Palace from the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone, however, two defeats and two draws from their last four games led to them being dragged to within only 1 point of the bottom three.

With Palace leaking goals again and Harry coming to town, I am glad to have him in my line-up, but will he tempt me enough to choose him as captain over Salah?

I can see why folk on Twitter are having a hard time deciding on who to captain this week – especially for those who own both Kane and Salah.

Pick 3

Sergio Aguero vs. Arsenal (A)

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Perhaps it’s fair to say that Aguero is lagging behind Salah and Kane as a captaincy option this week, which to me is unbelievable, given his FOUR goal (21 point) return in Gameweek 27.

Aguero certainly has the form – netting EIGHT goals in four games is simply stunning, followed up with another goal during the 4-0 win over Basel in the Champions League. He’s relentless!

So, the reason I’m putting Salah and Kane ahead of Aguero this week? Fixture congestion.

As well as playing in the Champions League and FA Cup since Gameweek 27, Manchester City have the Carabao Cup Final this weekend vs Arsenal to contend with too, meaning Aguero is racking up the minutes and miles on his legs.

With Pep Guardiola having no backup for Aguero at present, the Argentine will start every game and come Thursday night, could fatigue set in?

Pep confirmed that Gabriel Jesus is close to a return and has trained without issue, with the Brazilian likely to return to the bench in Gameweek 28 or 29.

For those of you who have decided to stick with Aguero as captain this week, it’s worth pointing out that Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 9 Premier League outings.

The Gamble

Callum Wilson vs. Newcastle (H)

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Originally brought in by many FPL bosses as an enabler priced at sub £6m, but given his fixture this week, is Wilson a viable captaincy gamble?

Bournemouth are running hot and cold at the moment, where victories over Arsenal and Chelsea have been followed up by defeats at the hands of Stoke and West Ham.

Wilson has scored 4 goals during his last 8 games, which includes two double-digit returns, but he doesn’t quite match my other three captaincy picks this week in terms of numbers.

Bournemouth host Newcastle this week who prior to their shock victory over Manchester United, were 4 league games without a win.

I would love to own Wilson this week and I am tempted bring him back in, especially given he has a fixture during Gameweek 31.

Would I captain him this week? It’s hard to see him outscoring Salah and Kane, although we all know that on his day is he capable of doing so.

If you are tempted to captain Wilson in Gameweek 28, don’t let his cheap price tag put you off.

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