Kane vs. Salah? - FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 36

8:22am Apr 26 2018

With Kane and Salah being the obvious captaincy picks for Gameweek 36, here’s @JWoodfield365 with a few differentials for you to ponder over

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Before we examine the captaincy front-runners for Gameweek 36, I’d like to start by (probably) quoting a well-known philosopher: “The end is nigh, and Anfield Express deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.”

The FPL Twitter hero we don’t deserve, @AnfieldExpress has been correctly foreseeing Liverpool’s team selection for weeks now.

While some snowflakes say this is “unethical”, they can shove it up their arse.

At this stage of the FPL season, which is as exhausting as it is exhilarating, knowing whether Mohamed Salah will start throughout the run-in is significant.

Ahead of Gameweek 36, Anfield Express’ role is amplified – there are two outstanding captain options for GW36: Salah and Harry Kane, and Liverpool’s team news will be pivotal.

Refreshing Anfield Express will make for exhausting yet ultimately necessary work to ascertain if Liverpool’s Champions League Italian job convinces Jurgen Klopp to leave his star man on the bench in Gameweek 36.

If this is indeed the case, Kane defaults into the primary pick.

If you’re considering alternative armband contenders for Gameweek 36 irrespective of Liverpool’s team news, quite frankly you should be sectioned, but we’ll also examine a few other notable names for variance’s sake.

Mohamed Salah vs Stoke City (H)

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Should Salah start against Stoke, the reasons for captaining the new PFA Player of the Year are plentiful.

Salah respectively needs three/four goals to match/break the Premier League record for goals scored in one season (34), he’s still battling with Kane for the Golden Boot, and scoring eight more points will make him the highest-ever FPL point scorer in one season (although he likely cares a bit less about that one).

Meanwhile, Paul Lambert’s Stoke side are winless in 11 and Pottering towards the Championship.

They couldn’t have wished for a worse time to come up against the Egyptian, fresh off a majestic display in that midweek first leg with Roma, although those two late Roma goals may yet prove significant, at least in regards to Salah.

Klopp will still need Salah in next week’s second-leg, and having benched him for the Merseyside derby in Gameweek 33 in-between the quarter-final games with Man City, Klopp could quite plausibly rest him again.

Any good money should be on the Reds striding past the Potters, but Friday evening’s team news will make for noteworthy reading.

Harry Kane vs Watford (H)

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Similarly to Mo, there’s an abundance of enticing captaincy arguments for Sir Harold.

Spurs welcome a Watford side without an away win in nine, and following their ignominious FA Cup exit to Manchester United, Kane will have more motivation to put a hurting on the Hornets than Sam Allardyce striving to keep his job by insisting Everton were actually a League Two side when he took over.

Kane now sits five goals behind Salah in his tigerish mission to oust the Golden Boot from the Egyptian, and Spurs will be in bloodthirsty mood to secure fourth-place with no cup commitments remaining.

There’s no reason for Kane not to play 90 minutes against Watford, and as Salah will get reduced minutes, that could be a significant advantage for Kane captaineers.

Roberto Firmino vs Stoke City (H)

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Firmino’s captaincy potential aligns with Salah – a player in outstanding form with a relatively straightforward fixture, but whose starting berth is uncertain.

Unlucky to miss out on the PFA Team of the Year, the man whose teeth once blinded a middle-aged man (possibly) has enjoyed his most prolific season in England, scoring 15 and assisting eight in the league.

Given his ludicrous work-rate though, there’s a strong chance the Brazilian will start from the bench in Gameweek 36.

Danny Ings vs Stoke City (H)

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Danny Ings capitalised on his above-mentioned colleague’s absence against West Brom with his first goal in two years, and he can be backed to build upon his goal return should he start against Stoke.

Still feeling his way back into the Liverpool side after a fraught long-term injury absence, Ings doesn’t have the statistics to advocate his captaincy potential, but in his one full Premier League season at relegated Burnley he scored 11; the finishing ability is there.

And at £5.4m, Ings could be the budget buy of Gameweek 36 while concurrently offering a curious captaincy differential in the process.

Raheem Sterling vs West Ham (A)

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You’ve probably already rage-transferred Sterling out after the Daily Mail broke the news he ate breakfast the day after the PFA Awards, and rightfully so.

There’s no room in the game for a player who’s failed to provide attacking rewards just once in nine league games, and certainly no room for advocating the captaincy potential of the Man City forward who’s hit double-figure point hauls a staggering nine times this season.

If though, you hate the game and its values and are actually considering captaining Sterling, a caveat is that while City are closing on a record points haul – they need just six more, and record goals – they again need just six more, Pep’s dropping of Leroy Sane suggests that either Sterling or Bernardo Silva could make way for the German in Gameweek 36.

If only there was an Etihad Express mole too, right?

Heung-Min Son vs. Watford (H)

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The problem with Son from an FPL perspective is that he tends to provide explosive returns followed by baron runs.

His four goals between Gameweek’s 29-30 haven’t been added to since, and while two assists in his last four is solid returns, they aren’t figures that scream ‘captaincy potential’ for Gameweek 36.

So with that in mind, captaining Son would be, quite simply, a punt. But as mentioned above, Mauricio Pochettino will want to secure fourth as quickly as possible, so starting Son against an unpredictable Watford defence is a no-brainer, and Son loves Wembley.

Nine of his 12 goals this season were at ‘home’, and the South Korean has already scored against the Hornets this season in the reverse fixture.

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