FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE CAPTAIN PICKS FOR GAME WEEK 8
Thank God the International break is over. We have had 2 weeks devoid of premier league action, which is literally like a whole year for a fantasy manager.
The internationals injury curse has robbed managers of some potential captain picks but lose no sleep, I got your back with this article.
My last article on game week 7 captain picks had mixed success thanks to a mixture of reasons. Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane rewarded us but Salah, Lacazette and Firmino ensured our predictions were not entirely successful.
We are hoping for a better week and better luck with our predictions this week, here are our front runners for the arm band.
Our list lacks defenders because of the obvious risk involved by defenders giving a good return on any faith put on them, seems like only Midfielders and Forwards make best candidates.
1. Harry Kane (Tottenham vs. Bournemouth)
Harry Kane appears on my list for a second game running, thanks to his 2 goal haul against Huddersfield last week.
The 39.1% owned Spurs forward is probably going to be the most captained player this week, breaking Lukaku’s 7 game streak as the most captained fpl player.
Harry Kane was in good form for England during the break and I am placing my faith in him to continue the purple patch of form.
Bournemouth have only kept 1 clean sheet this season, in the last match against Leicester City which ended as a barren draw.
Kane has scored 6 goals, had 44 shots, 16 shots on target and has hit the woodwork 5 times in 7 matches this season.
Bournemouth have conceded 14.3 shots per game and conceded 10 goals from open play, the exact situations that Harry Kane thrives in, put your bet on Kane finding the back of the net in this match, how about a hat trick for good measure?
2. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City vs. Stoke City)
Gabriel has started his first full season in the premier league in impressive fashion scoring 4 goals and providing 1assist despite starting the season fighting for the striker role with Kun Aguero.
With the unfortunate injury to Aguero through a road accident, Jesus is now the undisputed leader of the frontline.
Jesus scored 2 goals for Brazil in his latest match against Chile to take his goals to 6 World cup qualifying goals. He has had 16 shots this season, 8 being on target and has hit the wood work once.
His statistics point to a ratio of 2.8 shots per goal which goes to show how lethal the front man is, he doesn’t need too many chances to leave his mark on a match.
Stoke on the other hand, have been known for their defensive sturdiness but this season they have kept only a single clean sheet in the league. They have allowed 12.7 shots on their goal per game, this will surely be inviting enough for Jesus who needs just 2.8 shots to register a goal.
3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City vs. West Brom)
Jamie Vardy has been in good form this season, scoring 5 goals. Despite Iheneacho being brought in to help ease the burden on Vardy, he is still the lynchpin of Leicester’s strike force.
Vardy was not called up to England national team and he has had a two weeks of rest, you can expect him to be fit and firing against West Brom.
Vardy has averaged 2 shots per game with 14 total shots and 8 shots on target, scoring 5 goals with just 8 shots on target could be either a blessing or a curse. It is a blessing in that Vardy utilizes the few chances he gets in matches, while it is a curse in that he doesn’t get enough chances of goals.
West Brom have kept 3 clean sheets in their 7 matches this season, they allow an average of an average of 13.9 shots on their goal per game. Like in Jesus’s case, I hope these 13.9 shots allowed will be enough for Vardy to find the net.
Vardy is Leicester city’s penalty taker and he has already had 3 penalties thus far, scoring 2 and missing 1.
If Leicester City score a goal, it will most likely be from Vardy as he has scored 5 of their 9 goals.
4. David Silva ( Manchester City vs. Stoke City)
The 31 year old is in my list simply because of the effect he has on the overall attacking play of Manchester City. He has produced two 11 point hauls in his last 3 matches, thanks to his 4 assists, 2 clean sheets as well as 4 bonus points.
Despite Silva providing 6 assists for his team mates, he has also created 6 big chances, providing 3.3 key passes per game.
David Silva can be a good differential if he repeats his double point haul since not many managers are going to captain him.
5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Watford)
Alexis has played only 275 minutes of premier league action this season and has provided 2 assists for his team mates. He has recorded 3 shots per game in his limited minutes and has had 15 shots with 6 on target.
Watford have allowed 13.1 shots per goal on average, they also shipped 6 goals against Manchester city and concede 3 against Liverpool, teams seen as traditionally big teams.
If Alexis manages to start the game, we know Wenger loves resting his stars after lengthy international trips, then I fully expect him to open his account for the season.
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