Who’s The Best Captain For Blank Gameweek 36?

Who’s The Best Captain For Blank Gameweek 36?

Who’s The Best Captain for Blank Gameweek 36?

This article was written by @FPL_D5l (Daniel Lison)

I’m going to be exploring the best options for captaincy for Gameweek 36 (BGW36).

📌 TGW35 Captaincy Results

📌 Results of the Poll

📌 Premium Options & Team Comparisons

📌 My Conclusion

📌 Who’s Winning The Arm Band

DGW35 Captaincy Results:

As it stands with all five players left to play, all my Captaincy picks has returned. Which is very nice to have a little brag about.

Start off with my Captain Mason Greenwood, still one more game to play from his Triple Gameweek, he provided us with a nice 18pts & 4 BPS (Bonus Points), Bruno Fernandes got 10pts with a goal & 3 BPS. He didn’t play against Leicester as he was rested for the Liverpool game for Thursday night. Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal & 1 BPS, Iheanacho 1 goal but dropped points after receiving a yellow card, & Mo Salah providing only an assist with one more game left to play, he’s given his owners 6pts so far. Here is how last weeks captains are doing as of the time of writing:

1️⃣ Bruno Fernandes: 10pts

2️⃣ Mo Salah: 6pts

3️⃣ Mason Greenwood: 18pts

4️⃣ Iheanacho: 7pts

5️⃣ Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 9pts

Results of the Poll:

Who will be your captain? I have picked out 3 worthy candidates for the Armband, in the lead, we have the Egyptian King Mo Salah (48%). With tight voting for 2nd place is Harry Kane (22%) & Dominic Calvert-Lewin in 3rd (20%). We have a Blank Gameweek, the teams who will not be playing are Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea & Arsenal.

Premium Options & Team Comparisons:

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m)

VS Sheffield United (H)

Underlying attacking stats in the last 4 matches (games where he was out injured/rested are not included):

Underlying stats for the last 4 matches (comparing the 2 teams against each other):

First up in line is the young talented Englishman Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as we said in last week’s article, we fancied him to get returns against the Hammers, & he didn’t disappoint. He scored the only goal of the game as Everton moved to within five points of West Ham with the victory.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has now returned 19 points in the last three Gameweeks. The next match is a home game against the relegated Sheffield United, who lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

In the previous fixture where Everton travelled to the Blades; they won 1-0. Sheffield United is 3rd worst for xG conceded (7.89 & 4th worst for big chances conceded (10), Calvert-Lewin is joint 1st for Headed Attempts (5) in his last 3 matches. Sheffield United have conceded 10 headed attempts in this period, the 5th most in the league.

In the last 4 matches, Calvert-Lewin has far more big chances total (5), with Sigurdsson (1) & Richarlison (0).

As you know my favourite go-to attacking stat is the shots conversions. Richarlison is leading the two candidates for shots inside the box (9) & joint 1st with DCL with (5) shots on target. Despite the Brazilian’s impressive shooting rate, he hasn’t been very clinical, as he hasn’t scored a single goal in the last 4.

Sigurdsson has impressive chances created which is one more than Calvert-Lewin’s (6), & also nearing xGI (2.06 – 2.61). The Icelandic has 2 goals which also equals the Englishmen, but despite the equal goals, Calvert-Lewin clearly gets the biggest chances total, proving to be in the right places, as he is the target man.

Sigurdsson & Richarlison aren’t bad players for differential purposes, & they are playing a team who sit bottom of the table & nothing to play for. If your looking for a differential then maybe these two boys could be the go-to men.

To finalise this piece, Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be a great choice to stick the armband on. As I said before, Everton play a poor defensive team this season, their league is over, & The Toffee’s will want to push hard for the European spot. The Englishmen looks to be back in form, 2 goals in two, he is the talisman & I can see some attacking returns.

Mohammed Salah (£12.7m)

VS West Brom (A)

Underlying attacking stats in the last 4 matches (games where he was out injured/rested are not included):

Underlying stats for the last 4 matches (comparing the 2 teams against each other):

The Egyptian king is also back on our captaincy picks, as predicted I did suggest that there could be attacking returns against Southampton. Salah returned an assist with Liverpool winning the game comfortably by two goals to nil. With 3 points in the bag that see’s them rise to sixth in the Premier League, six points behind Leicester in fourth, who have played a game more.

Mo Salah in the last 5 game weeks has returned a decent 31 points. The next matchup is against West Brom away.

The most standout for The Baggies is their goals conceded, they have conceded 9 goals in the last 4 matches which are the worst in the league. They have kept no clean sheets, & as a high xG (7.27) which is the 4th worst in the league, looking at these stats a clean sheet is very much likely, without doubt, a fixture defiantly worth thinking about.

Salah & Mane are the joint scorers in the last 4 with 2 goals apiece, we are starting to see a bit of form from the Senegalese. In the last 6 matches he has returned 34pts, which matches Salah with 34pts.

Mane would be a decent differential Captain, his attacking stats are improving & matching the Egyptian King, a little stat I found which is very interesting particular for Mane. With West Brom down the right flank, they have conceded (29) chances, which is third-worst in the league. Only Leeds & Newcastle have conceded more down the right-hand side.

Diogo Jota is always worth a mention, his shots inside the box (15) & shots on target (7) matches closely to Salah, Jota is having a goal drought, he hasn’t returned in the last 4. I don’t think he’s a silly candidate to put the armband on, but it’s difficult to know whether he’ll start this week, due to rotation with Firmino. I guess we’ll know more after tonight’s game where they face Man Utd.

Alexander Arnold has created 12 chances in the last 4 which is the highest in the team. One goal, that’s only one behind Salah & Mane and an assist which is joint with Salah. If we take a look at West Brom on the left side of the pitch, which they have conceded 21 goals, that’s the 9th worst in the league. This isn’t so bad, but the other candidates have a good chance to return with a clean sheet that is promising.

Looking at the candidates mentioned above, Salah is a great option for the band and if you are going differential, then Mane is a good shout. Both players have a good chance to return points, but there’s only one man who I think will outscore between the two, & that’s Mo Salah. Let’s not forget he is fighting for the golden boot & that momentum edge’s me for the armband (especially as he’s is only one behind the leader; Harry Kane).

Harry Kane (£11.8m)

VS Wolves (H)

Underlying attacking stats in the last 4 matches (games where he was out injured/rested are not included):

Underlying stats for the last 4 matches (comparing the 2 teams against each other):

I have to say it didn’t feel right not to mention the top goal scorer in the Premier League last week, but without a doubt, we will this week. Harry Kane hasn’t returned a goal or assist in the last 2 matches. His previous match was against Leeds where Spurs lost 3-1, & a deserved win it was for The Peacocks. Kane did find himself unlucky not to score after his goal was ruled for offside by a toenail.

Both teams are in the top 10 for best big chances conceded (6-6), & their goals conceded (6-6) which is the 7th worst in the last 4 matches. Clearly showing some unpredictable moments at the back.

Tottenham have lost three of their six home Premier League games against Wolves. Wolves have won their last two away matches against Spurs & have won three in total.

Ok so the man that is in form is Heung-min Son, he’s been involved in four goals in the last three Premier League appearances under Ryan Mason (3 goals, 1 assist), scoring in each of his last three matches.

With no surprise Son has (12) chances created, that’s double the chances out of all his teammates in the last 4 matches.

Underlying Stats for the last 6 home matches:

Gareth Bale could be a decent differential for the captaincy too, if we look at Spurs last 6 home matches, the Welshman tops with 8 goals, to Son’s & Kane’s (4-4), also having high shot’s on target (11), that’s 4 more to Kane’s (7). I can see potential returns here.

Harry Kane in the last 5 matches has returned 31 points, his next opponents are at home against Wolves.

Kane hasn’t exactly found his form since his ankle injury, but if we take a look at his attacking potential you can see he’s getting the chances, he’s got a decent (7) big chances total, that’s the best out of the two player’s (3-2). With those chances he’s the top goalscorer with 5 goals, & has an impressive (27) goal attempts, which is double to the other candidates. To finish off with his shots conversion, Kane has (16) shot’s in the box & (8) shots on target, which is the highest in the table.

I’m going with the man who is due a goal, he’ll be wanting to clear up the golden boot, & that’s Harry Kane. I do think Son is arguably a decent Captain too, as he’s showing recent good form. Garth Bale’s home form in the last 6 is something to consider too.

Riyad Mahrez (£8m)

VS Newcastle (A)

Underlying attacking stats in the last 6 matches (games where he was out injured/rested are not included):

Underlying stats for the last 4 matches (comparing the 2 teams against each other):

My differential player of the week is the Algerian; Riyad Mahrez. Manchester City lost their previous game against Chelsea by two goals to 1, & the interesting part of it is Mahrez didn’t feature, which could potentially mean he’ll start the next game. He actually didn’t start in the last 2 games so he’s definitely due a start in the next fixture!

The next matchup is a trip to Newcastle, they haven’t won any of their last 3 games against Manchester City. An even more damaging record, The Magpies have won one of their last 26 Premier League matches against (City D4-L21).

Before we go into Pep’s roulette, we have to say a big congratulations to Manchester City on winning the Premier League.

Now a big thank you to @anna_woodberry who wrote a brilliant thread on “Manchester City’s XI for the final three matches”. I will now show her excellent & helpful work.

Here’s a table when splitting Pep’s XI since IB into UCL vs Pl & Cups, you’ll see he played a similar XI against both Dortmund & PSG:

The table below shows Manchester City minutes since the international break:

Looking at the table (apart from Ederson & Dias), there’s no other player who has started three games in a row. So to back up Mahrez for the captaincy, he is now due a start this week. Despite Man City winning the league on Tuesday night, I’m sure Pep wants to put out a decent team & keep the boys fresh for the Champions League final.

Mahrez in the last 6 matches is City’s top goalscorer with 3 goals, 13 shots inside the box which is three behind leading Sterling (13-16), & he tops for most shots on target (8).

Kevin De Bruyne is also worth a mention, but we aren’t too sure if he’s fit for this weeks game, with no surprise he tops for most chances created (18), & xGI (3.04).

The highest xG goes to Sterling & Aguero. Aguero had a game to forget after his dreadful penalty miss, still, he has 2 goals and an assist in the last 4, another differential for sure, but not so certain he will start as I am with Mahrez.

Sterling tops for shots inside the box with (16), but has a dreadful (5) shots on target. This tells us that he’s not as clinical as the other candidates.

I’ll leave you to ponder on my differential Captain; Riyad Mahrez, if he starts then he would be arguably a very good captain to choose to.

My Conclusion:

And there we have it folks! This week’s Captaincy pick isn’t such an easy one to choose from as there are so many decent candidates, definitely a good week for a differential.

My number 1 captaincy for BGW36 is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a nice pick in my opinion as I don’t see him being such a big favourite for the armband, which could be good for your rank gains. We also have Salah & Kane in the top three order.

I just want to wish you all the best & thank you for reading.

Who’s Winning The Arm Band:

1️⃣ Dominic Calvert-Lewin

2️⃣ Mohammed Salah

3️⃣ Harry Kane

4️⃣ Riyad Mahrez

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