Who’s The Best Captain For Triple Gameweek 35?

Who’s The Best Captain For Triple Gameweek 35?

Who’s The Best Captain for Triple Gameweek 35?

This article was written by @FPL_D5l (Daniel Lison)

I’m going to be exploring the best options for captaincy for Gameweek 35 (TGW35).

📌 Results of the Poll

📌 Premium Options & Team Comparisons

📌 My Conclusion

📌 Who’s Winning The Arm Band

Results of the Poll:

We had a wide range of candidates for the CAPTAINCY vote, as you can see Bruno Fernandes is leading by 39%, Iheanacho in second 27%, while Dominic Calvert Lewin 8% is in third. The other player that was most selected was Salah, but that’s if Liverpool gets a Double Gameweek. Now I can confirm this will be the case, but not only news for Liverpool, Manchester United have been assigned a triple Gameweek!

Premium Options & Team Comparison:

Bruno Fernandes: £11.5m

Fixture’s: Aston Villa (A), Leicester (H) & Liverpool (H)

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

What a triple up fixture we have now! I can’t recall there being 3 games in 1 Gameweek before. We have been waiting for this news since Sunday evening & now it is finally here.

The first call out will be Bruno Fernandes, arguably he could be the most effective ownership in all season. I will be comparing other candidates in the United team who deserve a mention. I’ll start off with the 3 fixtures United have coming up; Aston Villa, Leicester & Liverpool.

Underlying Stats for the last 4 matches:

Manchester United haven’t lost in their last 7 games. In the last 27 meetings playing at home, Villa has only won twice, there have been 7 draws whilst United have won 18 times. The goal difference is 43-16 in favour of the Red Devil’s.

Leicester will be no pushovers, their defensive record is equal to United’s. For the blues they have a 3.09 xG conceded that’s 5th best, & only conceded 4 big chances (5th best).

So we come to the last game, Manchester United vs Liverpool. In one of the biggest games in the Premier League, Klopp’s boys will be pushing hard for fourth place; so it’s a very important 3 points needed.

Manchester United have lost just one of their last 15 home games against Liverpool in all Competitions. (W10-D4)

In my opinion, I don’t see many goals, both teams are fairly strong at the back, in the last 4 matches United & Liverpool has conceded 3 goals, (33-31) goal attempts conceded & xG conceded (4.02-3.15). Underlying stats top 7th best in the league.

Bruno Fernandes doesn’t have the best stats to look at but we know he’s capable of giving us attacking returns. Chances Created (7) & xGI (2.73) is what stands out the most.

Bruno hasn’t scored since game week 27 & that was against Man City, but there is light under the tunnel. Manchester United’s thrilling game against Roma ended 6-2, Fernandes got himself 2 goals & 2 assists. The point I’m making is that he may be getting his form back & he’s well overdue a goal or more in the Premier League.

One player who I think could be a decent differential is Mason Greenwood, he has the most shots inside the box (13) & shots on target (9) out of all the United players. He’s also scored 4 times and assisted once in the last 4 Gameweeks. The young man has been labelled as one of the best finishers in the league, if he starts & gets a role up front, I think there’s potential attacking returns.

Cavani with 2 goals is the 2nd best. This is very good when he’s only had 2 starts in the last 4, & with low shots inside the box & on target (3-3). But as you can guess, it would be difficult to hand over the armband due to his lack of starts.

Pogba has improved recently, with 3 assists in 3 matches, & 2nd best for chances created (6). He is level with Bruno for shots inside the box (6), nevertheless, I would find it difficult to trust him for returns.

Bruno has shown all season that we can trust him for returns, especially against tough teams. The stats don’t show great attacking potential, but his goal involvement, creativity, set pieces & on penalty’s, let alone having a triple up on fixtures, Bruno has a great chance to return big points!

Mohammed Salah: £12.7m

Fixture: Southampton (h)

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

First up we are going to be targeting the Liverpool assets. Liverpool now has a Double Gameweek and it has been confirmed that they will no longer blank in Gameweek 36. In Gameweek 36, they will now be facing West Brom Away.

Underlying Stats for the last 4 matches:

Liverpool faces Southampton at home, they sit 2nd for most conceded goals in the league, conceding 12 big chances (also 2nd worst). Manchester United have conceded 6 Big chances, which is the 6th best in the Premier League. As mentioned above the United game will be the toughest out of the two fixtures.

Southampton hasn’t won in their last 4 games. When playing at home Liverpool have not lost to Southampton in their last 4 visits.

Liverpool has won 5 goals in their last seven away league games (D1-L1), more than they had in their previous 15 on the road (W4-D6-L5).

The stats table above shows 6 players which I’ve picked out; making his mark up the top is Mohammed Salah. Liverpool now has a Double Gameweek and it would be hard to ignore. Salah has scored in each of his last three league starts. What is also very encouraging is that Salah does favour the Saints games. His impressive record is seven goals & one assist in seven league appearances. He has never failed to score against Southampton when he’s at Anfield.

One player who does match Salah is Diogo Jota, comparing nicely with shots inside the box (14-14) & shots on target 6-7, along with big chances total, (6-4) & chances created (5-4), they both show decent attacking potential.

A negative point for Jota would be whether we can trust him to start. With last weekend’s cancelled game against United, he was on the bench, whereas Salah wasn’t. I would find it difficult to trust him with the armband.

Perhaps we could throw Mane into the mix, he too has a decent big chances total & chances created (5-5), but has only scored 1 goal & 1 assist in the last 4, compared to Salah’s 3 goals. Mane is showing decent shots in the box (11) but not getting a decent amount on target (5), showing that he’s not as clinical with his shots then the 2 other guys.

Firmino is some way down the pecking order with 0 goals & 0 assists in the last 4, so I think it’s fair to say he will not be considered as captain. He does have more chances created than Salah, Jota & Mane, with 1.38 xGI, so there is an assist potential.

As for Alexander Arnold & Robertson, there is potential for Liverpool to grab a clean sheet. Taking a look at Trent’s 11 chances created which is the most out of all the players mentioned, 1 goal & 1 assist there are good chances for returns. Robertson is some way off that but does give 9 chances created which sits him 2nd for most chances created.

I would find it difficult to trust a defender for the captaincy, the stats above clearly shows one man who can deliver the goods, & his name is Mo Salah.

Iheanacho £6.3

Newcastle (h) & Man United (a)

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

Well, this man can’t stop delivering, with nine goals, two assists, 73 points & just one blank over his last eight league matches. With a Double Gameweek coming up, how can we not include Iheanacho into the mix?

The first game is very appealing as they face a dodgy Newcastle team at home, then travel up to Old Trafford.

Underlying Stats for the last 4 matches:

As you can see Newcastle is far more the attractive team to attack, while Man United will be a difficult opponent, in which I don’t see many goals on either side due to Leicester being a solid team at the back themselves.

Newcastle United haven’t won any of their last 4 games against Leicester City. On the other hand, Iheanacho has scored twice against Manchester United & registered an assist just over a month ago in their 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory.

Comparing to his teammates in the last 4 matches, he holds the highest for shots inside the box (12) & shots on target (9), with the highest xG (2.24).

Vardy is a little unlucky not to add more to his goal tally, with only 1 goal in four matches. He has one more big chances total than Iheanacho but hasn’t been as clinical enough. Still, he gets in good positions & has a decent partnership with the Nigerian. Vardy could be a decent Differential Captain.

Overall Iheanacho would be my go-to man, only blanking once in eight matches & that was against Man City; so we can give him some leeway. I can see attacking returns against Newcastle, but United would be a difficult match. So relying on 1 game in a double could be costly. Either way, he’s proven his worth & could be the man to make the difference.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin £7.5m

VS WHU (a) & AVL (a)

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

A fresh mention to our captaincy picks, it’s been far too long since we’ve added Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the mix. Finally, he got himself back on the score sheet and 2 bonus points at the weekend. Honestly, the timing is perfect, with Everton set to face both West Ham & Aston Villa.

Underlying Stats for the last 4 matches:

The table above shows both teams have defensive vulnerabilities, & looking very equal in comparison. The first matchup is a trip to the London Stadium, Everton has lost just one of their last 5 games against the Hammers in all Competitions.

The Toffies go back the week after to Aston Villa, where they lost 2-1 on Sunday evening. This will be the 205th top-flight meeting between Aston Villa & Everton, the most played fixture in England’s top division.

The good news for DCL owners is that his form against the Hammer’s has been very good, bagging himself a hat-trick earlier in the season during their fourth-round Carabao Cup tie. It’s now been seven matches since West Ham has kept a clean sheet, conceding 13 goals over that time period.

Villa on the other hand has been just as poor, they have no clean sheets in their last seven. Calvert Lewin scored against them last weekend and I’m sure he’ll be up for it again.

I have selected two other players to compete with Calvert. Sigurdsson stands out with (4) chances created, & equal goals with the Englishmen (2-2) for the last 4 matches. Richarlison on the other hand is far down the pecking order, with no goals in four, with 0 big chances created, & a low of (0.60) xG.

Could this man finish on a high this season? Fixtures are looking lovely & I think he has every chance to start picking up his form from early on. A nice captain to choose from I’d say.

My Conclusion:

It feels like it’s been a long week for us managers, but we have finally received the news for the updated fixtures for the Man United v Liverpool game. Man United have been given a Triple Gameweek and Liverpool now has a Double. The new United fixtures will be the most attractive to many managers, but do we think Bruno Fernandes will play three games in a row? Chances are he won’t. Two out of three is more likely.

Now Mo Salah has now got a Double Gameweek which for many managers is what they wanted until the Bruno triple came about. Questions will be asked on whether he can outperform the Portuguese star. I do think he has every chance of getting decent attacking returns and outscoring Bruno.

So to wrap it up, with the Triple Gameweek announced for the Red Devil’s, all eyes are set on the Portuguese man himself; Bruno Fernandes.

Good luck FPL Managers!

Who’s Winning The Arm Band:

1️⃣ Bruno Fernandes

2️⃣ Salah

3️⃣ Greenwood

4️⃣ Iheanacho

5️⃣ Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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