Who’s The Best Captain For Gameweek 38?

Who’s The Best Captain For Gameweek 38?

Who’s The Best Captain for Blank Game week 38?

This article was written by @FPL_D5l (Daniel Lison)

We are coming to the last game of the season, & what a season it has been. As always I’m going to be exploring the best options for captaincy for Gameweek 38 (GW38).

📌 Results of the Poll

📌 Captain Sensible

📌 Captain Differential

📌 Captain Huge Cahonas

📌 Who’s Winning The Arm Band

Results of the Poll:

Captain Sensible:

Kane vs Salah

Leicester (A) & Crystal Palace (H)

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

Underlying stats for the last 6 matches (comparing the two teams):

We start off with Captain Sensible, two very well known player’s who have been in remarkable form throughout the whole campaign. Harry Kane & Mohamed Salah has scored 22 goals each, both in the race for the Golden Boot. It’s going to be one big battle for the race & arguable they both deserve it.

Let’s start off with Harry Kane (£11.9m), Gameweek 37 matchup against Aston Villa ended with a 2-1 defeat. Sadly his team deserved to lose and they will need to regroup ahead of the final day. Kane will want to forget this game quickly, he only had 2 shot’s on goal which both were on target, other than that he had a very quiet game.

Moving on to the more positives factors, Tottenham is up against Leicester City & the good news is Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against the Foxes, more than he has netted versus any other opponent in the competition.

Leicester have conceded 8 goals in the last 4 matches which put’s them 3rd worst in the league.

Kane picked up six goals in nine away matches since the turn of the year, averaging 5.7 points per game. The Englishmen also has 38 shots on the road at that time, while only Watkins has landed more (17-14).

Mo Salah (£12.8m) will be hoping that the power of the fan’s at Anfield will bring him to another golden boot. I wouldn’t disagree with you going for Salah & overall he’s probably the best captain for this Gameweek and I can imagine his effective ownership would be rather high. Liverpool took another step closer to a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over Burnley. Somehow Salah didn’t provide us with any returns during the game, he did get the most shots out of his teammates & his opponents with four attempts all being inside the box.

The Egyptian King has attacking returns in three straight home appearances and six of his last seven starts. Taking a look at his recent stats, everything but assist’s sits in the top 5 players in the league. He has had 6 big chances which put him 1st with (47) touches in the penalty box (2nd).

Salah was very bang-average a few weeks ago, but his creative stats have significantly improved. He now sits 2nd for xA (1.71, key passes (12) & big chances (3). In the last 4 matches Salah has 5 goals & 1 assist, that’s three more goals than Kane’s two.

As for shots inside the box, there’s no midfielder who has more than 17 shots in the box. Only Benteke with 21 who’s able to better that across all positions.

In the last 6 Gameweeks, Liverpool has scored 13 goals, more than any other side. They are also top for shots (116), shots on target (39) & big chances (23).

As you can see in the table above, Kane & Salah have very well & equal supportive shot’s inside the box, along with shots on target showing that they both have a strong eye for goal.

Palace has conceded 8 goals in the last 4 matches, & The Eagles are ranked 8th worst for xGC (5.13).

As you can see in the table above, Kane & Salah have very well & equal supportive shot’s inside the box, along with shots on target showing that they both have a strong eye for goal.

Captain Differential:

Mane

Crystal Palace (H)

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

Underlying stats for the last 6 matches:

Mane (£11.7m) has become very consistent, he’s scored a goal in every single match against Crystal Palace. In the reserve fixture, he was on a goal and assist, then subbed off after 57 minutes.

Despite a poor campaign he has sharply improved his form, the Senegalese has assisted back to back games and is amongst the top six players for expected goal involvement which over the last six matches, suggest he has an attacking return in his locker against the suffering Palace defence.

Mane has very similar shots in the box to Salah & despite shooting at almost half the frequency, he has managed just one fewer big chance. Mane also has two big chances to Salah’s one, showing he’s been more clinical with the opportunity to score.

Palace is the third-worst side for GC (goal conceded) over the season. The Eagles have been a team to target the majority of the season. Liverpool finally gets their opportunity to face the home crowd, & they need a big win to be certain of a top-four finish.

Mane’s numbers have been producing very nicely, I believe he’s one of the best differential Captain picks this week.

Captain Huge Cahonas:

Antonio vs Bamford

Sheffield United (A) vs WBA (H)

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

Underlying stats for the last 6 matches (comparing the two teams):

Antonio (£6.6m) scored a late winner in West Ham’s 3-1 win against West Brom. Antonio is getting a step closer to closing in on Di Canio’s Premier League goal record for the Hammers. Not bad for a player who started as a right-back & converted to a striker. His record at right-back wasn’t great, but as a centre forward, he’s picked up a goal and an assist at home to Southampton last season.

The forward has scored three goals in his last four games, Antonio has an appealing fixture this week playing Southampton. They have looked weak defensively &
have nothing to play for.

Antonio leads the league with xG (expected goals) over the last six & games and is second for xGI in that time. This will be his fifth attacking return in six matches & I’m sure he’ll be ready to face the fans at the London stadium.

West Ham has scored eight goals in the six Gameweeks & only Newcastle, Leicester (both 17), & Liverpool (23) have created more big chances than the Hammers (16).

Southampton has now conceded nine goals over the last six Gameweeks, keeping no clean sheets.

Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) got himself a double-figure return against Southampton in the midweek match. He’s now averaging 4.3 points per game week in the last 6 matches. The Englishman has recorded 5 big chances & is only ranked behind Kane, Adams (each 6) & Wood (7) amongst forwards.

None of his teammates can better his 11 shots in the box or his shots on target, he is now the most transferred in player this week.

Leeds have scored 10 goals over the last 6 Gameweeks & only Man City, Leicester (both 11), Newcastle, Spurs (both 12) & Liverpool (13) have found the back of the net more.

West Brom has conceded 14 goals over the last 6 Gameweeks; the most in the league. No side has allowed opponents more shots on target than the Baggies (50).

My Conclusion:

Well, there you have it FPL Managers, all five worthy candidates for the armband. Each has their reasons for selecting them as your captain. Salah & Kane for a sensible pick, a differential pick with Mane, & if you got huge cahonas then you could well go for Antonio or Bamford.

Who’s Winning the Armband? It has to go to Salah, but as I said above, there are lots of options to choose from. I am currently sat at 224k rank and wanting a nice boost in this final Gameweek. I’m torn between going with the differential pick or a pick that requires huge cahonas. I’ve not quite made up my mind yet but you’ll find out tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you for all your support this season, writing has been an experience for sure. I’m looking forward to next season with even bigger & better content.

Good Luck Everyone!

Who’s Winning The Armband:

1️⃣ Salah

2️⃣ Kane

3️⃣ Mane

4️⃣ Antonio

5️⃣ Bamford

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