AFTER A 2-WEEK LONG HIATUS OWING TO THE FA CUP, WE’RE BACK IN BUSINESS. IT’S ONCE AGAIN TIME TO PONDER UPON OUR CAPTAINCY OPTIONS.
1. MOHAMED SALAH (VS WHU H)
Before Gameweek 27, I exclaimed whether there is a solid case to make Salah our captain and just leave him be. Forever. We’d have less white hairs, and more points. And week on week, he just keeps on building more of a case for himself. Relentlessly. Peerlessly. Unstoppably. With a goal and assist in a 13-point haul last Gameweek, he’s now up to 151 points in his last 15 games. Over 10 points per game. Over a 15 game period. Such consistency and explosiveness together, unheard of since Luis Suarez. Every week Salah’s success is so obvious, yet so surprising, as in how can he keep this up. Every single week.
We’ve learnt by now that fixture doesn’t matter for Salah. Put him up against an immovable object, and he’ll be the unstoppable force that moves it. Even still, there’s few fixtures that can get better than West Ham at home. The Hammers have shipped 14 goals in their last 9 games. Away from home, it’s 18 in 9. It bodes well with Liverpool and Salah’s ridiculous form at home. While the Reds have scored a ludicrous 13 goals in their last 4 home games, the Egyptian has 5 goals and 3 assists, and 49 points in the same period. Winston Reid (injury) and Arthur Masuaku (suspension) being absent should only make it worse.
At 59.2% ownership, captaining Salah is boring. Even if he does well, your rank won’t rise by much. It’s boring, but at this point, it almost has to be done.
2. HARRY KANE (VS CRY A)
9 times out of 10, the league’s top scorer against Crystal Palace would be an automatic captain pick. Even more if it’s Harry Kane. It just shows Salah’s dominance even more that he’s relegated someone like Kane to second choice. The Kane train, relative to Salah, has quietly been chugging along. Despite some tough fixtures (all of his last 3 fixtures were against sides in the top 6), he’s still scored 11 goals in his last 9 games. Kane continued his good form in the FA Cup too, scoring a late equalizer to earn Spurs a replay, although in the less glamorous confines of Newport. On his day, he’s still as explosive as any. It’s just that his days have tended to come more infrequently as compared to Salah.
Although Crystal Palace’s fortunes may have seen an upsurge under Roy Hodgson, their defense still remains as porous as any. They’ve shipped 9 goals in their last 4 games. A Spurs side hungry to make their mark on the top 4, it’s going to be a tough task for the Eagles to keep an in-form Kane out.
At 45.3% ownership, Kane is far from a maverick choice. But he’s also not quite as boring as Salah.
3. JAMIE VARDY (VS STK H) – DIFFERENTIAL PUNT
If you’re not one for the uber-dullard picks, here’s one for you. Another striker who’s worked up some good form, is Jamie Vardy. Known primarily as a big game player, Vardy’s now scored 4 goals in his last 4 league games. He built upon that to score Leicester’s winner against Sheffield United in the FA Cup last week, to take them on to the quarters. With his partner-in-crime Riyad Mahrez back from his self-imposed exile (or hissy fit), he’ll have his primary source of service back too.
Vardy couldn’t have asked for a more ideal fixture either. Stoke still remain comfortably the worst defense in the league, having shipped 53 goals in the season – 6 more than any other side. Away from home, they’ve conceded 21 in their last 8 – having kept no clean sheets in this period. They’ve had 104 shots taken at them in their last 6 away games – at 17.3 shots per game. Against such a defense, you can expect Vardy to have his hands full throughout the game.
At 19.0% ownership, he’s still not the ultimate differential, but compare that to Salah and Kane, and you can be sure the percentage of people putting the armband on him will be a fraction of that.
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