Due to popular demand, we’re holding a midweek Monster just for you. The prize fund is €50,000, which means first place will walk away with a cool €5000. To have the best chance of doing so, you need to nail your captaincy.
Midweek Monster Gameweek 26 – Fixtures
Unlike the main game, the deadline isn’t until kick off, so you can take advantage of any early team news. However, don’t worry if you can’t be around for that time. FanTeam’s Safety Net will apply. That means anyone who doesn’t start will be automatically replaced with the closest equivalent teammate (for the same price or cheaper) e.g. if Salah doesn’t play you will get Mane. This happens immediately though, which unfortunately means that if the player you selected comes on at half-time and bags a hat-trick then you won’t get their points.
Midweek Monster Gameweek 26 – Which fixtures to target for Captaincy?
As mentioned previously, you get an extra point for a win, so you want to be targeting winnable fixtures for your Captain. The three that catch the eye are:
Manchester City v Wolves – Wolves have been a bogey team for City in recent years, however City won the previous game 1-3 and on current form they look unbeatable. One interesting stat is that Wolves have conceded the joint second most penalties this season (8) and City have won the third most (7). The question is, who will take it for City? One benefit of selecting a player from this fixture is that you will know the lineup prior to kick-off.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United – Palace has somehow come away with four points from the last two games. They’ve only allowed a single goal, despite conceding 41 shots to give them a xG conceded of 3.27. Without Zaha they lack any goal threat and if they concede anywhere near that amount of shots, United will put them to the sword.
Fulham v Spurs – Fulham are on reasonable form, however Mourinho has finally released the reins by starting four attacking players. The fluidity they showed against Burnley was promising, and it makes it harder for opposition teams when they have to worry about more than just two players.
Midweek Monster Gameweek 26 – Captain Candidates
TOP CHOICE – Fernandes (14.2M)
United are strong favourites to win (which means Bruno should get an impact point), Palace struggle to score without Zaha (which should be a clean sheet [CS] point), and he’s rarely substituted off (which should give him three points before any attacking returns). Fernandes is highly likely to be involved any time United score, and any attacking return should see him come away with his ninth double-digit return of the season.
SECOND CHOICE – Kane (11.4M)
Kane was overshadowed by both Bale and Son in the previous game, however he remains the safest option for Spurs. With Bale in the side, it’s allowed Kane to return to being the focal point of the attack, and his shot frequency is reflecting that change in positioning. When Kane takes a lot of shots, it’s inevitable that he will score. He’s never substituted off, he scored in the reverse fixture and he’s on penalties.
Punt – De Bruyne (14.4M)
I would check the City lineup prior to kick off and if he starts, then he’s an excellent option, although be warned that he’s unlikely to play the full game. City don’t tend to concede many goals and they’re likely to win, so that should give him the impact and CS points. He’s likely to still be the penalty taker, and he recorded a goal and assist in the reverse fixture.
Whoever you decide to go for, good luck!
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