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Weekly Monster 28 – Captaincy Picks

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This weekend we’re running a special promotion and have boosted the prize fund to €75,000 to give you the opportunity to walk away with €7,500. To have the best chance of doing so, you need to nail your captaincy.    

Weekly Monster Gameweek 28 – 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.

Weekly Monster Gameweek 28 – Which fixtures to target for Captaincy?

As mentioned in previous articles, you get an extra point for a win, so we want to be targeting winnable fixtures for our Captain. The three that catch my eye are:

Fulham v Manchester City – despite Fulham’s improved form, you would still expect City to win this game. They currently have the best attacking and defensive stats in the league, so you should expect the additional impact and clean sheet (CS) points. The beauty of the Safety Net feature is that you don’t have to worry about rotation. If you select Sterling (14.1M) and he doesn’t start, then he will be replaced by De Bruyne (13.9M) which you’d be more than happy with. However, Safety Net will not transfer captaincy therefore always ensure that you have your vice captaincy on a very secure starter. In addition, City play in the Champions League next week so there could be early rests for some key players, which could remove the precious additional point for playing the full match.      

Leicester v Sheffield United – Leicester are struggling with their creativity due to the absence of Barnes and Maddison, however they face the weakest side in the league. Sheffield United have conceded more big chances (23) than any other side in the league over the last six Gameweeks and they’ve conceded four goals less (11) than their xG conceded (15.12) indicates they should have. That luck won’t last forever.         

Wolves v Liverpool – Liverpool are going through a tough spell, but they did win in the Champions League 2-0, which should help their confidence. Incidentally, Salah (12.0M) scored his 25th of the season across all competitions, which is more than any other player in the league. Liverpool also has the best away attacking stats in the league across the season. Wolves have been inconsistent this year and over the last six Gameweeks they have the fifth worst defensive stats in the league, conceding an average of 2.43 big chances per game.

Weekly Monster Gameweek 27 – Captain Candidates

TOP CHOICE – Vardy (13.1M)

Leicester should win, which means Vardy will get an impact point, and he’s never substituted off (which means two points before any attacking returns). He scored in the reverse fixture this season, and he’s the penalty taker. The addition of Iheanacho (11.9M) has pushed him into a slightly deeper role, however their goal threat is very similar, and Vardy has been unlucky to be under his xG (1.93) with just a single goal in his last five starts since returning from his operation.

SECOND CHOICE – Salah (12.0M)

Liverpool need to win this game and Salah rarely comes off before full time, so that should be two additional points prior to any attacking returns. Wolves have conceded an average of 2.43 big chances per game across the last six Gameweeks and Salah has averaged the most for Liverpool with one per game. His underlying stats are strong, and the points will come, eventually.  

PUNT – Sterling (14.1M)

When he plays he tends to play 90 minutes, City are likely to win and to keep a CS (~52% chance) which should mean three points are in the bag. He also gets plenty of chances when he plays and averages the most big chances (1.14) and the highest xG (0.59) on the team. The only issue is his finishing. Although, in the reverse fixture, he did pick up a goal and an assist.         

Whoever you decide to go for, good luck!

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