Ahead of GW04, Kylie takes a look at who is your best captain option for the week and also tries to identify a couple of lower owned players who might just return a few points for you and help you gain an advantage over the rest.
Best Captain – Sergio AgueroEmbed from Getty Images
There’s already a theme occurring here! In Gameweek 2 I highlighted Aguero as my core captain option, and despite the anxiety that came with waiting on that team sheet, it all proved worth it.
I’m not saying he will get a hat-trick of goals and an assist this time around… and yet! Sergio is playing at home once more, and as highlighted last time around, he scored 15 of his 21 goals last season at the Etihad. He is also playing his most lucrative opponents in Newcastle, against whom he has a superb record. No one will forget the glorious five goals scored against them in 2015/16.
In a week where Salah will be playing against a relatively strong Leicester side, I just don’t think there’s any reason to look passed City’s main man. And at 48.6% TSB, you can feel pretty sure you are going with the masses on this pick because I feel confident he will be the most captained player.
Best Differential (<10%) – Lucas Moura (WAT) 7.6% TSBEmbed from Getty Images
He looked incredibly sharp against United on Monday, and owners will have been left feeling like incredibly lucky souls for how that worked out, seeing as he was originally benched for Eric Lamela. The injury-prone Argentine pulled up injured in the warm up, so on came Moura and the rest is history.
Now Watford have had a very strong start, and not just in attack. They have a clean sheet and have only conceded one goal apiece to Crystal Palace and Burnley. However, playing against a Spurs side who will have gained a lot of confidence after defeating United, and with Kane killing the August Hoodoo of seasons gone by, I can’t see the Hornets keeping them out.
With Moura scoring three in two games, I believe he is making a strong case for inclusion in your teams in the short term, and at such low ownership, if he continues to match or outscore Kane his early owners will be left feeling pretty smug.
Best Differential (<5%) – Mohamed Elyounoussi (CRY) 0.2% TSBEmbed from Getty Images
This guy represents an uber differential for managers feeling like a gamble. He started brightly for Southampton, before missing out on their second fixture. He played 78 minutes last time around, however, and seems to be back fit and firing. He has registered four goal attempts – two on target and the other two were blocked shots – as well as five chances created.
He also takes corners, which could represent a tidy opportunity to get on the scoring board against Crystal Palace this weekend. Their opponents have just conceded three goals to Watford, and I don’t think that there’s any coincidence that this occurred on the day when Tomkins was pulled from the team following an injury in the warm up. Much of Palace’s defensive resilience lies in the centre-back paring of Tomkins with Sakho, and so this could be Southampton’s chance to come out of the gates and score a few goals.
I’m keen to see more of him and Ings together – could they provide the spark that Southampton so desperately need after the attacking woes of last season?
Clean sheet – Arsenal (vs. Cardiff)Embed from Getty Images
This pick may seem somewhat controversial given Arsenal’s recent results, but I’m basing this call less on their own defensive abilities and more on the lack of firepower from their opponents. Cardiff have yet to score a goal in the Premier League, despite last week playing a team (in Huddersfield) who allowed six in goal from reigning champions Manchester City.
Cardiff, who have been heavily tipped from the outset for a return straight back down to the Championship, will need to do a lot more in front of goal to convince backers that they have what it takes to stick around in the top division. If Arsenal don’t keep a clean sheet against Warnock’s men, then I also think it says a lot about them in general as a defensive outfit at this time.
Should they keep a clean sheet this would likely also promote interest in their attacking defenders – namely Bellerin and Monreal – who are kindly priced this season and have a superb run of fixtures ahead.