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Nailing the captaincy in any given gameweek will almost always leave you on a green arrow, but choosing the right captain is not always straightforward. This gameweek is trickier than meets the eye with several excellent options. Here are eight of my favourites for FanTeam slates and EPL One Million Game.
Yes, he’s the shiny new toy but provided he starts against Newcastle this weekend, I consider Ronaldo the best captaincy option. According to the bookies odds, United are expected to score 2.71 (1st) with an 83% chance of winning (1st). Meanwhile, Newcastle have conceded 8 (18th) goals from the opening three gameweeks with 30 shots conceded in the box (16th) and 11 big chances (19th). It almost feels written in the stars that he’ll grab a haul on his return to Old Trafford.
With 2 goals and 2 assists in the opening three gameweeks, I think Salah should very much be in our thoughts when it comes to captaincy this weekend. Liverpool travel to a Leeds team that have conceded 8 goals so far this season. Salah will have positive memories of a hat trick against Leeds in the opening game of the last campaign. He’s averaging 9.73 points per game this season.
With 4 goals in the last three Premier League games against The Eagles, those sitting with Spurs talisman Harry Kane will very much fancy their chances of another haul from the English hitman now that he has minutes under his belt.
Chelsea are expected to beat Villa comfortably this weekend according to the bookies, who give them a 77% chance of three points. There’s some doubt over Lukaku’s fitness, so I urge anybody considering the Belgian powerhouse for their GW4 captain to check Tuchel’s press conference quotes ahead of locking anything in. Villa will be without the ever-reliable Emi Martinez between the sticks so should Lukaku start, he could do some serious damage to that Villa backline.
Struggle to put into words how good Antonio has been in the opening three games of the season, bagging himself 4 goals and 4 assists – unsurprisingly more returns than any other player in the league. Antonio sits on 34.4 points (1st), averaging 11.47 points per game (1st) whilst his underlying stats are just as impressive: he’s had 16 shots (1st), 6 big chances (1st), an xG of 3.39 (1st) and an xA of 1.90 (1st). When Antonio is fit there aren’t many who can rival his power and determination, in this kind of form we should give him some serious consideration for the GW4 captaincy.
Three goals from the opening three gameweeks of the season granted that two of said goals have been from the penalty spot, but Calvert-Lewin has cemented his spot as the spearhead to the Toffee’s frontline. The Englishman’s movement in the box and aerial abilities shouldn’t be overlooked against a Burnley team who’ve conceded 53 shots (19th), with 41 of these shots coming from inside their own box (20th). The draw-back to strapping that GW4 armband on Calvert-Lewin is concerns around his fitness, something worth keeping an eye out for at Rafa’s press conference.
If you’re a manager that likes past records, then maybe a punt on Auba is the way to go, he scored four goals in the two games against the Canaries in the 2019/2020 season. Form hasn’t been in his nor Arsenal’s favour recently, but despite this the bookies consider the Gunners to be strong favourites with a 65% chance of a home win. Whilst Arsenal have conceded 9 goals so far this season, it’s only Norwich who have conceded more, shipping 10 goals in the opening three matches. Taking a punt on Aubameyang would be a huge differential if it was to pay off, he’s owned by just 1% of managers. How the mighty have fallen!
A hat trick in the opening game of the season for Bruno saw his ownership rocket even more than it already was at the start of the season. However, two blanks in gameweek 2 and gameweek 3 plus the arrival of Ronaldo seem to have people overlooking Bruno Fernandes. He’s currently averaging 8.00 points per game with a good record against the Toon, scoring two goals in two games against them last season. The expectation is that Ronaldo will take penalties from his fellow countryman whilst question marks remain over free kicks. But I can’t help but think Bruno could still bang in any given game, he could be a big differential captaincy option in GW4.
Personally, I think I will be jumping straight onto the CR7 hype train and giving him my GW4 armband. There are of course plenty of risks associated with the Ronaldo captaincy, I mean, does he even start? If he does, I really do think he'll bang a double-digit haul. If Ronaldo isn't for you there are plenty of other fantastic options available ahead of what should be a super exciting GW4.
* When it comes to xG, the bookies feel that Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal are most likely to score over 2 goals.
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