Hello and welcome back to my series for game week captaincy selection! Each week I will be picking 3 FPL captaincy options for the upcoming game week, broken down as the following –
TOP PICK – The captaincy whom I believe will be the most highly owned and is therefore a risk to go against.
PIPPED AT THE POST – The captaincy which I believe could also haul but may well be a lower EO than we expect.
DARK HORSE – The maverick pick that may have murmurs of anticipation across the community but many will be worried to gamble on.
The picks for game week 12 scored the following points last week –
- TOP PICK – Cristiano Ronaldo – 5
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Harry Kane – 2
- DARK HORSE – Phil Foden – 1
So last week’s picks didn’t exactly go to plan! Ronaldo picked up an assist for the only goal in Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat to Watford. That defeat brought about an immediate emergency board meeting and subsequently led to the sacking of OGS. Now why United didn’t do this prior to the international break is baffling, but that honestly sums up the running of the club over the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial departure. Whether the change in management will provide United a boost is questionable in the immediate future, given they have retained Ole’s coaching staff and implemented Carrick as interim manager, but they did pick up a much-needed win in the champions league this week.
Tottenham really struggled, particularly in the first half, against a depleted Leeds side but eventually found a way to grind out a 2-1 win. Leeds played Phillips as a centre back with his sole job being to man mark Harry Kane and for the most part, he did this which is certainly one of the reasons why Kane failed to return again. However, he did have chances and barring a Meslier point blank save which saw the ball then hot the post, it could have been the game which kick started Kane’s premier league goal scoring form again.
Finally, as expected City dominated Everton and came away as comfortable 3-0 winners. However, it was clear that Foden was not fit and he was hauled off before the 60-minute mark. It has now been suggested that he could be a doubt for the weekend after not featuring in City’s squad for the win against PSG. If I were a Foden owner, I would be a little concerned about minutes this weekend.
As has become the norm of this article, I will be providing options that go against Mo Salah given we all know his EO will be extortionate this weekend and he is probably the standout pick for the weekend. However, there are a few alternatives that could do very well this weekend and I will pick them out shortly.
So, let’s get down to business and select our 3 captaincy picks for GW13.
TOP PICK – Trent Alexander ArnoldEmbed from Getty Images
Ever since the Manchester United away game, Trent Alexander Arnold has looked back to his best this season for Liverpool. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in those 4 games and has returned 38 points for his 34.4% of owners. This has certainly been the season for full backs with James, Chilwell & Cancelo all vying to be the best and there are plenty of managers out there that have at least 3 of the 4 full backs.
Last week Liverpool really took the game to Arsenal in the 2nd half and came away as 4-0 winners. Arsenal crumbled as the Anfield crowd got behind their boys following a touchline confrontation between Klopp & Arteta which appeared to be the moment in which Liverpool went up a gear. During that game Trent has 3 shots with 2 coming from inside the box. He picked up 2 assists in the game and came away with a monster 15-point return!
Liverpool come up against Southampton who annoyingly lost 2-1 away to Norwich last weekend. As you should know by now, I am a Saints fan and if McCarthy is as poor as he was last weekend then Salah could go big this weekend! I am not expecting Liverpool to let up at all and given they rested most of their bog boys during this week’s UCL win, with the exception of Salah who seems to play every game, I expect then to be fresh and raring to go! Put that alongside Saints’ continued defensive frailties, Liverpool should be dominant and if Trent can get a clean sheet alongside an attacking return, it should be another double-digit haul. For that reason, he is my top pick to go against Salah this weekend.
PIPPED AT THE POST – Raul JimenezEmbed from Getty Images
Wolves have found some form lately, winning 5 of the last 7 games with a draw and a loss being the other 2 results. One player who has also looked some way back to his best has been Raul Jimenez. There were questions about his long-term prospects following his horrendous injury, particularly given the first 5 games of the season saw no attacking returns from the front man. However, from the moment he bagged his goal against Southampton he has gone onto return 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 7 games.
Last weekend Wolves beat West Ham 1-0. Now although that doesn’t sound like the most thrilling of games, Wolves could and should have scored more. They had 15 shots in the match with 8 of those coming from inside the box. Wolves appear to be rotating the forwards alongside Jimenez, keeping them relatively fresh and therefore creating ample chances for Jimenez to return.
Wolves come up against Norwich who conceded 17 shots to Southampton and although they failed to take their chances, other than the early goal from Che Adams, Norwich still looked defensively frail and it will clearly take now boss Dean Smith some time to resolve. If Wolves can take the game to Norwich in the same manner that they did West Ham, then I would not be surprised to see Jimenez come away with at least a goal to his name this weekend.
DARK HORSE – Reece JamesEmbed from Getty Images
I make no apologies to Man United fans for this choice as I think Reece James will cause United real problems this weekend. He was reintegrated back into Chelsea’s starting line-up in game week 9 against Norwich following a shoulder injury to Azpilicueta and he has well and truly shone! 3 goals, 2 assists and 53 points has well and truly rewarded owners. I thankfully made the switch from Azpi to James prior to the Norwich game so have benefitted from every point he has provided.
James has provided such attacking intent and he continued that form against Juventus midweek, bagging himself another goal to add to his seasons tally. Ben Chilwell unfortunately suffered what appears to be a bad injury and therefore the onus will be on James to continue to provide the attacking prowess he has shown. Yes, we may well see the return of Alonso on that left side now, but I think James is still the man to be on.
Manchester United conceded 20 shots to Watford at the weekend and 4 goals. There will inevitably be space for James to dominate down the wings again and given his strength, I think he could have another great performance at home this weekend. Whilst United are down I think Tuchel will want his side to stick the knife in deeper and I am expecting a comfortable Chelsea win on Sunday.
So, in summary, my picks are as follows –
- TOP PICK – Trent Alexander Arnold
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Raul Jimenez
- DARK HORSE – Reece James
Get those teams locked in and good luck for the week!
Thanks for reading! Clean Sheet Wipeout – Co Host of the ‘Season Keepers’ podcast.