Hello and welcome back to my series for game week captaincy selection! Each week I will be picking 3 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 5 scored the following points last week –
- TOP PICK – Mo Salah – 12
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Romelu Lukaku – 2
- DARK HORSE – Patrick Bamford – 5
Once again, Mo Salah delivers! Last season he often failed to deliver when he was the prime candidate for captaincy, but with 4 goals and 3 assists to his name so far this season Salah has well and truly hit the ground running. Liverpool look well up for the fight this season and Salah in particular looks incredibly driven to impress.
Lukaku did everything but provide an attacking return this week. He could have had at least an assist had Werner found his shooting boots but seemingly they have been shipped off to some deserted island! Towards the end Lukaku looked desperate to get on the scoresheet and seemed set on barraging through anyone to get there, but he couldn’t find a way to get past Eric Dier.
Bamford was part of a Leeds side that got off to a great start, created a lot of chances but in the end only managed the draw against Newcastle. This wasn’t helped by the fact that he picked up an ankle injury during the game and continued to play on, despite it obviously hampering how well he was able to run into space and chase down opportunities. Having his creative partner Raphinha subbed off after 60 odd minutes also didn’t help matters.
Anyway, let’s get down to business and select our 3 captaincy picks for GW6.
TOP PICK – Cristiano RonaldoEmbed from Getty Images
Ronaldo once again returned in GW5 and has scored in every game he has featured in for United so far this season. He could have very well have had a monster haul had he been given at least one of the penalties and in my opinion, should have had two. In his two appearances so far in the league he has 3 goals, 7 on target and an xG of 2.76. It is fair to say that Ronaldo has come back to the Premier League to prove a point and he has certainly started with a bang. With it being a home tie, I fancy Ronaldo to once again return at the weekend in what is one of two early kicks off on Saturday at 12:30. I don’t often enjoy captaining an asset in the early kick off as if they blank it ruins the FPL weekend, but with Ronaldo I will grant an exception. His opponents Aston Villa have had a very up and down start to the season, beating Everton 3-0 in GW5 but losing to Chelsea 3-0 the week before. Defensively they can often be very reliant on Martinez and I personally don’t think he will be able to keep United out for 90 minutes. For that reason, Ronaldo is my top pick this week.
PIPPED AT THE POST – Michail AntonioEmbed from Getty Images
Antonio makes a return this week following his suspension in GW5 and he will be coming up against a Leeds defence who are suffering with a bout of injuries and absences in central defence. Struijk & Llorente are both certainly unavailable and Ayling looks to be a major doubt. Leeds conceded 17 shots and 7 on target against a Newcastle side who were struggling for form prior to the game. Given West Hams options amongst their attackers and the sheer quality difference between themselves and Newcastle, I can see them testing Meslier a lot throughout the game with Antonio in particular will be looking to thrive and penetrate Leeds’ makeshift backline.
West Ham also looked very impressive against United and had Antonio played, the result could have been very different. Alongside Bowen, Benrahma, Vlasic & Fornals, the chances for Antonio will come and given the manner in which Leeds attack the game, spaces will be there for West Ham to exploit. I can see this being an open game in which both teams score and inevitably Antonio will be involved. This is the reason why I have him as my pipped at the post pick this week.
DARK HORSE – Jamie VardyEmbed from Getty Images
Jamie Vardy may well come as a bit of a surprise to you, but that is surely the meaning of a ‘dark horse’ pick. Vardy has quietly gone under the radar this season, with just over 11% ownership at the time of writing this. He has returned with 3 goals and 1 assist in his first 5 games, picking up 29 points in the process. He is currently the 2nd top forward points scorer behind Antonio, but many have avoided the Leicester front man this season with price being the likely factor.
Coming off the back of a defeat against Brighton and likely feeling aggrieved by some of the decisions that went against them during that game, Rogers men are likely to want to put things right back in front of the home crowd this weekend. Vardy has been the focal point of the team in which many felt Daka/Iheanacho could well play a larger part this season but up until now, that has not been the case. Vardy is just the type of player that enjoys a battle and he will no doubt thrive coming up against that Burnley backline. I won’t be backing him, but if I were to be on a free hit this week then he could well sneak into my squad.
So, in summary, my picks are as follows –
- TOP PICK – Cristiano Ronaldo
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Michail Antonio
- DARK HORSE – Jamie Vardy
Get those teams locked in and good luck for the week!
Thanks for reading! Clean Sheet Wipeout – Co Host of the ‘Season Keepers’ podcast.