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 7 scored the following points last week –
- TOP PICK – Romelu Lukaku – 2
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Raphinha – 3
- DARK HORSE – Chris Wood – 1
Well, what an awful week last week was! Generally low scoring across the community and the ‘expected’ points from seemingly brilliant fixtures failed to come to fruition. I honestly don’t think there is a lot of point dwelling on the results from game week 7. There has been an international break over the last 2 weeks but now it is time to get back to FPL and the captaincy selections for the upcoming week!
Let’s get down to business and select our 3 captaincy picks for GW8.
TOP PICK – Mo SalahEmbed from Getty Images
Mo Salah is a man on a mission this season with 6 goals and 4 assists in his first 7 weeks. 70 points and far and a massive 21 ahead of the 2nd highest points scorer in Antonio sums up just how well Salah has started the season. Salah tops the stats in terms of goal threat across the board with 28 shots, 16 on target, 8 big chances and an xG of 5.58. He is also joint top of the BPS picked up this season with 11, which is an area that Salah tended to miss out on last season when he would frequently fail to put away big chances.
Yes, it is the early kick off which can often put FPL players off giving someone the armband, but with Salah I think it is worth it. Liverpool travel to a Watford side who have parted ways with Xisco Munoz and have instead decided to bring in Claudio Ranieri to try to improve results on the field, after they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their first 7 games. The last time Watford hosted Liverpool back in the 19/20 season, Watford came away as comfortable 3-0 winners after Sarr schooled Liverpools backline. However, I can only see one result this time round and that would be a comfortable away win. Yes, it looks as though Allison may not feature following his international duty with Brazil but even so, I feel Liverpool with have too much for Watford this time round.
Salah for me is the standout captaincy option this week. The risk is always there that he ‘could’ be rested with the Champions League games coming up, but given Jota is only just returning to full fitness I personally don’t think this will be the week that Salah finds himself on the bench. It will come, but he is getting the armband this week for me.
PIPPED AT THE POST – Neal MaupayEmbed from Getty Images
I found the ‘pipped at the post’ title difficult this week so instead I have decided to take 2 punts on other captaincy options that have very little ownership, but I feel could return well this week. The first of the two players is Brighton’s Neal Maupay. Maupay has enjoyed his start to the season with 4 goals to his name already, 50% of the total amount he achieved across the whole of last season. At 6.5m and with only 3.9% ownership, I think Maupay could be a useful differential punt in wildcard teams this week before the likes on Ivan Toney become favourable options again with fixture swings.
Maupay has had 15 shots so far this season with 11 in the box. His xG is 2.43 with his goal involvement being 50% of Brightons returns this season so far. Maupau comes up against a Norwich side who have conceded the joint most goals this season (16) and only have 1 clean sheet o their name which came in a very dull affair against Burnley last time out. I think Brighton could cause Norwich real problems this weekend and I expect Maupay to be a real threat throughout the game. If you are willing to take a punt then Maupay could pay dividends this week.
DARK HORSE – Kevin De BruyneEmbed from Getty Images
Finally, my real dark horse this week is one Kevin De Bruyne and that comes down to the very fact he is only 2.2% owned within the game at present. At 11.9m, he is a little expensive particularly given the form of the likes of Salah but with Man City’s upcoming run of fixtures, KDB seems to be finding his feet just at the right time. In his last 2 appearances in GW 6 & 7, KDB has taken 9 shots. Admittedly, only one has hit the target and that resulted in a goal but a fine finish it was against Liverpool. He seems keen to get back up and running after an injury hit start to the season following the Euro’s and he certainly has some ground to make up on others and of course targets that he no doubt has in place for his season.
Man City vs Burnley is a fixture that seems to consistently finish 5-0 to City and if they find their shooting boots for this weekend’s fixture, it could well end up being a very similar result again. With Torres out, KDB is ‘unlikely’ to be rested this weekend and he could be key to once again unlocking the Burnley back line. If City score early, it could well be another drumming. Yes, KDB could be difficult to slot in without taking hits but if you are on wildcard, can you find a way to fit in KDB, Salah & Lukaku as perhaps your 3 big hitters? If so, points could very well be flooding your way!
So, in summary, my picks are as follows –
- TOP PICK – Mo Salah
- PIPPED AT THE POST – Neal Maupay
- DARK HORSE – Kevin De Bruyne
Get those teams locked in and good luck for the week!
Thanks for reading! Clean Sheet Wipeout – Co Host of the ‘Season Keepers’ podcast.