It’s that time of the week again – where we sit down and make our single most important choice of our Fantasy weeks. With Gameweek 24 fast approaching, it’s time to look at the top 3 captain picks.
1. Sergio Aguero (vs NEW H)
The last time Aguero took the field against Newcastle at the Etihad, this happened. Need I say more?
If I must. Although the unbeaten City juggernaut may have been halted by Liverpool, it certainly wasn’t due to a loss in their attacking verve. Even on an off-day, they produced 3 goals against a Liverpool side that had only conceded 4 goals in 11 games at the Anfield. They’re still a side with 27 goals in their last 10 at home.
If anything, that loss will have them smarting. They’ll be itching to get back with a bang, knowing the slightest of slip-ups could let other teams in with a glimmer of home for the title race. A tiger is always at its most dangerous when wounded, and City were dangerous enough when not wounded.
Expect a typical City massacre, and if that happens, Aguero will surely be at its forefront. With Gabriel Jesus still out with an MCL, Aguero will once again lead the line. Although he didn’t score against Liverpool – he came very close late on – he’s still a man bang in form. In his last 7 games, he has 5 goals and 2 assists. He loves a bit of Newcastle, too. The 5 goal blitz aside, Aguero has had a long and storied career, facing 116 clubs in total. Out of all those, he’s reserved the most special treatment for the Toons. The 11 goals in 11 games he has against them is more than his tally against any other club.
A slightly better fixture than Kane is the main reason I go for Aguero, but it’s hard to go wrong with either.
2. Harry Kane (vs SOU A)
The top captain pick last week, Kane bounced back from his grand Double Gameweek disappointment with an effortless brace. It brought the big man to 10 goals in his last 6 games, despite the twin failures sandwiched between that period. With 10 away goals this season, he has the most in that regard – 1 more than Salah. And he’ll be up against a defense he knows all too well – it’s barely been 3 week since that 5-2 Boxing Day annihilation of Southampton, where Kane scored a record-breaking hat-trick.
Talking more about Southampton – to say they’ve had defensive problems is an understatement. They have one clean sheet in the last 14 games, a run stretching 3 months, since late October. The Saints have conceded 15 goals in their last 7 games, including a couple of thrashings – the aforementioned 5-2 against Spurs, and a 4-1 home defeat to Leicester. They haven’t signed a Virgil van Dijk replacement yet, iand ncumbent Maya Yoshida is out injured. There is uncertainty in goal as well, with long-term #1 Fraser Forster dropped for Alex McCarthy. It could be another long, long, day on the south coast.
With his ownership bulging by the day – up to 48.3% now, Kane remains as safe a pick as any.
3. Paul Pogba (vs BUR A) – Differential Punt
As the customary differential punt of the week, I go with Man Utd’s in-form Paul Pogba. His pair of assists last week against Stoke was the second time in a row he had managed that. The Frenchman now has 4 assists in his last 2, with two double digit hauls in a row bringing him up to 23 points in 2 games in the New Year. It may not just be the assists too – he’s been troubling the goalkeepers as well, and a goal may be imminent. Pogba has taken 16 shots in his last 5 games, since his return from suspension.
He’ll be taking on Burnley, a side who have impressed this season, but are in an absolutely rotten run of form right now. The Clarets are now winless in the last 7. The foundation of their success – a resolute defense – has also looked out of sorts lately, having conceded 12 in their last 6. And it’s perhaps just regression to the mean. The stats had been hinting at a Burnley downfall all season. They concede 16.2 shots per game – most in the league – 1 more than West Ham. Even at Turf Moor, they’ve not quite been solid. 14 shots per game at home is another league high, tied with Stoke.
Pogba’s the maverick move for the week, with only 15% ownership. He’ll be looking out to break these moves he was practicing with Jesse Lingard on the field, too..
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) January 18, 2018