Captain’s Log – FPL Gameweek 18


Written by @IamtheMarkus. Follow him on twitter for regular FPL insights!

After a break and the magic of the cup, it is time again to take a look over our options for captains this week.

Last week Arsenal and a few familiar faces roared back into life, City scoring more than 2 goals for the first time in what seems like forever. Even Andy Carrol rolled back the years grabbing a goal and all 3bps.

We have fewer fixtures than normal this week with murmurings of another spurs postponement or rearrangement. This is yet to be substantiated so take it with a pinch of salt that if the Spurs/Villa game disappears that it may be replaced with Spurs/Fulham.

TLDR

My © will be KdB
Vice –  Bruno

Bruno – TSB ~ 55% – BUR

A solid 10 points against in the last week, then a pretty ropey game against Man City followed by a break against Watford. It’s been a mixed week for him. Highly owned and always involved in most of the FPL goals for MUN.

Burnley have been showing a bit of their old selves in the last 5/6 games conceding only 2 or 3 goals over this period. Man United over the same period continue to rack up shots and chances, so my gut feeling is that this could well be one-way traffic particularly as Man United have managed to give their main attacking players a bit of a rest in the past week. This looks like a good fixture on paper. Rashford/Martial are also highly fancied here.

Kane – TSB ~ 45% – AVL?(or FUL?)

A goal and assist the prior week and no minutes in the cup. Kane’s London derby record is strong and with the rest too should be good to go here and do well. There would be queries regarding Fulham’s level of preparedness for this week. Would Fulham be prepared for this game after expecting no fixture in GW17, not really. Had they been training tactically for Spurs this week, not really. This could be an entertaining fixture with plenty of goals despite Fulham’s improved showing in December.

Lacazette – TSB ~ 7.5% – CRY

Arsenal may not be lost to us as an attacking FPL team. Thanks to the exuberance and brilliance of their younger team members as well as a long-awaited return to form of Lacazette.

Palace is normally a game that Arsenal struggle through but with 4 goals in his last three games and perhaps cynically playing for a new contract, there are signs that this form may continue.
Crystal Palace blow hot and cold, sometimes forcing teams to try and grind out wins and other times capitulating in the face of quality.


I’m not sure I’m aware of Lacazette scoring 5 games in a row during his time in the PL but this could well be his time especially with Aubamayang being so out of sorts this year.

KDB – TSB ~ 28% – BRI

A strong showing against his old employers, Man City looked a level above Chelsea even with no registered forwards on the pitch. Jesus may have returned in the cup and Aguero is still out but the buck will stop with the midfielders in order to win here. 

Man City have scored far less than in previous years but their showing in the last few games over the cup and league may well be that they have found their mojo once again.

I don’t know if you watched the cup games at the weekend but Brighton were terrible, even after 120 minutes. I’m expecting them to be leggy and expect Man City to try to finish this game off as quickly as possible. Even if they hadn’t just played 2 hours of terrible football, they have let in seven goals over the past four weeks and allowed the opposition plenty of chances to increase that.

Kevin has chipped in with a couple of goals and assists in recent weeks but barring the woodwork, he could be considered to not have had a few more. This is probably where my gut pick is heading. © 


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