The international break is finally over and we have 3 matchdays of football to look forward to. Both Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez have played more minutes than many would have liked over the break, but I won’t be letting that worry me too much heading into a couple of excellent fixtures…
Season Points: 582
Overall position: 119
Transfers remaining: 31
I’m pretty happy with my team for the week, I have 3 solid captain choices available across the week and the rest my team have decent enough fixtures. There is an elephant in the room though in the considerable frame of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. My lack of Arsenal cover has reached the red zone and I feel like I have to make a move this week, given their next 3 are Swansea (H), Boro (H) and Sunderland (A). In that time Ibrahimovic faces trips to Liverpool (A) and Chelsea (A) before a solid looking home fixture against Burnley – none of which require him as a captaincy option. So I’m likely to bring in Sanchez, who I expect to start this week, tomorrow morning. I also think Theo Walcott is an excellent option at the moment for those looking for cover without the funds to splash on Sanchez.
It’s a pretty simple route this week for me. Aguero will lead the charge on Saturday, some may have doubts about his fitness or worries about potential rotation but I don’t think it’s worth the gamble to look elsewhere. When Aguero is fit he starts, there may be the odd exception but I don’t think this week will be one of them, even with Barcelona to come in midweek. I think at this stage it’s about managing risk with captaincies, and it would be a huge one to take it away from Aguero at home.
Saturday will see the armband move to Dusan Tadic, for a good looking fixture against Burnley. With a goal and a MoM bonus in his last two and a MoM/2 assist performance for Serbia in midweek he’s clearly in excellent form. I don’t think it will be long before he starts hoovering up the MoM awards.
Monday night is another easy decision with Firmino in what I think could be a high scoring game at Anfield. As I said in my column last week, I think it’s essential to ensure you have a captain for every matchday – this will be how the bulk of my remaining 30 transfers will likely be used.
On the radar
Adam Smith (DEF) – 1 goal, 1 clean sheet & 2 bonus in his last 4, not exactly been pulling up trees so far but 3 home fixtures in the next 4 make him a good budget option if you’re looking to downgrade or guarantee minutes at just 5.8.
Theo Walcott (MID) – 2 goals, an assist & 4 bonus in his last 4, Arsenal’s fixtures could well warrant a double up with Sanchez, otherwise a reasonably priced route in at 9.4.
Heung-Min Son (FWD) – 4 goals, 3 MoM bonus and an assist in his last 4. Threatened by Kane’s imminent return but should retain a place somewhere in the forward line, something of a bargain at 9.3.
Time to say goodbye
Leighton Baines (DEF) – 1 clean sheet and 4 bonus coupled with two no-shows in the last 4, with 3 away fixtures in the next 4, I think at 7.3 you’re overpaying for a player no longer on penalties and seemingly more injury prone than ever before.
Riyad Mahrez (MID) – Just 1 assist to show for his last 4 matches, at 11.0 it’s time to move him on, especially given the amount of midfield options on fire at the moment.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (FWD) – Incredibly still in 37% of teams despite only scoring 1 in the last 4. At 12.2 and with Costa & Sanchez proving much more enticing options it’s surely time to bite the bullet and move him on.
How is your team looking for the week? What’s your captain plan – leave a comment below!