As we enter the final five gameweeks of the season, your next captaincy picks could make or break your season.
This week there are many tempting options as many teams in the top six meet teams in the lower half of the table, and these are some of the best candidates for the armband.
- vs Sheffield United (H)
- Chances of scoring: 62%
When the league’s top scorer faces the side at the bottom of the table, he is automatically the standout choice. He has the most goals and assists (21 goals and 13 assists), averaging 1.16 goal contributions per 90.
Facing already relegated Sheffield United, who have only three clean sheets all season, he’s 62% likely to score this weekend. The Blades have conceded an average of 1.7 goals per game, and Kane has ten returns in his last eight appearances.
Also he’s the penalty taker, giving him advantage over any other Spurs asset.
- vs Manchester United (A)
- Chances of scoring: 42%
Scoring three in his last four, Salah is in red hot form. The Egyptian has 20 goals and as a midfielder means potential for more points than his forward rivals in a game all about fine margins.
His threat is clear to see, illustrated by his 38 shots on target, the second most, and an xG of 17.3, the joint highest.
His opponents this week, United, haven’t beaten Liverpool in six Premier League meeting and have a poor record against the top six. Salah has also scored against United twice already this season in their FA Cup tie and is a good shout for this week too.
- vs Southampton (A)
- Chances of scoring: 42%
After scoring once again against Palace, he now has nine goals in seven games and as a result his ownership has increased to 23%. He is driving Leicester’s Champions League bid, scoring the most goals per 90 (0.84).
Not only that, he faces Southampton in GW34 who have the second worst defence this season, conceding 58. The Nigerian averages 3.54 shots per 90, and with Southampton’s defensive troubles you’d back him to be on the scoresheet yet again.
So, if you don’t own any of the premium options, Iheanacho makes a great captain this week.
Kevin De Bruyne
- vs Crystal Palace (A)
- Chances of scoring: 33%
De Bruyne’s creativity means he’s consistently involved in City’s goals. He has 11 assists, with the most per 90 (0.52), and has supplied 72 key passes this season.
Also, he has 6.18 shot-creating actions per 90, the most, as well as 0.85 goal-creating actions per 90 which is the second most. But he also has an eye for goal, taking 77 shots overall and averaging 3.63 per 90 – which is the third highest.
Palace have conceded 11 over their past six games and allowed 14.33 shots per game in that time. On the other hand, City have scored 2.17 per game and averaged 16.83 attempts in the same timeframe.
However, as appealing as he is there is a chance he’s rested for the Champions League Semi-Final on Tuesday, so bare caution.