This week we have the honour of having Stadium of Sports contribute to our FPL GW10 Captain Picks.
So far, I have had three captain blanks this season and even though I was disappointed with the outcome, I was never disappointed with my thought process.
- On GW03. Kevin De Bruyne versus a Leicester withoutWilfred Ndidi and with Daniel Amartey playing in the back three seemed prime pickings.
- Following the 5-2 defeat I expected a reaction from Man City, so stuck with De Bruyne against a porous Leeds defence on GW04. He was unlucky, hitting the post in an incredibly open game.
- My third was Salah v Sheff United on GW06 which had the hallmarks of bumper return given the struggles Sheff United are having. So, my reasoning was sound, it has just been an unpredictable season so far.
This leads me on to my picks for GW10.
Mo Salah (LIV | MID) @BHA
Mo Salah – has returns in 6 out of 8 games and has two double digit hauls.
Liverpool have been not been enthralling these past few weeks, they have the tendency to get the job done with narrow wins of Sheff Utd and West Ham. However, against Leicester they seemed to have got out of pre-season mode and dominated them, landing 24 shots with 13 on target. And this all without Salah.
Coming back from being unable to play due to a COVID positive test and watching Diogo Jota fill his void with a goal, I think he will have the bit between his teeth and be fired up for this game. Against a Brighton team fixated on playing from the back I can see Liverpool’s press giving them all sorts of problems. Andy Robertson will have more room to get in behind, with the suspended Lampety missing, to whip dangerous crosses to the right where Salah makes his late runs.
Kevin De Bruyne (MCI | MID) vBUR
Man City will come good. Well if ever there was an opportunity this is the game.
Burnley’s last three games at the Etihad reads 5-0, 5-0, 5-0.
Even though Burnley beat Crystal Palace 1-0 they still let them have 15 shots with 5 on target. With Man City desperate to get points, De Bruyne will be central of everything, on corners, free kicks and potentially penalties especially if Aguero does not start.
I see this game as turning point for Man City, much like Liverpool, they could start showing their true colours. At the time of writing De Bruyne only has 17.7% ownership so a captain return will surely elevate your rank.
Raheem Sterling at 4.6% ownership is another candidate but I feel De Bruyne has more all-round potential. Though a double up on both is not out of the question. The one thing to remember ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’
Jamie Vardy (LEI | FWD) vFUL
We all like Vardy party and hopes were raised he could terrorise a weakened Liverpool defence.
Though Liverpool were far superior, Vardy still could have come away with an assist if Harvey Barnes had not shot wide from a pull back in the box.
Leicester are not going to come up against a Liverpool every week, in fact they host a team in Fulham who are at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Most conceded goals in the league (18) with a Championship level defence – this has all the hall marks of a Vardy goal fest.
Stats show that Fulham have been better away from home, but they have faced an out of sorts Wolves team, West Ham minus Michail Antonio and a Sheff Utd team who are lowest scorers in the league.
The one team who had pace, and runners with a deadly finisher was Leeds who put 4 past Fulham when they visited Elland Road.
Questions have been asked if Leicester can dissect a team that sits back and defends but Fulham are trying to play like a top six side but without the personnel. The persistence by Scott Parker on playing from the back led to Everton’s opening goal and I fear the same vulnerabilities will be exposed by the pace and quick transition of Barnes, Tielemans and Maddison.
And with Jamie Vardy on the end of these transitions this could lead to a goal-fest.
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