This article takes a deep dive looks at the all important Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 14 captain decision. It's written by our resident FPL captaincy expert Chris Tan who takes a close look at the fixtures, poll and stats breakdown before concluding on his best pick for the armband. 

FPL Gameweek 13 Captain Recap

Before we delve into the FPL Gameweek 14 captain, its important to cast our eye back to last weeks decision.

Saturday

New Manager Bounce?  It looked that way when Spurs started the game, but they looked a bit shaky at the end and were partly flattered by an awful West Ham team whose own Manager must be on borrowed time by now.  Following on from that theme, Emery must also be in a similar vein with another shocking defensive display.  Rather than targeting Norwich perhaps we should be backing players that face Arsenal.  Finally, Marco Silva can join the gruesome twosome as Everton get defeated at Home by the supposed whipping boys.

For Wolves Traore and Jimenez continued their impressive run.  Vardy is just a different animal under Rodgers, although slightly fortunate to get to re-take his penalty, it was another double figure haul for him.  Liverpool creep across the line again with Mane underlining his consistency and Zaha stakes a claim for consideration during Palace’s kind fixture run.  Watford’s re-found defensive shield is shattered by a buoyant Burnley and City manage to quell Chelsea’s main attacking threat Kante (yes really), coming back to take victory yet fell victim again to another dubious VAR decision.

Sunday

Man Utd were well and truly subdued for the majority of this match before a Greenwood inspired purple patch put them in the lead.  Sheffield Utd equalised in the final stages of the game, it was probably a handball, but the least they deserved was a draw, as they demonstrated again how tough they are as an opposition.

Monday 

Villa picked up a valuable three points, as Newcastle set out to frustrate them but their weakness defending set-pieces was their downfall.

 

Who did I tip?

It was mixed results this week:

Vardy (12) – as predicted Brighton were reasonably solid defensively and hard to break down.  He got a few chances early on, but was foiled by the impressive Ryan, however one counter attack from a corner highlighted how lethal Leicester can be.  He was a bit fortunate to get to re-take his penalty but he demonstrated his fortitude by coolly dispatching the next attempt.  In this form, should we really be considering anybody else?

Mane (9) – if he would have put away his one on one then he would have come away with a big haul and maximum bonus points; but I can’t complain after so many blanks this season.

Salah (didn’t play) – his ankle injury is a bit of a concern with all the upcoming games and it definitely detracts from his Captaincy appeal.  This shouldn’t have been a massive blow, as long as you had an adequate Vice Captain.

Aguero (2) – this was an unexpected Home blank for Kun and he was millimetres away from scoring after an awful kick by Kepa.  With a muscular injury ruling him out for a few weeks it looks like the end of the road for Aguero owners.

 

What did we learn?

Whipping (leaky) Boys – these are who I will be targeting in the upcoming fixtures and I would now include West Ham, Arsenal, Brighton and Everton.

The special one – the Spurs attack looked back on it, partially due to West Ham being awful, but it might be worth investing in one of them to ride this wave.  Harry Kane definitely looks to be going through a mini resurgence.

 

FPL Gameweek 14 Captain - The Fixtures

 

FPL Gameweek 14 Captain - The Fixtures

Newcastle v Man City – Newcastle are reasonably well organised defensively, but they won’t be able to stop City.  Even without Aguero they have too much firepower at their disposal and KDB should be able to pick the lock.

Burnley v Crystal Palace – Burnley have hit form again, which has coincided with the return of Wood and Palace will struggle to defend against him and Barnes.  From an attacking point of view, Zaha is the talisman for Palace and Bardsley might struggle to contain him.

Chelsea v West Ham – this could be the end of the road for Pellegrini.  The team are just awful at the moment and I can see Chelsea blowing them away here.  Abraham took a knock on Wednesday night and it’s likely that he might miss this game, which is a big blow for Chelsea and owners.  Incidentally Mount didn’t start again and Pulisic scored again.

Liverpool v Brighton – away from Home, Brighton tend to commit numbers going forwards, which leaves a lot of gaps behind them (like when they played Man Utd).  If they continue to do this (and Potter hasn’t demonstrated a tendency to tweak his tactics) then Liverpool are going to do some damage to them when they turnover pocession.

Spurs v Bournemouth – I expect to see an improved version of the Spurs team from last week, which should mean similar attacking output but more organised defensive solidity.  Bournemouth will have a go at them, which should play right into their hands.  They faced an early scare against Olympiacos on Tuesday going 2-0 down but impressively come back to win 4-2 with a brace from Kane, a goal from Alli plus a goal and assist from Aurier.  They lined up with the same side that started against West Ham and now offer an abundance of options.

Southampton v Watford – this should be an interesting one, Hassenhuttl claimed that he’s finally got a fully fit team now so he can play the way he wants to and they looked impressive against Arsenal.  Djenepo looked very lively and Ings (if he can stay fit) is a great value striker.  Watford have shown some improvement lately, but they’re overly reliant on Deulofeu to produce anything.

Norwich v Arsenal – the battle of the whipping boys.  Prior to this week everybody would have been clambering to Captain Aubameyang, but now it’s Lacazette that looks like their best option.  Norwich seemed a lot better in their previous game with Pukki and Cantwell showing glimmers of their early season form.  I expect both teams to score in this encounter.

Wolves v Sheff Utd – last season’s star promotion team against this season’s is a tough one to call.  Both sides are difficult to beat and fairly solid defensively.  Will Stephens and O’Connell be able to handle Traore?  Will the Nuno to Arsenal news unsettle the squad?  Wolves play EL on Thursday night, but lately this has helped rather than hindered their performances.  The difference this time is that they play again on Wednesday, so there could be some rotation.

Leicester v Everton – Everton are setup fairly well defensively and don’t tend to over commit in the attack, which should make it harder for Leicester to break them down.  However, this Leicester side is relentless and they’ll find a way.  Another defeat and it could be curtains for Silva.

Man Utd v Aston Villa – Utd showed again how they struggle to break a side down when they’ve conceded that doesn’t over commit in attack.  Fortunately for them, Villa are quite an attacking team and they should be able to pick them off on the counter.  Man Utd also play EL on Thursday but they have the squad to rotate.

Twitter FPL Gameweek 14 Captain Poll

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Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?

 

There aren’t any past performance stats for Abraham, Pulisic, Laca and Auba but they’re all viable candidates this week.

Kane – with four goals and an assist from four games at Home it’s clear that he enjoys playing against Bournemouth.  Under Mourinho he doesn’t appear to have changed his role as a number nine that unselfishly drops back to cover his attacking wide players, but he’s bang in form.

Salah – with two goals and an assist in two Home games, Mo appears to like playing against Brighton.  He managed a full 90 minutes on Wednesday, which suggests he’s fine but they may decide to be cautious with him, with so many games coming up and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s withdrawn early at the weekend if Liverpool establish a decent lead.

KDB – has just one assist in three games Away from Home, which highlight that he tends to return more at the Etihad.  Against Chelsea he looked to be the most influential player for City with a combination of goal threat and assists in his locker.

Vardy – has three goals from three Home games against Everton and I expect him to add to his tally again based on his current form.  When he scores, he tends to pick up the bonus and he’s arguable an auto Captain choice at the moment.

Rashford – past performance is quite a wooly measurable given how different teams and opposition are over time and he last played Villa in the 15/16 season.

Son – has three goals in three Home games and when you consider his and Kane’s records things look ominous for Bournemouth.

Sterling – doesn’t have an amazing record against Newcastle and he will need to step up to fill the Aguero sized gap, although Jesus might use this opportunity to stake his claim for the role.

Mane – doesn’t have the best record against Brighton, but that was in the past and the 2019 Mane is very consistent.

 

Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 14 Captain

These stats are pulled from the new Fantasy Football Hub OPTA tool that is available to all Members to help you analyse the players and teams.  I have pulled the specific data from the respective Home and Away games dependant on the fixtures.

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