This article takes a deep dive look at the all important Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 20 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 19 Captain Recap
Before we delve into the FPL Gameweek 20 Captain Decision, it’s important to cast our eye back to last week.
Spurs started terribly but finished strong in the first game of the day. Kane put in a Roy of the Rovers display, but not in the dangerous areas of the pitch and Alli scored with a sublime finish. Whipping boys Villa came away with a clean sheet (CS) and another Grealish attacking return. New manager but same old Arsenal. Chelsea lose another banker at Home. West Ham put in a performance but Palace had too much with the resurgent Ayew. Ancelotti started with a CS setting the team up in a 3-4-1-2. Everton went on a nice CS run at the end of last season, this plus the wing back setups could make Digne and Sidibe very attractive options. Sheffield Utd and Watford had a well matched stalemate with Watford looking very solid under Pearson. United conceded first against a defensive team but somehow managed to win 4-1 in a decent attacking display. Martial took the plaudits and Pogba’s return only enhances their appeal. Liverpool demonstrated how far away Leicester are from challenging them with an absolutely dominant display. The difference between a good and bad week this Gameweek was pretty much dependant on whether or not you owned Alexander-Arnold. For anyone eyeing up Mane or Salah for a double Gameweek, I would suggest you also consider a Liverpool defender.
Sadly I’m drafting this article today prior to the game, but with Wolves facing Liverpool two days later and City with a tough game against Sheffield United there shouldn’t be a major impact regardless of the result.
Who did I tip?
This was a week where there wasn’t an obvious Captain choice and overall nobody was massively punished with some underwhelming returns:
Rashford (6) – this is probably the bare minimum that I would want as a return from a captain and it was unfortunate that he was rested after 60 minutes, although that does guarantee he plays the next game. Sadly his team mates stole the show, as I would have expected more involvement in a 4-1 game and as a result they also shared the bonus points.
Abraham (2) – this was a shocking result, Chelsea looked absolutely devoid of any creativity and the poor guy was starved of service. Not many will be willing to trust Tammy for the captaincy unless he (and Chelsea) start to demonstrate more consistent form.
Kane (8) and Alli (8) – this wasn’t quite the thrashing I envisioned, but Kane put in an all round good display, which also bagged him the two bonus points. Alli was the focal point in attack, he took his chance expertly and was unlucky not to get another return in the closing stages.
What did we learn?
Liverpool are a machine – with three CS in a row, including one against second in the league Leicester, it’s time to go all in on them. The question isn’t whether to double or treble, but do you get two defenders or two midfielders.
Expect Rotation – we’ve already seen some rotation in preparation for this weekend and there could well be more. It’s important to try and focus on holding players that don’t tend to be rotated or that are injury prone and to have a playing bench.
Big at the back rears its ugly head – the current dream team this week includes five defenders and no premium players over £10 million. Several started the season with the value strategy of going big at the back only to find CS very hard to come by. As the season draws on we can expect some reversion to the mean, which could indicate that this strategy could once again be viable…
FPL Gameweek 19 Captain - The Fixtures
Brighton v Bournemouth – Brighton are a decent side, they rested Maupay and they will cause problems for Bournemouth. Bournemouth have Wilson back, but their defence is still quite makeshift and they’re on a bad run. I think Brighton might edge this one, but it should be close.
Newcastle v Everton – Newcastle tend to have a bit more of a go at home and you could see them holding back once United started to dominate with a view towards this game. Everton look to be fairly solid defensively now and I fancy them to pick up another CS here.
Southampton v Crystal Palace – Danny Ings should be fresh for this game, which is bad news for the Palace back line, as he’s on fire at the moment and Southampton will be buoyant after an unexpected three points from Chelsea. Palace won’t give up much change though, can Ayew continue his little hot streak?
Watford v Aston Villa – a classic six pointer, Watford have always had the players but now they look like a unit again which is bad news for Villa. Villa are a great side, but they never look like they’re going to shut the other team out (although they did against Norwich) and I fancy Watford’s chances here.
Norwich v Spurs – Norwich only know how to play one way and that’s too attack, which should play right into the hands of Spurs. At a glance this looks like a great fixture for a captain.
West Ham v Leicester – West Ham have been better recently without actually picking up the important points. Leicester have just got through their toughest two fixtures and Rodgers will view this as an opportunity to get some momentum back. Sadly for West Ham, their losing streak may continue. This could also be a great fixture for Vardy.
Burnley v Man Utd – not many fancy taking on Burnley on a cold night Away, but United have shown glimmers of attacking flair recently. This will be a real test, as I don’t expect Burnley to open up and it will be a case of whether United can break them down or not.
Arsenal v Chelsea – the introduction of Arteta didn’t appear to change that much and I can still see this Arsenal side conceding a lot, which is great news for Chelsea who always seem to fare better away from home. Tammy could do well here, but it will be hard to trust him with the armband again.
Liverpool v Wolves – Liverpool will have had a short rest over Friday and Saturday but have the luxury of playing at home. Wolves (despite being used to the volume from the EL) will be exhausted chasing the ball against Man City on Friday night then having to play less than 48 hours later. For that reason, a Liverpool player might be a sneaky captain option in what would usually be a very tough fixture.
Man City v Sheffield Utd – the City squad is good and deep enough to be able to rotate a lot for this game and still be competitive. They should dominate things at home, but Sheffield Utd have demonstrated that they’re very hard to break down away from home this season.
Twitter FPL Gameweek 20 Captain Poll
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Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
Maupay, Abraham, Grealish and KDB haven’t got any real history against their opposition but they’re all options this week. As a side note Richarlison has two in two for Everton against Newcastle.
Kane – got a brace home and away against Norwich, but that was the last time they were in the Premier League with a very different team.
Alli – got a goal and assist the last time he played away against Norwich, but the same factors as above apply to him.
Martial – with two goals and an assist in two away games he looks like he does enjoy a cold night away to Burnley.
Salah – has a 100% record, however he scored both his goals away from aome and blanked in the other game.
Mane – contrastingly Mane scored both of his goals in the home game last season.
Vardy – has two goals and two assists from five away matches against the Hammers.
Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 20 Captain
These stats are pulled from the Fantasy Football Hub OPTA Stats tool that is available to all members to help you analyse all players and teams. I have pulled the specific data from the respective home and away games dependant on the fixtures.
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