Gameweek 18 is here already and so are we to help you with the all-important captaincy choice. Here are the five captain picks for gameweek 18.
MOHAMED SALAH (LIVERPOOL) vs. Bournemouth
The Egyptian has had a blistering start to his life at Liverpool, with him being November’s Player of the Month, and an early contender for Player of the Year courtesy of his scintillating goal tally which has risen to 13 already. Liverpool’s outlet for goals this season has been remarkably well spread, and Salah shares a major portion in that. With 17 goals and assists, the Egyptian has made a contribution in virtually every game he has played in. He will be licking his lips at the prospect of playing a Bournemouth side that have kept only 4 clean sheets this season, and his red-hot form makes him the safest captain pick for this weekend.
EDEN HAZARD (CHELSEA) vs. Southampton
With Conte’s lack of trust in his other wingmen, and a tendency to play a defensive 5-3-2, Eden Hazard has become their main man and has risen to the occasion on numerous times since his return from an early-season injury. He seems to have found his feet for Chelsea at just the right time and with uncertainty looming over Morata’s injury condition, it puts even more onus on Chelsea’s number 10 to inspire them to a win this weekend against a Southampton side that haven’t won an away game in almost 3 and a half months. Oh, and of course, him being on penalty duties doesn’t hurt too.
ALEXANDER LACAZETTE (ARSENAL) vs. Newcastle
The ex-Lyonnaise hitman has stayed under the radar of most since his arrival to the London club, but his tally of 8 goals and an assist looks very impressive when you realize that the Frenchman has not completed 90 minutes in all but 2 games this season. It is in no doubt that he’s Wenger’s main striker this season, and his performances have made it clear that he’s not lost his deadly touch of scoring important goals like he did in Ligue 1 for the past 4 seasons. Arsenal’s opponents Newcastle have had a terrible past few months, and the frail Toon’s defence would have to put up a miraculous performance if they are to keep a Lacazette-led Arsenal at bay this gameweek.
WAYNE ROONEY (Everton) vs. Swansea
Everton have shown excellent resurgence recently, to pull out some important results under their new boss Sam Allardyce. Much of the credit goes to their free summer signing, and now captain Wayne Rooney who just can’t seem to stop scoring at the moment. With 78 points in total this season, he’s already the 5th highest scoring striker and plays a Swansea defence that have been so woeful away from home. This game has all ingredients for Rooney to go out and do what he has done so well his entire career – score goals.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI (STOKE) vs. West Ham United
If you gave West Ham 4 points from their back to back London Derbies vs. Chelsea and Arsenal, they would have gladly taken it. The cherry on the top has been them keeping clean sheets in both of them, but West Ham have become notorious for performing well in big games and then following it up with woeful performances against teams of similar calibre. That is exactly what Stoke are.
They have pestered teams throughout this season, and none more so than their main man Xherdan Shaqiri. Anyone who watches Stoke knows he is the one who has a hand in almost all goals the Potters score, and it’s in no doubt that he’ll love to have a run at the West Ham defence that has been shaky at times away from home. A cagey game awaits at the Britannia, and both the teams are aware of the fact that such matches are decided by a few moments of brilliance, which Shaqiri is capable of providing more than anyone on the field.