With a busy next few days of Premier League fixtures ahead of us, it is vital to get your head sorted out before making the all-important choice of picking your captain. To ease up your dilemma, here we present to you the five captaincy picks for FPL Gameweek 25.
MOHAMED SALAH (vs HUDDERSFIELD TOWN) [A]
FPL’s highest point-scorer so far this term surprisingly blanked against rock-bottom Swansea City last time out. However, Salah has got a chance to redeem himself when Liverpool visit Huddersfield Town. The Terriers have been one of the worst performing sides in the league if their goals for and goals against stats are anything to go by.
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The Egyptian had a bittersweet experience in their last meeting at Anfield where he missed from the spot but made amends later on with an assist. With involvement in roughly every second Liverpool goal, it looks inevitable that Salah would be in the thick of the action if his side is to find the back of the net.
SERGIO AGUERO (vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION) [H]
The Argentine must be in high spirits following his second hat-trick of the campaign against his favourite Newcastle United side. And gameweek 25 brings up yet another side Aguero fancies in the form of West Bromwich Albion. The basement-dwelling Baggies have been showing signs of revival under Alan Pardew of late but face a daunting trip to the Etihad where they should also come across their worst nightmare in Aguero, who has a hand in 11 goals (7 goals and 4 assists) against the West Midlands club in just 10 Premier League appearances. With City looking invincible at home, expect Aguero to lead the charge yet again.
EDEN HAZARD (vs AFC BOURNEMOUTH) [H]
The Belgian’s inconsistent output has been giving his FPL owners some sleepless nights. However, three goals and an assist in last three appearances across all competitions might just compel them to hold onto their horses for now. Chelsea host AFC Bournemouth this gameweek who are without a cleansheet now for 14 matches across all competitions.
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Hazard, on the other hand, certainly loves playing the Cherries with him netting five times in last four league appearances against the south coast club – including the winner in the reverse fixture at the Vitality. And with the Belgian expected to lead the line in absence of Alvaro Morata, his 7.4% owners could be in for some great returns.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI (vs WATFORD) [H]
The change of guard in Stoke City’s dugout proved decisive not only for the club but for the Swiss playmaker too as he registered his first involvement in a goal since gameweek 15 last time out. Now with a hand in 10 (4 goals and 6 assists) of Stoke’s 25 league goals this term, Shaqiri is quite clearly the man who makes the Stoke City frontline tick.
The Potters welcome Watford who will have a new manager on board for this game following the sacking of Marco Silva. The reverse fixture earlier in the campaign saw Shaqiri provide an assist which led his side to their first away win of the league campaign. With the fixture putting two of the league’s worst-faring defences at loggerheads, the likes of Shaqiri could well end up having a field day.
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RIYAD MAHREZ (vs EVERTON) [A]
The Algerian continues to quietly rack up the points as the Mahrez bandwagon continues to gather steam with every passing gameweek. 8 goals and 10 assists imply Mahrez has now been involved in half of Leicester’s 36 league goals this season. The former champions travel to Merseyside to face a subdued Everton side that is without a win in 2018 so far.
Ever since the Foxes’ returned to Premier League in 2014, this fixture has witnessed a whopping 27 goals in 7 matches. 14 of those goals have come from Leicester, of which three (2 goals and 1 assist) have involved the 2016 PFA player of the year – including an assist coming in the last meeting at King Power. With Mahrez in irresistible touch and up against a side that is struggling to keep cleansheets all of a sudden, there can’t be a more apt game than this to hand him over the armband.