The focus shifts onto gameweek 33 of FPL which also happens to be the final stop before the all-important double gameweek 34. As managers plot strategies in their quest for achieving the best possible finish come the season end, the first and the most important step in that direction is to get your captaincy choice spot on. As usual, we have come up with a five-man list of captaincy alternatives, each of whom could help you move one step closer to attaining your objective.
JAMIE VARDY (vs NEWCASTLE UNITED [H]
Having scored 8 goals in last ten appearances for the Foxes across all competitions, Vardy is the man with the golden touch at Leicester City right now. Newcastle United are next up at home for Claude Puel’s men this gameweek. The Magpies have been a formidable force at their home but the same can’t be said for their away form this term. A whopping 25 of the 40 league goals have been conceded by Rafa Benitez’ men on their travels.
Newcastle have kept as many shutouts as Leicester have (8) but only two of them have come away from home. Since their last away cleansheet on New Year’s day, the North-East club have conceded eight times in their four away league games since – the kind of stats that will sound pure delight for managers with Leicester City assets in their ranks. Vardy has only a goal and an assist to savour from his five league appearances against Newcastle to date but his incredible individual form may help him enhance his haul as well as his point returns.
RIYAD MAHREZ (vs NEWCASTLE UNITED [H]
Following Vardy in the list is his partner in crime Riyad Mahrez. The Foxes’ second-highest goalscorer this term surprisingly failed to either score or assist against Brighton the last gameweek but nonetheless, remains a potent threat, having contributed to a staggering 21 of Leicester’s 47 league goals (10 goals and 11 assists). The Algerian boasts a record versus Newcastle United similar to that of Vardy, albeit in one less appearance in this fixture. However, that solo career strike came in the face-off earlier this season as his equaliser propelled his side to a comeback win. Taking into account the Magpies’ aforementioned away struggles, Mahrez has a great opportunity of doing a league double of goals over the visitors.
HARRY KANE (vs STOKE CITY) [H]
After a late cameo in Spurs’ win over Chelsea, it looks all but certain that Kane will be reinstated in the starting eleven for the trip to Stoke City. The Englishman holds an impressive record against the Potters – 8 goals and an assist in seven appearances in this fixture including the brace he netted earlier this campaign in Spurs’ thumping 5-1 win. Talking of Stoke in particular, things are getting worse for them with every passing game. The bet365 outfit has leaked a league-high 61 goals which is only one less than the visitors’ goal haul in the league this term !!!!!! With the hosts winless in eight league games and struggling to make any sort of impact at either end of the pitch, this match looks tailor-made for the 24-year-old to mark his return to action in style.
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MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (vs CHELSEA) [A]
The Austrian is as unpredictable as the side he plays for, but when on song, he is definitely worth taking a punt on. Following his brace against Southampton, Arnautovic has now netted 5 goals in his last three appearances for club and country combined. The Hammers make a short trip across the city to square-off with Chelsea in a London derby this gameweek. The reigning champions have endured a terrible 2018 so far – a claim backed by the fact that the Blues have won just 3 of their 10 league matches as well as make the top 10 for the most number of goals conceded by a Premier League club so far this calendar year (16).
Chelsea’s dwindling fortunes certainly raise the visitors’ hopes of replicating the shock result when the two sides met in a game earlier this season that was co-incidentally decided by an Arnautovic strike only. Although West Ham have won just twice on the road all season, which version of the Austrian turns up in the derby would certainly prove the difference between a masterstroke or a self-inflicted disaster for the managers willing to take the risk of captaining him.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (vs SOUTHAMPTON) [H]
The Gabonese international carried on with his fine start to his Arsenal career as Aubameyang’s first-ever Premier League double versus Stoke pushed his tally up to 5 goals and an assist for the season. For the second gameweek running, another one of the league’s whipping boys in Southampton visits the Emirates. The Saints have been on a free-fall and only Watford, West Ham, Everton and West Brom have shipped more goals on their travels than the south coast club this year.
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In complete contrast to the visitors’ travelling woes, Arsenal’s home form has been a constant strong point for them throughout the season with only the Manchester clubs faring better. And to couple it up with Aubameyang’s crucial role in half of the Gunners’ 12 league goals since his arrival, this deadly combination of factors looks set to inflict more misery on Southampton while potentially blessing the former Dortmund man’s ever-growing FPL ownership with yet another great return of points.