Game Week 13 Captain Picks 2015
Game Week 13 Captain Picks
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The trouble with an international break (except for the inevitable boredom and withdrawal symptoms) is that you never quite know what is going to happen when the players return. Of course, the Premier League is famously one of the most unpredictable leagues in world football, but the task of making a captain pick is made all the more difficult when the recent form is a little more scattered. It is said that the difference at the top level of most sports is around 2% and a that psychology can make a huge difference in that 2% - so when you have a team like Chelsea who are going in to a game against Norwich City – we can’t just take the form of the club in to consideration. Players from England, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Serbia, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina make for a team full of very different feelings. You would hope that professionals would be above such concerns but when you read that Cesc Fabregas has lost sleep over Chelsea’s poor form then these matters cannot be trivialised.
The point I am trying to make here is that the decision of who to pick as captain for game week 13 is going to be as difficult as ever and this week could see a surprise package pop up.
Having assessed the prior form, international fixtures and our gut instincts over the upcoming fixtures we will attempt to provide you with some quality captain tips (you will find no ugly computer based algorithms here):
Harry Kane – Spurs Vs West Ham
It is hard not to be impressed by Spurs this season and after a slow start to the campaign they have really started to excel and the team looks comfortable going forwards. The fluidity in their play is playing to Harry Kane’s strengths and he is involved in almost everything going forward. He does tend to drift out at times but he seems to have re-found the knack of being in the right place at the right time. West Ham on the other hand have lost their star midfielder Payet to injury and this could have a crippling effect on them. The Hammers have not been particularly solid in recent weeks shipping 5 goals in their last 3 games and Kane could be the one to benefit this week. He is one of our top captain picks as seen in our members section GW 13 captain picks article.
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The players who we are not considering
Often we deliberate over the captain choice for too long so here are some players that we aren't considering this week:
Alexis Sanchez – WBA Vs. West Brom
Sanchez is possibly Arsenal’s star player these days and his appetite for the game is insatiable but he played a full 90 minutes for Chile against Uruguay in midweek and that was despite concerns over a calf injury. He was worked hard in that game which saw his side lose 3-0 to their South American rivals and he will be coming back tired to a 3pm Saturday kick-off.
There is no doubt that he will want to play but Wenger was considering resting him after the last international break. He didn’t, but his form has not quite been the same in the last month as it was the month before and many people are putting this down to fatigue.
If Sanchez was guaranteed a start then he might be a consideration for captain, but it is too risky given the miles he has travelled this week and the minutes he has played in the last month… add to this the lack of form and a potential niggling calf injury, we would stay clear this week – after all, no-one wants to see their captain go off injured after 20 minutes!
Wilfired Bony – Man City Vs. Liverpool
Another player with an injury concern is Bony after he pulled up with his hamstring against Villa in GW12. We have concerns over whether he will be fit to play and even he was guaranteed a start then you would have to think there are better captain choices from City this week. Another goal for Kevin De Bruyne for Belgium at the weekend sees him continue his fine form and Bony has hardly set the league alight since being given the opportunity in Aguero’s absence. Liverpool have the ability to make this tough for City with Klopp at the helm and a hard fought draw is on the cards – 1-1 or 2-2 would be a good prediction for this one.
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