Game Week 9 Captain Picks
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Game Week 9 Captain Picks
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The last round of Fantasy Premier League action was a brilliant reminder of the importance of captain choice and although no-one would have predicted 5 goals for Aguero, those who triple captained him will be laughing all the way to the end of October (just like someone in my mini-league is doing). This has been one of the most ill-fated international breaks in terms of injuries to key players and with two new Premier League managers (one who we know a lot about and the other a little less so unless you watch a lot of Bundesliga football) game week 9 looks set to be another gripping weekend of Premier League action. With plenty of potential captain picks for game week 9 the question of who to pick as captain has already been filling twitter feeds on many a mobile device!
Our Top Picks:
There is no doubting that had Sergio Aguero not been injured whilst on duty with Argentina then he would have been the number one pick for the armband this week with Man City taking on Bournemouth at home, so perhaps the injury is a blessing in disguise as it will force managers to have a slightly more diverse selection. That being said, there are some top candidates in GW9 so let’s get on with the assessment…
With Southampton taking on Leicester City Pelle has become a popular choice this week and he is favourite to be captained heavily in game week 9. With 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 5 games it is not hard to see why he is such a popular pick and the fixture also represents a good chance for the Italian striker. Pelle is pretty much our top pick for this week as he faces a team with the leakiest defence in the league (from teams who aren’t in the bottom 3) with the exception of one other team – unbelievably it is Chelsea!
Kevin De Bruyne
We tipped the Belgian playmaker last week as a captain pick and he didn’t disappoint, of course he was overshadowed by Aguero but that won’t happen this week and we expect KDB to add to his 3 goals and 2 assists in his only 3 starts in the Premier League for Man City. With no Yaya Toure, David Silva or Sergio Aguero there will be a reliance on the ex-Chelsea man to deliver and he looks an absolute class act since joining the blue side of Manchester. He is our second top pick for GW9 in a relatively easy home fixture against Bournemouth.
Wilfried Bony looks set to step in to Aguero’s boots this weekend and although he has not always taken his chances since his £30m move to City, he has a little less pressure in terms of competition for a place given the lack of depth in striking options. We prefer KDB over Bony for captain this week, purely based on form, but if you don’t have KDB or Pelle and you have swapped Aguero for Bony then this would be a sensible (if not original) captain pick.
If you are looking for a bit more of a differential chance then Diego Costa will represent a fine chance for Chelsea coming back from his much publicised suspension. He looks bullish up front for the Blues and they have missed him immensely over the last few games and with only 6% ownership, a couple of captain goals in GW9 could prove hugely beneficial.
The podcast boys suggested that Chelsea will score at least 2 or 3 goals this weekend and I think that Villa could be in for a bit of a spanking this weekend as Chelsea look to lay down a marker for the season and recover from their horrific start.
We could not ignore the diminutive Chilean who has reportedly attracted interest from Real Madrid this week who has hit some seriously good form in recent games. 5 goals in his last 2 games and another whilst on international duty is the form of gods and this man is quickly becoming an Arsenal legend. An away game against Watford and the confidence gained from a commanding win over Manchester United is all Arsenal and Sanchez need to go on a real run in the league and stake their title claims.
The only cloud over Sanchez is the amount of miles he has travelled in the last week and we wonder whether he might not last the 90 minutes – or would wenger even consider resting him ahead of their very important Champions League game? Perhaps too much of a risk for captain when there are some other nailed on choices.
Why not check out our look at game week 9 strikers here and this week’s podcast is below for your listening pleasure.