After Champions League and Europa League midweek, the EPL is back in action this week and kicking off on Friday night when Southampton entertain Leicester City at St Mary’s.
Manchester City will be looking to close the gap on Liverpool when they host Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime, whilst the Reds don’t play until Sunday when they entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. That same day, Arsenal are expected to pick up three points at home to Crystal Palace, whilst Manchester United should fancy their chances of building on last weekend’s draw with a trip to out-of-form Norwich City.
Here are this gameweek’s best choices for your fantasy football captain:
Manchester City host Aston Villa in a game they are expected to win comfortably. They may not keep a clean sheet at the back but they should score a number of goals going forward. They are coming off five against Atalanta midweek and the Italian side are currently third in Serie A.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Sergio Aguero is given a rest in this game so Raheem Sterling may be your best bet. The England forward already has six Premier League goals this season and should be looking to terrorize Aston Villa right-back Frederic Guilbert, and Bjorn Engels inside of him. As always, Sterling will be supported by playmakers like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva to create chances for the attack.
Gabriel Jesus may be a solid but risky choice as he may not start, and if he does, he’s not guaranteed to stay on the pitch for the full 90 minutes either. De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are two other attacking players likely to start and get among the goals. It’s basically take your pick from a bunch of Manchester City players.
Leicester City are flying high in third place currently and would climb to as high as second if they win on Friday night. They have a very good chance of doing so as hosts Southampton enter the weekend only outside of the relegation places on goal difference.
Expecting the Foxes to score a couple of goals, Jamie Vardy would be your man to select as captain. When Leicester do well he’s usually among the goals. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans are in good form behind him to create chances against Southampton’s vulnerable defence.
Crystal Palace may have a good defensive record this season and actually start the weekend directly below opponents Arsenal, but I don’t expect Roy Hodgson’s side to keep a clean sheet at the Emirates on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was rested for Thursday night’s dramatic Europa League victory over Vitoria SC and should continue to start up front as Alexandre Lacazette made his first start in a while in that aforementioned game. The Gabonese striker will certainly have the beating of Gary Cahill and co for pace, and is one of the most lethal finishers in the Premier League.
Supported by the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos, Arsenal’s front man should see a few opportunities in this game.