The EPL fixtures are set to come thick and fast as we head closer to the festive period.
This week’s action sees runaway leaders Liverpool host bottom of the table Watford in the first kickoff on Saturday, Manchester United host Duncan Ferguson’s Everton on Sunday, Manchester City travel to Arsenal later that day and a rival game between Brighton & Hove Albion concluding the action on Monday night.
Here are my picks for your gameweek 17 fantasy football captain:
Jamie Vardy is on fire in front of goal as are Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’ side go into the weekend on an eight-game winning streak in the top flight, with their main talisman scoring in each of those games.
Struggling Norwich City are the visitors to the King Power Stadium on Saturday in what is expected to be another comfortable home win. The Canaries currently sit 19th in the table and are leaking goals as Daniel Farke insists his side will continue to play attractive, attacking football. This should mean only one thing – goals for Leicester and goals for Vardy.
Kevin De Bruyne
Unai Emery’s reign as Arsenal manager must be drawing to an end and Sunday’s fixture at home to Manchester City could indeed spell that. That’s because many pundits, including myself, are expecting a comfortable victory for Unai Emery’s side.
It’s unknown when Sergio Aguero will be back, and Raheem Sterling has been out of form, though the England international wouldn’t be a bad bet to make your captain this weekend. Arsenal’s defence are so open and leaking goals.
It’s a game I can see Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Whether that be registering an assist or two, or simply getting among the goals himself. Matteo Guendouzi is a headless chicken in front of the back four, and the back four themselves struggle to defend at the best of times. Expect the Belgian to be among the goals as City score a few on Sunday.
Watford travel to Liverpool in Saturday’s early game and with Nigel Pearson at the helm for the first time. The new manager is expected to put some fight into his side, but don’t expect them to be any better tactically.
The only fear I have over Jurgen Klopp’s side not putting five or six past the Premier League’s bottom club is that it’s an early kickoff, which often seems to be delivered with below par performances. That said, a Reds win is well and truly on the cards and I expect Mohamed Salah to net at least one goal.