Picking the perfect captain for EPL Gameweek 30
Only five matches will be played in the EPL gameweek 30, but there is still some room for fantasy scouting.
In the previous captain scouting report before Gameweek 29 we advised you against any experiments and offered to pick Sergio Agüero as a fantasy team captain. The Argentine proved to be a good choice but could have scored even more points if he had converted a penalty.
Only 5 matches will be played in the EPL during the upcoming weekend due to FA Cup clashes, which limits your choice of options. There is nothing to do with it really, so we are going to work on what we have.
Matches you don’t look at when searching for the captain
Stoke City vs. Southampton
Stoke City have played four solid games in a row, which is a clear improvement after two 0-3 defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Everton. The Saints are moving in the opposite direction: they failed to win in the last three games after managing six straight clean sheets and five victories. There are two reasons you don’t want to look for the captain in these two squads. First of all, there is no clear favorite and it’s hard to guess whether the match will be played on the ground or up in the air. Secondly, even if you guess the stronger team right, you will hardly pick a single player who is going to stand out in the clash at Britannia Stadium. Two of the last four Southampton goals came from centre backs, while the other two were netted by Shane Long, who missed the last game due to injury. Stoke City don’t have a consistent scorer either. Sometimes goals would come from in-form Arnautović, in other games Diouf would arise from the ashes. Imbula, Afellay, Joselu and Shaqiri can also be dangerous. As a result, it is very hard to pick the fantasy captain from this team.
Bournemouth vs. Swansea City
Swansea City have begun to record victories while their new manager remains sidelined with an illness. They were not too vivid and solid to entertain the Welsh fans though. Bournemouth have also won the last two games, but it’s virtually impossible to analyze the attacking power of Eddie Howes’ boys. Matt Ritchie has been the most efficient player lately, making three assists in the last three games. Ritchie and Gylfi Sigurðsson could be considered for captaincy with great reserve and we included them to the final statistical table. However, looking at the remaining matches, fantasy managers will probably stick with other candidates.
Great matches for picking the captain
Norwich City vs. Manchester City
The Citizens run riot in the home game against struggling Aston Villa, but there is a good chance that we will not see similar performance this time around. Manchester City are nowhere as good on the road as at home and will probably try to save some energy before the return leg of the Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyev. Nevertheless, it’s basically mandatory to consider David Silva, Yaya Touré and Sergio Agüero for captaincy against struggling Norwich side who have lost eight of their last nine matches.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Title contenders visit easily the worst team of the championship and it’s definitely reasonable to look for a captain in the Spurs’ roster. 0-3 defeat from Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League might scare off some managers, but remember that Tottenham fielded a reserve squad, while Eriksen, Kane and Dembélé did not play the entire match as the latter duo only made cameo appearances. Dele Alli was rested before Aston Villa game.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United
Everybody is waiting for The Foxes to slow down, but they just keep approaching the title week after week. Naturally, you’ve got to consider Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy for the captain’s position. The duo looks very promising ahead of the game against struggling underdogs who have just fired their manager. Let’s add Robert Huth to the list for a change as the German tends to flood the opponent’s box too often for a centre back.
What the bookies say
There is an option to turn to betting offices’ odds when picking the captain for your fantasy team as they can tell who has the biggest chances of scoring two and more goals. We are particularly interested in the odds of individual total higher than 1.5. The lower it is the higher the probability of a hammering is.
Leicester City – 1.55
Manchester City – 1.58
Tottenham Hotspur – 1.615
Naturally, there is a chance of routs in all three games as the leaders play against struggling teams from the bottom of the table.
The perfect captain for Matchday 30 of the English Premier League
Matt Ritchie and Gylfi Sigurðsson are strong enough to make it to your fantasy team but lack efficiency to be handed a captain’s armband. Sergio Agüero is the perfect option out of Manchester City squad, although David Silva has showed signs of returning to his best. Rested Dele Alli could take the burden of making the result at Carrow Road, but the involvement of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in attacking actions of the Spurs can’t but impress. In the Mahrez-Vardy link the latter seems a more consistent option as he is almost guaranteed 90 minutes on the field every single game. Six shots in the last three matches from Robert Huth make him an extremely active defender and a candidate for fantasy selection. Considering woeful form of Newcastle United and Leicester City’s solid defending, the German could even have been considered for captaincy, but competition is too strong in this particular Gameweek.
Sergio Agüero is probably the most secure option for captaincy once again. Jamie Vardy seems a more promising option compared to Harry Kane as he has not made a tiresome trip to Germany during the week.
So here is final top list of the captains for Gameweek 30 of the English Premier League:
1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)/Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)/Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).