The perfect captain for the 35th Premier League match day

2016-04-22 16:45:45 Author: Oleg Smolerov (awd2) Rating: +6

Before the weekend action starts TimeToDraft searches for the best captain in the upcoming Premier League fixtures.

Our previous article about the perfect captain for the 34th match day was a prophecy that came true. Alexis Sanchez netted three for Arsenal in two fixtures, making Fantasy Premier League and Daily Fantasy players overly happy. Other contenders did not beat expectations with onlyHarry Kane and Sergio Aguero showing solid performances. Alex Iwobi did not bring any results on the field;Anthony Martial missed the starting line-up and Vardypicked a red card after bagging one goal.

Last weekend drama is over, so let’s look at the next weekend that will include seven Premier League matches, two FA Cup semi-finals with Crystal Palace facing Watford and Manchester United playing against Everton. Some fantasy sites put the Premier League and the cup matches together, so we will analyze all the games.

Matches with no clear captains

Bournemouth – Chelsea. Bournemouthgoes through a bad spell, so it makes sense to start from Chelsea. Guus Hiddink will continue experimenting with the team, and guessing the starting 11 is a difficult task. The Dutch claimed recently that team leaders play it safe before the Euro 2016. With no clear table goals for the team, to get a trauma at the end of the season is disastrous for many. London-based club might create some magic it the game, but finding the one who will lead them is a waste of time.

Aston Villa – Southampton. Last weekend battles brought much confusion into our heads. Southampton is not a clear favorite in this away fixture against Villa. The Villans were close to collecting a point, making the Reds sweat at the end, while Southampton could not capitalize on Everton’s poor display. Bad news for Graziano Pelle, but his is not in thelist of potential captains.

Crystal Palace – Watford. This one is way too easy. Two outsiders fighting against each other in a cup fixture. Do we need that kind of risk? Really?

Manchester United – Everton. Everton delivers sometimes. United won 5 times in the last 6 fixtures. But who is the one you want to give a captain’s armband in the Reds? Defenders collected several clean sheets, but the pressure at the Goodison Park in the FA Cup match will be unsustainable. The attacking line has no clear leader, and betting on a goal from Rashford, Rooney, Martial, Mata or Lingard is risky.

Matches with great captains

Manchester City – Stoke City.It is an easy catch for a great fantasy player. There is no better captain n the Citizens side than Sergio Aguero. The stats and the field position only prove the Argentinian is the best choice, despite all the credits given to De Bruyne.

Liverpool – Newcastle. Liverpool netted four goals in the last three matches, upsetting Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Stoke City. With a looming game against an underdog you should pick a captain from the Klopp’s guys, but do not be too quick to decide. Newcastle has finally started showing his strong sides, and keeping in mind the first semi-final game in the Europa League, the German manager will shake the squad a bit. Betting on a captain from Liverpool is dubious. The final table will show the most promising player from the Reds, but it is clear that Origi might start as a sub ahead of the European clash and previousRamiro Funes tackles.

Sunderland – Arsenal. The Gunners will go through a tough test against a balanced and motivated squad under Samuel Allardyce’s helm. No other options apart from Alexis Sanzhez in this battle, the Chilean is the most dynamic and productive player that cannot be replaced.

Leicester – Swansea. With Vardy in the line-up, we could have an obvious captain for the game. But the English striker will be replaced by Ulloa. Leonardo has not been prolific so far, and Mahrez is not in his peak form. Let’s pick the Foxes’ captain after checking the stats table.

Tottenham– West Bromwich. West Bromwich is lousy this spring, while Tottenham gained momentum after crashing Stoke. With no more clever thoughts, let’s put Kane, Alli, Lamela and Ericseninto the stats table.

Check the bookies

We find the teams with the smallest coefficients on the single totals with more than 1.5. The rate shows the weakest attacking power ahead of the upcoming matches.

Tottenham – 1,34

Manchester City – 1,37

Leverpool – 1,52

These are top clubs that play against the bottom teams, and it is only natural these clubs are most likely to score.

A perfect captain for the 35th EPL match day

We put in the table the results on the most prolific attacking players in last three Premier League matches.


The stats show that without Vardy in the line-up, there is no chance you can find a captain in Leicester. If you up for a risk, pick Christian Fuchs that poses attacking threat, will grab a clean sheet and take some bonuses the way only he can.

Alli is one of the best ones for Tottenham as he showed his might in Stoke thrashing. Yet Kane is more predictable, and the only issue for the weekend matches is choosing between Kane and Aguero. I back Kane in this one, as the Citizens will have Champions League on the back of their minds. Tottenham is desperate to challenge the title, and this focus will fire up.

Some words should be said about Liverpool where Milner takes an assists crown, Firmino fails to impress, Koutino and Sturridge are the best scorers. If you really want to choose a captainfromLiverpool, select between those forwards, but check if they are in the starting squad. Liverpool fortunately starts at 17:00 on Saturday which is a dead line for most fantasy tournaments.

Best captains for the 35th match day:

1. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

3. Dele Alli (Tottenham),Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

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