Moving into the third Gameweek in less than 7 days, it’s that time of the week again. After 2 of my 3 picks for Gameweek 14 scored, here is my analysis for my top 3 captain picks for the Gameweek.
1. Harry Kane (vs WAT A)
As I stated mid-week – no Wembley, don’t look past Kane for captain. Despite his woes at Spurs’ adopted ‘home’, Kane has kept up his consistency on the road. With his goal mid-week against Leicester, Kane brought his away tally to 7 goals in 6 away games. A remarkable 70% of his goals now have come on his travels. Having now scored in successive games, the most expensive player in the game is starting to build up some form. And although his returns haven’t been as explosive recently, we all know how explosive he can be at his best. And with Spurs now languishing in 7th place, it’ll be time for both him and his team to give a strong reaction.
Although Saturday’s opponents Watford have impressed one and all this season, Marco Silva’s men have been quite shaky at the back, in contrast to their exploits going forward. Indeed, they’ve been thoroughly exposed by the bigger sides. The Hornets have now conceded a remarkable 18 goals in 5 games against last season’s top 6, with 11 of those in 3 games at the Vicarage Road. Against a defense with some key members still out injured, Kane will be absolutely licking his lips. And the England forward has happy memories of the ground too – he scored 2 and assisted 1 at Watford last season.
No Kane, no gain.
2. Mohamed Salah (vs BHA A)
7 goals in the last 4 games, including 3 braces, to propel him atop the top scorer charts and the Fantasy Premier League point tally – there’s no doubt Salah is the most in-form player in the league currently. It seems like nothing can stop him, not even his own manager. Despite being benched in mid-week, the Egyptian only needed 23 minutes to notch up yet another brace. Although his stats aren’t as one sided as Kane’s, Salah has also tended to perform better away than at home – he’s scored a league high 7 away goals this season.
Although Brighton may still be Premier League minnows, they’ve kept things tight at the back. The Seagulls have only conceded a goal a game so far. This is the reason I plump for Kane over Salah in first choice. But despite that, the winger should still do well in the incredible vein of form he’s in, and perhaps expose Brighton to a taste of harsh reality in the Premier League.
Now the most owned player in the game at 51.9% – 13.3% more than the next highest owned outfielder (Lukaku) – Salah’s definitely the safest choice of them all.
3. Eden Hazard (vs NEW H) – Differential Punt
As the customary differential punt of the week, I go for the 9.6% owned Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard. Having gotten his rest mid-week against Swansea, Hazard will be fit and raring to go. In his new role, as a second striker, the Belgian seems to be a revelation, bringing the best out of both himself and out of Alvaro Morata. Indeed, in the five games he’s started with Morata this season, Hazard has returned 3 goals and 2 assists, with the only blank coming against Man Utd. Classified as a midfielder, he comes with a host of advantages over his Spanish partner. Hazard gets an extra point per goal, a point for a clean sheet and is generally better with the bonus points. The bonus points plus was reinforced in the game against Liverpool, where Hazard bagged 3 bonus points for a mere assist.
Although opponents Newcastle started off the season well defensively, they seem to have imploded with the injury to captain Jamaal Lascelles. The Toons have conceded 9 goals in the last 3 games without Lascelles; having conceded only 10 in the preceding 11 games. An in-form Hazard with no fatigue issues will be hungry to go at their defense. And he does have good memories of it too – his only Premier League hat-trick to date came against Newcastle, at the Stamford Bridge.
A differential, but not one as risky as you’d think.