The 2021-22 PL season has been full of ups and downs for every team and the exciting run is set to come to an end this month as Gameweek 37 approaches. Now is a good time to cash in all your chips and establish your supremacy in FPL and to do that you need to make the right choice for the captain.
The penultimate round of Fantastic Premier League is sure to offer plenty of action for managers who will be tasked with making the right choices in a week of double matches. The deadline for the gameweek is fast approaching and this particular gameweek being a double gameweek has made the matter of captaincy slightly tricky.
It’s an important moment in the fantasy football season. This gamweek could prove to be a defining season for managers around the world, as it offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on your friends or distance yourself from the rest of the pack in the grand grand scheme of things.
The usual suspects for the captaincy bid have just one game while the other less reliable picks have two games to play. It would be wise to look at both single playweek players and double playweek players and then decide which would be the best GW37 captain choice.
Let’s combine a bit of stats and armchair psychology to determine who is the right choice to be named captain for this week.
Option 1: Rely on the in-form Wilfried Zaha
crystal palace faces Aston Villa and Everton in gameweek 37 in what will be a decisive week for their campaign. Palace have the opportunity to move several teams into the top half of the table.
Palace would be expected to succeed against both sides on paper. Zaha has been a fit man in recent weeks and the England side will need to rely on their star winger to have any chance of a positive result.
The 29-year-old has been in superb form for the past few weeks as he has scored seven goals in his last ten games. The winger faces an Everton side who concede a lot of shots. Everton keeper Jordan Pickford has made 103 saves this season, ranking him in the top percentile of goalkeepers who are regularly called up.
The Crystal Palace winger has scored 12 goals from an xG of just nine meaning he doesn’t need as many chances to score a goal and could prove to be a game-breaker for you if you choose to name him captain.
Option 2: Bet on Richarlison
Everton are in the midst of a heated relegation battle and their results have matched their performances in recent weeks as they seek to retain their Premier League status at the end of the season.
The Toffees also turned Goodison Park into a fortress under Frank Lampard, winning three of their last four home games. The Merseyside club are set to welcome Brentford and Crystal Palace to their home turf here and Frank Lampard’s men will do everything in their power to stave off any relegation fears. Richarlison has solid numbers with 13 shots from inside the box, three big chances and a good xG of 2.53 in his last five games.
The Brazilian striker has four goals and one assist in his last seven games, making him a good choice for some responsibility.
Option 3: Count on Son Heung-min’s goalscoring antics
Well, Tottenham have only one game this matchweek and so it might not be the best option to name a Spurs player as captain. But listen to me.
Faces of Tottenham Burnley this week, a Clarets team that could do without two of its key players in James Tarkowski and Ben Mee. The Clarets also rank 18th in expected goals conceded
We’ve seen time and time again that Son and Kane can score against any team and you won’t get past them to put a couple past Burnley in game week 37. Picking one of Kane and Son would be a wise move. decision although in my opinion you should anoint Son as captain of the two if you want to bet on Spurs.
Son has been absolutely lethal in front of goal this season as he has scored 20 goals on an xG of 12.28. The South Korean winger also has the league’s most non-penalty goals this season and is just one behind Mohamed Salah in the Premier League Golden Boot race.
The South Korean was my prescribed choice for captain last week and he delivered as he had goalscoring appearances in the London club’s games against Liverpool and Arsenal. Relying on Son rarely disappoints and it should be the case this week as well.
Choose Jamie Vardy
Well, this one really doesn’t make much sense, does it? Injuries have plagued the Leicester striker this season and his absence has been a key factor in Leicester’s failure to maintain a challenge to the top of the table.
Vardy scored 161 goals for the Foxes and netted twice against Norwich City in the Foxes’ midweek game. The 35-year-old is set to face another relegated side this week in the form of Watford who have nothing to play for.
That’s why I think it’s a decent cry to name Vardy captain as he might turn out to be the unexpected difference you crave.
It was difficult to choose between Son, Richarlison and Zaha, although I have to prescribe the Crystal Palace striker as the ideal choice due to the fact that he has been in great form in recent weeks and Palace have a double week of game this season.
All choices have their pros and cons. You won’t go wrong choosing another option for this week because it guarantees you maximum returns.
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