The FPL Preview: captaincy conundrum for GW13

With the winter schedule fully underway, who makes it into Euans' mid-week FPL round-up?

Euan Morris
14th December 2020
Manchester United vs Sheffield United

Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) is a standout captaincy option for this week, given that he’s averaging 11.2 points per game away from home. There is no denying that Fernandes is the fulcrum of United’s goals since he arrived, which is observed within his underlying statistics since he’s creating 3.57 chances per 90, a league highest. Fernandes has also averaged 1.54 shots on target per 90, third highest for midfielders.

United have a scored 52% of their big chances this season, conveying that they have been more clinical this season relative to Manchester City (33%), justifying the decision to captain Fernandes over KDB this week. This is also supported by the fact that Sheffield United have conceded the most shots in the league and are the only team yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Nevertheless, from a fantasy perspective, Bruno has been involved in 63% of United’s goals this season, compared to KDB, who has been involved in 47% of Manchester City’s goals.

Fulham vs Brighton

After an inspired performance and sensational first half against Liverpool, Fulham have turned a corner and are much improved. Ademola Lookman (£5m, 0.8% ownership) offers great value as a budget eighth attacker, given that he’s arguably the talisman of a much improved side, and is a viable alternative to Tomas Soucek. In the last 6 games, Fulham have registered 16 big chances, with only Chelsea and Manchester City recording more (18) big chances. By no means start him every game, but with Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley in their next 5 games, Lookman is a great option to boost depth in your team.

Manchester City vs West Brom

In recent weeks, Manchester City have improved defensively, as Pep’s new centre back partnership between Ruben Dias and John Stones has brought much needed stability at the back. This is evident as City have kept three clean sheets in the last three league games. City have a run of great fixtures, which illustrates how much potential value John Stones has at £4.8m if the partnership continues to yield clean sheets, which Guardiola has stressed in his press conferences in recent weeks. In the three games Stones and Dias have played together, Stones has had a CBI (clearences, blocks and interceptions) of 15, compared to Dias’ CBI of 8, which indicates that Stones is more likely to rack up bonus points. This is supported by the fact that the only defender to outscore Stones (86) in the bonus points system in the past three games is Bednarek (87).

WBA (H)
SOU (A)
NEW (H)
EVE (A)
CHE (A)
BHA (H)
CRY (H)
WBA (A)
SHU (H)
BUR (A)
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