FPL Gameweek 29 – Captain Picks

The perennial Salah vs Kane debate rages on into GW29, while some FPL bosses may be searching for alternative captaincy options in an attempt to rise up the rankings. Here are five candidates for your armband this weekend:

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Mohamed Salah (£10.5m)

Captain obvious. The Liverpool attacker boasts an incredible 8.4 points per game, having blanked just five times in 26 Premier League starts.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have all but wrapped up qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals, so the Egyptian midfielder should be safe from rotation.

Opponents Newcastle, with just one clean sheet in 12 away trips, have shipped six goals in their last three fixtures on the road.

Salah, up against a Magpies outfit that have conceded 42 shots in the box over the previous four gameweeks, last failed to post attacking returns at Anfield in GW17.

Harry Kane (£12.9m)

The Spurs striker has scored six times in the last six gameweeks, though just one of those outings (GW23 v Everton) yielded double-figure returns.

Visitors Huddersfield are finally showing some of that early-season form, with two consecutive wins. However, the Terriers have kept just two clean sheets since GW16; both on home turf.

While Salah is consistently returning scores, Kane’s explosive potential makes the forward a tempting option most gameweeks. Tottenham’s European fate does hang in the balance, however.

But even 70 minutes for Kane, up against a Huddersfield defensive unit that conceded 10 shots (one goal) to West Brom in GW28, could see the England man rack up a big haul at Wembley.

Romelu Lukaku (£11.2m)

The Belgian bruiser made it four attacking returns in six gameweeks with a 12-point haul at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

Encouragingly, Lukaku’s returns come at a time when Jose Mourinho’s side are looking lethargic going forward. If the GW28 win sparks the Old Trafford attack into life, the striker should capitalise with further returns.

United’s GW29 opponents Crystal Palace, who allowed Spurs 14 shots on Sunday, are winless in five league outings. Roy Hodgson’s squad is down to the bare bones in defence.

The Red Devils put four past the Eagles back in GW7; it would be no surprise to see a similar result should United attack their prey from the first whistle.

Jamie Vardy (£8.7m)

Before blanking in GW28 against Stoke, the Foxes frontman had netted in four gameweeks on the trot.

Bournemouth arrive at the King Power with just one shut out since GW13 – an anomalous clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in GW25.

Vardy’s pace could be pivotal for Claude Puel’s side if Eddie Howe reverts to a three-man backline in GW29.

The 19%-selected forward will fancy his chances up against leggy Cherries defenders Simon Francis and Steve Cook.

Differential Choice

Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m)

The Austrian was in fine form between GW18 and GW24, scoring 57 points in six starts.

Injured for three gameweeks, ‘Arnie’ made an immediate impact on his GW27 return with a goal against Watford.

The West Ham attacker remains high on confidence, portrayed by an audacious effort against Liverpool last weekend which was barely tipped onto the crossbar by Loris Karius.

The Irons will have no fear of GW29 opponents Swansea, who ended a recent run of defensive stinginess by shipping four goals away to Brighton in GW28.

Carlos Carvalhal’s 18th-placed side are in need of three points, a situation which should see Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini afforded space to attack the Swans’ defence.

Owned by just 5.4%, Arnautovic has been making a mockery of his price tag since David Moyes’ appointment. Maverick managers could be well rewarded by this risky captain pick.