FPL Gameweek 30 – Captain Picks

Owners of Kane and Salah must choose between fixture and form in GW30, while favourable ties for Man City and Leicester offer strong captain choices away from the big two.

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Harry Kane (£12.9m)

The Spurs frontman is odds on to be GW30’s most captained player, despite being outscored by Salah in each of the last five gameweeks. A juicy fixture against the Cherries will prove impossible to ignore for most Kane owners.

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Bournemouth have kept just one clean sheet since GW13, though Eddie Howe’s team did frustrate Spurs in GW8 as Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit grinded out a 1-0 win. However, the south-coast side have allowed opponents 99 shots over the last six gameweeks, more than any other club.

Six shots, three on target, did not yield a goal for the England striker against Huddersfield in GW29. Kane did keep his points tally ticking over with an exquisite assist however, while Bournemouth’s tendency for shot concession should see the game’s most expensive player justify his price tag and huge captaincy backing.

Mo Salah (£10.6m)

The Egyptian king continued a royal streak in GW29, scoring for the fifth gameweek in a row. One of Salah’s five blanks this season did come against Saturday’s opponents Manchester United, back in GW8. Despite winning at Selhurst Park on Monday night, Jose Mourinho’s side were far from convincing.

That performance, coupled with the fact that United have one clean sheet in the previous five gameweeks, will see Salah armbanded by hoards of managers despite the suspicion that the Red Devils will ‘park the bus’ at Old Trafford.

The Liverpool star’s relentless consistency means that captaining Salah is never a bad plan, whoever the opponent. FPL’s top scorer continues to rise in price and popularity, with over 61% of managers now owning the midfielder.

Sergio Aguero (£11.9m)

The Argentine assisted the assister for Man City’s solitary strike gainst Chelsea on Sunday but found opportunities scarce against Antonio Conte’s ultra-defensive tactics.

Aguero has scored just one goal in City’s last six away games but does boast two assists over that period. A trip to Stoke should see the forward given the opportunity to boost his road tally, while reaching 200 goals for the Citizens.

The Potters kept a first clean sheet in four gameweeks against Southampton on Saturday but were fortunate not to concede.

Stoke boss Paul Lambert has also said that he has “never sat back against anything” - encouraging news for owners of Aguero, Leroy Sane (£8.5m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) and company.

Champions League minutes* should be monitored but considering the bet365 clash takes place on Monday evening and Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m) has managed precious little pitch time so far, Aguero’s starting spot in Guardiola’s league XI seems assured for now.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m)

A premium pick in differential’s clothing. Owned by just 8.7% of FPL bosses, the Leicester star is showing signs of his pre-GW25 form. Mahrez blanked in GW28 despite firing six attempts on goal, though a very late free-kick saw the Algerian rack up 10 points in GW29.

The midfielder has now blanked just three times in his last 13 gameweek starts. Up against a drifting West Brom outfit, Mahrez will be afforded the chance to beef up his 150-point tally.

The Baggies last kept a clean sheet in GW23, conceding 13 goals in the proceeding six gameweeks. Leicester are winless in six league outings but a rejuvenated Mahrez could see Claude Puel’s side arrest that run at West Brom’s expense.

Differential Choice

Troy Deeney (£6.3m)

The Watford striker caused havoc for Arsenal back in GW8. Deeney revealed that he decided to ‘see who wanted it’ after being introduced as a substitute at Vicarage Road; it turned out that Arsenal’s defenders did not. The forward scored from the spot to level the game before Tom Cleverley’s last-gasp winner.

Brighton’s Steve Sidwell touched on a similar theme after the Seagulls’ GW29 triumph over the Gunners. The midfielder told talkSPORT of Arsenal: “It is what everyone has been saying of late – there are no characters, no fight, no desire, no passion to wear the shirt.”

Deeney arrives at the Emirates in GW30 having scored three times in four gameweeks, netting 26 points in the process. With Arsenal now focusing on the Europa League – portrayed by Aaron Ramsey’s absence from the Gunners’ GW29 squad – Watford will fancy their chances of a third successive Premier League win.

*Note: Aguero, Kane and Salah all face into Champions League ties this week; FPL bosses should make sure to monitor their squad over those games before finalising captaincy selection.