Fantasy Premier League expert Abdul Rehman picks out the best captains for Gameweek 12 – the king and the differential!
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MOHAMED SALAH (£13.1m) – LIVERPOOL
Fixture: Arsenal (H)
ABDUL SAYS: “Mohamed Salah has now gone nine games in a row with an attacking return! He has only blanked once this season. Although he hasn’t scored in the last two, his stats and ownership still suggest he is too dangerous not to captain just now.
The Liverpool forward has 36 shots in the box (1st), 24 shots on target (1st), 12 big chances (1st) and an xG of 8.8.27 (1st). He has also created seven big chances (1st) with an xA of 5.12 (1st). No player comes close to him this season in terms of underlying numbers or output.
Liverpool have a home game against Arsenal in Gameweek 12. The Gunners have really improved defensively after their first three games of the season.
However this Liverpool team is very attacking and is putting up some impressive numbers. They have scored 31 goals (1st), with 143 shots in the box (1st), 78 shots on target (1st) and an xG of 28.0 (1st).
They are actually by far the best team going forward and, couple that Salah’s record breaking form, I really can’t see Arsenal causing Liverpool any problems here!”
HARRY KANE (£12.2m) – TOTTENHAM
Fixture: Leeds (H)
ABDUL SAYS: “Harry Kane has had one of his worst starts to a season! After nine games, he sits on only one goal and one assist. There isn’t much statistical evidence to present in Kane’s favour but, with new manager Antonio Conte at the helm and the fact Spurs now embark on a great run of fixtures, I feel he is too good to stay quiet for long.
Spurs start their good run with a home fixture to Leeds in Gameweek 12. The Whites have conceded 18 goals (16th), 105 shots in the box (15th) and an xGC of 16.9 (15th). They have always been leaky due to their attacking style of play and this looks a tailor made game for Conte’s counter attacking style of football.
With this being Conte’s first Premier League home fixture, they will be desperate to win this and turn their season around. It may take a bit of time for them to get fully up to speed with the new manager’s tactics, but any goals they score will likely be via Kane or team-mate Heung-Min Son.
He is only owned by 7.6% of managers so if you want to take the risk of not captaining Salah, then Kane could shoot you up the ranks. Also his seven goals in two games over the international break will surely do his confidence the world of good!”