Each week we preview the weekend’s action and provide our best advice for Fantasy Premier League, selecting the players we believe should be leading contenders for your crucial captaincy.
We’ve reached the half-way point of the Fantasy Premier League season, with managers having to deal with the challenge of the festive fixture schedule and increasing numbers of postponements and absentees.
Gameweek 20 includes some fascinating clashes, including Liverpool’s trip to Leicester and a clash between two struggling teams as Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park.
Ahead of the Gameweek 20 deadline, we’ve picked our for of the best FPL captaincy options.
Mohamed Salah v Leicester (A)
Liverpool’s postponed fixture with Leeds saw Mohamed Salah removed as a captaincy option for gameweek 19, a whole host of FPL managers who had perma-captained the Egyptian having had to look elsewhere for double points.
Salah will return refreshed when Liverpool travel to face Leicester on Tuesday evening, with the Foxes having leaked goals at an alarming rate in recent weeks.
The Foxes have conceded 3+ goals in three of their past four games, including a 6-3 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day that saw Brendan Rodgers’ side trail 4-0 after just 25 minutes.
Salah – who leads the Premier League for both goals and assists this season – will be relishing the chance to capitalise on Leicester’s fragile defence and strengthen his claim for the division’s Golden Boot at the King Power Stadium.
Raheem Sterling v Brentford (A)
Raheem Sterling has returned to form in recent weeks and leads the Premier League for goals scored in December, having netted five times in just five appearances this month.
The England international has looked somewhere closer to his best after an indifferent start to the campaign, returning to prominence and rediscovering his touch around the penalty box.
Sterling scored twice in the 6-3 win over Leicester and could be a fine differential captain as Manchester City travel to Brentford, the Premier League champions in ominous mood after winning nine consecutive league fixtures.
SCOUT: Raheem Sterling (£10.6m) has recorded an attacking return in six of his last seven appearances
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) December 27, 2021
With Jack Grealish and Phil Foden having irked their manager earlier this month, Sterling has a chance to re-establish himself as an automatic selection and will hope for another opportunity against a Brentford side with just two wins from their past 10 games.
Riyad Mahrez v Brentford (A)
Manchester City are purring at present and the club’s attacking options will appeal to FPL managers, including Riyad Mahrez who has provided three consecutive double-digit hauls.
Mahrez has often been an explosive scorer in Fantasy Premier League and has found his groove of late, providing both a goal and assist in clashes with Leeds, Newcastle and Leicester.
The Algerian will hope to retain his place in the side when the league leaders travel to Brentford, but those rushing to bring in the 30-year-old should do so with caution as the Africa Cup of Nations looms in the new year.
Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) has produced three successive double-digit hauls!
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) December 26, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo v Burnley (H)
Cristiano Ronaldo remains Manchester United’s chief source of goals and has three in his past three Premier League appearances, including the winner as the Red Devils won at Norwich last time out.
That narrow 1-0 win at Carrow Road somewhat lessened the optimism raised by a winning start under Ralf Rangnick, but a home clash with Burnley is one the interim boss will be expecting to win.
Burnley remain in the bottom three and with just one win this season, whilst the Clarets have failed to score a goal in each of their past three fixtures.
Ronaldo will view the clash as a chance to improve on his haul of seven league goals for the campaign and is set to be heavily backed by FPL managers who have the Portugal captain amongst their ranks.
The 36-year-old ranks third in the Premier League for shots per 90 minutes (3.75) and second for shots on target per 90 minutes (1.49), behind only Mohamed Salah.