After a routine week of red cards, VAR controversy and wonder goals, FPL managers can only be excited looking ahead at Gameweek 10. Although the upcoming round of fixtures look slightly tougher to predict, it shouldn’t be too hard to predict which individuals will perform… hopefully! Without further ado, here are our Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks for the upcoming game week.
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks – Week 10
Diogo Jota (vs Brighton)
Despite their endless list of injuries, Liverpool showed that class was permanent in a 3-0 victory over a strong Leicester City side. But it will be mixed emotions for Jurgen Klopp as he grows increasingly frustrated with his list of sidelined players, especially with the potential addition of midfield maestro Naby Keita after this weekend, who appeared to have pulled a muscle too.
However, The Reds take on Brighton, an opposition who they haven’t lost to since 1985 (1D 10W). The Seagulls head into the match on the back of a 2-1 victory away at Aston Villa, but it looks doubtful that they will be able to deal with the pace and energy of the Liverpool attack.
One player who Graham Potter’s men will need to be especially wary of is Diogo Jota. The Portuguese winger has been in scintillating form since making the move to Anfield from Wolves, scoring four goals in seven appearances and being a constant threat from start to finish in matches. The £45m signing is creative, incredibly quick and lethal in the penalty area, if Brighton give him space in and around the box on Saturday then they could be in for a long 90 minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (vs Leeds United)
Before this season, I would never have had Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a regular inclusion in the Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks, but the striker simply cannot stop scoring, and therefore he’s a shoo-in. Another brace against relegation candidates Fulham took the English strikers tally for the season to ten goals, overtaking Heung-Min Son to be the league’s top scorer.
This weekend Everton take on Leeds at Goodison Park, a game which The Toffees will need to win if they want to stay in contention with the other Champions League placing contenders. The Peacocks were unlucky not to pick up all three points against Arsenal this weekend, hitting the woodwork on several occasions and forcing Gunners’ goalkeeper Bernd Leno into some great saves.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will need to improve upon that performance if they are to take anything home with them from the blue side of Merseyside. The expansiveness and creativity of Everton looks like it could tear apart any team it faces, and the brilliant crosses that DCL is receiving in the box makes it seem a near certainty that he will keep up his goal a game record.
Gabriel Jesus (vs Burnley)
Manchester City have looked a shadow of their former selves this season, they no longer look the team that would batter teams by five or six, instead they look like a side that will work hard for a one or two goal advantage and then sit on it for the rest of a match.
After a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Pep Guardiola will have their fixture against Burnley underlined as a must-win if they are to mount a title challenge this season. The Clarets have just two points to their name this season and that total really doesn’t look like it will be improving over the weekend.
Despite all their firepower, City haven’t been lethal enough in front of goal this season – shown by their five shots on target from 22 shots against Spurs in Gameweek 9. With Sergio Aguero looking out of form recently, all eyes will be on Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus to get the job done in front of goal. The 23-year-old possesses all the qualities of an ideal modern day striker, he’s good with both feet, can run in behind or drop in to receive the ball and is also a good passer of the ball. If Jesus can form some partnerships with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres then he could solidify himself as a regular starter for the Etihad Stadium outfit, and for that reason he could be a smart Fantasy Premier League Captain Pick.
Jamie Vardy (vs Fulham)
Love him or hate him, Jamie Vardy is an unbelievable striker. And with Fulham in the form that they are, Vardy is potentially the last player that they will want to see lining up against them. The forward has already scored eight goals and assisted one this season, and the Englishman could easily hit double-figures for goals at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening.
Fulham have just four points so far this season, and three of those came in a victory against bottom side West Bromwich Albion. Scott Parker’s team have really struggled since their promotion, with many teams pressing high and punishing any mistakes their defence makes, as shown by Calvert-Lewin’s first goal after 40 seconds last week.
Vardy has been in unbelievable form for what seems like forever, and this constant quality matched with his ‘rags to riches’ story of coming up through the leagues has meant that the 34-year-old has slowly became a Premier League legend. The striker can score from all angles and makes even half-chances look easy, which puts him in good stead for a fruitful return if captained against Fulham. He is easily my most confident of Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks for Gameweek 10.
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