Fantasy Premier League 2021/22 | Figuring out the perfect captain pick for Gameweek 36

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Fantasy Premier League 2021/22 | Figuring out the perfect captain pick for Gameweek 36

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SportsCafe Desk

05/06/2022

The Premier League is approaching the final few decisive weeks of the season and now is the right time to cash in all your cards in FPL and separate yourself from the rest. To get maximum returns in this double gameweek, you need to rely on your best players and make them the captain.

The wait is finally over as the Premier League brings us its biggest double gameweek of the season yet and for those FPL players who have been patiently waiting to cash in your chips, now is the right time to make some shrewd moves. 

It's a huge juncture of the fantasy football season. Gameweek 36 is going to be a momentous occasion as it brings the perfect opportunity to make up points on your friends or to distance yourself from the rest of the pack in the overall grand scheme of things.

Are your regular picks for Captain just not hitting their stride right when you need them the most? Well now might be the time to make the smart move and rely on established players to take up the mantle as teams look to establish their destiny at the end of the season. 

Let's combine some statistics and armchair psychology to determine who among the big hitters are the ideal picks for being named as captain.

Mohamed Salah

Well, this one is a fairly obvious pick. Granted that the Egyptian and manager Jurgen Klopp broke the hearts of FPL fans worldwide when Salah was named on the bench during their match against Newcastle. This week will be completely different as the Reds' season will be defined across their two fixtures in this game week. 

The Liverpool star has scored 5 goals against Spurs in the Premier League and 4 out of them have come at home. He has also scored five goals against Villa with his last game against the Premier League outfit netting him two away goals in the league. The game against Aston Villa will be very enticing given their downturn in recent weeks.

The high-flying Reds are big favourites to win both their matches in their quest to claim the title at the end of the campaign. The Reds will still be reeling from their high in the Champions League and will be sure to continue their momentum with Salah set to play a decisive part in shaping their campaign.

Kevin De Bruyne

Similar to Salah, Kevin De Bruyne was rested for his side in their fixture in Gameweek 35 and that is likely to cause concern among FPL fans but it is unlikely that Pep Guardiola will leave him out again as the mounting picture of the title race is sure to weigh heavily on his mind, especially after their disappointing exit to Real Madrid in the Champions League. 

Newcastle on Sunday will prove to be a tough test for the Cityzens as the Magpies have overturned their fortunes since hiring Eddie Howe. They proved against Liverpool that they are a hard team to break down but if you had to choose one player from world football to break down a defense, it's the mercurial Belgian.

The Belgian playmaker has recorded all but one of his goal returns at home against Newcastle while amassing 56 points in his last six matches, thanks to four goals, four assists and 10 bonus points.

City also face Wolves, who to put it frankly are in freefall. They have lost seven of their last ten games and looked completely open at the back against Norwich which doesn't fare well for their fortunes when facing the reigning Premier League champions.

All in all it should prove to be a good day at the office for De Bruyne.

Heung-Min Son

Well to be perfectly honest, Gameweek 35 was the right time to captain Son but this upcoming GW will prove to be a season-defining one for Spurs. They have two tough fixtures on their hands as they face Liverpool and then Arsenal. Liverpool will be a tough test to overcome at home as their dreams of securing a quadruple are still alive. 

In my opinion, the game against Liverpool will be an open game as Spurs are also chasing a top-four spot. It will be a high-scoring affair which could mean a fruitful day at the office for the Spurs frontman. 

Then comes the North London derby with both teams not producing consistently in recent weeks. They both go into a match on an equal footing with a win for either team proving decisive to securing a coveted Champions League spot. Arsenal has consistently shown they are defensively vulnerable and in a contest where both teams have the impetus to produce, I expect a productive day for Son. 

Unorthodox pick:

Richarlison

Yes I know I said that you have to rely on your big hitters for maximum points but hear me out. Everton have everything to fight for and Richarlison has been in fantastic form, helping his side when they need him the most in recent weeks. Richarlison has the second-best attacking stats of all players in the league if you compare their previous six games. 

The Brazilian has attempted the most shots inside the box and has marked his output with four goals. In this gameweek he is set to start against both Watford and Leicester who have been poor at the back all season.

 Neither side have shown any significant improvements and have conceded a combined 23 goals between them in their last six. Richarlison could capitalize on their vulnerabilities and help Everton secure their survival in the top flight of English football.

My pick

It was hard to pick between Kevin De Bruyne and Heung Min Son but I would go with the talismanic Spurs attacker as I foresee more chances for the South Korean to make his mark in what I expect to be high-scoring affairs. Picking any of these choices will be fine as all of them have their reasons and ability to produce in a decisive gameweek that will determine the fate of their campaigns.

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