GW25: Captain Contenders

Is this week to take a punt against Suarez as your captain? If you've got Van Persie in your team, maybe...

For the first time in a while we’ve seriously thought about not captaining Luis Suarez for our own team with Arsenal’s formidable defence rolling up to Anfield this gameweek. The Gunners have only conceded more than 1 goal away from home twice this season, losing 6-3 at City and the 2-2 draw with Southampton. Liverpool’s own home form is hard to ignore too of course, recently putting 4 past an Everton side whose defensive displays on the road have been the equal of Arsenal.

If we had Robin Van Persie in our team this week we’d certainly captain him. Fulham have been truly atrocious at both ends of the pitch this season and whatever small improvements Meulensteen has made at the club it’s not exactly translated to keeping the opposition off the score sheet. We’ve talked a bit recently about the value of Van Persie, and how we don’t think he’s a viable signing for your team, especially with United’s next three fixtures being away at Arsenal and Palace and then no fixture at all in GW28. However, if there was ever a fixture you’d want the Dutchman this would be it.

Eden Hazard has to be considered an option this week too after his dazzling display at City on Monday and an off-form Newcastle visiting Stamford Bridge. We have to expect Hazard to be amongst the points this week although the Belgian’s upside is never that great. He doesn’t typically manage many shots in a game game and, although his quality is great, it means he’s rarely looks in line for a truly explosive score. Which brings us back around to Suarez who always threatens explosive returns whatever the fixture and will be our captain again this week,

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