Who to captain in Gameweek 2? All of the heavy hitters rewarded their owners in the opening FPL GW, but will they deliver again?
Is Salah a good captain choice against Southampton (A)
Salah was a popular captain pick in GW1, rightfully so as he returned 12 points. He has a nice looking fixture in GW2 – even though it is away from home, it is at Southampton, team that didn’t impress defensively, far from it.
They got trashed by Burnley 3 goals to nil, with defense looking especially shaky and their goalkeeper Gunn not on the level from last season. Surely Salah is a great captain pick for gameweek 2?
Big problem for giving Salah an armband is the fact he played 120 minutes of football in a Wednesday Super Cup match in Istanbul. How is that going to affect him, is he even going to start on Saturday, after just three days of rest?
I think he definitely starts. I don’t think Klopp can afford resting any of his first choice offensive players. Falling behind City in points this early in the season is not acceptable. Especially now with their first choice GK out, Reds need to rely more on offense to bail them if they concede more than expected amount of goals in Alisson’s absence, which is a real possibility.
OK so Salah starts, is he going to blank with midweek football fatigue in mind? Could be the case for sure, but given Southampton’s shaky defense, I definitely see Liverpool scoring, and most likely by one of their offensive players: Mane, Firmino or Salah.
All of those three players looked very sharp, but because of the fact Salah is owned by 45% of the FPL managers at the moment, he should be the best pick of the three as you’re protecting yourself from a big ranking hit if he delivers and your captain choice fails.
Can Sterling repeat the big point haul against Spurs
Sterling was very motivated against West Ham and looked very sharp, scoring a nice hat trick, but could have had more if only Aguero let him take the penalty and VAR didn’t disallow Jesus’ goal which was assisted by Sterling.
Can he repeat that kind of a performance against Spurs? I think he can. City struggled last season against Spurs, but they did win both of the two most recent home matches, and I would be very surprised if they fail to win again on Saturday, with all due respect to Spurs.
Spurs can’t really defend very well, their back line will for sure be exposed by the pacey City players with an eye for a nice pass in space (KDB).
I can see Sterling getting on the score sheet, making him a good FPL captain option as well. Likewise, I expect Aguero to start and be hungry to score, but the same thing that applies for Liverpool, applies here: Sterling has a much higher ownership among FPL managers and overlooking him to give a captain band to Aguero if you happen to have both, is a very risky business.
Both Man City and Liverpool have loads of attacking potential and it is virtually impossible to pick the highest scoring player, so playing it safe and captaining the highest owned ones make a lot of sense, especially in the beginning of season.
Is Kane good captain pick against City?
In a word, no. Kane is a player that can put chances away, no doubt about that, but how many chances is he going to get against City? Not many I would expect. Even if he gets into good positions, I can see City defenders blocking him as Kane is not a player that can overrun them.
Lucas Moura is a pacey player that is more likely to score against City imo. If you’re thinking about captaining Kane, I would suggest to avoid, wait for GW 3, a much more favorable matchup for him is Newcastle (H) – good opportunity for another brace
Differential FPL Captain picks for Gameweek 2
If you don’t own neither Salah nor Sterling which is very unlikely, or you are trying to gain some ground after a bad GW1 score, you might opt for a more risky captain option for GW2, a differential with lower ownership.
Aubameyang certainly looked sharp in a narrow win at Newcastle and could be a decent option for a captain pick in GW2, but Burnley are no pushovers, and they have a solid GK in Pope. Still with some luck, Aubameyang could deliver.
How about Marcus Rashford? While he did look brilliant in a 4-0 win over Chelsea, general consensus is that Man Utd lucked out in that one, and they might have a much bigger challenge on Monday night against Wolves, team that beat them twice at home last season. Not only that, Wolves defended very well at Leicester in GW1 and they are likely going to be a tough nut to crack.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth players have high ownership and a big potential, but could they be trusted after a poor home performance against new boys from Sheffield? They are traveling to Birmingham to face another newly promoted team of Aston Villa, but Villans looked great in GW1 despite a 3-1 loss at Spurs. High ceiling potentially for Wilson or Fraser, but not worthy at the moment until they show some signs of good form.
How about Chelsea? Any FPL captain potential there? They played great against Liverpool in Super Cup, bounced back with a big performance after a bad start to the season at Man Utd. However, until they establish their game under a new manager, I wouldn’t trust them just yet. Pulisic and Mason Mount could be good captain option going forward, but give them some time. After all, Leicester are not pushovers and Chelsea might have a tough game on Sunday
At this point in season makes sense to keep faith in Sterling and Salah and give an armband to one of them, as they are solid picks due to their talent and ability, but also because of the high ownership at this point.
Other players such as Aubameyang, Mane, Firmino and Aguero are good shouts, but due to the lower ownership % aren’t necessarily worth the risk.
So if you have both Sterling and Salah in your team, who gets the armband? Both have a good case for themselves – Salah is facing arguably an easier opponent in Southampton, but Salah might be fatigued which could impact his performance or he could at least be subbed off earlier.
On the other hand Spurs are not pushovers and I don’t expect Sterling to repeat his hat trick heroics again.
The way I see this dilemma, is that Sterling is more likely to return something, but Salah has a higher ceiling in Gameweek 2, especially considering the fact he is on penalties and corners for his team.
Best of luck in GW2 and I wish you green arrows, whatever you decide!