Making captain picks before the gaffers give their pressers is an exercise in futility. You can reallistically assume certain players will be ruled out, but often we are left with more cryptic knowledge than firm answers once the Friday pressers have come and gone. That being said, decisions must be made and this post has the intention of providing you some insight into the best captain picks for the forgotten week, the week before the double game week. Don’t stress the press, just go with the flow and pick your best!
Raheem Sterling, Man City – Razmataz gets the nod for the top captain option of the week. City are away to West Ham this weekend, and while the Hammers have battle in recent matches and remain just 6 points clear of relegation, I don’t see the Hammers putting up enough fight to come close to shutting down the Man City offense. City has 4 matches to tie Chelsea’s prem record of 103 goals in a premier league season, and currently sit at 98 scored. 5 goals in 4 matches? They will try to pass Chelsea’s record this week, and only continue to add to their tally in subsequent weeks. They are still playing amazing football, and a City player as a captain choice makes all the sense in the world. Raz is the most consistent scorer they’ve had all season, and should continue his fantastic form as he prepares to play his first-ever World Cup.
Mo Salah, Liverpool – If he plays 90, he’s the pick. But will he play at all? My prediction is King Salah starts, but will only need that one half versus Stoke to do enough to guarantee a Liverpool Victory. The Reds need to come away with the win to clinch a no-lower-than 4th place finish, and a matchup versus the Potters is insanely juicy. Klopp wants that reassurance and to remove any Prem distractions from his squad’s legit run at a Champions League Trophy, so I see Salah getting the start, but does he put up the most points this week? Probably not….
Christian Eriksen, Spurs – Spurs need a win and a Liverpool loss to tie the Reds for third in the table, and Eriksen has been the man pulling the strings for Spurs all season. While you could argue for Kane or Son as other potential Spurs captain picks, Watford has been known to ship a looooot of goals, and I have a feeling Eriksen is the player most likely to be involved in the majority of them. He is also very capable of a two or three goal outburst, so the Hornets better watch themselves.
Jordan Ayew, Swansea – Ayew scored two weeks ago (prior to the Man City match) in his first appearance since a red card suspension, and it would be hard to believe he won’t be told to continue his attacking ways for this match. The Swans have come too far now to head back toward the drop, and with only 4 matches remaining they remain just 4 points clear. Any points won off of Chelsea this week would be a massive boost for their hopes to stay up next season. Ayew has been their best attacking player all season, netting 7 goals on the season and 6 since GW19 when Paul Clement got sacked and Carlos Carvalhal figured out how to best play him. If you want an oddball, low percentage captaincy pick, he’s not a bad one.