December 1, 2023

Written by Samson Baretto 

Manchester City and Liverpool players are clear front runners in the captaincy race for Gameweek 4.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling appears to be in the form of his life as he bagged his fifth goal of the season in only his third PL game against Bournemouth. Being a Pep favorite, he’s been posting stats that’s just a dream for the FPL managers as he faces Brighton at the Etihad in what should be a very straight forward victory for the Cityzens. Sterling ranks top among midfielders for shots on goal (12) with all of them coming inside the box and 7 of them being Big Chances, again top among all midfielders.

FPL 19/20 Scout Report 3 - Assessing captaincy options for Gameweek 4
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019, in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Brighton have had a great start to the season under Graham Potter and the defensive statistics make for an impressive reading, the Seagulls have conceded only 31 shots, the seventh-best in the league but it is worth mentioning that they played Watford, West Ham and Southampton in those games, not the rampant attacking force that is Manchester City. The Englishman’s 46.4% owners will be expecting him to find the back of the net again to improve on his tally of 5 goals.

Sergio Aguero

The FPL Legend Sergio Aguero is certainly back in FPL Managers’ radars after bagging a brace against Bournemouth in Gameweek 3. He has somehow fallen behind the shadows of Raheem Sterling this season in terms of ownership which might well play into the hands of his 19% owners as they have a great differential captaincy shout this gameweek compared to Raheem Sterling. Aguero has had a total of 8 attempts on goal with 6 of them being in the box and 4 of them being Big Chances. Creativity wise, Aguero hasn’t been too shy as he’s created 4 chances this season just 2nd to Callum Wilson(7).

FPL 19/20 Scout Report 3 - Assessing captaincy options for Gameweek 4
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Historically we’ve seen that Kun Aguero has been a force at the Etihad and I expect high returns from him against the Seagulls. Plus, with the potential absence of Jesus, Aguero should get 90 minutes under his belt which only strengthens his case. Thus with all round goal threat, assist potential and penalties, I entirely expect Kun to add to his 4 goals and closely challenge Sterling as the best Captaincy option this gameweek.

Mohamed Salah –

Although I prefer Raheem Sterling and Kun Aguero over Salah this week, it’s always good to have options, isn’t it?

The 2017/18 and 2018/19 golden boot winner has started the season pretty strongly scoring 3 in 3 already and punishing the 398,638 owners who ditched him in Gameweek 3 by scoring a brace against the Gunners. The Egyptian King also has strong underlying stats only second to Mount and Sterling for shots on goal (10) with 4 of them on target. Although Burnley historically have been quite defensive against the top 6, if they attack Liverpool like they attacked Arsenal, there might be spaces for Salah to exploit and get in behind that defense like he did against David Luiz and Arsenal.

FPL 19/20 Scout Report 3 - Assessing captaincy options for Gameweek 4
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Although it’s a very small sample, it’s important to know that all of Salah’s points have come at home and he is yet to score away this season. Regardless, with Salah on a few set pieces and penalties while Milner is not on the pitch, I wouldn’t be surprised if he opens his away account for the season against Burnley and I expect him and Liverpool to do well at Turf Moor.

Differential Captain.

Teemu Pukki 

The Pukki party has been on a roll this season. With most of the pundits not expecting Pukki to carry his Championship form into the Premier League, the Championships’ top scorer has slammed all the critics scoring 5 goals in 3 games and breaking multiple records. Next up for Norwich is a very defensively sloppy West Ham team who rank 2nd worst in the league in terms of shots conceded (53) with 41 of them coming inside the box. This fares well for Pukki with him having 12 shots on goal and all 12 of them coming from inside the box. West Ham also have an xGC of 7.54 which is the worst tally in the league. I expect the West Ham vs Norwich game to be a very open one and the likes of Pukki could do very well there. So are y’all joining the Pukki party or not? 😉

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