The Premier League returned this week in typically high-octane fashion. There were high-scoring games, controversial refereeing decisions and last-minute goals. Although there were no truly shocking results last weekend, the upcoming gameweek does bring a set of easier fixtures, but, this season has shown more than ever that that nothing is every truly predictable. As such, we’re back with our Fantasy Premier League captain picks for gameweek six of the season.
Fantasy Premier League captain picks
Mohamed Salah (vs Sheffield United)
The Merseyside Derby lived up to its historic reputation of being one of producing heaps of controversy and high scoring games. However, despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin continuing his immense form and Richarlison’s crunching red card tackle, the injury to Virgil Van Dijk looks to be the most significant takeaway from the match, with the Dutch defender reportedly side-lined for eight months.
With the out-of-form Joe Gomez and Joel Matip now appearing to be the likely centre-back partnership, Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost the heart of their defence and may have to rely on outscoring their opponents to win games.
Therefore, captaining Mo Salah may be the smart choice against a weak Sheffield United side. The Egyptian has scored six goals in five games this season, including a smart volley against Everton last weekend. The former Chelsea winger has been empathetic this season and has looked full of fight and energy, which will create a defensive nightmare for Chris Wilder’s lacklustre Blades. Considering the form Salah is, you can’t help but expect at least a goal from the prolific goalscorer, especially up against a side who only have two points to their name this season. He’s the first pick in our Fantasy Premier League captain picks.
James Rodriguez (vs Southampton)
Colombian creative midfielder James Rodriguez has found his form since joining Everton, scoring three and assisting three in five appearances. Along with fellow summer signings Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, the former Real Madrid midfielder has added an abundance of quality and flair to the Toffees’ midfield, who have severely lacked those two attributes for years. He really is a must pick in our Fantasy Premier League team selection.
Southampton may have snatched a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend but, for extensive periods of the match, they were under the cosh and if the Blues had a slice of luck then they may have put the match out of the Saints’ reach.
Despite the ban to Richarlison, Everton will head into the fixture as firm favourites and should win the match if they are to meet the sudden expectation that they are potential league winners. The form of Calvert-Lewin, seven goals in his last five games, can only offer encouragement for Rodriguez, and the pair look like a new-found formidable partnership that should be capable of carving open the Southampton defence.
Neal Maupay (vs West Brom)
A late goal from Alexis Mac Allister meant that rivals Brighton and Crystal Palace were forced to share the points on Sunday, with one of last week’s FPL Captain Picks, Wilfried Zaha scoring the other.
One player who will have come out of the match disappointed not to add to his tally is Seagulls striker, Neal Maupay. The Frenchman only had a few chances in the match but a mixture of poor decision-making and superb last-ditch defending kept the forward out.
However, the ex-Brentford striker will certainly be disappointed not to add to his tally up against relegation candidates West Brom. The Baggies currently sit in 18th position in the league table and have already conceded 13 goals this season, more than any other club. Slaven Bilic’s side are yet to show the fight and determination of a newly-promoted side, with their most impressive performance being the 3-3 draw with Chelsea, where they threw away a three goal lead.
With Lewis Dunk facing a three match ban due to his red card at the weekend, a reshape will certainly be required for Graham Potter’s side. The most probable solution being Ben White dropping back into defence and then Aaron Connolly returning to the starting eleven. The Irishman’s speed and tireless running should open up plenty of opportunities for Maupay and thus, captaining his strike partner could be a very wise move.
Harry Kane (vs Burnley)
Manuel Lanzini’s absolute thunderbolt rightfully stole the headlines as West Ham’s three goals in 12 minutes rescued them a point against Spurs. However, a performance that has seemingly been forgotten is Harry Kane’s, who scored twice and assisted one in a well-rounded display.
The England captain showed great work rate, leadership and quality in front of goal, working hard to help his side wherever possible at either end of the pitch. The striker’s sublime pass over the top of the West Ham defence after 40 seconds set up the first goal for the in-form Heung-Min Son, then an individual goal of excellence and towering header meant that Kane’s goal tally for the season rose from three to five within the space of sixteen minutes. And the 27-year-old will certainly be disappointed if it doesn’t rise again this weekend up against Burnley.
The Clarets sit rock-bottom of the Premier League and are yet to even register a point this season, with defeats to Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester City. Sean Dyche’s side are in the heart of an injury crisis and the defensive soundness of Burnley now looks a thing of the past, with teams equipped and ready for the long balls and low possession football. With Gareth Bale now match fit and Kane and Son scoring for fun, Burnley will have to produce an unbelievable performance to avoid defeat on Monday night. Kane simply must go in as one of the most obvious Fantasy Premier League captain picks of the week.