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In this week’s column, we look at why you should captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and provide three tips ahead of the midweek action.
But first, a shout out to these tactical geniuses who top our Sport360 fans league going into this week!
WHO TO PICK AS CAPTAIN
Adam Lallana [7.6m] was the pick for captain in Gameweek 22 but proved to be a disappointment. He struck the crossbar and then headed over the target from close range in Liverpool’s 3-2 loss at home to Swansea City.
This week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic [11.7m] is the pick for the captaincy. The Swede also disappointed in his last league outing as Manchester United needed an injury-time equaliser from Wayne Rooney to salvage 1-1 draw away to Stoke City.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men welcome Hull City to Old Trafford on Wednesday and can ill-afford to lose more ground in their bid for a top four spot.
Ibrahimovic has been one of the most consistent performers over the last 10 Gameweeks or so and should get back on track in midweek.
And then there’s the final selling point. If United score, Ibrahimovic will probably have something to do with it, that’ a fact. And against Hull at home, they really should score.
THREE TIPS FOR THE MIDWEEK ACTION
EVERTON PROVIDE GREAT VALUE
In recent weeks, Everton have suddenly sprung into action and may well be one of the most in form teams at the moment. They still have a great run of fixtures ahead of them starting with Stoke City on Wednesday.
Also, so many of their players represent great value for money. Tom Davies [4.4m] is a handy option in midfield, scoring 20 points over the last three rounds.
Romelu Lukaku [9.6m] went through a dry spell but is firing once again with three goals and an assist in his last five.
Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman [5.6m] has been racking up the points. He’s kept four clean sheets in the last five games, scoring once and providing an assist as well.
PAUL POGBA COULD PUT YOU AHEAD
A footballer with his own hashtag on Twitter shouldn’t really be an option if you’re looking for a tidy differential but his [8.5m] price tag coupled with the fact that he plays in central midfield rather than in the final third, has deterred FPL managers.
However, he’s been quietly scoring points at a decent and with United’s fixtures list at the moment, there’s every chance that he could get a few more.
He’s a bit of a gamble no doubt but does get among the chances and is owned by only 11% of the fantasy teams.
7 - Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (19) has scored more goals for Man Utd in all competitions this season than Paul Pogba (7). Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 26, 2017
TIME TO DROP THESE FPL FAVOURITES
Jermain Defoe will always score goals because that’s simply what Jermain Defoe does. He’s done brilliantly for Sunderland this season with little help but with their current run of games, he may find it harder to maintain his impressive scoring rate.
With Van Aanholt off to Palace & Anichebe injured, Sunderland's only league goalscorer other than Defoe is Fabio Borini...— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) January 27, 2017
With one goal. pic.twitter.com/18NfuWMbUL
Things change ever so quickly in football. Lallana was our choice for captain only last week but there’s no getting away from the fact that Liverpool’s season is falling apart. Knocked out of two cups in four days, the Premier League is all they’re playing for. With Sadio Mane on his way back from AFCON, they may regain some form but Lallana’s purple patch appears to have run out while he’s also carrying a knock ahead of this Gameweek.
1 - Liverpool have won just one of their seven games in 2017 so far, their worst start to a calendar year since 1993. Slump.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 26, 2017
Chelsea are still going strong but Eden Hazard has gone off the boil a bit. He’s still managed two assists in his last five but that’s not good enough for 10.2m. There’s far better value out there, Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen for example.
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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel saw some special players during his time at Old Trafford, so who better to talk to about Wayne Rooney, the club’s new record goalscorer?
“To score 249 goals is incredible,” Schmeichel said of Sir Bobby Charlton’s remarkable achievement that ran from 1976 until last week.
“But Wayne has scored 250 goals in modern-day football, where, tactically, [defenders] are better-equipped. You’re up against defenders who are physically, tactically, much better than maybe at any time.”
“To score that amount of goals – it’s just beggars belief. He’s been a fantastic servant to Manchester United.”
“And he still is. There’s still room for Wayne Rooney in our team. He’s that kind of player who will get the opportunity and then he will show everybody, ‘I’m still here.'”
Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo hailed the impact of Diego Costa after his impressive goal scoring form this season.
The 28-year-old has netted 15 goals in 20 games to seal The Blues position at the top of the table.
“He’s a handful. He makes life very difficult. Defenders don’t like to play against him,” Di Matteo told Sport360.
“He’s very tough. That’s how he plays. He’s very aggressive and he scores lots of goals. I don’t know what the future would be like without him.”