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In this week’s column, we look at why you should captain Adam Lallana despite the big stars enjoying favourable fixtures and also a look at three bargains who could put you ahead.
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WHO TO PICK AS CAPTAIN
Jermain Defoe [7.9m] was the pick for captain in Gameweek 21 and despite Sunderland losing 3-1 to Stoke City, the Englishman didn’t disappoint, scoring the only goal for the Black Cats.
There are plenty of options for the armband this week with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool playing Hull City, Burnley and Swansea City respectively.
However, while most will flock to the big stars like Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana [7.7m] is the one who may prove most worthy.
Liverpool boast the best attack in the league while Swansea’s defensive record is the worst. The Reds are terrific at home so the floodgates could open if they manage to break the deadlock early on.
Choosing Lallana over Coutinho could help you to a tidy differential as well.
Adam Lallana goal vs Swansea 🔥 What a touch from Coutinho 🎩 pic.twitter.com/7WFNGJkjPN— Anything Liverpool (@Anything_LFC) January 19, 2017
THREE LOW-COST POINT-GETTERS
There are a few players in the lower price bracket with some great fixtures coming up and here are the ones who could well return handy point tallies.
TOM DAVIES [EVERTON – 4.3m]
Everton’s new Golden Boy is turning a few heads. With Idrissa Gueye away at AFCON 2017, Tom Davies has been thrown into the first team and hasn’t looked out of place at all.
He made his first two starts for the club over the last couple of Gameweeks and delivered 14 points from midfield.
Everton have a great run of fixtures at the moment and at just 4.3, he’s a fantastic option.
MATT PHILLIPS [WEST BROM – 5.9m]
Matt Phillips is a fairly well known option for those who looking for a bargain but if you don’t have him in your side, now is when you may regret that the most.
He’s already the eighth highest scoring midfielder in the game this season and is now entering his best run of fixtures. West Brom’s next six games reads: Sunderland (H), Middlesbrough (A), Stoke (H), West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H) and Crystal Palace (H).
The midfielder has bagged 24 points in the last three weeks as well.
Matt Phillips in his last 11 games.— Read West Brom (@ReadWestBrom) January 8, 2017
Goals: ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️
Assists: ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅
His form: 🔥 🔥 🔥 pic.twitter.com/plrzgX9c3v
PETER CROUCH [STOKE CITY – 4.8m]
Yes, that lanky scorer of some exceptional goals is back in the thick of things. Peter Crouch has been drafted into first team action with Wilfried Bony at AFCON 2017 with Ivory Coast.
The former Liverpool striker has been in fine form, scoring a whopping 27 points in his last three outings.
If you have Defoe in your side, you may want to consider swapping him for Crouch and use the money elsewhere with Sunderland facing a challenging fixture list.
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