FPL Tips: Captain Costa and five players to consider

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans'” league using the code 118790-38575.

In this week’s column, we look at why you should captain Diego Costa and the five players you should turn to in the next three rounds.

But first, a shout out to these tactical geniuses who top our Sport360 fans league going into this week!

WHO TO PICK AS CAPTAIN

Gylfi Sigurdsson [7.5m] was the pick for captain in Gameweek 25 and the Swansea City midfielder registered an assist and clean sheet to score a respectable six points.

This week, you’d do well to captain Diego Costa [10.6m] who is admittedly the safe bet this time around.

The striker has scored seven times in four appearances against Swansea who travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Swans also have a tendency to concede goals away from home.

Despite a recent dip in form, Costa still managed two assists and one goal in his last four appearances.

FIVE PLAYERS TO TURN TO

Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton don’t play this weekend while several teams will be missing in Gameweek 28 as well.

There are only a handful of teams who will play in each of the next three rounds and here’s a look at some of the best options they offer

ROMELU LUKAKU – EVERTON [9.9m]

After that massive 21-point haul in Gameweek 24, many managers captained the Belgian against Middlesbrough in the following round (we advised against it!).

Unsurprisingly, he managed only two points in a 0-0 draw against the stubborn Riverside club. However, the striker is still a massive threat and you can bet that he will fetch a few points over the next three weeks.

SADIO MANE – LIVERPOOL [9.3m]

After that brace against Tottenham, it’s difficult to ignore him. Liverpool have endured a bit of slump of late but that win against Spurs coupled with Mane back and firing for them may just be the turning point.

After facing a manager-less Leicester City on Monday night, the Reds take on Arsenal at home before a tasty fixture against Burnley. Beyond that, it’s more or less smooth sailing for the Anfield outfit and given Mane is their chief goal threat, he’s the one you want in your team.

ELDIN JAKUPOVIC – HULL CITY [4.1m]

Ever since Marco Silva has taken over Hull City, they’ve become rather compact and difficult to beat as United and Liverpool will testify of late.

They’ve won all four of their home games since Silva’s appointment and have kept two clean sheets in their last three games. Much of that though has to do with the performances of Jakupovic between the sticks. The custodian has picked up four bonus points in his last three games as well.

They face Burnley at home, Leicester away and Swansea at home again in the next three Gameweeks. Definitely potential for at least two clean sheets there.

GYLFI SIGURDSSON – SWANSEA CITY [7.5m]

The Icelandic midfielder has scored 32 points in the last four Gameweeks. Swansea face Chelsea away this weekend but then have a good run of fixtures and play Burnley home next week before travelling to Hull.

GARETH MCAULEY – WEST BROM [5.1m]

If you don’t have him in your team already, what are you waiting for? At 5.1m, McAuley represents great value. He may by 37, but is a massive threat from set-pieces, scoring more goals than any other defender (5).

He has two home games against Bournemouth and then Crystal Palace coming up before travelling to Goodison Park.

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