The Captain Poll – Gameweek 10

Filed under: Captain Poll - Posted by: Mark

Maybe it’s written in the stars, or all over Arsene Wenger’s worry lines, but the fact is that the majority of us are backing Robin Van Persie to put his former club to the sword on Saturday. Having notched his third double figure return in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Van Persie has goals and confidence flowing through him and will come up against an Arsenal side struggling to come to terms with life without their talisman.

Robin Van Persie looks set to top our Captain poll (see homepage middle column) for the fourth time this season, with a healthy margin separating him from Tottenham’s Gareth Bale – his nearest rival so far. The Dutchman’s performances on winning our poll have been mixed to this point. While he fetched a goal and an assist to reward the faith in Gameweek 8, previously against Wigan in Gameweek 4 and Spurs in Gameweek 6, he mustered just a single assist.

Arsenal have conceded in their last three away trips, while United’s goal power looks to be bristling with Wayne Rooney operating off Van Persie, and Antonio Valenicia installed on the right to bring his reliable supply of crosses that have seen him fetch four assists in consecutive league starts. The odds looked piled against the Gunners, with Van Persie likely to be first in line to dish out the punishment.

Ironically, Van Persie will come up against last week’s poll winner – Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard returned just three points to reward a show of faith which saw 21% of our voters backing him for returns in the home clash with QPR. Cazorla’s humble tally lowered the average for the poll winner to 6.8 for the season and meant that we’ve seen just one double figure return since Gameweek 3 from the leading candidate.

Perhaps that will give some comfort to those who will go into the weekend without Van Persie, who perhaps are looking to back Gareth Bale, Juan Mata or Carlos Tevez. Those three are the main chasing pack right now but are trailing by some distance as the Dutchman dominates.

Bale continued his run of form with a opening goal in last night’s Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich, while Mata was forced to endure a full 120 minutes of action as Chelsea finally disposed of United in their ding-dong tie. Roberto Di Matteo has stressed that he will monitor his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea, although given his run of form, it’s pretty imaginable that Chelsea will start without him at the Liberty. Mata could, however, be handed limited pitch time, depending on how the match develops for Di Matteo’s side.

Carlos Tevez is perhaps the most intriguing alternative of our three in the chasing pack – his winning goal against Swansea was his first in six league matches but consistent assists and FPL bonus have kept him bubbling. The scene is set for Tevez to step into a cauldron at his former club West Ham this weekend, although with a critical Champions League tie with Ajax beckoning, we are, as always, left to second guess Roberto Mancini’s teamsheet intentions with his striking quartet all vying for starts.

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  1. Aguero > RVP for -4points?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. Yep ... Get him before price rise

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  2. i'm contemplating a trade in my drafted league...

    I get:
    Antonio Valencia
    Liam Ridgewell

    He gets:
    Kevin Nolan
    Johnny Evans

    Good idea? I'm just trying to cash-in Nolan while he still has value (before his bad fixtures coming up).

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  3. Evening ....Who's the best 4.5 midfieldder ?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. no ones good at that price butt liegterwood or mikel

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. And therein lies the problem... Never heard of liegterwood ?

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. he scores the odd goal and would be usefull for gw16 better then mikel

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. El Ahmadi if you want a 4.5 midfielder whose nailed on.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. hes red flagged

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
      2. suspended

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  4. Foster ( Begovic )
    Baines - Cuellar - Nelson ( Simpson - Gibbs )
    Bale - Mata - Cazorla - Pienaar ( Sterling )
    Aguero - Berbatov - Fletcher

    Good to go right ? any suggestions ?

    Next transfer will be Ba in for Fletcher...

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  5. I've bottled it and switched the armband to RVP over Bale. Any other RVP & Bal owners doing the ame?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Keeping it firmly on bale

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. I figure my nearest rival is going to cap RVP so I figure its a good way to consolidate my lead.

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. RVP will have the armband for me.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  6. Last 2 weeks not capping rvp my lead has been reduced from 80 points to 45 surely this week captain rvp despite against my beloved arsenal

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  7. have berab ba and tevez
    caz bale michu peinar
    should get rvp in ?
    if yes for ?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  8. Giroud to Defoe ??

    My other forwards are Torres,Jelavic

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Yes and Defoe captain?

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. Yes but stick to Bale as captain!

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  9. Could anyone please let me know if my team is properly linked? Any suggestions/comments on my team would be most welcomed.

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. What does everyone mean by linked?

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  10. UKG

    2 FT can do Cazorla > Bale and Demel > Nelson which leaves 0.0 in bank, worth it? Would have to do it tonight to afford it, is Bale the better pick over Caz who arguably has slightly better fixtures coming up?



    Hangeland ridgewell Baines Gorkks

    Mata Cazorla Pienaar Michu

    RVP Tevez

    Foster noble lambert Demel

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  11. Am I the only one around here to make Aguero captain this week? The lad is pure class, it's only a matter of time before he starts firing on all fronts!

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. agreed.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  12. JD

    suarez(new H), pienaar(ful A) or rooney(ars H) as captain??

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  13. --------------------Mignolet-------------------

    Any improvements needed?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. F!£& me that's a good team.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  14. Should I pick Granero or Ba?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  15. Need to get RVP in this week do:

    A. Santi and Ba - Mcanuff & RVP


    B. Santi and Aguero - Fellani & RVP

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  16. Bale or Defoe for Captain?

    Thx :)

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  17. Just won 2 more tickets on fpl site.thats 5 times now!!!!.must be a record!!!

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. How exactly?

      • 2 years, 2 months ago

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No Change Hazard CHE B
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No Change Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
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