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Captain Poll – Gameweek 21

Key figures from the Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur ranks are expected to dominate our Gameweek 21 Captain Poll, backed by strong form and fixtures.

The Gunners travel to a Swansea City outfit that has conceded 23 goals in front of their own fans, which is set to garner keen interest in Alexis Sanchez (11.9).

The Chilean has delivered attacking returns in four successive road trips and, with 10 goals on his travels, Sanchez is the Premier League’s leading scorer away from home.

Olivier Giroud’s (8.6) form is proving difficult to ignore for Arsene Wenger and FPL managers alike.

The Frenchman has notched three goals and two assists in his last trio of league starts and also netted the weekend FA Cup winner at Preston.

It remains to be seen whether Giroud will keep his starting berth with Theo Walcott (7.5) expected to return to the matchday squad but, based on recent performances, Wenger would be brave to oust his in-form target man.

The craft of Mesut Ozil (9.5) could prove an interesting alternative on his expected recovery from illness. Before missing the last two fixtures, the playmaker had produced two goals and a pair of assists in five appearances for his 7.3% ownership.

It is worth noting, though, that Swansea City may have a greater focus on defence under new boss Paul Clement. Arsenal are the first visitors to the Liberty Stadium under Clemant’s stewardship, a factor that might just disrupt the form guide.

Spurs’ home encounter with West Brom is likely to attract votes for on-fire midfield pairing Dele Alli (8.5) and Christian Eriksen (8.6), and, to a lesser extent, Harry Kane (10.9).

Having acquired over 300,000 new owners ahead of Gameweek 21, Alli is undisputedly a hot property on the back of his six goals in three festive fixtures.

Eriksen’s hot streak is also difficult to resist: the Dane boasts five double-digit FPL point hauls over his last eight Gameweeks.

Having blanked in his last three home matches, the 13.8% owned Kane is struggling to compete for attention as he lives in the shadow of Spurs’ explosive midfield options.

However, a brace and assist away to Watford in Gameweek 19 served as a powerful reminder of his captaincy potential and sets him up as a differential candidate this time around.

West Brom will be no pushovers, however, having conceded just 10 goals on their travels – only Chelsea and Spurs (nine apiece) boast a superior defensive record on the road.

Elsewhere, Jermain Defoe (7.8)’s consistency could make him a safe armband option as Sunderland welcome a Stoke City side that has conceded 19 away goals.

The veteran marksman has 11 goals to his name and netted twice in his previous home appearance: a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Chelsea’s visit to Leicester City boosts the prospects of 44.4% owned Diego Costa (10.7). The Spain international has eight goals on the road and collides with a backline that has conceded twice in four of their last five at the King Power Stadium.

Interest in Costa’s team-mate Eden Hazard (10.4) could be limited, however: only two of the Belgian’s nine goals have arrived away from Stamford Bridge.

With just seven goals conceded in ten Goodison Park encounters, Everton’s strong home record is set to temper interest in players from visitors Manchester City.

In saying that, Sergio Aguero (12.8)’s record of four braces in seven away appearances should ensure the 21.6% owned Argentine garners some interest, even if he has relinquished penalty duties to Yaya Toure.

Another usual Captain Poll favourite, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11.6), also endures a testing tie, when Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford.

The last time the two sides met, at Anfield back in Gameweek 8, it was a 0-0 stalemate, although the 43.4% owned Swede has since delivered attacking returns in each of his last five outings.

Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas (5.1) presents an intriguing budget differential from midfield ahead of his visit to Hull City.

The Tigers are conceding more shots in the box at home than any other side, with new manager Marco Silva surely seeking to stem that tide as a first priority.

Stanislas, who has attacking returns in his last two starts, scored a brace and two assists last time he faced the Humberside outfit, at the Vitality Stadium back in Gameweek 8.

We will be back to check in on progress in the poll later this week when we deliver our “Captain Sensible” article offering an analysis of the results and the statistics behind the leading contenders.

Jonty Community manager, Scoutcaster and writer. Tweets stats and stuff via @FFScout_Jonty” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. Pep says
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone fancy Scott Dann or Tomkins to be the next defender bandwagons? Got great fixtures and will have had plenty time with the new manager over the break.

    1. Reedy
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Is Tomkins first choice? I'm going to be watching Dann very closely. Delaney could be good value, too.

      1. Pep says
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Tomkins scored 2 goals before his injury, can't see why he wouldn't be

        1. Reedy
          9 months, 17 days ago

          I like him as a player I just want to see how they are going to set up first

    2. Latchmere Wave Machine
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I'm getting Dann in my team for Daniels in 2/3 weeks

    3. Dušan Citizen
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I am stucked with Joel Ward

      1. The Enlightener
        9 months, 17 days ago

        That should read: "I am f*cked with Joel Ward."

        1. Dušan Citizen
          9 months, 17 days ago

          We've also got Stephan Ward somehow

    4. bojack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      I like Palace's fixtures think I may take a gamble on Dann.

  2. Paul
    9 months, 17 days ago

    First Sub

    Phillips or DeRoon???

    1. ddfc
      9 months, 17 days ago

      whats your team

    2. Confucius
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Phillips

  3. Ogie of Messidonia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Jesus 12 transfers in already

    1. ddfc
      9 months, 17 days ago

      wildcard?

    2. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      You seem surprised.

      1. Ogie of Messidonia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        His followers are starting to flock to him

        1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 months, 17 days ago

          Bunch of sheep.

          1. Ogie of Messidonia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 months, 17 days ago

            Its a herd not a bunch

            1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 months, 17 days ago

              Apologies. My grasp of the English language is baaaad.

            2. MidasBoys XI
              9 months, 17 days ago

              It's a flock not a herd

    3. Reedy
      9 months, 17 days ago

      His disciples?

      1. Adam West
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        I doubt Thomas brought him in .

        1. Reedy
          9 months, 17 days ago

          Also, Judas just sold him again

          1. Adam West
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 months, 17 days ago

            Peter would never do that he is rock steady .

    4. Dušan Citizen
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Jesus Navas missed himself as his crosses misses the target and picked Gabriel Jesus by accident.

    5. bojack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Is he nailed?

      1. Ogie of Messidonia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        It is his destiny

    6. JustPark
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Too much I reckon

      1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
        9 months, 17 days ago

        He could potentially be the best player in the game if Pep gives him a run in the team

  4. Scotty B
    9 months, 17 days ago

    How can I improve WC GK's & DEF?

    Heaton Foster
    Walker Ake Chambers Baines Pieters

    1. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Baines->Daniels
      Ake->Nyom

  5. sergioaguero67
    9 months, 17 days ago

    If given an option, who would you go for?

    A. Giroud
    B. Eriksen/Alli

    Both cases in top form.
    Please help.

    1. LALLANAS IN PYJAMAS... the …
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Depends who you have in the rest of your team, if Sanchez then Eriksen.

      Overall - Short term Alli, long term Eriksen.

  6. ddfc
    9 months, 17 days ago

    I'd like to do:

    Ake & de Roon >> Chambers & Stanislas ... with a few GWs lookahead

    If I do it now its for (-4) ... but if I wait they're bound to rise and the others drop...

    Thoughts???

    Thanks

    1. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Do it

  7. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Ake has to go, do we think Muniesa may be a steal at £4.1 as he's now back from injury?

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Could be. One to monitor.

    2. Unbowed Unbent N'Golo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Won't oust Shawcross or BMI will he?

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        They've been plaging 3 CBs Johnson being one of them. Their current RWB has gone to AFCON so there's chance GJ moves to RWB and Muniesa slots in a CB.

        1. Unbowed Unbent N'Golo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 months, 17 days ago

          Good to know! Diouf had been playing RWB had he??

    3. Dark_Mata
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Talk of him looking for a transfer

  8. Sanchit
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Heaton
    VVD Bellerin Baines
    Stanislas Phillips Alli Sanchez Hazard
    Costa Ibra

    Robinson Jones Brunt Grabban

    0FT 0.1 ITB
    gtg?

  9. Scotty B
    9 months, 17 days ago

    9.4M to spend on 2 GK'S
    Who should I get?

    1. pinkpanther
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Heaton / Foster with other being cheapest playing option.

  10. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    BREAKING: Team of year: Neuer, Pique, Ramos, Marcelo, Alves; Iniesta, Henderson,Kroos, Suarez, Messi, Ronaldo (Only one not associated with Real/Barca)

    1. Bunk Moreland
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Spotted the joke.

      1. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah, no firmino

    2. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Alves in is a joke

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Ah missed Henderson.

    3. Konig Luther
      9 months, 17 days ago

      ah..so Griezmann is on top3 for best player award but doesn't make the final squad.

      1. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Cant argue that messi, Ronnie and Suarez are ahead of him

        1. Konig Luther
          9 months, 17 days ago

          in that case Suarez should be on top3 for best player award and not Griezmann

          1. Internal Error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 months, 17 days ago

            Thats the more relevant point. Fifa hate Suarez

    4. Frank Black
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Isn't Barca behind Sevilla? Even though they don't have a 600M euros team?

  11. pinkpanther
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Foster-Jakupovic
    Brunt-Holebas-Alonso-Ake-Pieters
    Hazard-Alli-Firmino-Snodgrass-De Roon
    Aguero-Ibra-Rondon

    2FT and 0.2 ITB. Ake ----> Chambers and save a FT ? Please suggest if anything else.

  12. Sess!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Might have already been reported but the tweets are messed up on the homepage. At least on the mobile site. They're just showing a bunch of code.

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Should be fixed. Try clearing the cache of the browser you're using

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        Cool, will do

  13. ddfc
    9 months, 17 days ago

    I'd like to do:

    Ake & de Roon >> Chambers & Stanislas ... with a few GWs lookahead

    If I do it now its for (-4) ... but if I wait they're bound to rise and the others drop...

    Thoughts???

    Thanks 🙂

    1. LALLANAS IN PYJAMAS... the …
      9 months, 17 days ago

      if all rise and drop that is 0.4 wasted, i'd do it unless you can field a team without ake and see what happens to him

  14. Dasher0303
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Alonso --> Rose or Luiz on WC

    1. Dasher0303
      9 months, 17 days ago

      ?

    2. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Rose for me he's cheaper, good fixtures, better attacking threat, only thing is he's close to a suspension so its up to you whether thats a deal breaker.

  15. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Had a snoop on shed end. Unanimous opinion that Zouma is nowhere near ready to start a league game

  16. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Stoke reopen Berahino talks with West Brom ( telegraph)

  17. JustPark
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Byram starts. Could be a bargain if he's nailed for West Ham.
    https://twitter.com/WestHamUtd/status/818517823085486080?s=09

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Doesnt matter what price be is its the West ham defender part that's the issue.

  18. Hy liverpool
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Keep carroll one more week or get rid ?

    1. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Keep

    2. karvs155
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Keep one more

  19. ihateramsey2
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Burnt worth the 0.6 over Nyom?

    1. pinkpanther
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Yes.

    2. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Easily

    3. Ogie of Messidonia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 17 days ago

      Brunt is worth £6m+ from a fpl perspective
      Ya he is worth it

    4. karvs155
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

  20. casparschwa
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Alonso, Holebas -> Baines, Daniels (-4) or stick?

    1. casparschwa
      9 months, 17 days ago

      or Alonso -> Daniels and wait with Holebas transfer.

      1. casparschwa
        9 months, 17 days ago

        or not transfer any of them.

        1. casparschwa
          9 months, 17 days ago

          Pick Grant
          Alonso Holebas Chambers Nyom Amat
          Sanchez Hazard Mkhyi Lallana Fletcher
          Ibra Costa Carroll

          1 FT, 0.3 ITB

      2. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 17 days ago

        I'd say the other way around. Keep Alonso, ditch holebas.

        1. casparschwa
          9 months, 17 days ago

          who to get for a maximum of 4.9 though?

          1. casparschwa
            9 months, 17 days ago

            Williams?

            1. Sess!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 months, 17 days ago

              Jones. Not this week though. Def not Williams.

              1. Dark_Mata
                9 months, 17 days ago

                Why def not Williams?

  21. Dušan Citizen
    9 months, 17 days ago

    FA cup draw for next round starts in 1 hour, right?

  22. New post
  23. Monkey Hanger
    9 months, 17 days ago

    Ranieri award well deserved.

  24. karvs155
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Anything worth a hit?
    Forster Jaku
    Alonso Holebas* Pieters Kingsley Brunt*
    Hazard Sanchez Lallana Stanislas Phillips
    Ibra Costa Diomande

    3 ITB, not sure how to spend yet
    On aguero, spurs mid/def.

  25. dimsumon
    9 months, 16 days ago

    I need some opinion here,

    Heaton
    Walker - Daniels - Alonso
    Phillips - Hazard - Sanchez - Eriksen - Lallana
    Conte - Defoe

    GTG ?

    Hazard , Defoe , Lallana > Coutinho , Walcott, Ibra for next GW ?

    I have some concern about Alonso Minutes play after Ake's Arrival

    1. dimsumon
      9 months, 16 days ago

      I mean Costa, not Conte :p

  26. Efe Ambrose
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Who is best to start this week, Lallana or Snodgrass?