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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
    5 months, 14 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
        5 months, 14 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Reedy
              5 months, 14 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
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

        3. Dušan Citizen
            5 months, 14 days ago

            I am stucked with Joel Ward

            1. The Enlightener
                5 months, 14 days ago

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

                1. Dušan Citizen
                    5 months, 14 days ago

                    We've also got Stephan Ward somehow

              • böjack
                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

              • Paul
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  First Sub

                  Phillips or DeRoon???

                  1. ddfc
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      whats your team

                    • Confucius
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Phillips

                    • Ogie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      Jesus 12 transfers in already

                      1. ddfc
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          wildcard?

                        • Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            You seem surprised.

                            1. Ogie
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              His followers are starting to flock to him

                              1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                  Bunch of sheep.

                                  1. Ogie
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    5 months, 14 days ago

                                    Its a herd not a bunch

                                    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                        5 months, 14 days ago

                                        Apologies. My grasp of the English language is baaaad.

                                      • MidasBoys XI
                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                          It's a flock not a herd

                                • Reedy
                                    5 months, 14 days ago

                                    His disciples?

                                    1. Adam West
                                        5 months, 14 days ago

                                        I doubt Thomas brought him in .

                                        1. Reedy
                                            5 months, 14 days ago

                                            Also, Judas just sold him again

                                            1. Adam West
                                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                                Peter would never do that he is rock steady .

                                        2. Dušan Citizen
                                            5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                          • böjack
                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                              Is he nailed?

                                              1. Ogie
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                                It is his destiny

                                            • JustPark
                                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                                Too much I reckon

                                                1. Lawro
                                                    5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                              • Scotty B
                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                                  How can I improve WC GK's & DEF?

                                                  Heaton Foster
                                                  Walker Ake Chambers Baines Pieters

                                                  1. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                      Baines->Daniels
                                                      Ake->Nyom

                                                  2. sergioaguero67
                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                      If given an option, who would you go for?

                                                      A. Giroud
                                                      B. Eriksen/Alli

                                                      Both cases in top form.
                                                      Please help.

                                                      1. Borussia ya teeth (Borussia…
                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                          Overall - Short term Alli, long term Eriksen.

                                                      2. ddfc
                                                          5 months, 14 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
                                                            5 months, 14 days ago

                                                            Do it

                                                        • FirminoIsBetterThanYou
                                                            5 months, 14 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!
                                                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                Could be. One to monitor.

                                                              • Unbowed Unbent N'Golo
                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                  Won't oust Shawcross or BMI will he?

                                                                  1. Sess!
                                                                      5 months, 14 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
                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                    • Dark_Mata
                                                                        5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                        Talk of him looking for a transfer

                                                                    • Sanchit
                                                                        5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                        Heaton
                                                                        VVD Bellerin Baines
                                                                        Stanislas Phillips Alli Sanchez Hazard
                                                                        Costa Ibra

                                                                        Robinson Jones Brunt Grabban

                                                                        0FT 0.1 ITB
                                                                        gtg?

                                                                      • Scotty B
                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                          1. pinkpanther
                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                              Heaton / Foster with other being cheapest playing option.

                                                                          2. Internal Error
                                                                              5 months, 14 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
                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                  Spotted the joke.

                                                                                  1. Internal Error
                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                      Yeah, no firmino

                                                                                  2. Sess!
                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                      Alves in is a joke

                                                                                      1. Sess!
                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                          Ah missed Henderson.

                                                                                      2. Konig Luther
                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                          1. Internal Error
                                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                              1. Konig Luther
                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                  1. Internal Error
                                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                      Thats the more relevant point. Fifa hate Suarez

                                                                                              2. Frank Black
                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                              3. pinkpanther
                                                                                                  5 months, 14 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.

                                                                                                • Sess!
                                                                                                    5 months, 14 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
                                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                      1. Sess!
                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                          Cool, will do

                                                                                                    2. ddfc
                                                                                                        5 months, 14 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. Borussia ya teeth (Borussia…
                                                                                                            5 months, 14 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

                                                                                                        2. Dasher0303
                                                                                                            5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                            Alonso --> Rose or Luiz on WC

                                                                                                            1. Dasher0303
                                                                                                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                ?

                                                                                                              • FirminoIsBetterThanYou
                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 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.

                                                                                                              • Internal Error
                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                • Internal Error
                                                                                                                    5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                    Stoke reopen Berahino talks with West Brom ( telegraph)

                                                                                                                  • JustPark
                                                                                                                      5 months, 14 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!
                                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                      2. Hy liverpool
                                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                          Keep carroll one more week or get rid ?

                                                                                                                          1. TLF
                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                            5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                            Keep

                                                                                                                          2. karvs155
                                                                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                              Keep one more

                                                                                                                          3. ihateramsey2
                                                                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                              Burnt worth the 0.6 over Nyom?

                                                                                                                              1. pinkpanther
                                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                  Yes.

                                                                                                                                • Sess!
                                                                                                                                    5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                    Easily

                                                                                                                                  • Ogie
                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                    5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                  • karvs155
                                                                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                      Yes

                                                                                                                                  • casparschwa
                                                                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                      1. casparschwa
                                                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                          or Alonso -> Daniels and wait with Holebas transfer.

                                                                                                                                          1. casparschwa
                                                                                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                              or not transfer any of them.

                                                                                                                                              1. casparschwa
                                                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                                  1 FT, 0.3 ITB

                                                                                                                                              2. Sess!
                                                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. casparschwa
                                                                                                                                                      5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      who to get for a maximum of 4.9 though?

                                                                                                                                                      1. casparschwa
                                                                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          Williams?

                                                                                                                                                          1. Sess!
                                                                                                                                                              5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                              Jones. Not this week though. Def not Williams.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                                                                  5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Why def not Williams?

                                                                                                                                                    • Dušan Citizen
                                                                                                                                                        5 months, 14 days ago

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

                                                                                                                                                      • New post
                                                                                                                                                      • Monkey Hanger
                                                                                                                                                          5 months, 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          Ranieri award well deserved.

                                                                                                                                                        • karvs155
                                                                                                                                                            5 months, 14 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.

                                                                                                                                                          • dimsumon
                                                                                                                                                              5 months, 13 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
                                                                                                                                                                  5 months, 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                  I mean Costa, not Conte :p

                                                                                                                                                              2. Efe Ambrose
                                                                                                                                                                  5 months, 13 days ago

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