Between now and the 13th May (the final day of the season) there will be Premier League action every single weekend. That means 12 consecutive weeks of Fantasy Football, something which should also whet the appetite of any fan. So, who should you be picking as your captain this weekend ahead of the Premier League entering its final third?
The Captaincy Debate
After their battering at White Hart Lane, Newcastle will be looking to bounce back in strong fashion. Demba Ba will lead the charge for Alan Pardew and he netted in his first game back from the African Nations Cup against Aston Villa. The Senegalese striker will be looking to continue his excellent season against Wolves who’ve been futile on the road this season .If Newcastle want to make their top four dreams a reality, it’s these games where Ba must help them over the line.
Then again, it’s hard to ignore Stephane Sessegnon, who will face Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby next Sunday. He’s been at the centre of Sunderland’s attacking brilliance of late and travels to the Hawthorns, a place where hosts West Brom have struggled this season. Considering Sunderland’s fantastic recent away form and the Baggies poor home form, it might be wise to back Sessegnon to be at his best on Saturday.
However, perhaps an even stronger candidate is Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. The diminutive forward had an excellent game against Porto on Wednesday evening. The Argentinian is a threat Blackburn need to be wary of as he’s netted 11 times at the Etihad stadium. Although Rovers have scored on every away trip this season, City will be confident of outscoring them.
If Roberto Mancini chooses to rotate his front line, then perhaps it’s worth putting your faith in Gareth Bale. The Welshman has shown a taste for performing on the biggest stage and Sunday’s North London Derby would be a good time for Bale to produce his best form. At the Emirates, Spurs have an opportunity to ground their rivals into the dirt and end any lingering hopes the Gunners have of finishing above them.
The Captain: Sergio Aguero – Roberto Mancini needs to put the pressure on Manchester United ahead of their trip on Sunday to in-form Norwich and Sergio Aguero is the man to ensure this happens.
The Vice Captain: Demba Ba – Expect a strong response from Ba and Newcastle against what is likely to be a rudderless Wolves.
Long Term Look
Having already recommended Steve Morison a few weeks ago, a player who has made a seamless transition from the Championship to the Premier League, it’s time to focus on a player with similar pedigree. Swansea’s record signing Danny Graham took time to settle into England’s elite at the beginning of the season.
He missed a spate of chances at the Emirates in September as Graham looked to lack he composure to succeed. Since then though, the ex-Watford striker has scored ten along with a pair of assists. Priced at a modest £5 million makes him an all the more tempting purchase.