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30 Dec.

GW21 Top Three Captaincy Picks

By Fantasy Football Fix ()

Caveat - Picks are in below format

  1. No.1 predicted by Fix (please note; at the time of writing Salah was projected joint-highest alongside Mané. Mané is now projected highest outright)
  2. Alternative high-ownership option. Over 20%
  3. Differential option. Under 20%

Mohamed Salah (SHU)

Salah failed to get on the scoresheet against Wolves but the Egyptian will be confident of adding to his goal total of nine this season as Liverpool host Sheff. Utd. at Anfield. Only Mané (10) and Sterling (11) have scored more goals amongst midfielders. He is top for shots (60) and shots on target (SoT) (27). His total of 14 ‘big chances’ is bettered only by Mané (18) and Sterling (20). Liverpool have scored 47 goals this season and only Man. City (54) have been more prolific. Liverpool are only toppled by the defending Champions for both SoT (137 to 116) and ‘big chances’ (76 to 61). Sheff. Utd. have conceded just 19 goals this season but the underlying statistics indicate they have been a bit fortunate. They are ranked 11th for ‘big chances’ conceded (37) and seventh for shots conceded (219). Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 6.7 for Salah.

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Kevin De Bruyne (EVE)

De Bruyne has notched seven attacking returns in the last four gameweeks and only Salah (nine), Mané (10) and Sterling (11) have scored more goals than the Belgian’s seven this season amongst midfielders. His total of 58 shots can only be beaten by Salah (60) and only six midfielders have landed more SoT than his 18. No player has attempted more assists (71) or created more ‘big chances’ (18). The Belgian's price is set to go up again as per our Price Predictor feature, and is currently second for number of transfers in as can be seen below. The defending Champions top all the attacking metrics – goals (54), ‘big chances’ (76) and SoT (137). Everton have conceded 30 goals this season and only six teams have conceded more. They are ranked 10th for ‘big chances’ conceded (36) and eighth for SoT conceded (78). Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 6.3 for De Bruyne.

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Raul Jiménez (wat)

Jiménez was rested for Wolves’ fixture against Liverpool and should be back in the starting 11 for their trip to Watford. Only eight forwards have scored more than his eight goals and only Rashford (68) beats him for shots (64). He is ranked fifth for SoT (24) with only Abraham (25), Pukki (27), Vardy (28) and Rashford (29) landing more. The distribution statistics are where the Mexican really shines. As the Stats Sandbox shows, no forward has attempted more assists (35) or created more ‘big chances’ (11). Wolves have scored 29 goals this season, only six teams have scored more. They are ranked sixth for shots in the box (SiB) (163) and seventh for ‘big chances’ (42). Watford have conceded 33 goals this season, only Villa (36), Southampton (38) and Norwich (40) have been more woeful at the back. They have conceded 46 ‘big chances’ and only Norwich (48), Villa (53) and West Ham (63) have fared worse. Our Fix Algorithm projects a point score of 4.5 for Jiménez. 

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