Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers wish to Manchester City and Liverpool for the Gameweek 2 captaincy, and as per standard, the Captain Sensible article is right here to focus on which belongings have the best likelihood of hauling.
First, we’ll assess the fallout of the Gameweek 2 captain ballot, earlier than then analysing the best choices, Rate My Team (RMT) and the Premier Fantasy Tools scores forward of Saturday’s 11:00 BST deadline.
THE CAPTAIN POLL
Erling Haaland (£11.6m) is the runaway chief of the captain ballot in Gameweek 2, with just below 63% of whole votes from our customers at the time of writing.
Just over one in 5 ballot responders are going with the tried-and-trusted Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), in the meantime.
Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) occupies a distant third place with 3.61%.
ERLING HAALAND/KEVIN DE BRUYNE
Erling Haaland notched a Premier League debut brace in opposition to West Ham United which despatched shockwaves by way of the FPL switch market.
There was little sentiment on Sunday as FPL managers led a predictable switch exodus from Harry Kane (£11.4m), given Haaland’s exploits and their respective Gameweek 2 fixtures.
The Norwegian dissipated any doubt amongst critics that an adjustment interval was required at Manchester City following his expertly taken double.
Haaland transformed a spot-kick, after drawing the penalty, and delivered the decisive counter-punch after Kevin De Bruyne’s defence-splitting by way of ball.
“The way he took the ball to take the penalty, I said, ‘oh, I like it’. I think if someone were to take this ball, he would have punched his team-mates in the face. I’m pretty sure of that, and that is a good sign.” – Pep Guardiola on Erling Haaland’s penalty
In phrases of underlying information, the former Borussia Dortmund striker produced large numbers in Gameweek 1, rating best in the division for pictures inside the field (5) and large possibilities (4).
Haaland’s manufacturing had an air of inevitability following his promising Community Shield efficiency in opposition to Liverpool, which produced three pictures in the field and two large possibilities.
While Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City ranked best in the division final season for minutes per anticipated objectives (xG), there is proof of a tactical adjustment to funnel large possibilities by way of their Nordic marksman.
Guardiola has applied an inverted full-back system with Kyle Walker (£5.0m) and Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) enjoying as auxiliary centre midfielders in a 2-3-5 formation.
In possession, this technique permits Manchester City to assault with 5 supporting gamers working with a selected modus operandi – to supply for Erling Haaland.
Above: Average positions for Manchester City in opposition to West Ham United in Gameweek 1
Kevin De Bruyne underlined his captaincy credentials by scoring 15 objectives and offering eight assists final season regardless of restricted game-time lowering his clip.
The Belgian midfield maestro produced robust underlying numbers in addition, rating second amongst midfielders for possibilities created (87) and large possibilities (17).
De Bruyne has carried his inventive kind into this season, making a mixed seven possibilities and two large possibilities in opposition to Liverpool and West Ham United in home motion to date.
Furthermore, De Bruyne has registered 4 purpose makes an attempt in his final two home fixtures and his inside right-forward deployment as Haaland’s foil suggests the Belgian might maintain final season’s purpose manufacturing.
Above: Touch heatmap for Kevin De Bruyne in opposition to West Ham United in Gameweek 1
Owned by simply 3% of high 10k managers, Kevin De Bruyne represents each a sizzling differential and an explosive choice, highlighted by his four-goal haul in opposition to Wolves final season.
Manchester City has arguably the best fixture in Gameweek 2 in opposition to newly-promoted Bournemouth with this creator anticipating a Citizens goal-fest.
In final season’s EFL Championship promotion marketing campaign, Scott Parker’s males underlined their defensive resolve by rating best in the division for objectives conceded (39).
Furthermore, the Cherries have been proponents of an intense press, rating first in EFL Championship for strain on opposition gamers in possession.
However, the Premier League is an altogether totally different beast and regardless of an opening-day clear sheet in opposition to Aston Villa, crimson flags have been evident.
Against Bournemouth, the Villains ranked joint-fourth in Gameweek 1 for purpose makes an attempt (15) though struggled to interrupt down the Cherries with simply 4 makes an attempt inside the field and two pictures heading in the right direction.
In phrases of playstyle, Bournemouth recorded the deepest line of defense in Gameweek 1 and Manchester City ought to possess ample high quality to dismantle the Cherries’ low block.
Notably, Scott Parker issued a stark warning that Bournemouth lacked the high quality and depth to compete at this degree in saying, “we’re way short of where we need to be”.