CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.
Let's start from the top:
Wayne Rooney- After the sacking of David Moyes, United will look to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. Rooney will play a central part in this, as he will be on most set pieces as well as PK duty, with RVP ruled out of the Norwich match. With Giggs being instilled as interim United manager, we might see a rejuvenated United side that get back to their winning ways. Their home form this season has been well under par, and I bet everyone will be willing to work for new manager and former teammate Ryan Giggs. There should be a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford this weekend, and Rooney will be central to United's attacks. Good option for the armband.
Aaron Ramsey- Ramsey has not gone quietly this season. In just his second game back from injury, he punished the doubters once again, grabbing a goal and 2 assists in a 16-point haul. That means he has played a part in 66.6% of all Arsenal's goals since returning from injury. He has a great fixture against Newcastle on Monday, and he will be lively as ever, trying to add to his career-high 9 league goals this season. Arsenal must keep winning to stay 1 point ahead of Everton for the final Champions League spot, so they will continue their attacking football vs. Newcastle.
Sergio Aguero- The Argentine showed his class with a lethal strike from outside the box last game. Aguero can score from virtually anywhere on the pitch, and leading the line for Manchester City certainly doesn't hurt. City are the second highest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 91 goals (trailing Liverpool's 96). With an away game against a stubborn Palace side this weekend, we will see what City are made of, as they will be missing their midfield maestro David Silva. I fancy Aguero to be lively as ever, and continue his good form. He's a good captain differential this week.
Wilfried Bony- Showing glimpses of brilliance this season, Bony still hasn't reached his full potential in the Premier League. Although troubled with Europa League and injury early in the season, Bony has managed to adapt well to the Premier League. He has managed to score 14 goals in roughly 2200 minutes played (24 full matches). He is starting to find his feet late on in the season, but is not scoring consistently. After his brace last weekend, I fancy him to do well against a struggling Villa side, who have only picked up 1 point in their last 5 games.
CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy only two clean sheets this week:
Sunderland at home to Cardiff
Arsenal at home to Newcastle