Fantasy Premier League 2017/18: Best captaincy choices for Gameweek 12
Gameweek 12 of the English Premier League can’t get here quickly enough, as fans and FPL managers around the world endure the agony that is the international break. Last week’s results were a mixed bag, with some of the results falling into the template that we’re starting to expect now, while others sprang some new surprises and forced us to rethink our FPL tactics going forward.
Nearly a third of the season has passed and most of you would be looking to cut those gaps to the top of your mini-leagues, while others seek to maintain their dominance and have the bragging rights at the end of the season.
A solid captaincy pick is crucial to the success of any FPL team, and to help you with your captaincy dilemmas, we bring to you our top captain picks for Gameweek 12:
Romelu Lukaku - Manchester United
Manchester United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford in Gameweek 12, and there is almost certainly a Manchester United win on the cards here. Manchester United had a blistering start to the season that saw them go toe to toe with City until their recent slump that has now left them 8 points behind, and Mourinho’s side will be eager to make amends and get back on track.
United have one of the most formidable home records in the league, having scored 15 goals in 5 games and astonishingly, have yet to concede their first goal at home.
Romelu Lukaku hit the ground running at United, scoring 7 league goals in the first 7 games, but the goals have dried up ever since. It’s hardly a surprise that Lukaku’s goal drought coincides with Manchester United’s mini-slump.
Another big factor was Paul Pogba’s injury, before which there seemed to be a lot more creativity and flair from United’s midfield. Now Mourinho still isn’t being forthcoming about whether Pogba will start against Newcastle, but we do know that he’s back in full training, so we can in all probability expect to see Pogba’s name on the team sheet against Newcastle.
This is likely to boost Lukaku’s goal output as well, for the link-up play and camaraderie between Lukaku and Pogba on the pitch (and off it) is there for all to see. Lukaku regained his goalscoring touch with 2 goals for Belgium in their international friendly, and he should be raring to have a go at Newcastle, and end his PL goal drought.
Additionally, Lascelles is an injury doubt and would definitely be a big blow to Newcastle’s backline if he were to miss the United game.
We expect to see Lukaku regain top spot as the most popular captain pick this weekend, as he has been for much of this FPL season.