Ilkay Gundogan – SHU (H)
This might be the toughest captaincy week of the season to date. You cannot help but feel that premium options like Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min are being overlooked, though away days at West Ham and Brighton do not scream points.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James are also contenders but then there’s City, with Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and even Joao Cancelo up against Sheffield United. Overall, Gundogan’s form and fixture are hard to ignore but it’s a truly open field.
Once again, there’s no looking past Manchester City. Like in midweek, it’s the top flight’s best defence against one of its poorest attacks. You don’t get more straightforward clean sheet tips than that.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are a decent shout despite the Tuchel uncertainty and Burnley’s hot scoring streak of late. Fulham have potential at the Hawthorns after shutting out Brighton in midweek.
Areola; Dias, Cancelo, Chilwell; Salah, Son, Gundogan, Barnes, Rodriguez; Calvert-Lewin, Watkins.
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