The coming weekend sees all 20 Premier League teams in action again after the League Cup final meant a reduced schedule in week 26.

Manchester City and Stoke will both play twice over the course of the game week as the pair meet on Wednesday night. Stoke also entertain Middlesbrough on Saturday while City will make the trip to Sunderland the following day.

The extra fixture provides excellent opportunity for use of the triple captain feature to those managers yet to deploy it.

A return to the starting XI and subsequent inevitable return to goal-scoring makes Sergio Aguero a prime candidate to take the armband.

The Argentine, at £12.8m remains the most expensive option in the game but few would bet against him producing a substantial return on investment in 180 minutes this week.

Aguero’s price tag could well rule out any such move for most FPL players that do not make up part of the 20% that already have him on their books.

There are however, other potential options from within the Manchester City ranks, and indeed from Stoke, that could offer a fruitful plan B.

The recent performances of Pep Guardiola’s side suggest that their back line should be considered off-limits to any savvy FPL boss. Similarly though, their attack is so potent, that members the Stoke City rearguard should also seem unappealing.

Both Raheem Sterling (£7.9m) and Leroy Sane (£7.6m) have looked highly dangerous in support of Aguero in recent weeks and the pair both seem good bets to manage at least a goal or an assist over the course of the two fixtures.

Fellow midfielder Kevin De Bruyne meanwhile remains a class act but has seen his points scoring slow since the early season and now looks expensive compared to the other two at £10.5m.

The Belgian has nonetheless, outscored all of his team mates with 122 points in total for the campaign.

Stoke of course, do not possess anything like the big hitters of their upcoming midweek opponents but they do offer potential gems for those willing to browse the bargain basement.

At £5.1m, Joe Allen has become a popular FPL choice thanks to his goals from midfield. No Stoke forward has managed to exceed 54 points this season, a statistic which would tend to suggest their defenders that offer the better value for money.

Strangely however, that statistic can be ignored for the coming week, with the threat of City imminent.

The resurgent Peter Crouch at just £4.8m, will be more positive about his chances against Guardiola’s stars than he will be about breaching a resolute Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The big man though, has the qualities to make a key impact in either game and his price makes him risk free.


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