Welcome back for the first in a new season of Fantasy Premier League captain tips from our regular Armbandits articles. Last season our tips were often dominated by Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez with regular appearances from Sergio Aguero et al, but who will be the popular choice in 2017/18?
Despite the uncertainty about Guardiola's preferred attacking line-up (Jesus/Aguero/both) we are going to nail our colours to the mast and back Sergio Aguero as our Armbandits top tip for the first gameweek of the season. Man City, one of the strongest attacks in the Premier League visit newly-promoted Brighton who are expected to be one of the weakest defences - this has the potential to be a goal-fest. And when plenty of goals are scored Aguero is highly likely to make a mark - he was involved in just short of half of Man City's league goals last season.
Discussions about Spurs playing 'away' at Wembley can wait until next week because, like Man City, Tottenham also have a trip to a newly-promoted side this weekend, as they visit Newcastle - arguably a tougher prospect than Brighton. On the other hand, our second captain tip, Harry Kane, is even more likely to get amongst the goals than Aguero. As a result there is very little between the two premium options.
Spurs' favourable fixture also invites the inclusion of Kane's 'partner in crime' Dele Alli. Alli had a great season last year scoring a massive 18 goals from midfield while also providing 11 assists. Brighton's defence are likely to be quaking in their boots!
We are going to take a risk and tip a couple of the Premier League's new boys; based on the quality of the new teams combined with their performances for the previous teams we are expecting big things from Alexandre Lacazette and Álvaro Morata. Arsenal were a strong attacking force even without Lacazette and we are predicting some good FPL scores from a player who scored 28 goals in just 30 league appearances for Lyon last season. The Gunners host Leicester this gameweek and will hope to kick off the season with a strong, high-scoring performance.
Álvaro Morata has big shoes to fill if he is expected to replace the goals of Diego Costa, but he certainly has the potential having scored 15 league goals (and 4 assists) despite only playing 1334 minutes (14 starts, 12 sub appearances) for Rea Madrid last season. That works out at almost exactly 1 goals every 90 minutes - if he scores a goal a game for Chelsea then that will satisfy all concerned at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea host infamously-poor travellers Burnley who conceded nearly twice as many goals on their travels last season (35) compared with what they did at home (20).