CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.
Let's start from the top:
Wayne Rooney- Albeit United struggling over the opening three weeks, a favorable fixture sees Rooney slot in as one of this week's top captaincy options. Playing at home against a leaky QPR side this weekend, Rooney will try to lead his team to their first league victory of the new season. Being named Manchester United's new captain not too long ago, Rooney will want to prove to his manager correct in his decision. I predict a strong run out for Wayne this weekend, with a strong potential for goals and assists.
Raheem Sterling- The 19-year old has had an absolutely brilliant opening three games, scored twice to go along with his assist. With Sturridge injured, it will give Sterling the license to push higher up the pitch. Sterling is the most likely of the Liverpool players to hit Aston Villa on the counter-attack, which is why I think he's a great captaincy option this weekend.
Diego Costa- The Brazilian Spaniard has certainly silenced all his critics his first three weeks at Chelsea, leading the league with 4 goals in his opening 3 league matches. Bothered by injury or not, Costa has showed time and time again he can score goals for fun, and I expect Chelsea to continue their great form into their weekend match against Swansea. If confirmed fit by Mourinho, I think Costa is as good a captaincy option as any this weekend. (Be sure to check in on the Chelsea press conference before captaining him).
Mario Balotelli- With Daniel Sturridge ruled out for up to three weeks, it's Balotelli's turn to lead the attack. With the Italian striker having missed two glorious opportunities last gameweek against Tottenham, he still looked a huge goal threat. Playing up top at home to Aston Villa, I reckon he'll be among the points for Liverpool, and will most likely score his first goal for the Reds at Anfield.
CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:
Chelsea at home to Swansea
Southampton at home to Newcastle
Manchester United at home to QPR