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FPL GW21 Captaincy: Is Erling Haaland the Only Choice?

With Erling Haaland failing to score in the past two games, the FPL captaincy is becoming more open again.

The Norweigan could well go back on a run of goals but for now, at least there’s some discussion to be had.

Man City host Wolves which means Haaland will be the most captained player but are there any other viable captains?

For the 10 statistically best options, visit our FPL best captains page.

Also, for every player’s anytime scorer, anytime assist, and anytime return chances, visit our Premier League goalscorer odds.

Erling Haaland

  • Fixture: Wolves (H)
  • Anytime goal: 67%
  • Anytime return: 76%

Despite having blanked in three of his last five games, Haaland still remains the clear-cut captaincy choice for GW21.

Unsurprisingly, his captaincy is still high among FPL’s elite managers.

The Norwegian was given the armband by 90% or more by managers placed in the top 10k, 1k and top 100.

To date, he has achieved more than a return per game. This is thanks to his 24 score involvements from his 20 league games. 21 of these 24 have been goals.

Man City have an 83% chance of beating Wolves, meaning fixtures don’t get too much better than this.

He scored a goal in their 3-0 away win at the Molineux back in September.

Consequently, anyone not captaining Haaland is taking a massive risk. You might get lucky but in the long-term not giving him the armband is a poor decision.

Kevin De Bruyne

  • Fixture: Wolves (H)
  • Anytime goal: 29%
  • Anytime return: 64%

Although the Belgian has been off form recently, he still remains a challenger to his teammate Haaland for the captaincy.

Prior to his assist at Old Trafford on Saturday, he blanked in his previous four. However, his stats show more returns could be on the way.

He holds an xA (expected assists) of 9.58, which is the most of any player by a substantial margin.

His coming opponents should instill confidence in fantasy managers.

The Belgian recorded two assists in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Also, he scored a famous four goals in City’s trip to the Molineux.

For those tempted to sell him, we wouldn’t recommend it. City having a double gameweek in GW23.

Harry Kane

  • Fixture: Fulham (a)
  • Anytime goal: 45%
  • Anytime return: 59%

Another option who is always worth being part of the conversation is Kane.

Alike any other season, Kane’s fantasy scoring consistency makes him a premium option.

Tottenham’s equal all-time scorer has only blanked 5 times this season. Because of this, only Haaland and Trippier have scored more fantasy points than him.

Kane does love London derbies and Fulham are no exception.

The England captain has scored in five of his last seven matches against the Whites. This included a hat-trick away from home in the FA Cup, dating back to 2017.

Because of how consistent he’s been, his effective ownership has increased. His EO of 85.7%, is the fourth highest of any player.

Marcus Rashford

  • Fixture: Arsenal (a)
  • Anytime goal: 25%
  • Anytime return: 37%

Last, but definitely not least, is one of the most in-form players in the league.

Since the restart, Rashford has scored in his last seven games in all competitions.

In addition, he has scored the second-most points of any player in the league since the restart. Only Brighton’s Solly March has scored more in that spell, with 44.

Heading into GW21, he is the third-most transferred in player, with 193,000 new owners. The traffic he’s receiving doesn’t come as a surprise.

In his four league games, he has scored four goals alongside an assist, collecting six bonus points.

Despite being top of the league, Rashford has an excellent record against Arsenal.

He scored a brace in their 3-1 home win to the Gunners in September. To date, it remains Arsenal’s only defeat for the season.

Haaland remains as undoubtedly the safest captaincy choice for GW21. It may be boring, but going outside of the norm could prove a mistake.