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FPL GW36 Best Captain: Newcastle Or Brighton?

GW36 is a double gameweek where both Newcastle and Brighton feature twice.

Naturally, it’s best to target players from these 2 teams.

Check out our best captain page for the 10 statistically best captains.

Alexander Isak

  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Brighton (H)
  • Predicted points: 10.0

Isak (£7.0m) has adapted brilliantly in his first season in the Premier League. He has scored 10 goals with 1 assist in just 13 starts.

The Swede looks like a real threat each game he plays. It’s unsurprising to see him at our predicted points table for GW36.

Newcastle have the more favourable DGW as they face Leeds in the first fixture. They have conceded the most goals in the league (69) from a xGC of 63.3 (18th).

Isak has an xG of 8.11 and an xG90 of 0.62 and looks the most nailed forward for Newcastle.

Without Wilson on the pitch he is also on penalty duty having scored twice from the spot this season.

He is likely to be the highest captained player this week and with good reason.

Callum Wilson

  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Brighton (H)
  • Predicted points: 7.8

Wilson (£7.1m) is the Toon’s top scorer this season with 15 goals and 5 assists. He has an xG of 14.75 and an xA of 2.52.

The Englishman has the highest ceiling this week among DGW players, having scored 5 in his last 4 games. He also has considerably better xG than Isak despite playing less.

However, risk comes with reward as he doesn’t seem as nailed as his strike partner, Isak. It is worth noting that they did both start versus Arsenal so it could potentially happen again in the double.

The general consensus is that Wilson is the penalty taker even with Isak on the pitch, which may sway managers still on the fence where to put the armband.

His EO will be fairly low this week and could be a great alternative.

Kaoru Mitoma

  • Fixtures: Arsenal (a), Newcastle (a)
  • Predicted points: 8.4

Mitoma (£5.6m) has 7 goals and 8 assists this season in 20 starts.

The winger has an xGI90 of 0.62 and averages an xG of 0.33 per game.

Brighton have two tricky away fixtures against Arsenal and Newcastle this week. However, Brighton have been a great attacking team all season scoring 63 goals (5th) with an xG of 69.9 (3rd).

A big advantage to giving the armband to Mitoma is that he is nailed and will start both games in DGW36.

This is in addition to ranking 1st for predicted points among Brighton assets and 2nd overall.

Alexis Mac Allister

  • Fixtures: Arsenal (a), Newcastle (a)
  • Predicted points: 7.6

Mac Allister (£5.5m) is Brighton’s leading scorer this season with 10 goals.

The Argentina is also on penalty duty which is a considerable advantage in a DGW.

Despite playing in a deeper role the past couple of games he has still registered an xG of 1.13 and 0.86 in the last 2 games.

He is predicted to score 7.6 points over the double and can be considered as somewhat of a differential captain pick.

Kieran Trippier

  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Brighton (H)
  • Predicted points: 7.8

Trippier (£6.1m) is having a superb season and leads the way as the top scoring defender with 178 points.

That being said, Newcastle haven’t been as solid at the back recently, keeping only 1 clean sheet in the last 14 gameweeks (since GW21).

Nevertheless, he is certainly the best defensive option to consider for captaincy and ranks 3rd this week in predicted points.

He is also a BPS machine so any clean sheet over the double usually means bonus for Trippier.


  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Brighton (H)
  • Predicted points: 7.6

Joelinton (£6.0m) is this week’s biggest differential.

He has scored 6 times this season with 5 assists and is having his best season based on FPL points scoring 111.

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The Brazilian is certain to start both games in the double and has 2 goals and assists in the last 6 games.

With the absence of Sean Longstaff against Leeds, it’s likely Joelinton slots in at LCM compared to his usual LW spot which slightly reduces his appeal.

However, if you are chasing rank then he is someone to consider giving the armband to.