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Who Is the Best Captain for FPL GW5?

FPL GW5 marks the first gameweek this season, having midweek football.

This means a quick turnaround and also a quick opportunity, to make up for lost ground.

Only Harry Kane and Erling Haaland delivered last time out.

If you were one of the many who backed Jesus or the almighty Salah, it was a gameweek not worthy of remembering.

For the full list of our captains, check out our best FPL captains page. This lists the 10 statistically best picks for the captaincy.

Mohamed Salah

  • Fixture: Newcastle (H)
  • Anytime goal: 50%
  • Anytime returns: 64%

On top of the armband agenda, is of course the aforementioned Salah. Despite him featuring top of our list, fantasy managers who captained him had a gameweek they would rather forget.

In what will go down in FPL folklore, Salah, somehow, managed to produce neither a goal or assist in Liverpool’s 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.

Alongside Henderson and Fabinho, Salah was one of the three players to not register a fantasy return.

However, he has the record to bounce back and allow managers to keep their faith in him. His record is especially strong at Anfield.

Dating back to March 2018, Salah has scored in each of his last five home league games against Newcastle.

Furthermore, he is expected to go big on Wednesday night. Alongside De Bruyne, he sits top for predicted points in GW5, with a projected total of 7.0.

Another player worth mentioning briefly is Trent Alexander-Arnold. TAA got back to his vintage best against Bournemouth, scoring a whopping 17 points.

This included a goal, an assist, a clean sheet, and two bonus points.

He faces a Newcastle side at home, in which he did manage to score last season. Last season’s 3-1 win for the Reds in December, also secured Trent all three bonus points.

Erling Haaland / Kevin de Bruyne

  • Fixture: Nottingham Forest (H)
  • Anytime goal: 71% / 42%
  • Anytime returns: 78% / 64%

If you don’t own Salah, there are always the City boys to provide the armband assurance.

Erling Haaland scored his first City hat-trick on Saturday, scoring three after halftime to rescue City to a 4-2 win, after going two goals down.

Naturally, his stats make encouraging reading. Haaland is ranked top for xG amongst all players, with an xG of 5.53 after four gameweeks.

His Belgian teammate is another appealing option. Surprisingly, GW4 marked his first blank at home since GW26 of last season.

De Bruyne is still ranked inside the top 10 for xA (expected assists), with an xA of 3.17. The Belgian is certainly worth holding on to with City’s glorious fixture run ahead.

Man City have four of their next six fixtures, rated as a 2 on the FDR.

Harry Kane

  • Fixture: West Ham (a)
  • Anytime goal: 43%
  • Anytime returns: 53%

Another fit and firing option outside of Liverpool and Man City is Tottenham’s in-form Harry Kane. In contrast to last season, Kane is having a thunderous start to the campaign.

He has scored four goals in his opening four games, including a brace at Nottingham Forest last last time out.

His form in the last three gameweeks is impressive, being the 7th highest points scorer in that period.

Out of all players priced above 10 million, only Haaland has scored more than him.

Furthermore, he holds a very good record against the Irons. In his last six matches against West Ham, he scored four goals, alongside supplying two assists.

In his career, he has too scored a brace against David Moyes’ side on four occasions.

It would be brave to choose him over Salah, Haaland or KDB but if a risky differential captain is your play this week, Kane is up there.