Despite successive Erling Haaland hat-tricks, the GW6 FPL captaincy isn’t an easy decision.
Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, has stated that Haaland won’t play every game when they are playing twice a week.
By that logic, Haaland is overdue a benching. However, with 9 goals already this season, Pep may go back on his word.
Regardless, it makes the FPL captaincy fascinating for GW6.
Here we highlight the more notable options but for a full list head to our best FPL captains page.
- Fixture: Everton (a)
- Anytime goal: 48%
- Anytime return: 65%
As we’ve seen so often over the past few seasons, Salah is our first captain choice to highlight.
The Egyptian got back on the fantasy returns in GW5, registering two assists. This included one which touched his shoulder, en route for Carvalho’s 98th-minute winner.
This resulted in a return of 10 points, which was only 7 less than Haaland’s hat-trick returning 17.
He has an excellent record at Everton. Since the start of his Liverpool career, he has been involved in every match Liverpool has scored at Goodison Park.
This too has included a 15-point brace at Everton’s ground last season, in their 4-1 win in December.
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- Fixture: Aston Villa (a)
- Anytime goal: 61%
- Anytime return: 71%
There are understandable doubts as to whether Haaland will start in GW6 but that is unlikely to stop him from being the most captained player.
The Norweigan has scored back to back league hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, both coming at the Etihad.
Unsurprisingly, he is the most in-form player in the first 5 gameweeks of the season, having scored 58 points. This is 20 more than the next best, which is Rodrigo from Leeds.
Haaland has scored nine goals in his first five league games, breaking Micky Quinn’s record as the most done by any Man City player.
However, with City’s upcoming games against Sevilla and Tottenham, the chances of him starting are lower than usual.
According to our Premier League predicted lineups, Haaland has a 60% chance of starting at Villa Park.
- Fixture: Fulham (H)
- Anytime goal: 51%
- Anytime return: 65%
Another player who’s proving to be back to his best in recent times is Harry Kane.
Since his GW1 blank, no other Spurs player has scored more points than him.
In this four-gameweek spell, he has scored four goals, an assist, and accumulated six bonus points.
His stats suggest he loves playing in North London derbies. His record against Fulham proves this.
Kane has scored 6 goals in his five appearances against Fulham. However, this did include a hat-trick in the FA cup, in the fifth round of the 2016/17 competition.
Furthermore, the England captain is ranked third amongst all players for xGI at 4.83. This only trails Haaland (surprise surprise) and Gabriel Jesus.
- West Ham United (H)
- Anytime goal: 34%
- Anytime return: 52%
For those who are looking for not just a differential, but also a low pick-picked captain, look no further than Raheem Sterling.
The former Man City man has stepped up for Chelsea over the last two gameweeks.
He has scored three goals alongside achieving four bonus points, in his games against Leicester and Southampton.
He also holds a strong record against West Ham, dating back to his time at Man City. From 2016/17 to the 19/20 season, he managed 7 goals and 7 assists from his 9 league appearances against them.
With Sterling having less than 10% ownership, he can be a good differential player to back.
7 of Chelsea’s next 13 fixtures are rated as a 2 in the FDR, so he could be a captaincy option in future gameweeks, too.
- Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)
- Anytime goal: 33%
- Anytime return: 46%
If you’re not one who wants to follow the crowd, look no further than Newcastle’s newest striker as a differential captain.
Although he’s made just one start, he looks ripe to be one of Newcastle’s best options for the forthcoming gameweeks.
In his first start, he made the most of his opportunity at Anfield. He scored his first goal, alongside clinching a bonus point, in their 2-1 loss.
Plus, his stats suggest he could’ve had more. Isak had an 0.5 xG from the game, ranked second behind Liverpool’s Luis Diaz (0.57).
Newcastle’s four of their next five are rated as a 2 in the FDR also, suggesting Isak has the short-term run to build on his form.