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FPL GW8 Best Captain: A Welcome Change

Since Erling Haaland came to the Premier League, the FPL captaincy decision has become rather dull.

For a number of reasons though, we have had a welcomed respite recently. GW8 marks the second week in a row that Haaland isn’t the best captain, at least according to our best captain table.

The Norweigan will be back at the top sooner than later (probably next week) but, for now, let’s enjoy FPL GW8 which promises to have varied captain choices.

Heung Min Son

Over the last 4 gameweeks, no player has scored more FPL points than Son.

During that time, he has amassed 43 points, scoring 6 goals along the way.

While the South Korean did face promoted teams in Burnley and Sheffield United in that time, 3 of those goals came against Premier League high fliers Arsenal and Liverpool.

Tottenham travel to Luton in GW8, which on paper, is the easiest fixture of the gameweek.

The Hatters have conceded in every game this season and Son is not only the most likely scorer in this fixture but in any GW8 match.

James Maddison

Maddison has arguably been one of the best transfers of the summer and has become one of Tottenham’s most influential players already.

If you don’t have Son and are looking to target the Luton fixture, then Maddison is the next best choice.

He has 6 returns in 7 Premier League outings this season and has started every game.

While he is owned by 34% of FPL managers, he will be somewhat of a captain differential for GW8.

Mohamed Salah

Salah failed to return for the first time this season in the controversial Tottenham fixture last week.

However, if it wasn’t for the dubious disallowed Luis Diaz goal, then the Egyptian would have had an assist to keep his streak alive.

He has the second highest xGI so far this campaign and is as certain as any outfield player to get a start in GW8.

Liverpool face what appears to be a tough away fixture in Brighton but the Seagulls have conceded in every game this season, including 6 against Aston Villa.

Our clean sheet odds suggest it could be a high scoring affair which means despite what looks a tricky fixture, there could be goals for Liverpool here.

If there are, Salah is your best captain pick.

Erling Haaland

Haaland has scored 8 goals in 7 Premier League games this season but the perception is he’s off form.

He failed to find the net in Man City’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves and wasn’t on the scoresheet in MD2 of the Champions League either.

That, combined with City’s toughest fixture of the season (away to Arsenal) means the Golden Boot winner is all the way down in fifth place in our weekly FPL points predictor tool.

Given his 91% ownership, he will almost certainly be the most captained player but this provides a great opportunity to gain some rank.

If there was ever a gameweek to take a risk and not give Haaland the captaincy, GW8 is the time!