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FPL GW9 Best Captain: The Big 2 Fight It Out

The recent quiet performances from Haaland have led to a change in captaincy considerations for FPL managers.

Facing Brighton at home, Haaland is likely to return to the top captaincy picks, but Salah and Son also present appealing options this week.

You can find further captain choices on our best captains page (updated ahead of every gameweek).

Mohamed Salah

  • Fixture: Everton (H)
  • Anytime Return: 64%
  • Predicted Points: 7.1

Salah has been the most consistent performer this season, maintaining an average of 7.4 points per match and delivering returns in 8 out of the 9 games played so far.

According to our points predictor, he shares the top spot with Haaland for this GW, both having a predicted score of 7.1 points.

Most FPL managers will be choosing between Salah and Haaland.

While they’re dead even at the top of the projected points table, it is worth noting Liverpool play Everton in the Merseyside Derby which can often be a tight affair.

Furthermore, Everton have only conceded 12 goals in the league this season, an average of 1.5 a game.

This is by no means a small amount but there are 7 teams who have conceded more.

Erling Haaland

  • Fixture: Brighton (H)
  • Anytime Return: 73%
  • Predicted Points: 7.1

Haaland has failed to return in each of his last two gameweeks.

However, the upcoming home game against Brighton presents an excellent opportunity for him to bounce back.

Brighton has struggled defensively, failing to keep a clean sheet and conceding 16 goals in 8 games.

Also, the Seagulls have yet to keep a clean sheet this season, only adding to the Norweigan’s appeal.

Haaland’s high ownership and the fact that he has the best goalscoring odds at 66% makes him the safe captaincy choice for this GW.’

Given all the above, Haaland is the best captain for FPL GW9.

Son Heung Min

  • Fixture: Fulham (H)
  • Anytime Return: 61%
  • Predicted Points: 6.4

Son has been a key player for the in-form Spurs this season, with 6 goals in 8 games.

Over the past three games, he’s displayed consistent xGI figures of 0.71, 1.07, and 0.85.

It’s important to keep in mind that he hasn’t been as consistent with returns, having only provided points in 3 out of 8 games.

However, the fixture against Fulham at home is a seemingly good opportunity for him to increase his goal tally.

One deterring factor for a Son captaincy is he has been substituted in each of his last 5 matches. He has played over 80 minutes only once this season.