After an international break that felt like an eternity, FPL returns this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures.
There are lots of contenders for the armband this week, making the decision surrounding the Gameweek 30 captaincy even more important. Here are five of the most eye-catching options.
- vs Newcastle (A)
- Chances of scoring: 52%
Scoring twice on England duty, Harry Kane is in form for both club and country. He has five goals and two assists in his last five league fixtures, taking his tally to 30 attacking returns.
With 17 goals and 13 assists he averages 1.14 returns per 90, and has an xG per 90 of 0.57. His prolific form comes partly from having attempted the most shots in the league this term (99), with 34% on target.
Spurs face a Newcastle side that haven’t won since GW23, keeping only one clean sheet in that period, therefore the striker will hope to capitalise on their adversity. He is, of course, on penalties, too, and you’d have to go back to September 2019 for when he last missed a spot kick.
- vs Sheffield United (H)
- Chances of scoring: 45%
The Yorkshire derby will be one to watch this weekend, with a number of Leeds assets being transferred in specifically with this fixture in mind. Sheffield United conceded five in their last away game and Bamford will look to emulate his goal in the reverse fixture.
Bamford has 14 goals due to averaging 3.3 shots per 90 and leading the league for most shots on target (36). Additionally he’s recorded six assists, as a result he gets 0.74 goals and assists per 90.
Leeds’ record against the bottom three this season is four wins out of four, in which Bamford has scored three goals. With the amount of chances Leeds create he could be on for big returns.
- vs Brighton (H)
- Chances of scoring: 40%
The top scorer in FPL on 209 points is always in consideration for captaincy. Scoring 16 and setting up ten goals means he gets a goal or assist approximately every 94 minutes.
For instance, he’s registered the most key passes (79), the most shot-creating actions (138), AND the most goal-creating actions (22). It’s also worth noting that he’s scored eight penalties this campaign, and his opponents Brighton have conceded seven so far.
He will be motivated to continue his impressive record for the final stretch of the season.
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- vs Fulham (H)
- Chances of scoring: 33%
On the back of scoring on his England debut, Ollie Watkins is a decent option ahead of the Easter weekend. He’s ranked sixth for xG (12.1) and 41% of the 77 shots he’s taken have been on target.
Facing struggling Fulham at home is a good fixture for Watkins, who has ten goals and six assists in his first PL season, as they’ve only won two of their last six. Along with this, the return of Jack Grealish, who has delivered 20 goal-creating actions, will be a huge boost to Villa.
This pick offers good differential, as not many will consider risking the captaincy with him, so should be kept in mind.
- vs West Brom(H)
- Chances of scoring: 28%
Another player who’s had a good international break is Mason Mount, scoring against Albania. Under Tuchel he’s started eight out of ten matches, scoring three times.
Notably he faces West Brom in GW30, who have the worst defensive record (conceding 57), and is the top scoring Chelsea player (117 points). His creativity is superb, producing 73 key passes, the 3rd most in the league, and 4.93 shot-creating actions per 90, the 4th most.
As Chelsea continue to grow stronger under Tuchel, Mount looks like a great choice.