After a controversial week off the pitch, it’s time to focus on a more divisive matter, choosing a captain. There aren’t too many weeks left in Fantasy Premier League as Gameweek 33 is up next.
The likes of Kane and De Bruyne are unavailable so FPL managers will be looking at the likes of Salah, Fernandes, or someone slightly more unorthodox. Here are some of the best options.
- vs Newcastle (H)
- Chances of scoring: 63%
This week the Egyptian is being backed to score against a Newcastle team that has seen a small resurgence lately, picking up back-to-back wins.
Goals in his last two starts looks promising for the winger, and was rested against Leeds so will likely return to the lineup this weekend. He has 19 goals and outscored his xG in the process, which is the second highest in the league (16.7).
Newcastle have conceded nine in their last six, whilst Liverpool have averaged 15 attempts per game in the same number of games. The visitors have only won four and lost nine on their travels this season, and that away misery may continue here.
Salah takes 3.36 shots per 90 and has received the most progressive passes in the league, highlighting his front foot nature to attack.
- vs Crystal Palace (H)
- Chances of scoring: 44%
It’s hard to ignore one of the league’s in form players right now. He has bagged eight in six and faces a Palace team that’s leaking goals. The Eagles have conceded ten in their last four, who Iheanacho scored his first ever goal against back in 2015.
He’s playing in a Leicester team pushing for Champions League football, who are likely to create a lot of chances against Palace. If that happens, there aren’t many better poachers around than this guy.
- vs Leeds (A)
- Chances of scoring: 42%
Despite not scoring since GW27, Fernandes remains the game’s top scorer, although he shares that achievement with Harry Kane. In the reverse fixture between these two, he scored a brace and claimed an assist, resulting in a season-high 17 point haul.
His opponents have no clean sheet in four GWs, so there will be openings for United if this man is at his best again. The Portuguese midfielder is a talisman for his team, providing 29 goal contributions (16G and 13A), as he has been involved in 46% of FPL returns for his side.
On paper he’s an excellent choice and has proven to be reliable during his first full season in England.
- vs Leeds (A)
- Chances of scoring: 30%
If you can’t afford Fernandes, or just want a differential pick, Mason Greenwood is an interesting option.
He is United’s form player at the moment, scoring four and getting one assist in his last three. In his last six he’s taken 2.5 shots in the box per game, averaging an attempt every 20 minutes.
Also, with a Europa League semi-final on the horizon, Greenwood’s versatility could be ideal. The youngster could possibly play as a striker rather than the wing, meaning an increase in potential chances coming his way. However he is playing superbly out on the right, and could be that differential you’re looking for.