After a busy week of international football, FPL GW4 sees the return of Premier League football and with it a real captaincy dilemma.
The arrival of Ronaldo at Manchester United and Lukaku at Chelsea means there are more perennial options for us to consider each week. Here are the best captain picks for GW4.
For more captain choices ordered by the most likely to score check out our Best FPL Captain page.
- Chances of scoring: 63%
- vs Newcastle (H)
An FPL player’s dream, Ronaldo is back in the Premier League and he brings unrivalled statistics with him. In his past FPL seasons he’s scored 244, 283 and 206 points, which included a 31 goal season in 2007/08.
Presently, 14 years later, he’s still got goals in abundance. He hit 36 goals for Juventus in all competitions last season, as well as five goals at Euro 2020.
His first fixture is an eye-catching one, against Newcastle, returning in front of the United supporters. With a 63% chance of scoring anytime, it’s in the script for him to start his second stint in Manchester with a goal.
- Chances of scoring: 57%
- vs Aston Villa (H)
From one Serie A star to another, Lukaku hit 35 goals and assists last season, averaging 1.09 returns per 90. This season he has both the second highest non-penalty xG per 90 (0.87) and shots per 90 (five), making a strong impact already.
He also links play well too as he’s played the joint-most through balls (three). In GW4 he faces a Villa side without Emi Martinez, who kept 15 clean sheets and saved 76.8% of shots faced last season.
He continued his good start to the season with a goal on international duty, but missed the next game with a slight knock. So if you captain him, make sure your vice-captain is strong just in case.
- Chances of scoring: 49%
- vs Leeds (a)
Salah has started well this season, averaging 1.3 returns per 90, scoring two and assisting two. The Egyptian has taken four shots per 90 (third most) and is on penalties too, meaning he’s a constant goal threat.
Additionally, he’s been very creative this season, providing 8 key passes, which only Trent Alexander-Arnold has more in a Liverpool shirt. His opponents this weekend are Leeds, who have allowed 15 shots per game and conceded eight so far (third most).
Last season he scored a hat-trick against Leeds and, based on the stats, could be on for more in GW4.
- Chances of scoring: 44%
- vs Burnley (H)
The Everton frontman has started the season in fine form yet again, scoring three in three. Despite two of his strikes coming from the spot he has the highest npxG in the league (2.3), showing that he’s getting plenty of chances to score.
Also, he has a npxG per shot of 0.26 whilst taking nine shots so far, which means his quality of shot is good overall. Against his next opponents, Burnley, he has a decent record, scoring three in eight games.
Being on penalties makes him even more of great choice, with Everton starting the campaign well. Before you make the decision to give him the armband, wait for Everton’s press conference for an injury update. We currently give him an 80% chance of starting.
- Chances of scoring: 38%
- vs Southampton (a)
Being one of the in-form sides, it’s a good idea to consider captaining West Ham’s talisman. He’s been involved in 80% of their goals (four goals, four assists) and has been on the scoresheet every game so far.
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This weekend he faces Southampton, who’ve conceded 6 so far and have the fourth highest xGA, 5.84. They’ve also conceded 13 shots per game and, by comparison, West Ham have attempted 17 per game.
Thanks to his immense form, his ownership has shot up, now being owned by 51% of FPL managers. His purple patch will surely end soon, so you may want to double his points for at least one more week.