As FPL GW5 rolls around it will hopefully be another great week for premium captaincy options.
Last week both Lukaku and Ronaldo got into the team of the Gameweek with 13 points each. Salah and Fernandes got 8 each. Whilst the captaincy gets harder to decide each week, here are some options to make the decision process easier.
For a list of all the top captain candidates, ordered by chances of scoring, check out our Best FPL Captain page.
- Chances of scoring: 60%
- vs Crystal Palace (H)
Last weekend Mohamed Salah was celebrating his 100th Premier League goal after his strike against Leeds. It was his fifth return of the season (three goals, two assists) and he is averaging 1.25 returns per 90. He’s also recorded 3.75 shots per 90 and has a non-penalty xG of 1.7.
As well as being hot in front of goal he’s been creative too, making three key passes per game and having the second highest xA in the league (2.1).
Playing against Palace has been rewarding for the Egyptian, scoring 6 times in 9 games against the Eagles, registering 5 assists too.
- Chances of scoring: 50%
- vs West Ham (a)
Ronaldo wasted no time getting amongst the goals in Manchester, scoring three in his first two starts. He had a 33% shot conversion rate against Newcastle and scored with every shot on target.
In GW5 he faces West Ham, who are without their talisman Michail Antonio, and could struggle against United’s attacking firepower. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in their opening four matches, and CR7 has a great record against them.
He’s scored 5 in 7 games against the Hammers, and will fancy his chances of scoring against them again this weekend.
- Chances of scoring: 45%
- vs Spurs (a)
Another player that’s in form on his return to England is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is averaging a goal a game for the Blues and has a npxG of 2.3, the fourth highest in the league.
He has given Chelsea an extra dimension in attack and has been getting plenty of service, averaging four shots per 90, the fifth most.
His opponents in GW5, Spurs, have conceded 17.5 shots per game (fifth most) despite keeping three clean sheets in their opening three fixtures. Chelsea are unbeaten against their London rivals in five league meetings, and with Lukaku up front the Spurs goal could see a lot of action.
- Chances of scoring: 34%
- vs Brighton (a)
Leicester have begun the season slowly by their standards, but their number 9 has had a good start. Vardy has two goals and an assist so far and has been their most dangerous player in attack. He’s recorded five shots on target, 62.5% of his total shots, the fourth most in the league.
Also, his record against Brighton should give optimism for his owners, scoring five times in 11 meetings with the South Coast side. As a result, he can exploit Brighton’s lack of pace in defence, and possibly replicate his last away game, where he scored 13 points against Norwich.