FPL Captain Call Gameweek 24: Who’s the best pick

Erling Haaland delivered an impressive 10 points to further increase his FPL credentials and put one hand on the Golden Boot trophy.

This week we have the added hassle of European fixtures returning, with, most notably, Manchester City travelling to Leipzig three days after this week’s fixture with Nottingham Forest. Will this affect Haaland’s playing time? See our thoughts below.

Whether you’re looking for a safe pick or a high-risk/high-reward option, we’ve analysed all the fixtures to help you make the best decision for your team.

Check out bookie’s advantage for gameweek 24

Top Pick

Erling Haaland, Manchester City

It may seem obvious that Haaland is our top pick this week but there is a lot of nuance to the decision. As alluded to earlier, Champions League fixtures are back and Manchester City are still looking to claim their first European trophy. I can see Pep Guardiola having one eye on each of their knockout fixtures.

This does not mean that the Premier League fixtures will go by the way side. After the Citizens rousing victory over Arsenal, Man City are now once again in the driver’s seat to claim another Premier League trophy.

Nottingham Forest have improved defensively of late with clean sheets against Leeds, Leicester and Southampton in recent weeks. However Nottingham Forest have conceded over 1 xG in nearly all of their recent clean sheets showing that there is a level of over-performance to their results.

I expect Haaland to start (with a possible early substitution) and return points as he usually does.

Haaland has been given a 53% chance of scoring this gameweek by the bookies and I will take those odds.

Top contenders

Ivan Toney, Brentford

Ivan Toney has had a great season on the field with some off-field drama mixed in. Regardless of the drama, he has continued to perform in the league and has 14 goals and three assists to his name.

Toney and Brentford host Crystal Palace this gameweek. Brentford have had the 6th best home performances of any team this season, scoring 23 goals across 11 matches and only losing one of eleven home fixtures in the 22/23 season.

Crystal Palace have only managed to be victorious in two of their ten away matches and have had poor performances across the board as of late.

Toney has been given a 39% chance of scoring this gameweek by the bookies and he always has the ability to assist his teammates with his creative vision.

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United

Manchester United face Leicester who have continued with their defensive woes, conceding 13 goals across their past seven premier league fixtures. This includes conceding 2+ goals in five of these fixtures.

Marcus Rashford has scored in eight of his last nine premier league fixtures and it is always a safe decision to back the hot hand rather than try to choose a player who you are hoping to return to form.

A home game is an added boost to Rashford’s credentials.

The bookies have offered a 43% chance for Rashford to score and I believe that he will score against a Leicester side that still hasn’t sorted out their defensive lines.

Daring differential

Harry Kane, Tottenham

Harry Kane has flown under the radar due to Haaland’s amazing performances this season. The English striker has scored 17 goals and recorded five assists to amass 150 points in FPL already this season.

Spurs have struggled in recent weeks with injuries to LLoris and now Bentancur being key outs for the London side.

However, Kane has always managed to hit the scoreboard for his team and has a great record in London derbies and against West Ham. Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 15 fixtures against West Ham in the league.

Kane has the 2nd best scoring odds with the bookies this week, being given a 44% chance to score.

Nick, also known as StatsmanFPL, is a qualified data analyst with a love for FPL. He analyses the data so you don’t have to. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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