FPL Captain Call Gameweek 3: Who’s the best pick?

Welcome back to Captain Call as we once again sort through the gameweek 3 captain options and provide you with all the information you need.

Salah unfortunately missed his penalty in Gameweek 2 as our top pick before scoring the rebound which netted him a return but not as big as managers may have hoped. However, he did outscore Haaland which we will notch as a win in our book.

This gameweek has an abundance of options for captaincy with Manchester City facing the promoted Sheffield United while Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all have favourable home fixtures.

Whether you’re looking for a safe pick to get the season off to a good start or are looking for a differential as you reach for the number one rank, we have you sorted in the below analysis.

Also check out how the bookies predict the gameweek will go in our bookie’s advantage article here

Top Pick

Erling Haaland, Manchester City

Haaland unsurprisingly will feature many times as our top pick and this week is definitely one of them.

Champions League rotation is not a concern just yet and Manchester City face a newly promoted, struggling side which is always a great fixture for goals.

Sheffield United have lost to Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in poor displays to start the season and nothing points to a change of fortune for the Blades.

For Haaland, he recorded fifteen returns across seventeen away games last season. He returned points in all away games against non top-six opposition except for one.

Haaland has been given an astounding 67% chance to score and is our top pick for Gameweek 3.

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Top contenders

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Many managers have soured on Saka after giving his penalty duty away to captain Martin Odegaard over the weekend. It has been suggested that this was a rare occurrence rather than Odegaard taking over all future penalty duties so I think that fear can be minimised.

Arsenal face Fulham who have been abysmal defensively. Fulham have conceded 6.3 expected goals and have only been saved by Everton’s poor finishing from a potential bottom of the ladder start to the season.

Arsenal will likely be in full force at the Emirates as they push forward to score in front of their faithful home crowd.
Even with Arsenal’s mediocre attacking performances so far, expect Arteta and the squad to have made the necessary adjustments for the weekend.

Saka has been given a 41% chance of scoring by the bookies and is also likely to facilitate with some assists.

Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United

Manchester United have struggled in front of goal in the opening two fixtures but they might have the perfect storm of circumstances for the weekend.

Mason Mount has not found his perfect role in the United lineup yet and will miss out this weekend due to injury. Coupling this with the debut of Ramsus Hojlund will see Bruno pushed forward and United in a setup they have seen success with in the past (with Rashford at left wing also.

Bruno has been very unfortunate to not return points for owners with his expected goal involvement at a very healthy 2.1 which shows he has been performing in a team that has been faltering. He just needs his teammates now to finish his created chances and a bit of luck in front of goal himself.

Nottingham Forest have been okay in defence to start the season but have still have conceded three goals across two games and have not looked super confident.

Bruno has been assigned a 34% to score by the bookies and is more likely to provide assists for his teammates.

Daring differential

Nico Jackson, Chelsea

Jackson has the very favourable fixture of Luton at Home in Gameweek 3.

Luton have only played one fixture this season but it showed that their defence is definitely not their strong point. Travelling to Stamford Bridge can be a daunting task for any team.

Chelsea on the other hand have only a draw from the first two fixtures and two goals scored to their name in a season that has failed to get off the ground completely.

Jackson’s doubt comes from only scoring 12 goals in his career in the top divisions and there is more proof of his ability required before we put our full faith in him.

Jackson has been given a 51% chance to score which is the third best odds and is our differential pick for this week.

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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