Haaland has provided back-to-back 24-point captaincy hauls for his fortunate captainers and this time it only took him 45 minutes! There has been plenty of discussion about the goalscoring dynamo so let’s move on from him.
No Haaland this week to auto-pick as captain so we are excited to get stuck into some analysis and find the best captain picks for Gameweek 32.
Gameweek 32 has a few easy fixtures that are ripe for captaincy. Arsenal host Southampton in the early kick-off while Liverpool host Nottingham Forest at Anfield in what is almost guaranteed to have multiple goals scored.
Arsenal are bouncing back from a disappointing 2-2 draw with West Ham and will look to recapture their top form in front of a packed Emirates stadium as they host Southampton who are struggling to rise up from the bottom of the table.
Liverpool will look to continue their somewhat improved form as they charge their way back up the premier league table back into European qualification positions.
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.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
Salah is likely to be highly captained this week and for good reason. The Egyptian king has seven goals in his last seven matches while also providing two assists. These returns are backed by stellar underlying statistics which show this is not a lucky streak.
Nottingham Forest travel to Liverpool with the worst away record of 1 win, 3 draws and 11 losses in the league. They have conceded over two goals per game on average and their recent form hasn’t suggested this will change.
There is a chance Salah may not be the penalty-taker if Liverpool were to receive one but this shouldn’t change your captaincy opinion.
Salah has been given the top probability of scoring this week with 57% and always has the ability to assist his teammates for additional points.
Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal
Martinelli continued his stellar run of form last gameweek with an assist and would have had two if Saka had converted from the penalty spot. The Brazilian has now returned in eight of the last nine gameweeks and has been enjoying having his compatriot Gabriel Jesus back in the lineup.
Southampton travel to the Emirates as a team that is winless in their past six outings. They have conceded 12 goals in this period and have only scored in two of these matches. Southampton will likely be under pressure from Arsenal’s press from the first whistle and I can see Martinelli getting involved in the goals.
Martinelli has been given a good chance by the bookies with a 42% probability to his name. A solid choice if you do not own Salah.
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
Saka unfortunately missed the penalty that ended up costing Arsenal the three points in their Gameweek 31 fixture against West Ham. Saka has blanked in his previous three fixtures after his 18 point haul against Leeds at Home.
Saka’s form has not been great as of late with teams focussing on the England international but he is likely to have the determination to amend his previous errors and guide Arsenal back to winning ways. Saka is currently still the main penalty taker unless we hear otherwise before the deadline.
Saka has three double digit hauls at home this season so naturally he is a good chance to return against the bottom team in the league.
Saka has been assigned a 42% chance of scoring by the bookies.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
Captaining a defender will always be a differential and a risky choice as their returns rely heavily on clean sheets which could be lost with one error.
In this case, Trent is just as likely to keep a clean sheet as he is to provide an attacking return.
Nottingham Forest have only scored a measly five away goals in 15 fixtures this season. They have been a bit unlucky as they have recorded 12.7 expected goals but this could also be caused by poor finishing prowess.
Trent played a midfield hybrid role against Leeds in their 6-1 win which saw their only goal conceded come from a defensive error.
Trent has been assigned an 11% chance to score but his main point outputs are clean sheets, assists and bonus points which are all on the cards for him this week.
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