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We see Manchester City host Arsenal which could put multiple common captaincy picks in jeopardy as it could be a very cagey affair between the two best teams this season.
Will it be worth backing one of these two teams to come out on top or will you be better off looking elsewhere?
Liverpool and Arsenal are the other form teams of the competition but face tricky away fixtures respectively.
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.
Erling Haaland, Manchester City
Facing Arsenal this season has been a tough task for most premier league teams and in most cases have seen Arsenal come out on top. Earlier in the season it may have even been a better decision to not captain Haaland against the Gunners due to their immaculate record.
However, Arsenal’s fortunes have changed in recent weeks.
Arsenal lost Centre Back William Saliba to injury in late March and have not kept a clean sheet in the league since. This includes facing teams who are not prolific goal-scoring teams currently such as West Ham and Southampton. This has been a huge loss for the Gunners and has upset their team balance in an obvious way.
This fixture could decide the title race if City were to come away as victors. Haaland is as competitive as they come and will be looking to secure his first Premier League title.
He has returned in 13 of 14 home fixtures and has scored four hattricks and two braces. Astounding stuff.
Haaland has been given a 60% likelihood of scoring by the bookies and we advise to take those odds.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
Salah is slowly returning to the form that crowned him the Egyptian King. Captainers were happy to see Salah score against Nottingham Forest on the weekend and provided his third straight gameweek of returns.
Liverpool travel to face West Ham who have been battling against relegation for the majority of this season. In recent weeks they have looked sloppy in defence and conceded two goals to Arsenal and five to Newcastle on home turf.
Liverpool who now have most of their strike force fit have been firing on all cylinders, scoring 11 goals in their past three fixtures. Salah will likely remain on penalty duty and the team is looking more likely to score since Trent Alexander-Arnold has pushed higher into midfield to create chances.
Salah has the second-best odds of scoring this week with a 46% chance being assigned to him by the bookies.
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
Rashford may be forgotten slightly due to his injury issues recently but he is back and must be a consideration this week.
United face Tottenham who conceded five goals to Newcastle in the opening 21 minutes of play. A shocking display.
Tottenham have conceded in every match so far under caretaker manager Christian Stellini and look far from settled as a unit.
Manchester United will be looking to secure their top 4 spot as soon as possible to book themselves a spot in next season’s Champions League.
United have continued to score multiple goals regularly in the league and I can see Rashford being involved if that trend was to continue.
Rashford has been given a 36% probability to score and he could return but if Tottenham don’t sort themselves out and find some identity.
Alexander Isak, Newcastle
Newcastle’s big signing of the season has proven why he came with a hefty price tag.
Isak has 10 goals to his name in only 11 starts and four sub appearances for Newcastle. He has seven goals in his last seven and averages nearly three shots per match which shows he is striking with volume.
Newcastle face an Everton side who have conceded 2+ goals in three of their past five fixtures, including three goals to Fulham in their last home match in the league.
Newcastle themselves will be riding high after putting six goals past Tottenham with Isak scoring two of them in the 66 minutes he featured on the pitch.
I would predict that he will continue to start with Callum Wilson coming off the bench or perhaps accompanying the Swedish striker.
Isak is currently owned by only 7% of managers but expect this figure to rise dramatically.
The bookies have given Isak a 38% chance of scoring this week and he is one of the top form strikers in the league right now.
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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