FPL Captain Call Gameweek 6: Who’s the best pick?

Gameweek 5 was one to forget for fantasy managers with many of our favourite players delivering nothing while their teammates brought home a bounty of points. 

Those who chose to bet against Haaland as captain can count their lucky stars as Haaland missed five of the six big chances he had over the weekend. This is a huge anomaly and on a different day could easily have been three to four goals for the Norwegian sensation. 

Son was another captaincy pick after his gameweek 4 heroics. He and Tottenham struggled to convert their chances against Sheffield United before putting away two late goals in injury time to take home the three points. 

Let’s hope that gameweek 6 is more kind to fantasy managers as we have a very interesting lineup of fixtures this week! 

Check out how the bookies predict gameweek 6 will play out here

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. 

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Top Pick

Erling Haaland, Manchester City

As mentioned earlier, Haaland being provided six big chances away against West Ham is a telling sign that Haaland is a viable captaincy option in nearly every fixture. 

This week should have less of a debate regarding captaincy as Manchester City host Nottingham Forest at the Etihad. Haaland has only failed to score against Newcastle this season so far so I see no reason to deviate from our favourite Norwegian Robot. 

Manchester City scored over three goals per game on average at home in 22/23 and scored five goals in their last home fixture this season.

Nottingham Forest conceded over two expected goals against Chelsea and Manchester United which is likely to occur again this weekend. 

Haaland has been given an impressive 74% chance to score and is once again our top captaincy choice. 

Top contenders

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Salah has been Mr. Reliable this season. Returning points in every match but only scoring double digits once (in gameweek 5). 

Liverpool have scored 12 goals in five matches which is overperforming their expected goals but they have had plenty of chances to show that their output is sustainable. 

Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield who allowed Manchester City eight big chances in gameweek 5 and have conceded every gameweek this season.

Salah is likely to return points but is not as likely to haul double digit points which is why he is not our top pick of the week but is a strong contender. 

Salah has been assigned a 55%chance to score by the bookies and is also likely to provide assists for his teammates as he has so far this season. 

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Saka and Arsenal have been building into the 23/24 season after Arteta experimented with the lineup and tactics over the first few gameweeks. 

Arsenal are averaging two goals per match in their last three premier league matches and scored four goals at home in the Champions League in mid-week. 

Saka has a share of the penalty duties as well as corners and has been pivotal to Arsenal’s success over the past few seasons. 

Saka is averaging 0.45 expected goals and 0.26 expected assists which are elite numbers and a home match against Spurs is a great opportunity to add to his season totals. 

Tottenham are a team that attack from start to finish and will bomb forward even if behind late in the match. Sana’a wing role will allow his space in behind the Tottenham defence and a great chance to get on the scoresheet. 

Saka has been assigned a 36% chance to score by the bookies and is just as likely to provide assists for his teammates with his creative prowess. 

Daring differential

Rasmus Hojlund, Manchester United

Hojlund has joined a Manchester United team that is full of injuries and internal dramas. 

Hojlund after returning from injury has impressed in his limited appearances. He had an offside goal unfortunately ruled out in Gameweek 5 and scored against Bayern Munich in the mid-week Champions League fixture. 

The main reason for this differential pick is the fact that Hojlund is only 3% owned and they face Burnley. 

Burnley have conceded five goals to Tottenham and three goals to both Aston Villa and Manchester City at home which shows their system is currently not working in the Premier League. 

Hojlund is the spearhead of the United attack and this is one of the better fixtures on the calendar. 

Hojlund has been given a 45%chance to score this week.

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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.