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Fantasy Premier League: Four of the best captains for GW3

Each week we preview the weekend’s action and provide our best advice for Fantasy Premier League, selecting four options we believe should be leading contenders for your crucial captaincy.

Gameweek three brings a huge clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, with both teams still looking for a first win of the Premier League season.

 

Across the division, pacesetters Manchester City and Arsenal travel to Newcastle and Bournemouth respectively, West Ham take on Brighton, and there’s a west London match-up between Fulham and Brentford.

Ahead of gameweek three, we look at four of the best Fantasy Premier League captaincy options.

Gabriel Jesus vs Bournemouth (A)

Gabriel Jesus announced himself as an Arsenal player last weekend, with the forward involved in all four goals during the Gunners’ 4-2 win over Leicester.

Jesus scored twice and provided a further two assists, producing the biggest haul of the season so far with a huge 19 points.

Arsenal travel to face Bournemouth this weekend, with the Cherries having been beaten 4-0 at Manchester City in gameweek two. After the high of an opening weekend win, the loss at the Etihad was a reality check for Scott Parker and his newly-promoted side.

Jesus appeared to click with his Arsenal teammates last weekend, notably Gabriel Martinelli, with the two Brazilians showing encouraging signs.

The 25-year-old’s expected goals figure (xG) of 0.83 is superior to the likes of Mohamed Salah (0.37), Erling Haaland (0.69) and Harry Kane (0.35). His eight shots are also the second-most recorded in the Premier League this season, behind Darwin Nunez.

Mohamed Salah vs Manchester United (A)

Liverpool are awaiting their first win of the Premier League season, having begun with consecutive draws.

Jurgen Klopp’s team travel to a Manchester United side at rock bottom this weekend, sitting bottom of the Premier League for the first time since August 1992 after successive defeats.

United’s 4-0 thrashing at Brentford will increase Salah’s popularity as captain, with many FPL managers set to back the Egyptian for another big haul at Old Trafford.

Last season Salah became the first opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Manchester United, as Liverpool thrashed their fierce rivals 5-0.

Liverpool also won the home fixture 4-0 and have ruthlessly beaten United in recent meetings. Salah’s classification as a midfielder also boosts his appeal in comparison to leading FPL forwards, with extra points for goals and clean sheets.

Erling Haaland v Newcastle (A)

Haaland has potentially the most difficult fixture on this list of captain candidates, with Manchester City travelling to face Newcastle on Sunday.

The Norwegian was restricted to just eight touches in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend, though added an assist to the brace he scored on the opening weekend. But for a poor decision from Phil Foden to go for goal instead of squaring, he would have had a third goal of the campaign and has demonstrated his effectiveness already with limited involvement.

Newcastle have made huge improvements under Eddie Howe, but have a wretched recent record against City and have lost the last six meetings in all competitions, conceding 22 goals in the process.

Haaland should be provided with more space in away fixtures, a recipe for both goals and FPL points.

James Maddison vs Southampton (H)

A captain choice for the managerial mavericks among us. It would take a bold boss to go against the premium picks for the armband, but James Maddison offers the best of the differential selections.

The midfielder has been in outstanding form for Leicester across the past 12 months and has opened the season with a goal and assist.

Despite the Foxes’ inconsistent form, Maddison has been a source of continued productivity around goal and now has nine goal involvements in his last six Premier League fixtures.

Leicester host a Southampton side who have looked poor in their opening fixtures, shipping six goals during clashes with Spurs and Leeds.

Having provided a goal and assist as the Foxes thrashed Southampton 4-1 on the final day of last season, Maddison will be out to make the difference once more this weekend.

Read – Eight talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

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