28/02/2024

Mohamed Salah is one the best captaincy selections in FPL ahead of GW2. (Image: @OfficialFPL/Twitter)

Gameweek two of FPL has arrived, with plenty not as we expected after gameweek one.

Some players hit the ground running, making a heavy impression on managers. Others we expected to be the forefront of most teams have found themselves being traded out.

Here are the best captaincy selections for the upcoming gameweek:

Erling Haaland vs. Bournemouth

The new Norwegian striker from Manchester City made a lasting impression on his Premier League debut. It took Haaland 36 minutes to score his first Premier League goal, before doubling his total in the second half.

Harry Kane’s blank score the following day enticed managers to make a swift trade from Kane to Haaland.

It is predicted that Haaland will be one of – if not the highest – selected captain this week. With that comes little risk.

Bournemouth will expectedly sit further back into their defence, which may stop Haaland’s strength of breaking through the high line. That doesn’t mean that Manchester City won’t find a way through.

Mohamed Salah vs. Crystal Palace

Liverpool has enjoyed a string of good fortune against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. With 10 wins in a row since August 2017, the Eagles haven’t beaten the Reds since April 2017.

Salah has scored seven goals and provided four assists within the eight matches he has taken part in.

In past seasons, Salah playing at home would be an instant captaincy selection, due to his insanely good record.

Salah could prove to be an excellent differential selection for captaincy in GW2. His record will be hard to pass on for some managers.

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Gabriel Jesus vs. Leicester City

Despite his blank score in GW1, Jesus is still the highest owned player within FPL this season.

His pre-season performances are still relevant, scoring seven goals from just five matches. Managers still have faith in his ability to create chances and score goals.

Jesus was a prominent figure in Arsenal’s win over Crystal Palace last week. Despite not scoring, he was a force in the final third.

In his first home game at The Emirates in the Premier League, Jesus will want to perform. A punt on him could be a decent differential selection.

Trent Alexander-Arnold vs. Crystal Palace

In only four of Liverpool’s last 10 matches against Crystal Palace, it has conceded, giving it a majority chance to keep another clean sheet.

More recently, since 2020, Crystal Palace has only managed to score one goal against the Reds.

In front of an Anfield crowd, Liverpool will be focused more than ever to get back on track after last week’s lapse of concentration.

Alexander-Arnold will be expected to make his way into the final third often. If Liverpool can keep a clean sheet, he will be on for a big points haul.

Keep in mind, the same goes for Andrew Robertson, who provides similar threat on the other side of the pitch.

Kevin De Bruyne vs. Bournemouth

The Belgian midfielder was a star at the Etihad last season, raking in points without failure.

From all of his home games last season, De Bruyne made 15 goal contributions. The addition of Haaland only makes the chances of goal contributions rise.

De Bruyne has been placed on the back burner so far this season, with only 16 per cent ownership. With most managers opting for Salah and Haaland, this leaves no room for another premium player.

He could offer a decent differential pick from Haaland and Salah, as Manchester City will be expected to score against newly-promoted Bournemouth.

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