25/05/2024

Kevin De Bruyne is among top captaincy selections ahead of GW3, following a 14-point haul in GW2. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

Once again, the common culprits have risen for captaincy ahead of gameweek three. Some differential selections are amongst the options if you’re daring enough to take the risk.

Many of the popular clubs have enticing fixtures, yet all will be de-bunked.

Mohamed Salah vs. Manchester United

Salah has fared well against Liverpool’s arch-rivals in the recent past. Across the last three seasons, Salah has scored seven goals and provided two assists.

Last season especially, Salah went to a different level, scoring five goals including a hat-trick from their two encounters.

Manchester United has appeared to be defensively poor from its first two matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford.

In both matches, Manchester United had its defence manipulated, had poor decision making and was caught lacking on multiple occasions.

Salah will be hoping to continue his recent form against the Red Devils and pounce on their poor form. He will be regarded as one of the best captaincy selections in GW3.

Erling Haaland or Kevin De Bruyne vs. Newcastle United

Haaland has provided three attacking returns from his first two Premier League appearances (two goals and one assist). He will continue to be a massive threat in front of any opponent’s goal, no matter the team.

De Bruyne on the other hand, is seen as the delivery person. He can put the ball on a platter for anyone in the Manchester City squad. Not only that, he is flexible enough to put himself in the right position to even score a goal himself.

The Belgian has also acquired three attacking returns this season (one goal and two assists). He gives a good option for managers if either asset is in their squad.

Both premium Manchester City assets would be excellent choices for captaincy, as it is expected that they should score against Newcastle.

However, so far this season, Newcastle has looked much stronger than seasons previous. Newcastle is yet to concede; granted it has only faced Brighton and Nottingham Forest.

Keeping that in mind, Manchester City may hit some speed bumps, nonetheless points should be produced.

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Joao Cancelo vs. Newcastle United

Sticking with Manchester City assets, Cancelo could provide a differential edge against Newcastle.

As a defender, especially for Manchester City, Cancelo is going to be popular amongst most sides. The Portuguese maestro still finds himself in dangerous situations, giving him a good chance of attacking returns.

Manchester City is also yet to concede in the Premier League this season, and Cancelo has picked up clean sheet points in both of those fixtures.

Cancelo has also added an assist to his record, which boosted his GW2 tally into double digits. Against a Newcastle side that may appear to sit back, Cancelo could be a threat for both defensive and attacking returns.

Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli vs. Bournemouth

Both Jesus and Martinelli have shown their worth so far from the opening two gameweeks.

Firstly, Jesus blanked in GW1, yet silenced the doubters in GW2 with two goals and two assists to completed a 19-point haul.

On the other hand, Martinelli, who started the FPL at £6.0m, has since risen to £6.3m after two matches. Managers are beginning to favour him over teammate Bukayo Saka in midfield – who has blanked twice.

With Arsenal facing newly-promoted Bournemouth, managers are expecting fireworks from Arsenal to continue its flawless run.

Both Jesus, Martinelli and any Arsenal asset would be a decent shout for captaincy. However, these two have stood out head and shoulders above the rest, therefore should be highly considered.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son vs. Wolves

Wolves have been known to keep a tight-knit defence in recent Premier League history, especially against Tottenham.

Since arriving back in the Premier League in the 2018/19 season, Wolves biggest loss to Tottenham was a 2-0 loss in May, last year. Every other encounter has either been a less significant loss, a draw or win.

However, Tottenham looks as strong as it has ever been in the Premier League since Wolves’ arrival. There could be a chance that Tottenham assets Kane or Son could produce a high score against Wolves.

Of all of the selections above, managers would be more cautious with Tottenham assets in GW3. However a captaincy punt on one could pay dividends.

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