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Best Captain for Gameweek 30

The new round of Fantasy Premier League is approaching so we take a look at the candidates and pick out the best captain for Gameweek 30. To do this we use some of the fantastic tools in the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area.

As we approach the latter stages of the competition picking the right captain will be absolutely crucial for rank and mini-league position. As tempting as it is to go against the crowd, giving the armband to the player with the most factors backing them tends to be the best option. So, lets take a look at who we should consider this week.

Gameweek 30 Fixtures

The Options – Mohamed Salah

Liverpool have an interesting fixture this week, interesting because they rank mid-table on the fixture ticker. The Reds have been strong in terms of form recently – winning four, drawing one and losing one of their last six matches. Offensively this season, the Liverpool attack also rank second best for goals, top for total attempts on goal, first for total shots in the box, the best for big chances total and second best for total shots on target.

Brighton lay ahead for Liverpool, a side who have won three, lost two and drawn one in their last six league games. They also kept two clean sheets in that period. Overall this season defensively, Brighton sit amongst the best four teams for expected goals conceded and total shots in the box conceded. They also rank mid-table for goals conceded and big chances conceded, suggesting that they have underperformed on their data so far.

Returning from injury recently is Mohamed Salah (£13.1m), who is now fully fit. Although failing to start eight league matches recently due AFCON and the injury mentioned, Salah has still racked up a fantastic 15 goals and nine assists. In terms of attacking data Salah also ranks fourth best for non-penalty expected goal involvement, fifth best for big chances total and sixth best for total shots in the box.

Cole Palmer

Chelsea have been inconsistent recently – winning two, losing two and drawing two of their last six matches. They did however score two or more in four of those same matches which suggests they are capable offensively. When focusing on their data they rank amongst the best six sides for goals expected goals and big chances. The rest of their metrics fluctuate from mid-table to poor.

Most of the Chelsea appeal comes from their upcoming fixture with Burnley ahead. The newly promoted side have lost four, won one and drawn one of their last six matches. They also shipped 16 goals in the same period. Defensively things have been woeful for Burnley as they sit third worst for expected goals conceded, second worst for goals conceded, third worst for total shots in the box conceded and second worst for total shots on target. Interestingly six teams have conceded more big chances than Burnley this season.

The standout option in the Chelsea frontline is Cole Palmer (£5.8m). Palmer has become a talismanic figure for the Blues this season – scoring 11 goals and registering eight assists in juts 24 matches played. Since starting for Chelsea in Gameweek 7, only Ollie Watkins has amassed more points for Palmer. However, since then he also ranks outside the top eight players for many key metrics like total big chances total, total shots in the box and total shots on target.

Son Heung-Min

Tottenham are another side in an interesting run of form – winning three, losing two and drawing one of their last six matches. In that same run of matches they also managed to score between 2-4 goals in four of their games. So far this season, when compared to every other team Tottenham also rank amongst the top six teams for goals scored, total attempts on goal, total shots in the box and total shots on target.

Luton are up next for Tottenham, a side who have lost four and drawn two in their latest run of matches. During that period they also conceded a huge 15 goals. Overall, defensively they sit the worst for expected goals conceded, third worst for total goals conceded, the worst for total shots in the box conceded and the worst for big chances conceded.

To take advantage of the torrid Luton backline some could consider Son Heung-Min (£10.1m) for captaincy. 14 goals and eight assists in 24 matches suggests Son is having another excellent season. Statistically though, Son doesn’t rank in any of the top eight players for underlying offensive metrics this season other than goals scored.

Who is the best captain for Gameweek 30?

Son Heung-Min faces a torrid newly promoted defence up next. However, the fact he has played 180 minutes of international football recently and his potential position change to left-wing with the return of Richarlison, is a concern when comparing him to the other options.

Cole Palmer is also a very good option this week against a torrid Burnley defence. However, his lack of team and personal data is something we have to factor in. There are also some question marks over his fitness after recovering from a minor injury during the international break.

The best captain for Gameweek 30 is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian is fully fit, played zero minutes of international football during the break, plays for a team dominating multiple key attacking metrics and has sustained some of the best attacking metrics amongst all players this season.


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