The 5 best captain options for Gameweek 8
The Egyptian forward had provided attacking returns in five of his six matches prior to Liverpool’s game against Manchester City and still was largely overlooked for the captaincy, with most managers preferring Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku instead, on account of their better fixtures, in theory at least.
But while Ronaldo and Lukaku failed to justify their billing, Salah did what he has been doing all season by scoring and assisting a goal apiece to earn 13 points against a defence that had gone almost eight hours without conceding in the Premier League.
Considering his form, Salah is the obvious captaincy candidate this weekend as Liverpool prepare to face a Watford side managed by Claudio Ranieri for the very first time. As shown in the previous gameweek, going against Salah is a risk, but there are a few viable options to consider elsewhere, especially if you can strike gold with Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy as Manchester City host Burnley.
Here are five options to consider for Gameweek 8, including a differential player owned by less than five per cent of managers.
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Mo Salah (Liverpool)
It seems strange to say of a player who reached a century of league goals in quicker time than any other Liverpool player in history, but Mo Salah genuinely seems to have found another level to his game this season. Remarkably, Salah has scored 21 more points than any other player in FPL after the opening seven gameweeks and is currently averaging a ludicrous 10 points per game. Salah scored his first ever Liverpool goal and netted his first ever Premier League hat-trick against this weekend’s opponents Watford.
Price: £12.7m Points: 70 Gameweek 8 fixture: Watford (a)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Curiously, given he is level with Salah in the Golden Boot stakes with six goals and is third among all players in FPL for points scored this term, Jamie Vardy is only the seventh-most popular forward in the game at the time of writing. Managers have been so preoccupied with Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku that Vardy has largely been ignored. But with Raphael Varane ruled out due to injury and Harry Maguire a major doubt to play, Vardy will be confident of maintaining his purple patch against Manchester United, despite Leicester’s recent struggles.
Price: £10.5m Points: 48 Gameweek 8 fixture: Man United (h)
Ferran Torres (Man City)
Manchester City’s game against Burnley is the standout fixture of the weekend, given each of the last four meetings between the sides at the Etihad have finished 5-0 in the home team’s favour. If only there was a way of infiltrating Pep Guardiola’s brain before the weekend… Captaining a City player in any given week is a lottery but the upside can be difficult to ignore. Ferran Torres hasn’t played a single minute in any of City’s last three league fixtures, but scored twice for Spain against Italy this week and may benefit from Gabriel Jesus’ delayed return from international duty.
Price: £6.9m Points: 26 Gameweek 8 fixture: Burnley (h)
Son Heung-min (Spurs)
With Harry Kane struggling to find form, Tottenham have become hugely reliant on Son Heung-min to provide inspiration in attack in the opening weeks of the season. The South Korean has been directly involved in five of his side’s six goals so far, scoring the decisive goal against Manchester City and Watford and a consolation in the derby defeat to Arsenal as well as providing both assists in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Although there will be an electric atmosphere at St James’ Park on Sunday, Newcastle are bottom of the league for expected goals against.
Price: £10.1m Points: 42 Gameweek 8 fixture: Newcastle (a)
Differential: Neal Maupay (Brighton)
Neal Maupay has more FPL points this season than Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Ivan Toney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Danny Ings, Raul Jimenez and Chris Wood, amongst other forwards. And yet he is currently owned by less than four per cent of managers heading into this weekend’s game against bottom of the table Norwich. Only three forwards have accumulated more big chances than the Frenchman, which bodes well against a defence that has conceded 16 goals already this term.
Price: £6.5m Points: 32 Gameweek 8 fixture: Norwich (a)