FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 5
Posted by FFPundits
9:13pm Oct 15 2020
Tottenham’s Harry Kane features in our Top 3 Captain Picks and Tips for Gameweek 5, but is he the no.1 selection?
Welcome back to the ‘Captaincy Picks’ series, where we discuss the top three captain options for the Gameweek ahead, as decided by the results of our Twitter poll.
If you’d like to cast your vote in the Gameweek 5 poll, the link can be found towards the end of this article.
Here’s how things are shaping up for Gameweek 5, as things stand:
Please note that all players prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of recording and writing.
3. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
vs. Everton (A) | £12.2m | 44.1 % owned
With 21% of the vote, Mo Salah moves down to third place in this week’s poll ahead of the Merseyside derby.
The Egyptian scored both Liverpool goals in the unbelievable 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa to take his FPL points total up to 41 for the season; only Kane (44) and Son (45) have earned more.
He’s taken a league-best tally of 15 shots in the box, while no midfielder has landed more than his 7 efforts on target.
But the 28-year-old averaged just 3.6 points per game in away matches against teams that finished in the top 12 last season.
Liverpool have scored 11 goals over the opening 4 Gameweeks; behind Spurs, Leicester and Everton (each 12).
The Toffees have won each of their opening 4 matches, conceding just 5 goals; only West Ham (4) and Aston Villa (2) have shipped fewer.
No side have allowed fewer big chances than their 4.
2. Harry Kane – Spurs
vs. West Ham (H) | £10.6m | 24.3% owned
Harry Kane picks up second place, with 29% of the vote as it stands.
The England captain has 9 goal involvements already this season (3 goals, 6 assists), after earning 2 goals and an assist in the impressive 6-1 win at Old Trafford before the international break.
He’s amassed a league-leading tally of 6 assists and no player has created as many as his 6 big chances.
Amongst FPL forwards, the 27-year-old ranks top for shots, in total (19), from inside the box (14) and on target (10).
Last season, he averaged 5.2 points per game on home turf and this increased to 5.9 against teams that finished outside of the top 8.
Spurs have scored 12 goals this season; joint-best in the league, along with Leicester and Everton.
No side have fashioned as many as their 17 big chances; three more than Liverpool have had.
1. Heung-Min Son – Spurs
vs. West Ham (H) | £9.1m | 31.4% owned
Out in front with 40% of the vote, Heung-Min Son leads the Gameweek 5 poll ahead of Sunday’s London derby.
The South Korean has earned a league-high 45 FPL points this season; averaging 11.3 per game.
Only Calvert-Lewin can match his tally of 6 goals, while only Wilson, Vardy and Calvert-Lewin can equal Son’s 6 big chances.
No FPL midfielder has taken more than his 7 shots on target, while only De Bruyne and Salah (each 14) can better his 13 attempted assists.
The 28-year-old averaged 6.3 points per game during home matches last season and this increased to 7.0 against the bottom 12 teams.
West Ham have kept back-to-back clean sheets against Wolves and Leicester, conceding just 4 big chances this season; the joint-fewest tally, along with Everton.
However, no side allowed opponents as many as their 53 big chances in away matches last season; an average of 2.8 per game.
📊 THE #GW5 CAPTAINS POLL 📊
It’s that time again #FPL bosses – you know what to do…
Who will be YOUR Gameweek 5️⃣ captain?
[💬 if your captain isn’t listed, please comment below]
— Fantasy Football Pundits (@FFPundits) October 15, 2020
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