FPL Gameweek 36: Captain picks
By Holly Shand
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The captaincy headaches continue in FPL as we reach another small double gameweek for Newcastle and Brighton which may turn our heads away from the traditional captaincy candidates. So who are the top picks?
Alexander Isak vs Leeds (A) & Brighton (H)
Newcastle have the pick of the double gameweek fixtures, with their trip to Elland Road on Saturday carrying hope for significant points. Isak is the more secure route into the Newcastle front line in terms of minutes having started four of the last six, completing 90 minutes in his last two appearances.
Isak has three goals and one assist in this period and shares spot-kick duty with Callum Wilson. Leeds are without a clean sheet in their last 11 games while Brighton conceded five goals to Everton last time out.
Kieran Trippier vs Leeds (A) & Brighton (H)
The opportunity to give a defender the captaincy in FPL is rare but this week creates the perfect storm with a double gameweek for the top defender in the game this season. Trippier has eight goal involvements this season - one goal and nine assists - ranking second for chances created with 101.
A recent dip in form will perhaps deter most managers from backing Trippier for the captaincy with just one assist and one clean sheet since the international break. However, he has been unlucky not to deliver more with 28 key passes and four big chances created.
Erling Haaland vs Everton (A)
The multi Premier League-record holder is never far from our thoughts when it comes to captaincy but a single gameweek fixture sandwiched between a crunch Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid acts as a deterrent to some extent.
However, even with his blank last time out, Haaland still has seven goals and two assists since the break.
We should see Haaland back on penalties in this game after allowing Gundogan a failed attempt to claim a hat-trick against Leeds last weekend. He leads the way for shots on target since the break with 13 big chances on goal. He scored in the reverse fixture against Everton.
Alexis Mac Allister vs Arsenal (A) & Newcastle (A)
For those brave enough to back Brighton and their challenging fixtures over the double, Alexis Mac Allister seems to be the best bet from their assets. He’s had a lot of good fortune in the last couple of gameweeks with two goals.
He’s on penalties for Brighton which remains an important route to points, converting from the spot on six occasions this season which contributes to more than half of his goal involvements this season.