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FPL Gameweek 4 captain picks

Kane has two Premier League goals this season
Kane has two Premier League goals this season /
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Gameweek 4 presents the most challenging captain decision of the season so far, with our go-to picks from Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal all having favourable fixtures. Three of the sides play at home and three face promoted teams.

We saw a split captaincy decision last time around which provided little to separate the most popular options of Mohamed Salah, Gabriel Jesus, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane. Salah, who is the only midfielder among this quartet, managed the biggest return with eight fantasy points in Gameweek 3.

So who should we select in Gameweek 4?

Mohamed Salah vs Bournemouth (H)

Salah looks to be the early captain favourite for Gameweek 3. Liverpool have had a less than impressive start to the campaign, but Salah has still netted two goals and one assist in his opening three games. Liverpool are working with a small squad right now, but they should still dominate against promoted Bournemouth.

Salah has played every minute of action so far this season, with eight shots on goal and 13 chances created: no other player has created more. His record against Bournemouth is exemplary: he’s scored every time he’s faced them, with six goals and one assist from eight appearances.

He’s also on penalties, while Bournemouth have conceded 48 shots in their opening three games, conceding seven goals.

Gabriel Jesus vs Fulham (H)

Jesus is the driving force in an Arsenal attack who have started the season in blistering form, sitting top of the Premier League table after three games, with nine goals scored.

The Brazil international has been involved in over half of those returns, scoring two goals and grabbing three assists. Four of those attacking returns have come at home. 

Jesus ranks third for shots in the box this season with ten, with his two goals coming from three big chances. Opponents Fulham have conceded four goals across their opening three games and have overperformed defensively, conceding nine big chances. They are most vulnerable in central positions.

Erling Haaland vs Crystal Palace (H)

Haaland is in a small group of players to have delivered an attacking return in every Premier League game so far this season, with three goals and one assist. It’s been an impressive start for the Norwegian, with Manchester City the joint-top Premier League goalscorers with nine. 

A home game provides hope for more goals, with Manchester City scoring four against Bournemouth in Gameweek 2. Haaland leads the way for big chances this season with seven.

Crystal Palace are also Manchester City’s bogey team: they failed to score in both fixtures against them last season, losing the home tie 2-0.

Harry Kane vs Nottingham Forest (A)

Kane completes this list of captain contenders as he travels to Nottingham Forest.

It looks to be a good fixture, but Forest impressed in their first home game of the season against West Ham, winning 1-0 at the City Ground. That is their only clean sheet so far, conceding three goals elsewhere.

Kane has a great record away from home against promoted teams. He’s had a good start to the season, with two goals from three games, and is on penalties for a Spurs team that have scored seven goals already this season.