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GW3 Captains: Jesus can outscore Salah again

The Scout 19 Aug 2022
Gabriel Jesus

The Scout assesses the leading candidates and best differentials for the armband

Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m) has the form and fixture to challenge Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) as the go-to captain in Gameweek 3 of Fantasy Premier League.

Liverpool's Egyptian is expected to be the No 1 armband pick for the Reds' trip to Manchester United on Monday evening.

Salah amassed 43 points across his two meetings with Man Utd last season, scoring five goals and supplying two assists.

But Jesus also has a favourable match-up, with Arsenal visiting promoted AFC Bournemouth.

His display at home to Leicester City last weekend showed he is very capable of outscoring Salah.

The forward was involved in all four of the Gunners’ goals, scoring two and assisting two to claim 19 points.

Another haul for Haaland?

Erling Haaland (£11.7m) replaced Salah as the top captain pick in Gameweek 2 and will again be a popular choice, with an ownership of 60 per cent. 

The Norwegian’s seven shots in the box and four big chances are both team-leading totals for Manchester City.

Nonetheless, he faces a Newcastle United side who have impressed in defence, keeping a clean sheet in each of their first two matches. 

Fantasy managers who are backing Pep Guardiola’s side to win at St James’ Park should also consider Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) and Joao Cancelo (£7.1m).

Both face the Magpies on the back of double-figure hauls against AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

Dancing around Wolves?

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur duo Son Heung-min (£12.0m) and Harry Kane (£11.4m) can return to top form at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers

Son recorded 11 double-figure returns in 2021/22, more than any other player in Fantasy.

Kane has produced a league-high 119 shots since Antonio Conte was appointed Spurs head coach in Gameweek 11 last term.

Finally, Leicester City playmaker James Maddison (£8.0m) could be a major armband differential at home to Southampton

He has scored in three of his last four meetings with Saints, totalling 34 points. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3

Don't forget the Gameweek 3 deadline is 11:00 BST on Saturday 20 August.

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