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GW5 Captains: Back De Bruyne over Haaland

By The Scout 26 Aug 2022
De Bruyne, Haaland, Man City

The Scout on why Man City midfielder may be a safer pick for the midweek round of matches

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After his weekend hat-trick against Crystal Palace, Erling Haaland (£11.8m) will be heavily backed with the armband in Gameweek 5 of Fantasy Premier League.

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The Norwegian hosts Nottingham Forest as the top-scoring player in Fantasy, earning 41 points thanks to six goals and an assist. 

Nonetheless, his owners should be aware that manager Pep Guardiola has recently admitted he could rotate Haaland during busier periods.

Although the forward is still capable of delivering a huge haul even as a substitute, his Manchester City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m) may be a less risky captaincy pick in Gameweek 5 due to the busy schedule.

The Belgian’s 12 shots and 13 chances created both place among the top four players in Fantasy this season.

De Bruyne averaged 8.7 points per start at the Etihad Stadium last term.

Harry Kane (£11.4m) offers another strong alternative at West Ham United.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward has scored all four of his goals this season in the last three Gameweeks.

Kane delivered a 13-point haul in his previous meeting with the Hammers.

In Mo we trust?

Mohamed Salah’s (£13.0m) record against Newcastle United suggests he will bounce back from his blank in Liverpool’s 9-0 win over AFC Bournemouth at the weekend.

The Egyptian has scored in all five of his meetings with the Magpies at Anfield, averaging 7.8 points per match.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) provides another Liverpool option, the right-back claiming a 17-point return against AFC Bournemouth.

Elsewhere, Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus (£8.2m) and Leeds United’s Rodrigo (£6.5m) also have favourable home matches.

Owned by 81 per cent of managers, Jesus entertains Aston Villa on the back of two goals and three assists in his previous three outings.

Rodrigo has shone thanks to a role up front for Leeds, scoring four goals and supplying an assist.

He has 20 points from his first two outings at Elland Road ahead of a visit from Everton.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW5 Ones to watch: Kane backed to extend goal streak
Part 2: GW5 Differentials: Eze can unlock Brentford defence
Part 3: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 5
Part 5: Who to captain in GW5? What the experts say

Don't forget the Gameweek 5 deadline is 18:00 BST on Tuesday 30 August.

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