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Who to captain in GW5? What the experts say

By The Scout 26 Aug 2022
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Haaland? Salah? Jesus? The Scout's panel reveal their FPL armband picks

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The Scout's panel of experts give their verdicts on which players managers should captain ahead of the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 5 deadline of 18:00 BST on Tuesday 30 August.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Erling Haaland (£11.8m) has the best fixture for me so, despite some risk of rotation, I think I'll back him to start and score.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

Haaland has the better fixture on paper but Pep Guardiola has already forewarned us about rotation and, with another game on Saturday, I worry about a start for the Norwegian. Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) will be desperate to get on the scoresheet after missing out in a 9-0 win over AFC Bournemouth and he is the safer pick. 

Pras (@Pras_fpl)

I'm giving Salah another go this Gameweek. Despite having no returns against AFC Bournemouth, his underlying data was better than Haaland's last weekend, which suggests goals are coming. If there was no rotation risk; I would have probably sided with the Norwegian, but the threat of a one-point cameo makes Salah the safer pick.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

After his hat-trick against Crystal Palace, Haaland is flying for Man City, so I'll be going in with the big Norwegian. Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa, on the other hand, haven't started well and are conceding for fun, so Gabriel Jesus (£8.2m) is a pretty good option, too. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Guardiola’s comments about Haaland not being able to start three matches in a week have worried me in terms of handing the Manchester City forward the armband.

While Haaland is my preferred pick, the potential for him to rest means that I will likely hand the armband to Jesus or Salah. Jesus faces an out-of-form Villa side, meanwhile Salah will surely return on his expected goals from Gameweek 4. 

Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee)

Question marks around Haaland’s minutes move my captaincy away from him this week. I'll be going with Salah, who will come out all guns blazing due to his flop against AFC Bournemouth. 

Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

With concerns around minutes for Haaland this midweek, I'm going to play it safe with Jesus who has the home form against a struggling Aston Villa side. 

Nick  (@WGTA_Nick)  

Haaland is my pick for the armband in the midweek matches. He has had a sensational start at Man City, hitting the ground immediately and there are more goals to come, which I want to capitalise on as much as possible.

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 4: GW5 Captains: Back De Bruyne over Haaland

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

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