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The Scout's best captains for Gameweek 35

By The Scout 1 May 2023

The Scout assesses the top armband picks for a crucial Gameweek in 2022/23 Fantasy

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Mohamed Salah’s (£13.0m) recent home form shows why he is the strongest armband rival to Erling Haaland (£12.4m) in Gameweek 35 of Fantasy Premier League.

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Liverpool’s Egyptian entertains Brentford having scored in seven successive matches at Anfield. 

Salah has amassed 70 points over those encounters, scoring eight goals and supplying a further two assists.

Haaland, meanwhile, has scored in each of his last six appearances ahead of a home match with Leeds United.

The Manchester City forward has eight goals, two assists and 60 points in that run and has amassed more points than any other player in that period.

Top scorers in Fantasy over last six matches
Pts  Player G A
60 Haaland 8 2
53 De Bruyne 3 5
48 Wilson 7 1
46 Salah 6 0

His team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m) and Newcastle United's Callum Wilson (£7.0m) are his nearest contenders on 53 and 48 points respectively,  while Salah has scored six goals to claim 46 points. 

Goal threat in last six matches
Player Shots Shots in box Shots on target Big chances
Salah 25 24 8 9
Haaland 23 22 13 13
Rashford 23 14 11 8

Salah has the edge for goal threat in that run, bettering Haaland by 25 shots to 23.

However, Haaland has been supplied with better-quality scoring opportunities, with 13 big chances to Salah’s nine.

Marcus Rashford (£7.2m), meanwhile, has also boasted a significant threat ahead of Manchester United’s visit to West Ham United.

Despite scoring just two goals in this time, he matched the 23 shots of Haaland and recorded 11 shots on target.

Home matches 22/23
Player Shots Shots  Shots in box Shots on target Big chances Goals
Haaland 10.2 55 55 29 28 22
Kane 7.1 62 49 28 14 12
Salah 6.8 69 57 26 23 10

Salah and Haaland’s performances in home matches this season follow a similar pattern.

The Liverpool attacker leads the way for shots, by 69 to 55, yet Haaland places top for big chances, bettering Salah by 28 to 23.

Haaland's output is also superior, averaging 10.2 points per home start compared with the 6.8 of Salah.

Harry Kane (£11.4m) is another player to consider for Tottenham Hotspur’s match with Crystal Palace.

His 62 shots in home fixtures is second overall this term, while he averages 7.1 points per start in those encounters.

Overall, Haaland’s potential for huge hauls, at home in particular, makes him the obvious choice.

Possible rotation

The only downside could potentially come via rotation if his minutes are managed by Guardiola ahead of Man City’s UEFA Champions League first-leg semi-final meeting with Madrid on Tuesday.

As evidenced by his two goals in 45 minutes against Leicester City in Gameweek 31, though, Haaland can still deliver a big haul, even if he is withdrawn early on.

Salah, Kane, Wilson and Rashford also look strong options, with the Reds' attacker the best alternative.

Salah heads into Gameweek 35 having outscored Haaland by 18 points to 16 in Double Gameweek 34.

Also in this series

Part 1: The Scout's GW35 Ones to watch
Part 2: The Scout's GW35 Differentials
Part 3: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 35
Part 4: Why Alvarez is worth the risk for final Gameweeks in FPL

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