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The Scout's best captains for Double Gameweek 36

11 May 2023
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The Scout assesses the merits of Brighton and Newcastle players for the armband

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Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion’s key players are set to boast a strong challenge to Erling Haaland (£12.4m) for the captaincy in Double Gameweek 36 of Fantasy Premier League.

Haaland’s away form can prove decisive as Manchester City look to extend their lead at the top of the table against Everton on Sunday.

He has scored in each of his last four road trips, producing five goals, an assist and 36 points in those encounters.

As the only two sides with two matches, though, there is a strong possibility that Newcastle and Brighton players can outscore the Norwegian.

The Magpies visit Leeds United before hosting Brighton, who travel to Arsenal beforehand.

Fantasy output, last four matches
Player Goals Assists Pts
Wilson 5 0 32
Haaland 3 2 32
Isak 2 1 23
Mac Allister 2 0 22
Mitoma 0 1 11

Callum Wilson (£7.1m) is the top-scoring player among those two sides in the last four matches, scoring five goals to collect 32 points.

That is identical to Haaland, who scored three goals and supplied two assists during that run. 

See: Isak or Wilson: Who to pick for Double Gameweek 36?

Wilson’s fellow forward Alexander Isak (£7.0m), meanwhile, has delivered 23 points in the same period.

Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) scored twice to collect 22 points, double the total of his side’s most popular player in Fantasy, Kaoru Mitoma (£5.6m), who is 28 per cent owned 

Haaland’s extraordinary statistics show why he could still comfortably outperform the DGW36 players as Man City push for the title.

Attacking stats, last four matches
Player Shots Shots in box Big chances Shots on target Chances created
Haaland 18 16 9 10 7
Mac Allister 13 8 8
Salah 12 10 4 4 6
Wilson 11 9 5 7 2
Mitoma 11 9 3 3 6
Isak 8 8 2 2 4

His 16 shots in the box in his last four matches are seven more than the nine of Wilson and Mitoma, who rank top for Newcastle and Brighton in this statistic.

Wilson, meanwhile, also leads the DGW36 players for both shots on target and big chances, with seven and five respectively.

Brighton’s spot-kick taker Mac Allister is another standout candidate thanks to his all-round style of play.

The Argentinian’s 13 shots and eight chances created are both more than any other DGW36 player in the analysis.

While Mohamed Salah (£13.1m) has returned to form with back-to-back double-figure hauls, a total of four big chances in his last four matches certainly dents the appeal of captaining him over a player with two matches.

Consider rotation concerns

Brighton’s schedule, in particular, potentially lessens the appeal of captaining Mac Allister or Mitoma.

The Seagulls also have a Double Gameweek 37 on the horizon and with four matches over the space of two weeks, Roberto De Zerbi is expected to rotate over the run-in.

Newcastle are less likely to make numerous changes to their XI and despite being used as a substitute, Wilson has still been their top performer of late. 

Crucially, he has averaged only seven minutes fewer per appearance than Isak in the previous four, which indicates managers should be less worried over his pitch time compared with the Swede’s.

Managers should also not rule out Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) as a captain option, despite his recent run of seven straight blanks. 

Trippier has created 15 chances in his last four matches, at least six more than any team-mate.

Also in this series

Part 1: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Double Gameweek 36
Part 3: FPL experts: Who to captain in Double Gameweek 36

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