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Gameweek 1 FPL stats: Haaland justifies record backing as captain

11 Aug 2023
Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier League

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Captained by a record 73 per cent of Fantasy Premier League managers, Erling Haaland (£14.0m) rewarded the faith shown in him with two goals and the maximum three bonus points in the first match of the 2023/24 season.

The Manchester City forward produced a 13-point haul in Friday's 3-0 win at Burnley, taking his tally to 60 points against promoted teams.

More than 5.7million managers gave Haaland the armband, and there was an greater reward for the 195,788 who used their Triple Captain chip on him.

GW1 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Haaland 5,708 13
Saka 339 10
Rashford 218 3

Bukayo Saka (£8.5m) was in second spot, handed the armband by over 339,000 people for Arsenal's home encounter with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Saka scored a brilliant first-half goal in the 2-1 victory and received three bonus points to give him a 10-point total.

Completing the top three was Marcus Rashford (£9.0m), whose backers were disappointed as he blanked in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Part 1: FPL bonus points: Haaland secures maximum
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Budget forwards prove their worth
Part 4: FPL experts: Who are the best defenders to target?

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