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Best alternatives to Haaland as FPL captain in Gameweek 4

By The Scout 29 Aug 2023
Bowen, Sterling, Maddison

The Scout says a host of in-form midfielders with favourable fixtures could merit the armband instead of Man City's Norwegian

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A home encounter with Fulham further enhances the appeal of Erling Haaland (£14.0m) as the standout captain in Gameweek 4 of Fantasy Premier League.

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Manchester City’s forward has been the most-selected armband pick in each of the first three rounds of fixtures due to his huge ownership of 91 per cent.

Those backers will be further encouraged by the Cottagers’ poor defensive displays this season. 

They have conceded 27 shots on target and 14 big chances, both more than any other side in the opening three Gameweeks.

As the focal point of the champions’ attack, Haaland has produced 16 shots in the box, at least five more than any other player in Fantasy.

That suggests this is the riskiest Gameweek of the season so far to overlook the Norwegian for the armband. 

Haaland's fellow Man City forward Julian Alvarez (£6.6m) can also deliver a bumper haul on Saturday.

The Argentinian has recorded 12 shots and 12 key passes and he is one of only two players, along with Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m), to deliver double-digits for both statistics.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is among a number of in-form midfielders who can also claim a huge score in Gameweek 4.

The Liverpool star hosts an Aston Villa side who have conceded six goals in their two away matches.

Crucially, Salah has never blanked at home to his weekend visitors, combining two goals with two assists over those four Anfield meetings. 

West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen (£7.0m), Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling (£7.2m) and Tottenham Hotspur’s James Maddison (£7.7m) all claimed double-digit returns in the previous Gameweek. 

Bowen visits Luton Town on the back of two goals, an assist and 21 points in his first two away fixtures of 2023/24.

Bowen's Gameweek 3 goal v Brighton

Having produced 19 points at home to Luton last time out, Sterling now entertains Nottingham Forest

Maddison, meanwhile, has one goal, two assists and 19 points in his two away fixtures ahead of a visit to Burnley.

Also in this series

Part 1: Maddison or Sterling: Who is the better FPL pick?
Part 2: FPL Lessons: Why five-man midfields are the way to go for managers
Part 3: Whose FPL prospects have improved after Gameweek 3?
Part 4: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 4 Ones to watch
Part 5: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 4 Differentials
Part 6: FPL experts: Keep or sell Arsenal and Man Utd midfielders?
Part 7: FPL long view: Time to consider Newcastle in Gameweek 5?
Part 8: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 4

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