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Is Haaland worth the Triple Captain chip in Gameweek 6?

By The Scout 21 Sep 2023
Erling Haaland, Man City

Man City forward is posting career-high underlying numbers ahead of home encounter with Nott'm Forest

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Erling Haaland’s (£14.1m) displays in the early stages of 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League indicate he is posing an even greater goal threat than last season.

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Manchester City’s frontman produced 36 goals and nine assists to finish as the top-scoring player in Fantasy last season on 272 points.

In terms of Expected Goal Involvement (xGI), though, the two best performances of Haaland’s Fantasy career have both come in the last three Gameweeks.

In Gameweek 3 against Sheffield United, his eight shots, eight shots in the box and 2.08 xGI score were his highest-ever for each statistic.

Yet he surpassed all three of them against West Ham United last weekend, with nine shots, nine shots in the box and an xGI score of 2.56.

Haaland's 2023/24 season by Gameweek
GW xGI Shots Shots in box Big chances
5 2.56 9 9 6
4 1.68 4 4 2
3 2.08 8 8 4
2 0.44 4 4 0
1 0.62 4 1 1

Haaland’s host of big chances, in particular, has been simply extraordinary in recent fixtures.

He only managed more than three big chances on one occasion in 2022/23, recording four on his debut against the Hammers in Gameweek 1.

Yet he has now achieved this feat in two of his last three matches. 

Haaland's GW5 goal v West Ham

Indeed, Haaland has been supplied with 12 of Man City’s 16 such opportunities in the last three Gameweeks.

Put into perspective, this is more than each of the other 19 clubs in the league, with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham his nearest challengers on 10 apiece. 

Big chances, last three Gameweeks
Team/Player Total
Man City 16
Erling Haaland 12
Liverpool, Spurs, West Ham 10

Haaland's underlying threat is so impressive that his home match with Nottingham Forest this weekend could be the best single Gameweek to consider playing your Triple Captain chip on him. 

The 22-year-old claimed a hat-trick in a 6-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season to collect 17 points.

Nonetheless, it’s best to remain patient and hold onto the Triple Captain chip until the Norwegian has a Double Gameweek in order to profit from both his matches.

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