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The unthinkable has happened with the goals drying up for Erling Haaland in recent weeks, leaving FPL managers with an opportunity to be different with their captaincy in Gameweek 8.
Manchester City’s Norwegian striker is without a goal in his last two games in all competitions, having blanked against Wolves and RB Leipzig, allowing some alternative figures to creep into armband contention.
So who are the top picks? We’ve selected the best options in conjunction with Fantasy Football Hub’s powerful AI Points Predictions tool for FPL Gameweek 8.
Erling Haaland remains AI’s go-to captain pick and, as the top Premier League goalscorer so far this season with eight strikes in seven games, he shouldn’t be underestimated. Haaland has had 15 big chances on goal this season and has the potential to deliver in any game.
Don’t let the difficult fixture put you off, either. Haaland scored home and away against Arsenal last season and the Gunners have kept just one clean sheet at home this term, conceding seven goals in four games.
Son Heung-min presents the best alternative captain pick this weekend with his plum fixture away at Luton Town, who haven’t kept a clean sheet this season, conceding 14 goals in seven games. Son is the talisman and central striker in this Spurs side and on penalties.
The Tottenham captain has excelled since moving into a central role, scoring six goals in the last four gameweeks to register the most fantasy points of any player. He currently averages over ten points per game from this position, with some assist threat too.
Mohamed Salah is always in the captaincy conversation, with a VAR catastrophe the only thing to stop him having a flawless record this season. He still has two goals and two assists in the last four gameweeks and remains on penalties for Liverpool.
Salah has created a league-leading seven big chances in the last four gameweeks and has multiple routes to points. It’s a good time for Liverpool to face Brighton, with the Seagulls failing to keep a clean sheet this season, conceding six to Aston Villa last time out in the Premier League.
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