From Havertz to Salah, here are the five best captain picks for Gameweek 9 of the Fantasy Premier League.
Salah is the league’s most in-form player, but Chelsea’s out-of-position midfielder could pose a threat.
Mo Salah, the Fantasy Premier League’s MVP, was always a strong contender to break the curse of the early Saturday kick-off.
This season, the 12.30 p.m. game has been unkind to FPL managers.
Cristiano Ronaldo went scoreless in both Manchester United’s Saturday lunchtime matches against Aston Villa and Everton in Gameweeks 6 and 7, while Mohamed Salah’s only blank of the season came in a 2-0 win over Burnley in Gameweek 2, which was also played before the traditional 3pm blackout.
Salah’s 13 points in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Watford last weekend, however, appears to have broken the curse, just in time for Chelsea’s match against bottom-placed Norwich City.
Arsenal hosts Aston Villa at the Emirates on Friday night, resulting in a 6.30pm deadline.
Take a look at our latest FPL tips article, which includes the eleven best players to own in Gameweek 9, to avoid making a panicked last-minute trolley dash.
Salah and Romelu Lukaku appeared to be in a dead heat for the captaincy this weekend, but the latter’s ankle injury sustained during Chelsea’s routine win over Malmo on Wednesday night has muddied the waters somewhat.
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Jamie Vardy has matched Salah’s goal tally (seven) in the Premier League this season, and at the weekend, he surpassed Michail Antonio as the top-scoring forward in FPL, despite being owned by less than 20% of managers.
While Lukaku, Ronaldo, and, until last weekend, Kane have all struggled to justify their high prices, Vardy has been paying off for his savvy owners time and time again.
Brentford will be difficult to beat, but Vardy enters the game having scored in four consecutive league games.
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The 5 best captain picks for Gameweek 9 in the Fantasy Premier League, from Havertz to Salah
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Fantasy Premier League tips: The 5 best captain picks for Gameweek 9 – from Havertz to Salah
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