It’s crunch time for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers as we head towards the business end of the season, with Gameweek 32 rolling into view.
At this stage, every minor tweak could have a huge bearing on the final standings as fantasy football players squabble for position (and, more importantly, bragging rights) in their private leagues.
With that in mind, your captaincy selection takes on greater significance, with double points on offer to the player you select to skipper your XI this coming weekend.
Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have appetising matches in a week where there is no standout fixture. But the decent FPL hauls don’t always come from the big players swatting aside smaller teams, and both Liverpool and Manchester City have stars capable of delivering in their mammoth title clash on Sunday.
Scratching your head over who to pick? Below, we run through Gameweek 32’s leading options for the armband and make a case for each.
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FPL captain picks Gameweek 32: 10 players to consider
Son Heung-min (Aston Villa vs Tottenham), £10.9M
If you’re looking for a form man in a form side, look no further than Son. Spurs have won five of their last six Premier league fixtures, with Son delivering FPL hauls of 12, 15, 5, 7, 9 and 12 across the last six gameweeks. But Son’s streak extends beyond Tottenham’s recent purple patch — he has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 16 Premier League appearances (10 goals, 5 assists).
Harry Kane (Aston Villa v Tottenham), £12.5M
Another Tottenham man to consider is Mr. 2022, Harry Kane. He is top in the Premier League in this calendar year for goals (8), shots (55), shots on target (22), big chances (7), big chances created (9), fast breaks (7), through balls (11), lay-offs (20), non-penalty xG (7.73) and open-play xA (2.54). A tasty trip to out-of-form Villa and an average FPL haul of 11 across the last six gameweeks make the Spurs man an intriguing option.
Matt Doherty (Aston Villa v Tottenham), £4.9M
Hear us out on this one because Doherty is thriving under Antonio Conte. With four clean sheet points up for grabs at Villa Park, Doherty has also shown he can also be relied upon further up the field. In his last six Premier League games, he ranks first among full-backs/wing-backs for goals, assists, shots, shots on target, big chances created, big chances scored, through balls and non-penalty xG. In the era of the advancing full-back that is no mean feat.
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal vs Brighton), £6.8M
Brighton have picked up one point from a possible 21 and head to the Emirates to face an Arsenal side smarting from a rare wobble at Selhurst Park on Monday. If that’s enough to convince you to put your eggs in the Arsenal basket, Saka should certainly be in your thinking. In the 2021/22 Premier League season, he ranks first among Gunners players for goals (9), shots (69), shots on target (23), Big Chances created (7), non-penalty xG (7.8), open-play xA (4.01), completed crosses (22), fouls won (43) and touches in the opposition box (170).
Gabriel (Arsenal vs Brighton), £5.3M
If you’re looking for a clean sheet banker in Gameweek 32, it’s hard to look beyond Arsenal. Only Liverpool (10) and Manchester City (9) have kept more clean sheets at home than Arsenal (7) in the Premier League this season. In fact, only Liverpool (7) and City (10) have conceded fewer goals at home than Arsenal (12). Throw in the fact Brighton have scored just a solitary goal in their last seven Premier League fixtures and you can see why we’re tipping Mikel Arteta’s side to shut out the Seagulls. At the other end, Gabriel has scored more goals and converted more big chances than any other centre-back in the Premier League this season.
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Mohamed Salah (Man City vs Liverpool), £13.3M
Do we really need to make a case for this man? With 225 points, he’s the only player to break the 200-point barrier on FPL so far this season and has 31 FPL goal involvements (20 goals, 11 assists) through 31 gameweeks. Don’t think he can do it on the big stage against a title rival? Salah has scored in four of his last five Premier League games against Man City, including each of his last three in a row.
Phil Foden (Man City vs Liverpool), £7.8M
But Manchester City have the man capable of returning the favour. Phil Foden has scored in each of his last three Premier League games against Liverpool, and could become just the second player to score in four straight appearances against the Reds in the competition after Jamie Vardy (five between 2016 and 2017). Foden sprinkled his stardust on Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid to show he can unlock even the tightest of defences, so watch out Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City vs Liverpool), £11.7M
Name a more iconic duo than Kevin De Bruyne and the Etihad, I’ll wait. The Belgium international has been directly involved in eleven goals in his last eight home games across all competitions. And he can be expected to continue that home habit when Jurgen Klopp’s men arrive in town, with a goal and five assists in his five home matches against Liverpool.
Kai Havertz (Southampton vs Chelsea), £7.9M
The Blues are in recovery mode after defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid, with an out-of-sorts Southampton their next chance to bounce back. Kai Havertz has scored in the two games he has played against the Saints and Chelsea will be determined to distance themselves from the fierce battle for the top four.
Jarrod Bowen (Brentford vs West Ham), £6.8M
West Ham remain in the hunt for Europe and Bowen will be key to them taking that race to the wire. Only Harry Kane (18) has been directly involved in more goals than the West Ham man (17) among English players in the Premier League this season and he will be licking his lips ahead of a trip to Brentford. Only Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold have recorded more than Bowen’s seven double-digit hauls in FPL this season and the West Ham man came through last week’s win over Everton unscathed after recent injury concerns.