Mohamed Salah (13.0m) and Erling Haaland (14.0m) both have the potential to be standout choices for captaincy in Gameweek 14 of Fantasy Premier League. Salah has a favorable home match against Fulham, while Haaland, playing for Manchester City, faces Tottenham Hotspur without their primary center-backs, both situations presenting promising scenarios for the players.
Heading into this weekend, both Salah and Haaland hold the top positions for scoring in Fantasy over the last four Gameweeks. During this period, Haaland was directly involved in seven goals, scoring five and assisting two, collecting 40 points. Conversely, Salah secured three goals and an assist, experiencing a blank only once, collecting a total of 31 points. The recent underlying statistics heavily favor Haaland in terms of goal-scoring threat. He has shown a significantly higher number of shots, shots inside the box, and big chances compared to Salah in the last four Gameweeks.
However, Salah has a better goal conversion rate, scoring three goals out of his eight attempts. Additionally, he has been more creative, providing nine key passes compared to Haaland’s four. When considering their home performances, Salah holds a strong record comparable to Haaland. In six home matches, Salah has scored 63 points, surpassing Haaland’s 44 points. Salah’s involvement in big chances, specifically, stands out. He has had 11 big chances compared to Haaland’s six and has created four big chances against Haaland’s one in home games.
Looking at their upcoming opponents might reveal potential weaknesses to exploit. Haaland seems to hold an advantage in recent statistics. While neither Fulham nor Spurs have kept clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks, Spurs have conceded more goals, shots in the box, and big chances compared to Fulham. Spurs’ absence of key center-backs due to suspension and injury has limited their defensive options, fielding a back four composed entirely of full-backs in their recent match against Aston Villa. However, Fulham has conceded more shots on target than Spurs during this period.
Who to choose?
Considering the season’s home and away numbers, Salah appears to have an edge. Fulham has allowed more significant opportunities to their hosts, conceding 22 big chances and 44 shots on target, positioning them among the worst sides in both categories. In essence, both players are looking for a successful weekend based on underlying statistics. Haaland holds recent form advantage in player and team data, while Salah’s superior home form suggests a significant potential for involvement in big chances at Anfield, potentially giving him a slight edge over Haaland.
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