FPL Gameweek 32 – Captain Picks

Mohamed Salah tops the Gameweek 32 captain picks, while four popular wildcard targets offer intriguing alternatives.

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Mohamed Salah (£10.7m) vs CPL (a)

The international break may have dulled the senses somewhat so in case you forgot, the Liverpool midfielder bagged four goals in blank Gameweek 31.

Salah’s FPL-scoring exploits this season are simply ludicrous. The Egyptian, averaging almost nine points per match, is well on course to break the 300-point barrier.

Liverpool’s opponents Crystal Palace kept a clean sheet against Huddersfield in GW31, the club’s first since GW23. The Eagles, who shipped 14 goals between those two shut outs, are unlikely to resist the attacking charms of Salah, Roberto Firmino (£9.7m) and Sadio Mane (£9.5m).

Romelu Lukaku (£11.4m) vs SWA (H)

The Belgian has been quietly ticking over in the last six gameweeks, posting attacking returns four times. One of those was a 12-point haul against Chelsea, while three have come in the past three gameweeks. Lukaku also netted against Brighton in Man United’s FA Cup quarter-final win.

The striker is the most transferred-in player so far this week with over 160,000 new investors, owing to a pair of upcoming double gameweeks for the Red Devils.

Swansea roll up to Old Trafford having kept two clean sheets in their last six fixtures. Carlos Carvalhal’s men conceded seven times over that spell, four of which were scored by Brighton in GW28.

However, the Swans have only kept the home side scoreless once in their last 12 road trips while Jose Mourinho’s team have netted at least twice in each of their previous four fixtures.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.6m) vs STK (H)

The Arsenal forward’s popularity decreased after it was revealed the Gunners will not have a DGW34 but the striker remains a potent captaincy option with an ownership of just 8.5%.

Auba has scored three times in five Premier League appearances, as well as creating one goal. The two fixtures the Gabon international failed to net in were away to Spurs and at home to Man City.

Relegation-threatened Stoke visit the Emirates having shipped 58 goals so far this season, the worst record in the league. The Potters have been more resolute under Paul Lambert, though, conceding eight goals since GW24.

However, over the club’s last six away ties Stoke have allowed their opponents 111 shots. Aubameyang, playing ahead of Mesut Ozil (£9.3m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.7m), will be afforded the opportunity to score well on Sunday.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.9m) vs BRI (a)

The Algerian posted back-to-back double-digit hauls in GW29 and GW30, while Leicester’s two upcoming double gameweeks make the winger an enticing option.

Brighton last kept a home clean sheet in GW19, shipping nine goals at the Amex since that shut out. Chris Hughton’s outfit have conceded in each fixture since GW21.

The Foxes have not failed to score since GW23, while Mahrez has banked 48 points over his last six starts. With an ownership of just 11%, the midfielder could reward FPL managers brave enough to hand him the armband.

Differential Choice

Ashley Barnes (£5.3m) vs West Brom (a)

While Burnley have scored just 27 times this season, backing a player against West Brom is never a bad idea. Barnes is a decent transfer option for managers who have used their free hit, as the Clarets play twice in GW34 and have a fixture in blank Gameweek 35.

The Baggies have conceded 10 times in their last five home games – six of those were scored in the last three gameweeks as Alan Pardew’s side move further adrift at the bottom of the table.

Barnes has started every match from GW20 for Sean Dyche’s team. Despite the return to fitness of Chris Wood (£6.2m), the budget forward should retain his start having scored once in each of Burnley’s previous three league fixtures.