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FPL Gameweek 19: Captain chooses

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By Holly Shand

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Double Gameweek 19 features the toughest captain decision in a while.

Many will still opt to go with Erling Haaland’s guaranteed goals, but there are a number of tempting options elsewhere that have two matches – something that’s bound to appeal if you’re an FPL boss looking for a differential.

So what options are on the table?

Erling Haaland-Chelsea (A)

origin 1Can you afford to overlook Erling Haaland? | Visionhaus/GettyImages

As always, Erling Haaland has yet to dominate the conversation.

Since the restart he has broken the record for fastest player to 20 Premier League goals and, strangely, only Harry Kane has scored more league goals in 2022 than Haaland, despite the Norwegian only making his debut in August.

The numbers speak for themselves, with Haaland scoring four goals in his last four games. You’d expect Haaland to score against Chelsea, but a big fantasy comeback could be more challenging. He has scored in five of his six away games this season but lost to Liverpool at Anfield, who are opponents of a similar calibre.

Aleksandar Mitrovic vs Leicester (A) and Chelsea (H)

origin 1Aleksandar Mitrovic has two games in his sights | Henry Browne/GettyImages

Normally, given Haaland’s tough game this week, the advice would be simple: take a chance on Fulham’s Mitrovic for the Double Gameweek. The problem however is that Mitrovic is one yellow card away from suspension, so if he gets booked against Leicester City he would miss the Chelsea match and therefore only have a week to play.

It’s probably worth the gamble, as Mitrovic blocked the game easier and remains in top form. Marco Silva also said in his press conference that the Serbian will still be on penalties, despite making an added-time error against Southampton last time out. He has scored ten goals in 14 appearances this season.

Mohamed Salah Brentford (A)

origin 1Salah scored against Aston Villa on Boxing Day | Mark Thompson/GettyImages

There are plenty of other players available for the double weeks of play but you’d be high on the stuff to overlook Mohamed Salah despite his recent lack of goals. He grabbed one against Villa as well as grabbing an assist, and it looks like he’s getting into the right areas again; seven shots on target and five chances created attest to that.

Liverpool lead the way in shots on goal (14) from the second half and with their defense struggling, clearly their attacking power is crucial. This game ended in a 3-3 draw last season, with Salah on the scoresheet and Darwin Nunez’s good form could lead to a significant points boost if chances start to turn into goals.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as FPL Gameweek 19: Captain chooses.