FPL top captain picks for Gameweek 30

After a two week international break, the Premier League is back and after a disastrous GW 29, many FPL managers have been looking forward towards GW30. However, with every Premier League team playing this weekend, it means that FPL managers are spoilt for choice. Things haven’t quite always gone according to plan this season but with Arsenal and Manchester City facing each other, it does knock out a few options. Yet that doesn’t mean there aren’t any captain choices left because with every single Premier League team playing, there are plenty.

Ollie Watkins (£9.0m)

Ollie Watkins

Watkins boasts an impressive tally of 16 goals and 15 assists this season, making him the standout performer in FPL. Villa’s upcoming match against Wolves (H) in Gameweek 30 appears to be another favorable opportunity for them. Despite Watkins experiencing a dry spell in his last two games, discounting the season’s top-performing player outside the top six could be a risky move.

His consistent performance throughout the season suggests that his recent form dip may just be a temporary setback. Moreover, Villa’s strong offensive record, with 60 goals scored (fourth) and an expected goals (xG) of 53.32 (fourth), positions them as favorites for this fixture.

Additionally, Gary O’Neil’s side has the eight worst tally for expected goals conceded (xGC), further enhancing Villa’s prospects. As the clear talisman for Villa, Watkins remains the primary candidate for delivering attacking returns in this upcoming match.

Son Heung-min (£10.1m)

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-Min (Photos by Getty Images)

Son has been a standout performer in the FPL this season, notching up 14 goals and eight assists in just 24 league starts. His recent form has been particularly impressive, with five goal contributions (2 goals and 3 assists) in the last five games. However, the return of Richarlison from injury poses a potential threat to Son’s playing time as a No.9 as there is a chance that Ange Postecoglou opts to change things.

Despite this, Son remains a guaranteed starter and holds the role of the team’s primary penalty taker. Spurs are set to face Luton in Gameweek 30, presenting one of the most favorable fixtures of the season. Luton’s defensive record has been less than stellar, conceding 60 goals (18th) with an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 61.1 (20th).

On the other hand, Ange Postecoglou’s side boasts an impressive attacking record, having scored 59 goals (fifth) with an expected goals (xG) of 49.79 (sixth). Given their attacking prowess, Spurs are expected to find the back of the net multiple times in this fixture.

Mohamed Salah (£13.1m)

Mohamed Salah

Let’s get one thing straight, Mohamed Salah is a must have FPL asset. Even a recently returning from injury Mohamed Salah is a must have option because the forward is simply a consistent threat. However, even with his share of injury setbacks this season, but he’s still managed to notch an impressive tally of 15 goals and nine assists in just 20 starts.

Recent signs indicate that he’s returned to full fitness, having played 29 minutes against Manchester City in GW 28 and subsequently had time to regain match fitness. It doesn’t make him a sure-fire option but given the fact that the Egyptian is nailed to start and on penalties, and is the clear talisman for this team, it makes him an option.

Furthermore, Liverpool faces Brighton in a favorable home fixture in Gameweek 30 and since both teams are known for their attacking style of play, suggesting an open and high-scoring encounter awaits.

Richarlison (£6.9m)


Richarlison’s impressive record of 10 goals and three assists in just 17 league starts highlights his prowess as a goal-scoring threat. Prior to his injury, the Brazilian was in sensational form, making him a tempting but somewhat risky option. But while he is a risky pick, given the differential kick it’ll afford managers who pick him, it might be worth the choice.

Despite his recent injury setback, he managed to feature for 10 minutes in Gameweek 29 and was also called up for international duty, indicating his fitness for the upcoming match against Luton. As a key figure in an attacking team like Spurs, Richarlison is likely to receive ample opportunities to find the back of the net.

Moreover, with the favorable fixture against Luton, there’s a strong possibility of him adding to his goal tally. Richarlison thrives in his preferred position, as evidenced by the majority of his goals coming between Gameweek 16 and 23. Given the circumstances, this fixture presents an ideal opportunity for him to further showcase his goal-scoring abilities.

Cole Palmer (£5.7m)

Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer has certainly been a standout deal this season, catching many by surprise with his exceptional performance. While there were high hopes for the midfielder at Chelsea, his impact has exceeded all expectations. With an impressive tally of 11 goals and nine assists, alongside an xG of 8.4 and an expected assists (xA) of 5.1, Palmer’s contribution to the team is undeniable.

What’s more, his initial price tag of just £5.0m in FPL makes him an absolute steal for managers. Considering his remarkable stats, Palmer’s value becomes even more apparent. Recent performances have been stellar, with three goal contributions (1 goal and 2 assists) in his last two matches alone.

Move further back and he’s racked up a total of six goal contributions (2 goals and 4 assists). It makes him an excellent choice as a captain even if he does play for Chelsea. The Blues haven’t been at their best this season but they should have more than enough to put Burnley away.

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