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Salah v Mane: how they compare after FPL price changes

Fantasy managers who are looking at owning just one premium Liverpool midfielder in 2019/20 may face something of a dilemma.

The relaunch of Fantasy Premier League has seen the gap in price between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane narrow considerably.

The Egyptian has dropped to £12.5m while his teammate, who shared the Golden Boot with Salah in 2018/19, has risen to £11.5m.

The price gap between the two players was £3.5m at the start of 2018/19.

Owning both premium midfield options isn’t impossible, of course, but it would leave a shortfall of cash elsewhere and sacrifices would have to be made in other positions.

Given Manchester City’s favourable-looking run of matches from Gameweeks 1 to 11, many FPL bosses will be needing a considerable chunk of their £100m budget to acquire Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) and/or Sergio Aguero (£12.0m), too.

Liverpool’s opening eight fixtures are among the most appealing in the top flight and indeed the Reds sit second in our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 1 to 8.

Jurgen Klopp’s side face newly promoted Norwich City and Sheffield United during that run, as well as three teams who finished in the bottom eight of the top flight last season: Newcastle United, Burnley and Southampton.

The Gameweek 3 visit of Arsenal, who kept fewer away clean sheets than any Premier League club in 2018/19, is also enticing from an attacking perspective.

In this latest Members’ article, we will run a direct statistical comparison to weigh up the pros and cons of each asset.

As well as the usual goal threat and creativity comparisons, we’ll be assessing their record against ‘lesser’ sides (given Liverpool’s favourable run at the start of 2019/20) using our new Flat-Track Bully tool.

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  1. Ramboros
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 14 hours ago

    The prices of defensive options this year don't make sense.

    Some years ago FPL made a decision to lower the prices across the board on defensive options. This difference was the most noticeable on higher tier players like Cech and John Terry. Since then 6.0 (De Gea 18/19) has been established as the highest price point for GK, and 7.0 (Alonso 17/18) as the highest price point for defenders.

    Last season Liverpool absolutely smashed the park defensively. They set new records for defenders. There were still other options to keep them somewhat in check. Digne and Pereira at 5.0 offered offensive returns to compensate for unreliable CS. Doherty at 4.5 offered early on offensive returns for a team that looked solid at the back. AWB at 4.0 was an obvious squad inclusion. Mané's surge in spring offered dilemmas for those that doubled up on Liverpool, and TAA's injury spells came out of nowhere and kept owners in the dark.

    FPL have done the exact opposite in defence of what I wanted them to do. The top 6 has been established over the last few years. It's almost impossible for a team outside the top 6 to deliver 0.3+ CS per game. Only 5 teams have managed it the past 3 seasons(Southampton 16/17, Everton 16/17, Burnley 17/18, Palace 18/19, Everton 18/19). None of the teams outside the top 6 have managed a CS in 40% of their games the past 3 seasons. The top 6 teams have however managed 0.3+ CS per game in 16 out of 18 attempts these 3 seasons. 11 out of 18 times they kept CS in 40%+ of their games. 3 times they kept a CS in 50%+ of their games.

    There's a reliability among the top 6 teams that can't be found elsewhere. Yet FPL have decided to consistently overprice midtable teams compared to the top 6. This year it's even worse, as FPL refuse to acknowledge that the 7.0 ceiling for Robertson is too low. They were willing to put a 200+ points defender at 6.5 with only a 0.5 price increase, while players like Doherty, AWB, Digne and Pereira rose by 1.0-1.5. Maguire averaged 3.0 points per game but is somehow still a 5.5 defender. Evans did terribly last season, but seemed nailed on at the end. For a lacklustre Leicester defence he's priced at 5.0 despite being a massive rotation headache. For 5.5 you can find Zinchenko that was also nailed on at the end of the season, but for a 20 CS a season team. Which uncertainty would you rather live with?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 13 hours ago

      The 5.0 bracket is incredibly weak this year. Not a single good pick when you consider the options you get at 0.5 more.

  2. ClothedinSun
      22 days, 14 hours ago

      Completely changed my team from the first draft, now have:

      A 5-3-2 of...

      Ederson (Button),
      Walker, Coleman, VVD, Digne, Robbo,
      Salah, Siggy, Sterling (Stephens, Dendoncker),
      King & Deulofeu (Greenwood).

      Will probably leave it at this now until closer to the season's kick-off....unless there's anything I should drastically change?

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 13 hours ago

        My exact same team atm with Jota over your Deulofeu haha

    • BenjoBD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 19 hours ago

      What do we reckon?

      fab, (fod
      Robbo, AWB, ( perm 1of 3 fodder)
      salah, sterling, KDB, Siggy, donker,
      Giroud, King, Calvert lewin ( then Jota at some point.

      I don't think i'll change the midfield at least.

      Thoughts?

    • sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I've made up a team and still have 1.0 itb. Would you keep it as it is or rather spend that money somewhere?

      Ederson / 4.0

      TAA / Mendy / Azpilicueta / Coleman / Dunk

      Salah / KDB / Zaha / Maddison / Brooks

      King / Jota / 4.5

      I could

      1. Have another playing GK, 0.5 itb
      2. Mendy out, Robbo in
      3. Mendy out, Laporte/VVD in, 0,5 left itb
      4. Brooks out, Fraser in
      5. Use money somewhere else
      6. Keep the money for now and keep the team as it is.

      What do you think it's best?

      1. GUNNERINHO
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 6 hours ago

        Spend it to upgrade 4.5 Fwd. Could squeeze another 0.5 out of Maddison to Redmond, both scored 137 pts last season.

    • Hank89
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 20 hours ago

      First draft. Finding it very hard this year with the price increases -

      DDG / 4.0
      VVD / Robbo/ Zinchenko / 4.0 / 4.0
      KDB / El Ghazi / Zaha / Mane / Willian
      Jota / Aguero / 4.5

    • Swills
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      RMT

      Ryan/Button
      Coleman VVD Robbo Mendy (Kelly)
      Mane[c] Richarlison Fraser Sterling (Kante)
      Jiminez King (X.Silva)

      Unsure on Mendy and my bench...

      1. Jammydodger2018
          20 days, 15 hours ago

          Any 4.5m mid that will start?

      2. Jammydodger2018
          20 days, 15 hours ago

          Any 4.5m mids that will start?

        • LJ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 15 hours ago

          think this my team until transfers and pre-season friendlies

          alisson
          digne-vvd-kelly-zinchenko
          fraser-salah-siggy-mili
          kun-jota

          button-diop-hayden-long

          .5 to play with

          thoughts?

        • wayne50
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          17 days, 13 hours ago

          Just entered this league and looking forward to it.

          All welcome to join my Leagues.

          H2H League code fjjpw5
          Classic League code antt26