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Why Mane could be an explosive FPL differential captain in Gameweek 5

In Gameweek 5, Liverpool face Crystal Palace and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) will be very highly captained.

However, if you are one of those Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers who is actively looking for differential captaincy options each week, who are potentially more explosive, then this article may be for you.

Against Crystal Palace, I expect to see a much less open game than the one we saw at Leeds United in Gameweek 4. Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, I will use the Burnley game at home in Gameweek 2 as the sample match for assessing Liverpool assets against compact defences.

SALAH’S FORM

There is no denying Salah’s rich vein of goalscoring form at the moment, with three Premier League goals so far this season.

He also had a goal ruled out against Burnley in Gameweek 2.

Though it was correctly given as offside, the way Salah opened his body up to curl the ball past Nick Pope (£5.5m) was impressive.

In the second half, after chesting the ball down from a Kostas Tsimikas (£4.1m) cross, his ability to manoeuvre in tight spaces and engineer a shot for himself also stood out.

However, there is a case to be made against Salah against more compact defences. Whilst Diogo Jota (£7.7m) tends to drift closer to goal, Salah would often retreat to the edge of the penalty box instead to get more shooting opportunities.

This is not to say Salah is not lethal in these sorts of positions though. We have seen numerous past occasions where he was able to curl one in from the edge of the penalty box.

MANE CENTRAL

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  1. Lignja
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sanchez
    Taa, Shaw, White, Coady
    Salah, Jota, Grealish, Raphina, Benrahma
    Ronaldo

    Antonio, Amartey, 4.5

    A. Save ft
    B. Amartey to Wiliams

    1ft 0.3m itb

    1. Moose™
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Save imo

  2. mojoindojo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Laporte doubt this gw?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      out

  3. Moose™
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sanchez

    TAA Shaw Coufal Livramento

    Salah Bruno Gray Benny

    CR7 Antonio*

    Steele Gilmour Tsimikas Scarlett

    1FT & 0.3ITB

    Potentially playing with 10 players only. Bench is horrible obviously. WC?

    A. Yay
    B. Nay

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You really want to hit your WC now with not enough time left to decide on what is best for your WC team?

      1. Moose™
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Already have few choices of players in my mind.. but, still not convinced to WC.. I think a (-4) would do it.. but, I dont like to take hits..

    2. Müller Light
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Stick, you'll have 11 to start, Gilmour will play.

      1. Moose™
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Gilmour dropped last week?

  4. Evasivo
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    GTG?

    Sanchez
    Tsimikas Ayling TAA
    Bissouma Torres Salah(vc) Gundo Raph
    Ronaldo(C) Ings

    Steele Coufal Livra Antonio
    £0.1ITB & 1FT

  5. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA-Shaw-Reguillon-White
    Salah-ESR-Traore-Benrahmab- Raph
    CR7

    Antonio-Taimikas-perica

    1FT 3.9 ITB

    Which move please

    A) perica > Bam bam
    B) Antonio > Lukaka
    C) Tsimikas > Semedo
    D) reguillon > semedo

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C seems logical

    2. Mozumbus
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A
        3.9 is a lot of money, so I'll strengthen mf, and if not mf then attack

    3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      never thought I would be sat here refreshing a random leeds forum waiting for some more raph info

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Haha. For FPL I hope he’s fit, but as a Newcastle fan I hope he’s out!

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Let us know when you have some news then mate

      3. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The things fpl do to us!

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          And as in all unhealthy relationships, we stick to it year after year.

      4. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bielsa did not say anything about him?

      5. Rligudfootiemanager
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        wa! Where has this come from?

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Amazing or insane?
      Raph+Ings >> Torres+ASM (-4).

      Sanchez
      TAA. Shaw. White. Ayling
      Salah. Jota. Raph. Sarr
      Ronaldo. Ings
      (Foster, Gilmour, Livramento, Antonio*)

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Could be either tbh, fun moves though

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah do it Rafa and then go get a pint at Shearer's before the game

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It’s no longer called that mate! Nine bar now.

          You really like the moves? I’m torn. Haha

    5. tim
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      GTG?

      Sanchez
      Taa Shaw Amartey
      Salah(C) Greenwood Ben Torres
      Toney Ronaldo Dennis

      Foster, Tsimi, Bissouma, Coufal

      CHEERS LADS!

      1. tim
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Saving transfers and money for Lukaku

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yep good luck

        1. tim
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Cheers!

      3. mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I see you trying to hide him at the end of your bench but Coufal is gonna get subbed in for Amartey. Team looks fine though

        1. tim
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes I was 😀

          You think Amartey wont start?

    6. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Please help, Webster to?
      A) Matip -4
      B) Semedo -4
      C) other defender up to 5.0 -4
      Or bench Webster (-65 fpl stats) and play Gilmour and hope Webster returns soon and not drop too much

      1. Firmino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I think Konate will start with van Dijk.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          surely konate first game will be midweek carabao

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Would that be a one week thing or longer term you think? If longer term I’ll cross him off the board

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

      3. Müller Light
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Play Gilmour, don't take a hit for a defender unless you absolutely have to.

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah I’d really hate taking a hit for a defender, but if Webster drops then it’ll give me 4.9 at most next week for a defender so will price me out a bit. So not sure what to do

          1. Jason M
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Tierney at £4.9m could be a steal

      4. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Webster out for '4 games' according to Potter. I'd be tempted to take a hit for Semedo but probably not worth it when can do it for free next week.

    7. Mahjongking
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Those on wc still keeping raphinha?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        can you pls decide for me!
        im likely bringing back antonio on wc so can't handle both out

      2. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Debating moving him on

      3. Mahjongking
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I think i will take him out and maybe get tielemans?

      4. Silecro
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        i dont know, i've been happy for days with my WC team and now back at tinkering again...

      5. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Probably sell until he finds form but him being in Newcastle makes me think he starts or at least gets minutes

      6. Müller Light
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Just wait to around 6PM to see if they're any leaks, no need to worry about it for a couple of hours.

        If he's truly injured, I will punt on Torres, even knowing Pep might bench him.

        If I need a cheaper option then Sarr maybe.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          might go sarr and try hold 0.5 itb
          nearing midnight in Aust so heading to sleep

      7. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Keeping for now. Even if he misses one game that's fine it was a long term pick anyway.

        If he's out for a few weeks then will have to reassess but no point worrying about it now, could be fit for all we know.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Just strain. If he is only doubt, it's not long term.

    8. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Sanchez
      Marcal Clady Taa James Cancelo
      Jota Salah Gray
      Lukaku Ronaldo

      Steer Sissoko Bissouma Scarlett

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Coady

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I want Sa over Coady, not certain about Cancelo now (Rudiger is an option).

    9. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 13 days ago

        How’s this lot look?

        Sa
        Trent, Dias, Semedo, Marcal
        Salah, Kdb, Jota, Raphina
        Jesus, Bamford

        Williams, Sissoko, 4.5 .3itb

        1. Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Different but not for me

          1. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It’s a FH team so just one week

              1. Stupendous
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Fair then!

          2. Visionaries
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Is that a WC?
            If so I'd have at least one of Ron or Luk

            1. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 13 days ago

                It’s a FH

          3. wazzaaa
              2 months, 13 days ago

              marcal or semedo

              1. RomeluAndJuliet
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Semedo

              2. Visionaries
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Depends on what the difference buys you. Semedo if nothing

              3. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Semedo

              4. DandyDon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                semedo if you have the cash!

              5. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Why not Saiss?

            • MikeyMitz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Hey Gents,

              On a WC and need help finalizing my budget options:

              Sa
              Dias, Digne, Dias, TAA
              Salah(c), Dallas, Raphina, Gallagher
              Ronaldo, Lukaku
              (Steele, Sissoko, Cucho, Livramento)

              I am torn between Dallas or Albrighton and I've gone for Sissoko as my 4.5 as I like that he's getting 90 minutes and playing further forward. My Cucho pick is in hopes of him earning the starting job (at 5.0).

              Any advice on the above and who to fill the 5.4 spot (Dallas, Albrighton, or someone else?)

              Cheers!

              1. DandyDon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                need to move some money from defence to midfield! so many good 4.0 options currently in defence, not sure why you'd want Dallas in there

                1. MikeyMitz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Thanks Mate

              2. mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Double dias? Now thats rock solid!
                Not a fan of Digne, would prefer Chelsea defender or downgrade to put more money in midfield

                1. MikeyMitz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Hahaha, the "other Dias" is White. Cheers for the input, I appreciate it!

            • Crazy Train
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              WC draft, how's she looking guys?

              Guaita
              TAA James Marcal Semedo
              Salah Pogba Doucoure Raph
              Ronald Lukaku

              (Gunn Sissoko Omobami Scarlet)

              1. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                dont like double wolves personally. one of them to white

                1. Crazy Train
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I know what you mean but I've no confidence in Arsenal right now. Were I to drop one of them it would probably be Marcal > Livramento

            • Lord of Ings
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Raphinha is probably out it seems.
              This sucks.

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Source ?

              2. DycheDycheBaby
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He has apparently been seen walking around with the squad in Newcastle.

            • Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cancelo or Dias?

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Cancelo

            • RomeluAndJuliet
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Who to transfer in for Mahrez?

              A) Jota
              B) Sarr
              C) Greenwood
              D) Raphina

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                A

              2. DandyDon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                A or C

            • Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Mahrez

              A. Sell
              B. Hold 1 more

              1. Amartey Partey
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                B

            • Amartey Partey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Anyone captaining Torres this GW?

              1. DandyDon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                i'd be suprised if he doesn't start on the bench this week so he's not in my WC team

              2. Carlton P
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Nooo, benched this week I reckon and save for next two big games

                1. Amartey Partey
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  The League Cup? I doubt he will be benched. He should start and then rested in the midweek game.

              3. Threat Level Midnight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                People saying he's benched make me chuckle. LOL

                1. Amartey Partey
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Yeah, they're worried about him starting and potentially hauling against Southampton.

                  1. Threat Level Midnight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Exactly. He's yet to be benched and is Pep's first choice striker. Don't get me wrong, he could be and it would make sense for it to happen this week. But absolutely nothing to this point has shown it to be the case.

              4. mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Doubt I'll ever captain him, just too risky.

            • Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Phenomenal article

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                It is. What does Rupert say? 😉

                1. LangerznMash
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  hahaha

            • Visionaries
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Klich been dropped for Leeds or was out?

              1. Carlton P
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Dropped I think but fans calling for him to start soon. Rodrigo has been terrible and Dallas struggling too

              2. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                What do you mean? He's been on the bench while Rodrigo start s. There's an article on it today.

              3. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Dropped

            • _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Best option from theses 2 on WC?

              A
              Sanchez
              TAA James Semedo
              Salah Greenwood Torres Gray
              Bamford Lukaku Antonio

              Steele Tierney Sissoko Livermento

              B
              Sanchez
              TAA Semedo Marcal
              Salah Raphinha Gray Gallagher
              Antonio Lukaku Ronaldo

              Foster Sissoko White Livramento

              1. King Kun Ta
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                B

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                A

            • Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Start one of:
              B. Williams, Gilmour, Dennis, Livaramento

              1. Lord of Ings
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Dennis easy.

            • Carlton P
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Gettin twitchy about Raphinha and starting to think double Leeds attack might not be a good idea
              Cancelo + Raph > Jota + ? 5.3 (Gray first sub)
              Already have TAA, Semedo, James and Livramento

              1. Carlton P
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Got Sa too so not Marcal

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I don't understand this.

                  1. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    He doesn't was to treble up on wolves def. Tierney maybe?

                    1. Carlton P
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I’ve looked at Tierney. I will probably just ignore the rumours and start Raph, Gray will step in if he’s out
                      Getting twitchy about not owning Jota though!

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I'm a simple sort. I just get the players I think will score the most points.

                      1. Carlton P
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Never thought of that. You’re a wise man

                        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Ralpinha rumoured to have a groin strain! I don't need this right now ffs.

                          1. Carlton P
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            I know. I think he will be fine and I’m risking it. Got him covered with Gray

            • SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Raphinhaaaa...

              1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Groin strain rumours true??

            • RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Locked and ready to go.

              Sanchez (4.0)
              TAA, Shaw, Semedo, Duffy (Livramento)
              Salah (c), Bruno, Greenwood, Jota, Benrahma
              Jimenez (Antonio, Perica)
              1 fts, 0.7 itb.

              1 ft this week was Ayling > Semedo - rolling into next week.

              Good luck all.

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Brave going without the big two but could pay off. Good luck

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Cheers!

            • jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Tsimikas to:

              A) Robertson (Double up with TAA, no route to Jota) 0 left ITB
              B) Semedo ( Had been eyeing him up earlier in week before he ended up as a scout pick) 2.1 left ITB
              C) Save and start Duffy vs Leicester.

              1. Visionaries
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                B

              2. Carlton P
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                B

            • OneArseneWenger32
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              anyone concerned about team value at this pt?

              1. Hot Toddy
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                No

              2. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                not really, but it is annoying when likes of Shaw and Digne are dropping when Shaw is ticking along ok, and Digne still has decent fixtures to come.

                Won't selling either though!

                1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Is Digne dropping to 5.3? Was he even 5.5 to start? Lol.

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    yeah, he was 5.5, 5.4 now, and triple red arrows decreasing at the moment, with Villa and Norwich up next.

              3. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Nope

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Ok so at the presser bielsa said everyone is fine so he must have got injured going for a poo on the team bus

              1. Carlton P
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Have you ever sat on your balls. Painful and could be out for a game or two

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Don't flatter yourself

              2. mynameisq
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                That was yesterday though