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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. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on pukki ?

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

      if norwich starts scoring, he will be involved.

      thats a big if thou

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

      Think Armstrong is a much better pick if funds allow.

    3. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Some people are saying he is no longer nailed, apparently Sargent is challenging for his place

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

        God Norwich if he wins his place in the side!

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

          God help*

    4. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Woudl get him but not enough slots upfront ther eare better optiosn for front 3.

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

    I have Antonio, Dier and Tsimikas on the bench, having to play Gilmour.
    Worth taking -4 to do Dier -> Semedo so I can bench Gilmour?

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

      I probably would. Decent chance he relays it this week and he's a better shout going forward anyway

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

    G2G?

    Sanchez
    TAA, Shaw, Digne, White
    Barnes, Raphina, (S)alah, Traore
    Toni, Ronaldo

    Steele, Gilmour, tsimikas, Antonio

  4. Bruno Commando
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I can avoid using my WC in GW7 and save it for the next fixture swing if I replace existing players with those that are of the same value (or +0.1). Which option is the best?

    A) Tsimikas -> Williams
    B) Obafemi -> Dennis and forced to use WC in GW7

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Ayling White
    Salah Greenwood Raph Traore Benny
    CR7

    Steele Tsimikas Obafemi Antonio

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

      A

  5. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    help me play one:

    A williams (WAT)
    B duffy (LEI)

    [my keeper is Sa and not sanchez if it helps)

    1. Bruno Commando
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

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

      anyone has a valid reasoning to prefer one or the other?

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

        A

    3. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      cheers

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

    Glad I have a full playing outfield bench.

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

    Play 1 pls.

    A. Allan.

    B. Williams.

    C. Duffy

    Cheers

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

      not allan

      i have the same question above about duffy and williams

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

        Sanchez in goals us leaning me to Willians! ??

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

          makes sense

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

            Cheers

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

      C

  8. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A) James
    B) Cancelo

    1) Marcal
    2) Semedo

    I’ve got cash to do either. B2 being .8m more expensive.

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

      A2

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

      A2

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

      B for short term (2 fixtures) A long term

  9. Subzero (-4)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Mount to jota -4 worth it now that it is likely jota plays the next 2?

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

      Yep

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

      probably yes

  10. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Which team??

    A)
    Sanchez
    TAA / Marcal / James / Semedo
    Salah / Raph / Jota / Gray
    Ronaldo / Lukaku

    B)
    Sanchez
    TAA / White / Williams
    Salah / Jota / Sarr / Gray
    Lukaku / Bamford / Ronaldo

    1. Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone??

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

    Need advice here.

    A. Barnes > Raphinha
    B. Barnes > Jota (-4)
    C. Keep Barnes

    Thanks

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

    2. JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C, he looked decent this week

  12. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Townsend or Gray?

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

      gray more nalied

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

      Gray

    3. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Gray

    4. Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Cheers

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

    Ronaldo captain anyone?

    1. Maxed
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Greenwood

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

      Ill ask anything as no one answered. Is Raphinha injured?

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

        its rumours so far - but they are getting stronger

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Louder*

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

            correct 🙂

    3. cheeky moses
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Play one:
      A) Gilmour
      B) Omobamidele

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

        A

    4. The Mastermind
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A - Amartey > Duffy
      B - Tsimikas > Duffy
      C - One of the above but > Williams instead

      Please help!!

      1. Maxed
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

      2. jay01
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Livramento or Ayling on first bench if Raph is out? Heard that Livramento might be OOP or something?

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

          I do not believe Leeds will keep a clean sheet vs NEW. May as well go Livra and hope for the best.

          1. jay01
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Seems the more exciting option, especially cos ayling will be cb

      3. winchester
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        have 1ft and 0m itb. Can't field 11 players..

        sanchez
        taa shaw livramento
        benrahma salah(c) bruno esr sarr
        cr7

        foster antonio tsimi amartey obafemi

        a) bruno + tsimi -> raph/gray/greenwod/jota + ayling/james/semedo? (-4)
        b) bruno + obafemi -> raph/gray/greenwood + bamford? (-4)

        what would the ideal combo be? cheers

      4. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        2FT, 0ITB

        Sanchez (4m)
        TAA Shaw White (Tsimi, Livramento)
        Salah Greenwood Fernandes Barnes (4.5m)
        Toney Antonio* Ings

        A) Barnes & Ings ----> Townsend/Gray & Jesus
        B) Toney, Barnes & Ings ----> ASM, Townsend/Gray & Jesus (-4)

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

        where is my superhero this beautiful friday night?

      6. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        On WC....Laporte and Stones injured.

        Have got Cancelo on WC at the moment.

        But shoudl I go with James instead? (Had planned to have Cancelo for next 2 weeks then flip to James)

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

          This is my plan.
          Swapping after 2 weeks

        2. Ciro Di Marzio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I see a lot of people going for James, will he get enough minutes?

      7. FusionFC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        On WC:

        Bachmann
        TAA, Digne, Semedo
        Salah, Jota, Raphinha, Sarr
        Ronaldo, Bamford, Jimenez

        Foster; White, Livramento; Allan

        Could do Sanchez instead of Bachmann, Rudiger for Digne, or another 6.0 midfielder instead of Sarr. Any suggestions welcome!

      8. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Saka or Torres in place of Raphinha?

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

          I'm thinking Saka.

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

            Can also afford Pepe if you have the budget for Torres.

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

          Torres or Jota

      9. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Which duo would you rather have for the next two weeks?
        A) Greenwood (whu & AVL) and Lukaku (tot & MCI)
        B) Saka (bur & TOT) and Ronaldo (whu & AVL)

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

          Greenwood makes me nervous since Ronaldo's arrival. And Lukaku doesn't appeal until the fixture shift in a couple of weeks, so I'd go Saka and Ronaldo...

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

            That's what I'm leaning towards especially looking short term for these two fixtures.

      10. The Tinkerman
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A) Benrahma > Sarr (-4)
        B) Hold Benrahma until at least GW9

        Salah (C), Jota, Benrahma, Traore (4.5)
        Ronaldo (V), Bamford (Antonio)

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

          I’m doing A for free. But also most likely wildcarding in gw 8

      11. CustardMite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Just pulled the trigger on my wildcard. Any suggestions appreciated...

        Bachmann
        TAA - James - Marcal - Ayling
        Salah - Torres - Raphinha - Traore(!)
        Ronaldo - Richarlison

        Bench: Sanchez - Gilmour - Livramento - Antonio

        The keepers rotate pretty well, and it'll be 3 at the back once Antonio is back.

        Then bringing in Lukaku and Mount for Richarlison and Salah in 2 weeks.

        Thoughts? Really not sure about Traore, but his stats have been good...

        CustardMite

      12. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bringing in Raphinha when I have a bench of Antonio, Dier and Tsimikas a bit tol risky this week?

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd say so

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

        GTG here guys?

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

        Steele Coufal Livra Antonio
        £0.1ITB & 1FT

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

          Tsimikas isn't likely to start, but he may get a few minutes at the end. You may be better starting Coufal...

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

            thanks mate

      14. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Beat transfer for med/long term

        A) Benrahma to Raphina (have Antonio, no other Leeds cover)
        B) Barnes to Raphina (no other Leicester cover)
        C) Digne to Semedo (have Traore, no other Everton cover).
        D) Other (can’t do Jota as have 3 pool)

        TIA

      15. Legohair
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bench one???
        A. B. Williams
        B. Gray
        C. Benrahma

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

          A