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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. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Am I crazy if I go Mane Raphinha Gallagher over Bamford Jimenez Jota on WC?
    Cause i want to (C) Mane this gw

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      No Salah?

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Salah season keeper, Mane will be dropped for Lukaku gw7

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Seems pointless. Just get Lukaku now. Why would you want to wait?

          1. Shark Team
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Im not gonna cap him so i dont need him for the next 2, i think he scores max 1 goal next two

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 1 day ago

              Ok

    2. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I want Raph too but the Twitter paparazzi saying he's out for a while?

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        I thought he was out too but none seems to mention anything for sure so I think im gonna pick him

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      The main reason I would support going for the Mane option is to avoid spreading too much cash around.
      Eventually we may want more premiums and this way it will be an easier switch.

    4. il Brutto
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Very risky but could pay off. How about just getting Mane in but still captaining Salah? Would decrease the risk factor by quite a bit.

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Mane vs CRY(H) is a tradition for me in the past 4 seasons it worked and I cant get away from it

  2. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Let’s settle this once and for all. You can only have one, regardless of price:

    Duffy, Livramento or Williams?

    Go!

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Duffy easy

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Yikes

    2. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Livra

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Livra if Sanchez. Duffy if not. Wouldn’t double up on Brighton.

    4. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Livra

    5. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Livramento

    6. Shark Team
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      1.Livramento
      2.Williams
      3.Duffy
      most to less nailed imo

    7. il Brutto
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Livramento

  3. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    I'm considering Gundogan to Raphinha for free.

    I know Gundogan has Soton at home. But have to think longer term right?
    Raphinha has Newcastle.

    Madness?

    Thanks.

    1. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I won't do it with all the Raph gossip flying around atm

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Sorry, what's the gossip?

    2. il Brutto
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Don't personally like these sort of transfers that could potentially backfire quite a bit during the current GW. Gundogan has a great fixture at home where he is likely to start. Would hold on for another week.

  4. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Hope Raph starts. I really don’t have any energy left to fiddle on my wc!

    1. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Where did this Raph banter start from anyway?

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Twitter

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          The golden source if gods

          1. Ibralicious
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            😀 They're always correct too

    2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I'm leaving for today until beloved LUFC kick off. I cant do with anymore unsubstantiated rumours. I've resisted a wildcard and played a -4. Just hoping to hang on in there for a couple more weeks before butchering team. Good luck to all this weekend.

  5. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    After (-8)

    Sanchez (steele)
    TAA shaw reguillon white (Tsimikas)
    Salah Greenwood sarr benrahma (Gilmour)
    Ronaldo Bamford Antonio

    1) stick
    2) wc instead

  6. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Schmeichel
    TAA James White Marcal
    Salah Greenwood Raph Gray
    Ronaldo Bamford

    Subs : Antonio Liv Sissoko

    0.5m ITB do to Antonio/Bamford > Lukaku/4.5m in a few weeks if needed. What would you change?

  7. Robson-Canoe
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Why is everyone prefering James to Alonso?
    Hasn't James been dropped for Chalobah the last couple of games?

    1. Lord of Ings
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      James is a wingback while chalobah is a cb

    2. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I thought that but no, red card, 1 game suspension. Got an assist in the half game he played when sent off and scored the week before.

      1. Robson-Canoe
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Ah you're right, completely missed that!

  8. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts? 1.5ITB WC intact

    Sanchez
    Trent • Shaw • Semedo
    Salah • Jota • Barnes • Raph • Ben
    Ronaldo • Antonio
    (Steele / Livramento / Hoever / Obafemi)

    I’m thinking of maybe Antonio to Jesus and back to Antonio next week. Most likely WC GW7.

    Could also just do Hoever to Rudiger/Marcal and bench Antonio

  9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Guys first on the bench

    A) Allan
    B) livra

    1. Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

  10. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    2FT, 0ITB

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

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

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Ings to bam free and save?

  11. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Torres is not starting, is he?

  12. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    TORRES BENCHED BY NEALE 😯

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      This meanssssssssss

      ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      if on wc would you just go safe Gundo?
      just feels like he will get a rest very soon
      maybe a blessing if it's next week vs chelsea

  13. FarkeMee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Would you keep Coufal or take a -4 for Semedo?

    1. acidicleo
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      keep

  14. aapoman
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Worth -4 to move from Bruno to Ronaldo this week? If so who is the best 8.5 midfielder? Currently have Jota, Raphinha and Benrahma

    1. The Kopite
        8 months, 1 day ago

        I did because I had no playing forward. Considering captaining him in next GW, so this -4 does not look scary at all.

    2. GCM0803
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Sanchez Steele
      Taa shaw ayling reguilon tsimikas
      Salah bruno mount benrahma bissouma
      Toney Ings Antonio*

      2ft, 0itb

      1) Bruno, mount, Toney > Torres, gray, ronaldo (-4)
      2) Bruno, mount, Ings > greenwood/pogba, gray, ronaldo
      3) Bruno, Ings > Torres, ronaldo
      4) something else??

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Any indication Iheanacho might start? Such good Leicester fixtures….

    4. The Kopite
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Ayling to Semedo for -4 is worth it?

        1. aapoman
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          I never like taking -4 for defenders so not worth imo

        2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Nope

        3. smix
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Have the exact same question. Thinking it’s better to hold

        4. The Kopite
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Thanks

        5. Horlicks esq.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Where is this Raph news coming from please? I can see that Bamford has been given the all clear but cant find anything on Raph issues.

          1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Twitter.

            1. Horlicks esq.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              8 months, 1 day ago

              Got a link?

        6. Shark Team
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Pukki better than any of Gray/Gallagher/Sarr ?

        7. Lord of Ings
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Will Torres start?

          1. Bad Kompany
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            No one knows. Should at least play a part

          2. The Kopite
              8 months, 1 day ago

              Ask Pep

          3. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Also any Leicester fans, is Bertrand first choice?

          4. Bad Kompany
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Link to the raphinha rumors?

          5. john25
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Hey guys, any chance of Omobamidele starting this GW?

            Cheers

            1. nevermind
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 1 day ago

              Bakar thought he played well last week & said he expects him to start (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aK7M5ycKo0, 18 mins). Also, Norwich fans voted him in the top two picks for CB this week. No guarantees but these are the positives

          6. Ibralicious
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            So is Torres the best sub 7.2 player on WC, now that Raph is out?

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 1 day ago

              just posted below you
              https://twitter.com/Jumpthewave

              what do you think

          7. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Gund or Torres final choice
            Just stick with Torres?
            midfield up to 7.4m

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 1 day ago

              Traore

          8. The Mastermind
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            A - Antonio > Bamford
            B - Tsimikas > Williams
            C - Amartey > Williams

            Please help!

          9. Gunnerssss
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Any more new updates on raphinha?

          10. winchester
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 1 day ago

            hey all 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

          11. acidicleo
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            toney to jimenez
            yay or nay?

          12. smix
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Play which two out of these ?

            A. Ayling
            B. White
            C. Toney