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

    1FT.

    1) Ings -> Bamford
    2) Save.

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

      1

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

      Bamford 100%, look at the fixtures.

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1

    4. PartyTime
        4 months, 1 day ago

        1.

        1. PartyTime
            4 months, 1 day ago

            My bad. 2, then do the switch next game week if needed. With all these Leeds injury rumours, Bamford could blank this game week

        2. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          2
          monitor leeds bit more..

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

          That was overwhelming. Thanks!

          1. PartyTime
              4 months, 1 day ago

              2. Ings should do well

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

                Thanks for your comment. Still trying to figure out whether saving that FT could be helpful.

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

            1

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

          Hey guys, is there a good chance of Omobamidele starting this GW?

          Cheers

          1. WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Not according to Neale

        5. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Whats the latest on Raphinha?

        6. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Play Ayling (new) or Omobamidele (WAT)?

          1. acidicleo
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            ayling

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

          Torres or Raph on WC?

          1. Nice Baps.
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I've gone Torres with Bamford. Half expecting Torres not to start but I'm WCing for the long term, not just this week. I think over the season Torres will be a bargain despite the benchings. Advantage of WC is I have a fully playing bench.

        8. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Pick one on WC

          A Go with Lukaku and save a transfer down the line

          B Go with Ronaldo and Switch to Lukaku (GW7)

          1. acidicleo
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            A as he will have a field day vs weakened spurs..

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

            C- Both

          3. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            A

          4. WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            The million dollar question. Its seems mad to pencil in a transfer doesn't it.

            Ronaldo will be heavily captained against Villa. If he bangs in a hatrick and Lukaku blanks against City it will be a complete rank annihilation.

            It depends on whether or not that extra 0.9 or whatever you save can make a difference in only 2 weeks.

            1. pavlev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Ditto with roles reversed...

        9. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Dier out this weekend?

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Dier will be out for a while i reckon.

            1. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Cheers

        10. smix
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Play two out of the below ?
          A. Ayling
          B. White
          C. Toney

          1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            BC

        11. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Would you get Jimenez on WC?

          Have Bamford too.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Prefer mr goals Antonio

          2. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Ya im doing this and not bringing in raph. Gonna keep benrahma in mid instead

        12. I Love Lamp
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Looking for a few weeks punt. Barnes did well last night and has 3 great fixtures but worried about rotation/rest. Any thought from owners or same-boaters as I?

          1. WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I like it but seems like he will see less minutes this week because of that 90 in mid week. He hasn't played 90 all season.

        13. ididnt
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Benhrama out for -4? And if so to who?

          1. I Love Lamp
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Thinking of getting rid too, as stated above Barnes is on my radar as a differential

            1. JollyGoodYellows
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              This! Looked class against Napoli and City, I reckon there's a haul coming.

          2. The Tinkerman
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Looking at Sarr or Raph I’m for him

          3. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I'm waiting to pull (or not pull) the trigger on Benny to Raph for a -4

        14. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Anyone have time for a quick A or B?

          A) Tsimikas to Semedo
          B) Tsimikas to Semedo + Torres to Jota(-4)
          C) Save FT

          Sanchez (Steele)
          TAA Shaw Ayling Veltman (Tsimikas)
          Salah Torres Greenwood Benrahma (Gilmour)
          Toney Ronaldo (Antonio)

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            A

            Don't know if it's worth taking a hit on taking Torres out though

          2. LoneWolf1989
              4 months, 1 day ago

              A

          3. sarnshawn
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            1 free transfer. Had a bad week last week so don’t know what to do -

            Lloris (Foster)
            Shaw, TAA, Digne, Tsimikas
            Mount, Salah, Benrahma, Fernandes
            Dennis, Ings

            Bench - Antonio, Bissouma, Livramento

            1. STHH
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Anything in the bank? I don't think Tsimikas will be playing, unless I'm much mistaken. You're one rested player away from Livramento being subbed on, which isn't a great idea given his opponents.

              1. sarnshawn
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Absolutely nothing in the bank. Having a shocker

          4. Bullet Eder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Which scores more points considering I would only captain CR7 once in the next 11 gameweeks?

            A. Ronaldo and Brandon Williams

            B. Antonio and Jota

            1. LoneWolf1989
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Can you not fit Ronaldo, Antonio and Jota all in?

                Wouldn’t be going near Norwich defence

            2. AnfieldLad
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Sanchez
              TAA Shaw Ayling Livramento
              Salah Jota Raphinha Mahrez Benrahama
              Ronaldo
              (Antonio* Obafemi* Amartay*)
              1FT 0ITB

              Playing Livramento v City. Mahrez probably won’t play. Raphinha may not play

              Worth a hit?

              A) Mahrez Amartay -> Gray Semedo?
              B) Amartay-> BWilliams and hope Mahrez plays?
              C) Mahrez -> Greenwood?

            3. Francescoli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Just reached the Pepe phase of my wildcard tinkering

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Hahaha did I cause that? I'm there too. If I get cold feet on Raphinha it's going to be Saka or Pepe.

              2. acidicleo
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                good punt.

              3. WHUFCSmith23
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Good fixtures, on set plays, tends to play 90 most of the time. Returned in the last game, could have scored. Burnley and Tottenham have conceded a lot of chances down their left flank according to the stats.

                People don't like Arsenal players yet they will then go and put the likes or Sarr or Traore in their team over say a Saka. Seems so strange to me.

            4. GCM0803
              • 1 Year
              4 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 (-4)
              3) Bruno, Ings > Torres, ronaldo
              4) something else?

            5. Totalfootball
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Raphina injured?
              Got him in for a hit 🙁

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 1 day ago

                There is no more news, I think it will be ok

              2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                - He's the highest owned FPL player in the match
                - It's Friday night kickoff with a deadline approaching
                - Leeds haven't communicated anything about an injury
                - They put him all over the gameday banner that came out shortly before midday today

                Nothing conclusive obviously - but if, say just for argument's sake, you mischieviously wanted to start a panic on a Friday before deadline, it would probably fit pretty well with the fact pattern above

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

                  Do you have rapinha?

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  *correction - WAS the highest owned player at the time of the rumour breaking 2 hours ago...

                  Bamford has now just overtaken him by 0.1% at 16.2% lol

            6. Atimis
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Any hits?
              Would you play Tsim over Duffy?

              Sanchez
              TAA/Shaw/Ayling/Duffy
              Salah(c)/Bruno/Greenwood/Raph/Sarr
              Bam

              Steele/Tsim/Scarlet/Antonio

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

              Should I play Livramento(mci) or Brownhill(ARS)?

              1. acidicleo
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                brownhill

            8. fplfansss
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              GTG?

              Sanchez
              TAA, Shaw, Dias
              Salah, Pogba, Jota, Benrahma, Gray
              Bamford, CR7

              Steele, Manquillo, Omobamidele, Scarlett

            9. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              #raphinha is one of the highest trending sports related hashtag on twitter right now. The power and influence of FPL!

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Jafooli has a lot to answer for, spreading this misinformation on a Leeds fourm.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Why always him?

            10. Blue&White85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              2 week punt on Fernandes to Mane?

            11. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              On WC

              Ronaldo/Tierney then James / Lukaku in GW7 or just get Kaka/James now?

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                If you are going to get them you might as well do it now and be better placed to put out fires elsewhere as they pop up.

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Good advice cheers

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

                Ronaldo tierney...

                I will be switching Shaw and CR7 to Lukaku and James in GW7 as well

            12. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              On WC, would you have both raphinha & Torres? Bench is sissoko, Scarlett & Omobamidele

            13. Sturridge Wars
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Which one?

              A) Raphinha , R.James, Semedo & Marcal
              B) Bamford , Sarr, B.Williams & White

              1. acidicleo
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                A

              2. House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                A by a distance

            14. PartyTime
                4 months, 1 day ago

                That picture didn’t have Raphinha in it + the rumour if Harrison being out with covid is likely to be true too.

                Maybe the rumour is indeed true

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  What picture ? Of them in town? The guy said Raph was there

                2. The Red Devil
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Which picture?

                  1. PartyTime
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      https://twitter.com/l__1919/status/1438834338263621638?s=21

                      I couldn’t spot Raph & Harrison

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

                    Raphinha was in pics training…

                  3. Nanoelektronicar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    I just adore this kind of posts, no reference whatsoever. "That picture, that tweet, that ..." Just post the link with the picture, please.

                    1. PartyTime
                        4 months, 1 day ago

                        I should have. Chill Champ

                    2. I Member
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      There's no way you or anyone else can identify all the players in that photo.

                      1. PartyTime
                          4 months, 1 day ago

                          Yeah. Had a closer look. Maybe Raph is the one in front of Bamford to his right

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

                        If the Harrison rumor is true, I would agree that the Raph one is.

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

                      For fpl draft which would you start this gw?
                      A. Sanchez
                      B. Bachmann

                    4. ListeranoBFC
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      A) Salah Captain
                      B) Cr7 captain

                      The next two hours will be torture waiting for the deadline. West ham playing midweek is swinging me towards B at the moment.

                      1. acidicleo
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 1 day ago

                        A

                        1. ListeranoBFC
                          • 11 Years
                          4 months, 1 day ago

                      2. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 1 day ago

                        A

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

                        A

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

                      so torres not in the predicted lineups with FFS
                      FFS indeed...

                      1. Pasqualinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        4 months, 1 day ago

                        I don't think they've correctly predicted a Man City team yet. Even when Pep predicts the Man City team a day before the game he normally only gets about eight correct.

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

                          Would you still go with Torres on wc?
                          Already benching Antonio and not bringing in Raph due to the hysteria so don’t want another version!