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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. MOZIL
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Gilmour likely to start?

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      From the mgr comments I saw, following his benching, it looks positive. Don't have the source(s) to hand sorry.

  2. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Honestly can't believe I'm thinking of getting ESR on wildcard. Owned him all season and was honestly so looking forward to getting rid.

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

      Now is the time!

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        At least I got him out before his second price drop

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

          Good call.

    2. unclesbasement
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Dont...hes not going to start as much with odegaard in the squad

    3. Crazy Train
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I ditched him this week (on wc) and have considered the same - 5.3 is tempting me

    4. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      O is benching him see no reason why that would change

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

    Benhrama to Torres for -4?

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

        Why are people sharing this? Did he have a chat with the managers? LOL this holds zero weight whatsoever.

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

          He can have a read of it and know it's a risk this GW.

  4. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Struggling with the WC but currently set on this with 0.4 left. Thoughts?
    Sa
    TAA--James--Semedo
    Salah--Jota--Raphinha--Gray
    Ronaldo--Jimenez--Bamford
    Steer, Duffy, Livramento, Sissoko

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Gtg

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

      Also on Wildcard, have 3 players different. The template is well and truly in force.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        What are your differentials (compared to mine) out of interest? 🙂

    3. OneArseneWenger32
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Maybe sissoko first sub

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Ah, yes of course! Thanks.

  5. Michelle Davin
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Who to play?

    A)Williams
    B)Sissoko

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    3. Stram Dunk
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Have both and going A

      1. OneArseneWenger32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day ago

        If u have sarr then sissoko

  6. Wounded Prophets
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Team set and taking a gamble and put the armband on Jesus.

    No changing now, as I’ll be driving for the next few hours

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

    Guys any risk of periera not starting?

  8. Hits from the Bong
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    What Ralph rumours ?

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

      The wrecker!

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Only rumours.

  9. Drogba Legend
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Help appreciated

    Sanchez
    TAA - Shaw - Ayling
    Salah (C) - Gundo - Benhrama - Jota - Brownhill
    Bamford - Ronaldo

    Foster - Amartey** - Livramento - Antonio***

    A) Keep as is
    B) Benhrama > Raph/Sarr/Gray/Gallagher/Traore (-4) to play over Brownhill

  10. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Gilmour or Allan in midfield? Thanks

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Gilly.

  11. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Not seeing many mentions of Tzolis. 2 goals 1 assist in the cup vs Bournemouth. Started last game against Arsenal. 5.0 mid but plays very attacking. Great enabler, but how nailed is he?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Who?

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        I'll buy him. Anything to not get ESR back.

        1. The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Norwich kind of 19 yr old OOP mid who scored 6 and ass 6 in 25 games for PAOK.

          1. The Train Driver
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Kind of OOP, not kind of 19 yr.

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Exactly

  12. 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

    1. Carlton P
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      No chance. Duffy at home with goal threat. Tsim 1 pointer

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

      Tsun bench player unless lpool get injuries

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

        TSIM

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

      Cheers!

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

    Transfer in Bamford or Jimenez for DCL?

    Already have Raphinha

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

      Bam

    2. TSN
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Bam!

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

      bam seems popular here...i wud go for jimmy..

    4. OneArseneWenger32
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Jimi only because you have Raph already..

  14. RossoneriHammer
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Jota, Grealish or Pogba on wild card?

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Pog

  15. Carlton P
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Play Gray (villa) ahead of any of these?
    A) James (Spurs)
    B) Sarr (nor)

  16. RooneyforLife
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Rate my wildcard team, open to suggestions

    Sanchez foster
    Taa dias Marcel duffy livramento
    Salah Torres pogba Gallagher sissies
    Cr7 Jimenez Bamford

  17. Munny Man
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Hi all.

    Who should I replace Son with? I’m going to keep Antonio this week.
    2FT 0 money in the bank

    Sanchez
    Shaw-Duffy-Ayling-TAA-Amartey
    Son-Raphina-Salah-Jota-Brownhill
    Ronaldo-Antonio-Obafemi

  18. buzdo
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone else thinking Salah might start this one from the bench?

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

      Too early in the season for that. Midweek game was at home also. Unlikely.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I doubt it.

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

      Nope

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

      No

    5. Carlton P
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Not with Firmino out too. No chance

  19. trimpos
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Choose 2:
    1)Davinson Sanchez
    2) coufal (triple-up man utd)
    3) amartey
    4)gilmour
    5) -4 coufal to matip/semedo

  20. Viper
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I was going to do Barnes -> Raphinha. What to do now with Raphinha rumours ?

    A. Do it

    B. Play Barnes. Save ft

    C. Sarr/Trincao instead

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

      Would they do that without him playing https://twitter.com/LUFC/status/1438800564620517377?s=20 ?

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

        Based on what every other team has done over the past few years yes that means nothing

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      What are the rumours? And where are they from

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

      B

  21. Gazpilicueta
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Mount vs ziyech, 7.4 each but who is the better pick, and why?

    1. Crazy Train
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      As a Chelsea fan surely we should be asking you this question?

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

      neither worth considering other options at that price...

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

      I'm an unfortunate soul who has a lot of Chelsea supporting friends (glory sl#ts) and not one of then like Ziyech.

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

    Which one? Considering form & nailed?

    A) Rudiger
    B) Reece James

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

      B

  23. Crazy Train
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Re Raphina rumours - I'm thinking I am gonna ditch for now (on wc) and bring him in GW7. After the toon is the hammers (can't see a goal fest in that one) after which they've got a great run of games from GW7

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

    1FT, 0.1ITB

    Sanchez (4m)
    TAA Shaw White (Tsimi, Livramento)
    Salah Greenwood Fernandes Barnes (Brownhill)
    Antonio ASM Bamford

    Would you WC this team next GW?

    1. Carlton P
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      No. May as well wait for 7/8 for a numbers of reasons

  25. King Kun Ta
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on my WCteam?

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA White Marcal Matip Williams
    Salah(C) Sarr Gray Benrahma Raph
    Rom Ronny Dennis

    0.1 itb

    My only doubt is Benrahma....had him since GW1. Gallagher a better option? Means more money in the bank.

    Thanks for the feedback!

    1. LoneWolf1989
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Love that

      • Crazy Train
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Like the Matip pick but there were doubts about whether he will play this gw

      • acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        i wud say gallagher..

    2. Reinhold
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      What would you say is highest priority on a WC, and why?

      A) Having Leeds attacking coverage

      B) Getting Lukaku straight away, not having to use later transfers

      1. LoneWolf1989
          4 months, 1 day ago

          B

        • King Kun Ta
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          B....against troubled spurs defence this GW

        • Boly Would
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          B

        • acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          b

      2. LoneWolf1989
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Captain one of the below, cheers

          Lukaku
          Ronaldo
          TAA

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

            Ronaldo

          2. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            a

        • Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Field Duffy or B Williams?
          (Own Sarr & Sanchez) currently on A.

          1. LoneWolf1989
              4 months, 1 day ago

              The Duffy

            • Gooner97
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Duffy

            • Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              yep, thanks all.

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

            Captain salah or go differential to Ronaldo?

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

              I dont think ronaldo is a differential but auba is

            2. LoneWolf1989
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Salah

              • El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Ron

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

              Coin flip on getting Vestergaard v Bertrand (let’s go old saints boys).

              Gone Bertrand who will inevitably be benched now while Vestergaard scores…

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

                Well he is more likely to get benched anyway