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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. A Manager Has No Name
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Tierney or Shaw on a WC?

    1. LoneWolf1989
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Shaw

      • Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        T

      • winchester
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        shaw

      • Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Shaw

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

        T

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

      Had to dig deeper into this Raph nonsense:

      Raphinha is in the latest Leeds training video, and on their matchday card (https://twitter.com/LUFC/status/1438800564620517377?s=20). Twitter heads saying the rumor started from a post that was deemed BS (it's the same guy who said Bamford was injured and Bamford himself debunked it)

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

        But he could have got injured after that video, and matchday card means nothing

        Only useful thing would be evidence of the guy wrongly saying bam was injured

        1. PartyTime
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah, match day card isn’t enough evidence tbh

        2. PartyTime
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Probably fake news then

        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 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

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B sounds good. Greenwood and Bam.

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

              cheers. heard some of the lads saying that either salah or jota might be rested. then i assume greenwood would be a great pick

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

              how should i then bench in gw6 out of the mids?

        4. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who scores more this gw only?
          A. Sanchez (LEI)
          B. Bachmann (nor)

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

            B

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

            Play Bachmann

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

          Two questions:

          Who should i start in the defense (want to play with 3)
          a) TAA
          b) Shaw
          c) Marcal
          d) Tierney
          e) Livramento

          2. Should i start A.Armstrong vs. City?

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

            probably not E lol

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

            A b c
            Tierney may get attacking returns
            No to Armstrong

          3. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            ABC

            Yes

          4. Men in green tights
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Would play 4 at the back
            a,b,c,d
            And not play Armstrong
            Cheers

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

          Play
          A coufal
          B white
          Cheers

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

            B

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

              Thanks

          2. Bad Kompany
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

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

              Cheers

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

          Which one on wildcard?
          a) White (4.4)
          b) Duffy (4.2)

          1. Bad Kompany
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A

        8. Ohh1454
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Anyone know the story with Harrison ? Does he have covid

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

            That’s the story yes

        9. One Wheels Enough
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Going round and round in circles deciding who to bring in on WC, particularly for mid-term, so not that worried about short-term fixtures/rotation.

          A) Greenwood
          B) Jots
          C) Torres

          Thanks...

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

            B

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

            B

          3. V-2 Schneiderlin
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

        10. Punty McPuntface
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who to start please?

          A Allen
          B Duffy

          1. subhojit123
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

        11. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I have Lukaku, Ronaldo and Salah, but I'm tempted to captain TAA. Silly?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            If you will be ok if he blanks and other haul, then go for it

        12. subhojit123
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          How many points are we expecting from ronaldo over next 3 gw?
          Is it wise to ditch him to keep Antonio and get rudiger and jota?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I guess he should get 3 goals atleast, so something around 18-20pts

            1. subhojit123
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks Holmes.

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

          Pick one.

          A. Gray
          B. Raphinha (have bam and ayling on my team)

          1. subhojit123
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

        14. Nightf0x
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          which ?

          a) white play benrhma bench
          b) benrhma -4 to sarr(have sisoko starting) gray/docoure raphinha(have bamford)

        15. C_G
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          am i gtg?

          Sanchez

          Marcal White TAA Shaw

          Salah (c) Raph Jota Benny

          Ron Bam

          Steele Allan Williams Antonio

        16. Nespinha
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sanchez (Gunn)
          TAA, Digne, Cancelo, White (Livramento)
          Salah, Raphinha, Benrahma, Gray, Buendia
          Ronaldo, (António, Perica)

          A) Buendia --- Torres/Grealish
          B) Digne --- Coady (save for Lukaku or 343)
          C) Buendia --- Gallagher (save for Lukaku or 343
          D) Save transfer

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

            I really think Benrahma will start to be rotated now Vlasic has signed.

            1. Nespinha
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He can go soon enough, this week he starts for sure because he played 20min in europa league

        17. RossoneriHammer
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wildcard team

          Sanchez
          Semedo TAA Shaw
          Salah Jota Raphinha Torres
          Ronaldo Pukki Antonio

          Steele White Livramento Brownhill

          Thoughts please?

        18. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Transfer in Bamford or Jimenez for DCL?

          Already have Raphinha

          Thanks

        19. The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          FPL towers should push up the deadline so we can see the lineups because of these rumours.

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Email them.

        20. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not too worried about Raph not playing. Will have Livra coming in his place with a brace of assists!

        21. Weak Become Heros
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Looks like im taking a drop on Antonio.

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

          Screw the Raph risk on a wildcard.
          I'm going Barnes

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

            When Raphina plays and Barnes is benched for Nacho though

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

          Traore or Sarr?

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Traore.

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

            Sarr

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

            Sarr

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Traore

        24. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Play 1:

          Ayling (new)
          Omobamidele (WAT)

          Thanks

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

            Ayling

          2. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Omo.

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

          Start one.

          A. Gilmour
          B. Cresswell

          Thanks

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A secure the 2 points.

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

          Tempted to get Bamford just to make the gane tonight more interesting. So..

          A) Antonio -> Bamford
          B) Save ft and play Williams

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

            Save

          2. storr84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I'm tempted to do the same, but have problems elsewhere.
            Do it.

        27. storr84
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Comments welcome, please.

          Sanchez

          TAA Ayling Shaw
          Benrahma Salah Torres Greenwood
          Toney CR7 Antonio

          Steele Tsimikas Brownhill White

          1FT / 1.0 itb

          A, WC to template
          B, Toney & Antonio (-4) - Bamford & ASM
          C, Greenwood - Raph, play Toney
          D, Something completely different

        28. smix
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Play:
          A. White or
          B. Toney ?

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

          Tierney and Marcal or White and Semedo on a WC?

        30. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Captain Salah or Lukaku?