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

    Thoughts on Captaining TAA over Salah?

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

      High risk high reward

    2. Dušan Citizen
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I would captain him against Brentford, but not against Palace, they are good on break

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        this

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

    Pick one:

    1. Bam & jimmy
    2. Vardy & pukki

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

      1

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

      1

    3. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      1 easily

  3. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I'm 0.1 off my planned transfer in of Raphinha (caught out by price rises)

    Who's my next best option (

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

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Coufal Ayling
    Salah Greenwood Sarr Benrahma Raphinha
    Ronaldo

    Antonio Tsimikas Obafemi

    1FT 1.6itb

    Assuming that raphinha is playing

    A) Coufal -> Cancelo
    B) Tsimikas -> Williams
    C) Save ft
    D) something else

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

      same dilemma! thinking B..

  5. Just jarvo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    got dier, gilmore, livra on bench but need to drop antonio. is dier to rudiger worth -4 or shall i just play gilmore

  6. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Apparently Raphinha is out.

    Jokes jokes.

    1. Dušan Citizen
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Old news or something new?

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Side splitting

    3. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I'd hedge towards fake news.

      Matey at work told me so I came here and saw the commotion. Hadn't been mentioned in about 10 posts so brought it up.

    4. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Pretty sure if either hamstring or Covid were true (seen rumours of both) he wouldn’t have been in photos of the travelling team. Pretty sure he’s fine.

  7. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Repost

    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. Dušan Citizen
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      b

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

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

      I'm doing B

      We seem to have the same questions lol

      What's your team?

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

      I'm going with B.

    5. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A, but close

    6. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B but depends on if you really want/need the extra cash

  8. 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 -> jota + semedo/cancelo? (-4)
    b) bruno + obafemi -> greenwood + bamford? (-4)
    c) bruno + obafemi -> gray + bamford? (-4)

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

    A, Bench Antonio (Toney & CR7)
    B, Antonio - Bamford

  10. GoonerGirl
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sanchez
    White Ayling Taa Shaw (Livramento)
    Salah Fernandes Jota Benrahma (Brownhill)
    Ings Antonio (Perico)

    A)Lukaku and Greenwood (-4)
    B)Keep Ings and Fernandes
    C) Brownhil>Torres
    D) Wildcard

    ThanksSanchez
    White Ayling Taa Shaw (Livramento)
    Salah Fernandes Jota Benrahma (Brownhill)
    Ings Antonio (Perico)

    A)Lukaku and Greenwood (-4)
    B)Keep Ings and Fernandes save FT
    C) Brownhil>Torres then -4 next week to bring in Lukaku and Greenwood for Ings and Fernandes
    D) Wildcard

    Thanks

  11. Greenbob
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Start White or Ayling?

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

      I have the predicament.

      Verging on White.

  12. shiraz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Decided to activate my wc. How does this team look?

    Meslier
    TAA Cancelo Alonso
    Salah Greenwood Gray Gallagher
    CR7 Bamford Jimenez

    Begovic Veltman Livramento Sissoko

  13. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    *truncated comment - I'll repost with the options & fixtures

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      lol - not going well this evening 🙂

  14. Just jarvo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    is dier to rudiger worth -4 or do i play gilmore this week

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

      Save the ft

      1. Just jarvo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        already made my transfer dcl>jimernez

  15. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Any improvements to WC?

    Sanchez
    TAA Semedo James
    Salah Jota Torres Raphinha Gray
    Bamford Ronado

    steele, tierney williams 4.5fwd

    1. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Jota > Jimenez

  16. A Moon Shaped Pool
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hello friends. Last question. Sarr, Doucoure, Townsend or Trincao?

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

      Sarr

      1. A Moon Shaped Pool
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thank you my guy

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

      Sarr

      1. A Moon Shaped Pool
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thank you my man

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

    play Duffy (LEI)
    or Wiliams (WAT)
    ?

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

      Risk and reward. Williams for me

  18. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I gotta say I hate doing wildcard teams. They rarely work out despite all the news, data, stats and group involvement here.
    Genuinely waiting a disappointment here. Glad it’s over and done.
    Good luck all!

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

      Don't you just love it when your pre WC team scores higher than your WC.

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

        Every time. 😀

  19. BilalM
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Play
    Shaw v West Ham or Tierney v Burnley?

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

    When was the James robbery? A bit worried of him not starting.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You mean when Man U managed to get £m for him?

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        £25m

    2. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      He’s a big boy. Pretty sure that won’t stop him from starting

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

      The Che defender James :p

  21. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I am not keep on losing Antonio but if I hold this week it would mean rolling with this:

    Sanchez
    Trent - Christensen - Coady - Williams
    Salah - Gray - Traore - Sarr
    Lukaku - Ronaldo

    Bench - Livramento (my only playing benched player)

    Christensen a risk, Sarr vs Williams....

    I can just get a Leeds attacker and lose Antonio?

    Thoughts?

    1. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Your team is fine. Hold

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

    Choose one on wildcard:
    a) Rudiger
    b) James
    c) Cancelo

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

      B

    2. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

  23. ballsy_b
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On WC:

    Best 4.5 keeper for next 8-10 game weeks:

    A) Ramsdale
    B) Sanchez
    C) Bachmann

    1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      ive gone ramsdale

  24. ballsy_b
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On WC.. Which is the better combo:

    A) Traore and Reece James
    B) Torres and Duffy

    1. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A. I want James more than I want Torres

  25. aapoman
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A. Bruno and Toney -> Ronaldo and Grealish/Torres/Greenwood
    B. Toney and Antonio -> Jimenez and Bamford
    C. Toney, Antonio, Bruno -> Ronaldo, Jimenez and Grealish/Torres/Greenwood (-4)

  26. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Start R.James(tot) or Tierney(bur)?

    1. Carlton P
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Tough but james

  27. Carlton P
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On WC
    A) Lukaku + Jota
    B) Ronaldo + Raphinha

    1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Also on WC and have all 4!

      1. Carlton P
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sexy

        1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          b

  28. boroie
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A - Benrahma & Toney
    B - Townsend & Bamford (-4)
    C - Gray & Jimenez (-4)

  29. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Harrison to?

    A) Doucoure (-4)
    B) Raphinha (-4)
    C) Livramento comes in
    D) any other max. 7.1 mid

  30. boroie
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A - Benrahma & Toney -> Townsend & Bamford (-4)
    B - Antonio -> Bamford (free)