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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. andrinho
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Rate out of 10 for a WC? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!!

    Schmeichel
    TAA Shaw Marcal (Duffy) (Livramento)
    Salah Jota Greenwood Gray (Bissouma)
    Ronaldo Bamford Saint-Maximin

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      S&M needs to go

      1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        S and M isn't to everyones taste.

    2. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Marcal duffy, livra dont seems like something you would like to play every week?

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

    Wheres this rumour on Raph coming from?
    And is Tsimikas going to start or something...?

  3. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hows this wildcard?
    Really got to stop tinkering so need it done!

    Guiata
    Trent James Semedo White
    Salah Jota Zaha Sarr
    Lukaku Bamford
    4.0m Gilmour Livra *Antonio

    If Palace are on the up then maybe Zaha gets a good run (post pool game) instead of Gallagher

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

      Zaha?!

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        if Raph is out i can't find much better. how would you spend 12.9 instead of Zaha and Sarr with Gilmour fodder?

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

        could do Gallagher and Torres but dont really want city for the next 2 after saints

    2. TheBiffas
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I'd have tierney for next 2

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          fair, dont want to spend more on def with this midfield

      • No Salah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Torres / Greenwood instead of zaha

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          0.3 short of pogba/Greenwood

      • caldracula
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I would do White and Zaha to Cancelo and what ever mid you can get with the leftover.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          didnt see that coming. yeh up to 5.8m so like a Gray
          Salah Jota Gallagher Gray Gilmour
          eek

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

            Just think that Cancelo + 1M is better than Torres. Those MID options can also keep up with Zaha. Just keep 1/2 decent bench options for the inevitable benching.

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Think I’m gonna reassess city defence gw8 but appreciate the feedback

    3. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bottomed

      What to do here?

      A: Bruno+Brownhill -> Torres+Raphinha (and start my prayers)

      B: Bruno+Brownhill -> Greenwood+Raphinha

      C: Bruno -> Greenwood(roll one FT)

      D: Bruno+Brownhill -> Greenwood+Torres(but leaves no money to upgrade Toney next week)

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

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

      Who to get rid of for Semedo?

      A) Ayling
      B) White
      C) Livramento

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

        A

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

        A

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

      Sanchez (Steele)
      TAA Shaw White (Livramento) (Amartey)
      Salah Jota Greenwood Barnes (Brownhill)
      Ronaldo Toney Antonio

      1 ft, 0.5 itb

      a. Save FT and play livramento/brownhill
      b. Antonio to Bamford
      c. Barnes out for someone
      d. Amartey to a 4.5 and play over Antonio

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

      Someone needs to find Bamford's FPL team. Does he still play? lol

      1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        He triple captained himself for tonights game.

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

          haha

      2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        He got kaku and cr7 upfront with a 4.5m third striker.

    7. Jimmy Boy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Start White (bur) or Williams (WAT)? Leaning towards Williams tbh

      1. FF Dirtbag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Williams

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

        Think Williams is one of those player's that is going to spoon-feed the filthy non-casuals loads of points 🙂

        Trying to decide Dennis or Williams myself

    8. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      is manquilo nailed?

      1. TheBiffas
          2 months, 13 days ago

          not even slightly

      2. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You lads Captain Salad or chris ?

        1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Salah

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Ok

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

          Salad

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Alright

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

          Salah

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thx

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

          Mmm Salad

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yessir

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

        Any news about Raphina?

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'm just posting my rumour at this moment. Give it a few minutes.

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

          Spurs fan a few pages back said he injured himself taking a dump on the team bus

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

            Spurs and dump together, not surprised 😆

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

              Lol - a spurs fan taking a dump on the Leeds team bus.....now that would be funny

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

          news or fake news?

      4. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Don't think swapping Bamford for Antonio is a good move as he has two good fixtures coming up and it may lead to some anguish.

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          So have both?

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Nope I'm keeping the Ronku twins all season if I can help it. ;-D

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

          Bamford has three good fixtures instead of two though

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

            This

      5. TVPlugSockets
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        How comes people seem to be starting Tsimkas?

        Is there news that he is due to start then?

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          They are playing him in slim hope he will. Robertson will 99% sure be playing.

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

            this. agree.

        2. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I toook hits to do tsimi to arnold ofc tsimikas will start 😀

        3. TVPlugSockets
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          White, Ayling or Duffy.

          Who’s the best choice to bring in?

      6. DeltaKilo
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Toney to ASM or Pukki?

        Cheers

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

          Saint

        2. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          SM

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

          Asm

        4. DeltaKilo
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Really surprised by this. I’m a Newcastle fan and although I love ASM he is very injury prone and we are playing awful awful football

        5. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Edouard

      7. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        2FT, 0ITB

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

        What would you do? Should I get Ronaldo or Lukaku?

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Fernnz ings to cr and whatever

      8. RamboRN
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Play manquilo or bissouma

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

          Manq more likely to return more than 2

      9. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I am going with Pinnock 1st bench instead of Bissouma re Raphina news.

        Brentford could very well keep Wolves quiet.

        If we have proper reliable news of Raphina being out I am shifting him to Doucoure.

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

          That's what I'm trying to figure out too.

          Doubt we'll get to hear anything much before the deadline.

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

        good day lads! 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)

        Have difficulties picking players in 'b' and 'c' (basically have 16m or 16,5m to spend in that option.. what would the ideal combo be? cheers

      11. mojoindojo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        CR7 and
        A. Lukaku
        B Salah

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          All tree.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            *three*

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

            Effs up rest of team though

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

              Yup I've got Benrahma, Sarr and Doucoure as my midfield

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

          I've got all 3. Definitely Salah for 2 weeks though

      12. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Save FT here? Have 0.9m ITB

        Sanchez
        TAA Shaw White Ayling
        Salah Jota Greenwood Benrahma
        Ronaldo Toney
        Steele Brownhill Livramento Antonio*

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

        A) Henry > Semedo
        B) Toney > Pukki

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A

      14. The Mastermind
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sanchez
        Shaw - White - Cresswell - Tsimikas - Amartey
        Bruno - Salah - Torres - Gray - Benrahma
        Ronaldo - Antonio

        What would you do with this?? Think I’ll only have 10 playing as it stands….

      15. jonnybhoy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Need a bit of help here. Team doesn't seem in great shape. Anything worth -4pts?

        Sanchez
        TAA Shaw Armatey (Wont play so Reg)
        Salah (C) Jota Raphinha Benrahma Bissuoma
        Bamford Ronaldo

        4m Reguilion Liveramento Antonio*

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

          Cash ITB? I’d shift Amartey ASAP, he may not play again this season with actual CBs now fit for Leicester

          1. jonnybhoy
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Only 0.4ITB

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

              Ben White?

      16. The Tinkerman
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Benrahma > Raphinha worth -4?

        Salah (C), Jota, Benrahma, Traore (4.5)
        Ronaldo, Bamford (Antonio)

        Having recently used WC I’m reluctant to take a hit. I initially planned this transfer before red flags to both Antonio and DCL (who I sold for Bamford already.

        I think he is probably worth 4 points over the next 6 or so GWs?

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I would save for this week

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

            If I’m going to move Benrahma in the next 5 or so weeks now is the time. He has a rubbish fixture and after this week all transfers for a while will be moving for Chelsea and city assets. Worried about his rotation risk with EL and Vlasic etc. They have lots of options.

            1. jonnybhoy
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Just don't think its worth the -4pts. Save it and go again next week.

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

                He will stay until at least GW9 if I don’t do it this week :/

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

          Rumors about Raph out tonight, so I wouldn't do it.

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

            Source? I’m guessing there isn’t one?

        3. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not worth the - 4. You have Leeds cover with bamford

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

            Yeah that is more what bugs me than the hit tbh. Sarr is another one I have considered, and prefer him over the next 6 to Benrahma too.

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

              Over investing in Leeds in general worries me, I’m not sure they look as good as last year.

        4. Cowboy John
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd get Benrahma out for -4.

          Sarr and Raphinha both good options.

      17. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Which option on a wildcard?

        A) Schmeichel - Dias - Pogba - Bamford
        B) Sanchez - Semedo - Gallagher - Lukaku

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          B

        2. The Tinkerman
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I’m a Leicester fan and I wouldnt have Schmeichel. Our defence is one of the worst in the league atm, Sa looks a better pick to me.

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            So A with Sa?

        3. jonnybhoy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lukaku is Lukaku but somehow i think A scores you more points long term

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Looking at next 5 or 6 for the moment. Gonna get Lukaku at some point and currently on A but toying with the shifts to crobar him in.

      18. FF Dirtbag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        On wc. Anything I can do with my spare 0.1mill? Any changes you would make?

        Sanchez steele
        TAA James Marcal Livra Williams
        Salah Greenwood Jota Gray Sissoko
        Antonio Bamford Ronaldo

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Looks great.

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers ninja!

      19. TVPlugSockets
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        White, Ayling or Duffy.

        Who’s the best choice to bring in

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

          White

        2. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Duffy and save your money

      20. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        On a WC,,,

        A. Jota.
        B. Greenwood

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A.

          What's the rest like mate?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers. think i'm risking no CR7 for a stronger squad. Covid and all that..

            Sanchez
            TAA James Semedo Tierney
            Salah Jota Torres Gray
            Bamford Lukaku

            Steele Antonio Sissoko Livermento

            1. Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              love it. I can't see past CR7! so fair play

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Wow that is so close to my team

              Sa & Greenwood the only differences 🙂

        2. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Jota. Firmino still out. Greenwood's role might deminish in the future.

      21. Sam (Team Sam)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        It's come down to this...

        A) Raphinha

        B) keep Buendia one more week and roll a transfer

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Roll it if you have bamford. Not worth risking it considering the gossip.

      22. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Duffy or Livra?

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Duf