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FPL title race: Mane could close the gap

The Scout 26 Apr 2019
Mane, Liverpool

The Scout says FPL No 1 has big points advantage but could suffer without the Liverpool player this weekend

While the Premier League title race is set to go down to the wire, the battle to be crowned this season's Fantasy Premier League champion is not so tight.

But it's the expectation, not the hope, that could trouble the front-runner.

Adam Levy will go into Gameweek 36 almost 50 points ahead of his nearest rival.

The New Zealander has had time to get used to being No 1 in the world.

His team, #TheyAreUs, have been out in front since Gameweek 29.

FPL's top five
Team Manager Country Points
#TheyAreUs Adam Levy New Zealand 2439
Gullit Falah Allawati Oman 2391
Sutton's Wonder's James Sutton England 2391
Salah my name Andrew Green England 2371
FC Malanow Tomasz Pyszynski Poland 2368

See: Full FPL standings

Levy consolidated his advantage in Double Gameweek 35 by playing his Bench Boost chip for the four extra fixtures.

He took an eight-point hit to bring in Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m), Diogo Jota (£6.2m) and Raul Jimenez (£6.9m) for their pair of matches and earned 109 points after deductions.

His hopes for Gameweek 36 will be pinned on Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with all three teams supplying three players in his squad.

Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) appears Levy's likeliest captain for Liverpool's home match with Huddersfield Town on Friday evening.

However, he is without Sadio Mane (£10.1m) heading into Friday’s 19:00 BST deadline.

Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.6m) complete his three Liverpool options.

That could work to the advantage of the chasing pack.

Three of the other four managers in the top five do not have a full quota of Liverpool players.

Bringing in Mane, and even handing him the armband, could help them make big steps in cutting back Levy’s lead.

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