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FPL fixtures: Salah can make flying start

By The Scout 16 Jun 2019
Mohamed Salah

The Scout says Liverpool attacker could be impossible to ignore for opening squads this season

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Liverpool's opening schedule gives Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) the opportunity to quickly deliver big points for his Fantasy Premier League owners.

Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off the 2019/20 campaign with a home encounter against Championship winners Norwich City on Friday 9 August.

Salah’s impressive record against promoted teams will make him one of the standout captaincy options for Gameweek 1.

The Egyptian has produced six goals and six assists in 12 meetings with promoted sides during his two seasons at Anfield.

Liverpool's first 10 Gameweeks
GW Opponent GW Opponent
1 NOR (H) 6 CHE (A)
2 SOU (A) 7 SHU (A)
3 ARS (H) 8 LEI (H)
4 BUR (A) 9 MUN (A)
5 NEW (H) 10 TOT (H)
Double dozen

Salah also entertains Arsenal and Newcastle United in the first five Gameweeks, and will be a top armband contender on those occasions too.

He produced 12 points in both of the corresponding fixtures in 2018/19, claiming a goal and an assist each time.

Liverpool also have a pair of kind away matches in this period, which can help Salah build early momentum.

They will travel to Burnley and Southampton, two of last season’s bottom six sides.

Room for improvement

But the Reds then face a testing spell, playing Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur between Gameweeks 6-10.

Salah struggled for form in front of goal against top-six opponents last season, scoring twice in 10 appearances.

Yet the underlying statistics are very encouraging.

Salah’s total of 32 shots in those matches was more than any other player last term.

That big potential for points shows why, for many FPL managers, Salah will be one of the first players in their 2019/20 squads.

Also in this series

Part 1: Early matches favour Man City
Part 2: Sterling can make immediate impact
Part 3: Pair up Kane and Aubameyang
Part 5: Richarlison can repeat early heroics
Part 6: Cherries eye another strong opening

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