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FPL watchlist: Penalties can help Salah to hat-trick

By The Scout 11 Jul 2019
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The Scout says spot-kick duties can boost Liverpool star's bid to be top Fantasy scorer for a third season

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As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.5m

Salah has been a phenomenon in FPL since arriving at Liverpool in the summer of 2017.

The midfielder has been the top-scoring Fantasy player in each of his two seasons with the Merseysiders.

He delivered 22 goals and 12 assists to tally 259 points last term.

That followed his record-breaking 2017/18 campaign, when he produced 32 goals and 12 assists for 303 points.

The underlying statistics further raise Salah’s appeal.

His 137 shots and 64 shots on target last season were more than any player.

He was also a big creative influence for Liverpool.

Salah created 68 chances, a total that ranked 11th overall and top for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

On the spot 

The Egyptian’s threat could be boosted by penalty duties this term.

While Salah took and scored three spot-kicks last season, he is second choice behind James Milner (£5.5m).

But Milner started in only one of the final 10 Gameweeks.

Liverpool were awarded seven penalties in 2018/19, so Salah could prove even more prolific if the 33-year-old's lack of pitch time continues.

Salah also has a very favourable opening schedule.

Liverpool's first seven Gameweeks 
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 NOR (H) 2 5 NEW (H) 2
2 SOU (A) 2 6 CHE (A) 4
3 ARS (H) 4 7 SHU (A) 2
4 BUR (A) 2  

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), five of his first seven matches score only two.

That gives him the chance to show why he can again be a must-have for FPL managers in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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