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GW27 FPL stats: Liverpool pair deliver for managers

25 Feb 2020
Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League

Mohamed Salah rewards record backing for captaincy with a goal while Sadio Mane also scores in 3-2 win over West Ham

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After being selected by a season-high 2.18million Fantasy Premier League managers for the captain's armband, Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) rewarded his backers with a goal against West Ham United.

The Egyptian was the most-popular selection for the third successive Gameweek and delivered seven FPL points to make it 40 over his last four matches.

Salah's record backing eclipsed the 2.15million who opted for Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) in Gameweek 17.

Mane edges Salah

Sadio Mane (£12.3m) joined Salah among the top three captain picks after emerging from the bench to net the score the only goal at Norwich City in Gameweek 26.

The Senegalese netted the winner against the Hammers on Monday night to outscore his team-mate by a single point.

With 586,000+ backers, Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) pipped Mane to second in the captaincy stakes but the Argentinian disappointed his managers with zero points at Leicester City, missing a penalty before being substituted off.

GW27's most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Salah 2,175
Aguero  586
Mane  571 

Liverpool's Salah and Mane were the leading picks among the top 100 FPL managers, who preferred Raul Jimenez (£7.9m) to Aguero in third.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker scored in their 3-0 victory over Norwich on Sunday but he picked up a yellow card to reduce his haul to five points.

GW27 captains by FPL's top 100
Player Captained by
Salah  77 
Mane  12 
Jimenez  4

Alongside Jimenez and Mane, Danny Ings (£7.1m) was the most transferred-in player ahead of the Gameweek 27 deadline.

All three benefited from appealing home matches against teams rated at two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR) but Ings could not add to his 15 goals this season as Southampton beat Aston Villa 2-0.

GW27's most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Jimenez  333 
Ings  304 
Mane  201 

Injuries to Son Heung-min (£9.9m) and Martin Kelly (£4.2) prompted a combined 654,000+ FPL managers to part company with the pair.

While Kelly was named in Crystal Palace's squad on Saturday, having recovered from his calf strain, he was fit enough only for the bench and did not appear in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

Vardy lost another 263,000 owners ahead of the visit of Manchester City, where his shot hitting a post was the closest he came to ending his goal drought since Gameweek 18.

GW27's most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Son 377
Kelly 277
Vardy 263

See: Fantasy Premier League stats 

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