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GW31+ Captains: Fernandes to challenge Liverpool pair

The Scout 23 Jun 2020
Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United

The Scout on why Man Utd playmaker could be main armband rival to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

A visit from Sheffield United gives Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) a chance to reward his growing band of owners in Fantasy Premier League.

The Manchester United midfielder is the third most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning over 158,000 transfers in ahead of Tuesday's 17:00 BST deadline.

Fernandes has three goals and three assists in his six appearances for the Red Devils, averaging 7.8 points per match (ppm).

That suggests he will be among the main alternatives to Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and Sadio Mane (£12.5m) for the captaincy.

Tried and trusted?

The Liverpool pair welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp's side continue their quest for the title.

Salah was an unused substitute in the Reds' draw against Everton and is expected to return to the starting XI.

The Egyptian has scored 14 goals at home this season, at least four more than any other player in FPL.

Mane, meanwhile, has scored in each of his last five meetings with Palace.

Other options

Fernandes's team-mate Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) is among a handful of big-hitting alternatives for the armband.

Rashford has five goals and 33 points in his previous four encounters at Old Trafford.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) both produced a goal and an assist against their Gameweek 31+ opponents in the reverse fixtures earlier this season.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son claimed 13 points away to West Ham United, while Leicester City frontman Vardy delivered 12 points at Brighton & Hove Albion.

What the experts say
Expert Captain Vice-captain
Geoff Dance Bruno Fernandes Mohamed Salah
Holly Shand Sadio Mane Raul Jimenez
Tom - WGTA Bruno Fernandes Mohamed Salah
Sam - FPL Family Bruno Fernandes Mohamed Salah
Lee - FPL Family Bruno Fernandes Mohamed Salah
Ben Crabtree Bruno Fernandes Marcus Rashford
Ben McNair Mohamed Salah Kevin De Bruyne
Neal Thurman Raul Jimenez Danny Ings
Also in this series

Part 1: GW31+ Ones to watch: Rashford to extend home run
Part 2: GW31+ Differentials: Bergwijn to get more goals
Part 4: Scout Selection: Jimenez can reward new owners

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