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FPL prices: Salah goal threat gives edge over rivals

The Scout 20 Aug 2020
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The Scout on the underlying statistics that suggest Liverpool winger should be leading target among premium midfielders

The Scout takes a look at the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League player list, assessing the best options according to position and price.

The recent release of this season's fixtures will heavily impact how managers approach Gameweek 1.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United open the season with a blank, leaving premium midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m), Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) without a fixture. 

Managers must now decide whether to bench those players in Gameweek 1, use transfers to bring them in or even play an early Wildcard to revise their squads.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.0m

The Liverpool attacker's eye for goal stood out once again last term. 

Salah recorded 132 shots and 59 attempts on target, topping both statistics for the second successive season. And his 110 shots in the box were also a league-leading total.

By comparison, Sadio Mane (£12.0m) had 77 shots and 36 attempts on target.

Salah's potential for huge hauls in matches at Anfield makes one of the most explosive captaincy picks available.

He scored 15 of his 19 goals in home matches last term.

Salah appears the early favourite to be the most-selected captain in Gameweek 1, with the Reds hosting promoted Leeds United

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) £12.0m

Arsenal's top scorer has been reclassified from a forward to a midfielder this season after being moved to the left wing in 2019/20.

Aubameyang scored 22 goals for the second successive campaign with his potential for big hauls against teams lower down in the table a big draw.

He scored 16 goals when facing the bottom 10 sides last term, second only to the 18 of Jamie Vardy (£10.0m).

That makes Aubameyang a key armband option whenever the Gunners have a kind match-up.

Crucially, he faces Fulham and West Ham United in the first two Gameweeks and looks a strong, short-term alternative to the Man City and Man Utd midfielders.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £11.5m

Last season’s top-scoring player in FPL, the Belgian combined 13 goals with 23 assists to tally 251 points.

De Bruyne’s creativity played a major part in his success.

His 136 key passes and 33 big chances created were both more than any other player.

A role as first-choice penalty-taker helps keep his edge over Sterling as the preferred option at Man City.

Following their Gameweek 1 blank, Pep Guardiola's side face a testing visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers

This suggests De Bruyne may be best targeted from Gameweek 3, when Man City play at home to Leicester City before visiting Leeds a week later.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN) £10.5m

Man Utd, meanwhile, host Crystal Palace in Gameweek 2 and their strong schedule from that point on is bound to increase interest in their key players. 

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of their first 10 matches scores no more than three.

One of the most consistent performers in 2019/20 FPL, Fernandes delivered attacking points in 11 of his 14 appearances.

The Portuguese scored eight goals and provided eight assists to average 8.4 points per match (ppm), more than any other player in FPL.

Similar to De Bruyne, he also has set-pieces and penalties to lift his all-round potential.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) £9.5m

The Man Utd attacker has been reclassified from a forward to a midfielder this season after starring on the left flank in the previous campaign. 

Rashford posted his best-ever season in 2019/20 FPL, scoring 17 goals and supplying eight assists to total 177 points.

Despite missing seven matches through injury, his 95 shots, 44 shots on target and 29 big chances were all team-leading totals for the Red Devils.

Doubling up on Rashford with Fernandes, Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) or Anthony Martial (£9.0m) could appeal to managers looking to play their Wildcard in Gameweek 2. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Ryan No 1 among budget goalkeepers
Part 2: Save points boost appeal of Dubravka 
Part 3: Vinagre standout option from budget defenders
Part 4: Wan-Bissaka an all-round prospect
Part 5: Alexander-Arnold still a bargain
Part 6: Armstrong offers goals at little expense
Part 7: Greenwood can provide outstanding value in new role
Part 9: Maupay can shine among budget forwards
Part 10: Ings has platform to hit ground running

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