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GW2 Captains: Hat-trick hero Salah can punish Chelsea

The Scout 17 Sep 2020
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The Scout says FPL managers will be nervous of missing out on another big points haul after Egyptian's early impact

A surprisingly low 890,000 managers captained Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) in Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League.

Liverpool's Egyptian more than rewarded their faith with a hat-trick and 40 armband points against Leeds United.

While he faces Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 2, more managers may now be tempted to hand him the captaincy.

Salah's volley against Leeds

The Reds fared well against Frank Lampard's side in 2019/20, winning both meetings and scoring seven goals.

Salah's underlying numbers from Gameweek 1 offer further encouragement.

His nine shots and eight shots in the box were both more than any other player in FPL.

Sadio Mane (£11.9m) provides another route into Liverpool's attack.

The Senegalese winger scored seven goals away from home last term, almost double the four of Salah.

Armband alternatives

Elsewhere, the influence of Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) on the road could be decisive for Manchester City at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Away from home last season, Sterling's 26 big chances and 63 shots were league-leading tallies.

The Man City winger scored 14 goals on his travels in 2019/20, more than any other player in FPL. That total included two goals in the corresponding fixture at Molineux. 

Finally, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) has a home match against Burnley after scoring two goals and 13 points in Leicester City’s 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

The Foxes' frontman was their main source of goals at King Power Stadium in 2019/20.

Vardy's total of 12 home goals was eight more than any other Leicester player.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Don't get caught out. GW2 deadline: 11:00 BST on 19 September. Register your team now at fantasy.premierleague.com.

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