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GW31 Kings to watch: Mohamed Salah

The Scout 7 Apr 2021
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The Scout reckons Golden Boot race makes Liverpool’s Egyptian a key armband option

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 31 of Fantasy Premier League.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.4m

The Liverpool star appears to have rediscovered his form as the race for the Golden Boot heats up. 

Salah headed into the recent international break having blanked in each of his previous five Gameweek appearances.

But he has now scored four goals in his last three matches for club and country.

After netting twice for Egypt against Comoros, Salah was on the scoresheet in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.

Salah scores v Arsenal

That took him to 18 goals this season, just one behind the 19 of Harry Kane (£11.7m). 

The Liverpool winger then followed that up with his side’s only goal in their 3-1 UEFA Champions League defeat by Real Madrid in midweek.

Promising numbers

The underlying statistics show why Salah enjoyed a successful meeting with Arsenal.

His five shots were a team-leading total for the Reds, ranking second only to the six of Matheus Pereira (£5.3m) among midfielders in Fantasy across Gameweek 30.

Despite his recent run of blanks, Salah’s total of 11 shots over the last four Gameweeks is joint-top for midfielders.

That form looks ominous for Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.

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Salah thrived in his previous meeting with Dean Smith’s side, scoring twice and earning 13 points in Gameweek 4.

Their encounter with Villa is among a number of very favourable matches for Liverpool over the run-in.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of their remaining eight contests score only two.

That schedule raises Salah's appeal as a standout armband option in Fantasy as he looks to finish the season as the Premier League's top scorer.

Remember, the Gameweek 31 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 9 April.

Also in this series

Part 1: Chris Wood (BUR)
Part 2: Lucas Digne (EVE)
Part 3: James Maddison (LEI)
Part 4: Danny Ings (SOU)

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