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GW38 Captains: Salah and Mane have motivation to excel

The Scout 20 May 2021
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool’s chase for UEFA Champions League place can prove decisive in armband decision

The race for the UEFA Champions League places lifts the appeal of captaining Liverpool’s big-hitters in Gameweek 38 of Fantasy Premier League.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side can secure a top-four finish with a home win win over Crystal Palace in front of returning supporters at Anfield.

Liverpool won 7-0 in this season's reverse fixture against the Eagles, with both Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) and Sadio Mane (£11.7m) both on the scoresheet.

Salah has an outstanding record against his visitors, scoring five goals and supplying four assists in the last four meetings.

And Mane has scored in seven successive outings against Palace. 

Kane loves facing Foxes

Salah's Golden Boot rival Harry Kane (£11.9m) also has a prolific record against his weekend opponents, Leicester City.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has scored 14 goals in his 11 Premier League meetings with the Foxes.

Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m), meanwhile, has six goals, an assist and 44 points in his last five home matches.

Look to Leeds?

It is perhaps safer to overlook players from the two Manchester clubs, as they are more likely to be rotated on Sunday ahead of their upcoming European finals.

Leeds United offer strong armband alternatives at home against West Bromwich Albion.

The Whites defeated their visitors 5-0 earlier this season, with Stuart Dallas (£5.4m) earning 12 points.

Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) and Jack Harrison (£5.6m) also boast fine form, each producing a double-figure haul in the last two Gameweeks.

London calling?

Finally, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) and Michail Antonio (£6.6m) provide further armband options in final home matches. 

Arsenal's Aubameyang faces Brighton & Hove Albion having produced hauls of 15, 20 and 12 points across his last nine starts. 

West Ham United’s Antonio takes on Southampton on the back of three goals in four appearances since returning from injury.

Also in this series

Part 2: Who to captain in GW38? What the experts say
Part 3: Who to target for the final day? What the experts say
Part 4: GW38 Kings to watch: Iheanacho to continue home streak
Part 5: GW38 Differentials: Benrahma can continue strong form
Part 6: Scout Selection: Harrison can reward final-day backers

Remember, the Gameweek 38 deadline is 14:30 BST on Sunday 23 May.

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