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GW1 FPL stats: Top captain Salah rivals Fernandes haul

15 Aug 2021
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Liverpool star claims a goal and two assists after Fernandes scores a hat-trick for Man Utd

Anything Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) can do, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) can do too as the top two captain picks in Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League both delivered for their backers in spectacular fashion.

Salah produced a goal and two assists to register 17 points, including three bonus, in Liverpool's 3-0 win at Norwich City, but even that fell three points shy of Fernandes' tally on Saturday.

Those 20 points for Fernandes, also including three bonus, were the result of the Manchester United midfielder scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Leeds United.

The Portuguese was handed the armband by more than 903,000 managers, while Salah was captained by a record 2.6million managers, surpassing his previous high of 2.4m from 2020/21.

Salah confirmed his status as a Gameweek 1 must-have, having returned 68 points in five opening-weekend appearances courtesy of seven goals and four assists.

GW1 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Mohamed Salah 2,639 17
Bruno Fernandes 903 20
Harry Kane 331 -

Harry Kane (£12.5m) completed the top three captains.

The same trio were also the most-popular choices last season, a combined 121,835,895 armbands being trusted to them.

But Kane's owners were left disappointed as the forward was not included in Tottenham Hotspur's squad for their opening match at home to Manchester City.

Kane had enjoyed his best season in FPL last time out, notching 242 points and nine double-digit hauls.

GW1 most-selected players
Player Selected by (000's) Pts
Luke Shaw 3,743 1
Mohamed Salah 3,548 17
Bruno Fernandes 3,381 20

Luke Shaw (£5.5m) is the most-selected player in FPL.

The full-back ended the 2020/21 campaign in good form, creating 50 chances from Gameweek 19 onwards, the second-best tally in the Premier League. 

But the England international only returned one point after picking up a yellow card against Leeds.

Salah and Fernandes are the second and third most-owned players.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Spurs can thrive over short-term
Part 3: GW1 Bonus points: Antonio and Benrahma lead the way
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Richarlison and Pogba in demand
Part 5: GW1 Lessons: Fernandes and Salah to continue as top captains
Part 6: GW1 Lessons: Tsimikas among bargains in defence
Part 7: FPL experts: Are Son, Salah and Fernandes must-haves?

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