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Gameweek 35 FPL stats: Salah eclipses Haaland to reward backers

7 May 2023

Liverpool star outscores Man City forward and by far the most popular captain choice to help 900,000 managers

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More than 900,000 Fantasy Premier League managers have been rewarded for handing the captain's armband to Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

With Erling Haaland (£12.4m) blanking in Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Leeds United, Salah took advantage by scoring the only goal in Liverpool's 1-0 win at home to Brentford for a 10-point return.

Salah has now outscored Haaland in back-to-back Gameweeks, having mustered 18 points in Double Gameweek 34 to the Norwegian's 16. That haul helped him become the first player to surpass the 200-point mark in six successive seasons. 

Fortune favours the brave

Salah could prove a canny differential captain in the race for managers to be crowned Fantasy Premier League champion.

Indeed, Nori Pro was one of just two people brave enough to go against Haaland among the top 100 managers, moving up over 20 places thanks to double points from captain Salah.

The other manager who went against the grain was Michael Gaber, ranked 36th overall heading into this round of fixtures. He opted for Kaoru Mitoma (£5.6m), who also outscored Haaland with an assist and five points in Brighton & Hove Albion's home loss to Everton.

GW35 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Haaland 7,045 2
Salah 901 10
Jesus 498 2

In truth, Haaland was unlucky to blank in the win over Leeds.

He took six shots and was presented with three big chances, the joint-most he's had in a match this season. And much to the frustration of his owners, he even let Ilkay Gundogan (£7.3m) take a penalty.

Joining Haaland and Salah among the most-captained players was Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m), who blanked in Arsenal's 1-0 win at Newcastle United

GW35 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Wilson 330 2
Estupinan 293 0
Rashford 235 2

Callum Wilson (£7.1m) topped managers' shopping lists ahead of Gameweek 35.

Wilson had notched three double-figure hauls in six matches despite starting just two of those. With a Double Gameweek to follow in the next round, more than 330,000 Fantasy bosses snapped up the Newcastle forward. But he blanked against Arsenal.

Pervis Estupinan (£4.9m) amassed 16 points across his two outings in Double Gameweek 34, the most of any defender, prompting 293,000+ to recruit him.

However, the wing-back returned zero points against Everton on Monday, playing the full 90 minutes but being penalised for conceding five goals. 

The most-selected midfielder in Fantasy, found in more than 45 per cent of teams, Marcus Rashford (£7.2m) has been bought by 1.6million people over the past three Gameweeks.

But he blanked for the second match in a row in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at West Ham United.

GW35 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
De Bruyne 301 3
Diogo Jota 242 2
Toney 238 2

There was relief among those who ditched the three most-sold players as they all blanked. 

More than 301,000 parted company with Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m), who recovered from injury to start versus Leeds. But he was unable to add to his eight attacking returns across his previous four starts.

Diogo Jota (£8.9m) was unexpectedly named in the Liverpool first XI having been a doubt to play and he endured a disappointing afternoon, with nothing to show from two shots in the box and three chances created.

Ivan Toney (£7.4m) also blanked in that encounter, his fourth consecutive two-pointer in away matches.

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