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Salah to challenge strikers for Fantasy captaincy

By The Scout 17 Aug 2017
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Featuring Liverpool, Man City and Huddersfield Town, The Scout assesses the Gameweek 2 armband options

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After scoring 11 points on his debut, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£9.1m) is vying for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy.

The summer signing has been acquired by 143,000+ new owners following his goal and assist in the 3-3 draw at Watford.

But team-mates Roberto Firmino (£8.5m) and Sadio Mane (£9.5m) are also in form ahead of the Gameweek 2 visit of Crystal Palace.

Both found the net at Vicarage Road and now host an Eagles defence who conceded three goals at home to Huddersfield Town.

The popular choice

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) is again poised to be the most popular option for the armband.

The 51%-owned Belgian was the top captaincy choice for Gameweek 1. He was backed by more than a million owners and 55% of those trusted him as their skipper.

With two goals and 13 points in the 4-0 win over West Ham United, he repaid that faith in some style.

Lukaku now travels to a Swansea City side who allowed more shots inside the penalty area (16) than any side in Gameweek 1, drawing 0-0 at Southampton.

Man City options

Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero (£11.5m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m) and Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) can all profit at home to Everton on Monday night.

Aguero fired more total shots (139) and shots inside the box (100) than any forward last season and was on the scoresheet at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

De Bruyne is Man City’s most-owned player at 22.7%. He ranked top for assists (21) and "big chances" created (24) in the previous campaign.

And the consistent Jesus recorded a goal or an assist in all four of his home starts last term.

Kane knockout

Harry Kane (£12.5m) is at home to a Chelsea defence depleted by injury and suspension.

He has suffered more sales (112,000+) than any other forward heading into Saturday's 11:30 BST deadline.

But although he failed to score at Newcastle United in Gameweek 1, Kane produced more shots (six) and shots inside the box (five) than any FPL forward.

Vardy benefits

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (£8.6m) has benefited from Kane's early struggles.

He has earned more new owners than any other striker after scoring twice in a 4-3 defeat at Arsenal.

Vardy hosts promoted Brighton having scored or assisted in six of his seven home appearances under Craig Shakespeare in 2016/17.

Budget pick

For an in-form budget alternative, we can look to Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie (£6.0m).

He scored a brace against Crystal Palace on his Premier League debut and now faces a Newcastle side set to be without three of their first-choice defenders through injury.

See: The Scout's ones to watch for Gameweek 2

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