Fantasy Premier League tips: Captain Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and drop Riyad Mahrez

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Rotation is rife among Premier League managers and it’s the Fantasy Premier League managers that often pay the price.

Liverpool and Arsenal have second-leg fixtures in Europe on their mind while Manchester City are home and dry, which could prompt Pep Guardiola to afford a few fringe players some game time as well.

Meanwhile, FPL managers also have double gameweek 37 to plan ahead for.

Keeping that in mind, here are a few tips ahead of gameweek 36.

CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL |10.6M

Last week, Gabriel Jesus was handed the armband and while he did eventually get on the score sheet in City’s 5-0 win over Swansea, he also wound up missing a penalty.

It’s time though to return to an FPL captaincy favourite this season. We’re talking about that blur of Red that defenders catch a glimpse of before realising that the ball’s in the back of the net.

Mohamed Salah has consistently wowed us in the Premier League but his crowning moment in Europe came against Roma in the Champions League when he scored two spectacular goals as Liverpool put five past the Serie A outfit.

He was taken off to a standing ovation in the 75th minute, after which point the Reds conceded twice much to the chagrin of their supporters. For his FPL ownership though, the substitution suggests he will start against Stoke as he tries to add to his tally of 43 goals in all competitions.

Stoke may be battling relegation but even Roma were powerless once the Egyptian hit his stride. Expect the Liverpool players to play in Salah at every opportunity just as they did during the encounters with Bournemouth and West Brom.

He’s now scored 11 times in his last seven games in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah

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HARRY KANE (12.9m) still has Salah within reach in their two horse race for the Golden Boot. With Watford paying a visit to Wembley, the striker will be desperate to add to his single goal in the last six gameweeks. The Hornets do have a habit of conceding heavily away to the top six sides as well.

RAHEEM STERLING (9.0m) goes into the away clash with West Ham after a superb display last week as a goal, assist and clean sheet against Swansea added up to a score of 11. He could’ve had another assist but for Jesus’ miss from the spot. The England international now has three goals and four assists in the last five gameweeks.

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ROMELU LUKAKU (11.5m) has been consistent without dishing out any real punishment. He has four goals and two assists in his last seven outings but with Arsenal likely to field a weakened side on Sunday at Old Trafford and United eager to stay ahead of Liverpool in the standings, there’s an outside chance the Belgian could bag a couple of goals and register only his fourth double-figure haul for the season.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

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CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN  | TOTTENHAM | 9.5M

Heung-Min Son, Kane and Dele Alli have all endured patches of poor form this season but the Dane has been different class this campaign and a very reliable FPL asset. Spurs take on Watford at home before facing West Brom and Newcastle in the double gameweek. With 12 goals and seven assists so far this season, Eriksen looks primed to enjoy a good run-in.

Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen.

AYOZE PEREZ | NEWCASTLE UNITED | 5.4M

The exploits of budget strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood is no secret while Jordan Ayew’s fixtures make him appealing as well. Ayoze Perez however has flown under the radar to an extent. Prior to blanking against Everton, he scored 31 points over the preceding three gameweeks with three goals and two assists and has deservedly replaced Dwight Gayle as Newcastle’s main striker of late.

Ayoze Perez.

Ayoze Perez.

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RIYAD MAHREZ| LEICESTER CITY | 8.9M

After promising so much, Riyad Mahrez has left several FPL managers disappointed following his poor showing in double gameweek 34. He’s now blanked in his last four games and with so many viable options around in his price bracket, he hasn’t done enough to earn his keep. There are plenty of City and Spurs midfielders to choose from instead.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

PASCAL GROSS | BRIGHTON | 6.0M

Having blanked for four games straight, Pascal Gross ensured that the managers who invested in him for double gameweek 34 were rewarded as he scored from the spot against Spurs. However, despite being active twice in gameweek 37 as well, Brighton’s fixtures make the midfielder a risky inclusion. After travelling to Burnley, they take on United, City and Liverpool in the run-in.

Pascal Gross.

Pascal Gross.

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Chelsea aim to put pressure on Tottenham in top four chase with win over Swansea

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Chelsea have a golden opportunity to pile pressure on Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League when the Blues face struggling Swansea on Saturday.

Antonio Conte‘s side travel to the Liberty Stadium boosted by clinching a place in the FA Cup final against Manchester United after beating Southampton last weekend.

Fourth placed Tottenham stand between fifth placed Chelsea and a return to the Champions League next season, making victory in south Wales essential for the deposed champions.

Chelsea are five points behind Tottenham, but their north London rivals don’t play until Monday’s clash with Watford, so the Blues have a chance to cut the gap to two points at least for 48 hours.

Winning the FA Cup and finishing in the Premier League’s top four would be a satisfactory end to a turbulent season for Chelsea.

But it might not be enough to keep Conte in his job amid widespread reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to part ways with the Italian after he repeatedly feuded with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.

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Conte has looked increasingly unhappy with life in west London in recent months, and has constantly moaned about a lack of decisive spending in the transfer market – the one thing that never used to be a problem in Abramovich’s early years at the helm.

Conte is unlikely to be out of management for long if he does go but will also know that there is no shortage of candidates to replace him.

Maurizio Sarri of Napoli has been touted as the front-runner, with Juventus’s Max Allegri and Leonardo Jardim of Monaco also mentioned as blue-chip alternatives.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is also an alternative of pedigree, and would not require any compensation negotiations as he is a free agent.

All of this is of little concern to Swansea, whose only focus is finishing the season no lower than their current position of 17th, which would be sufficient for another season in the top flight.

Carlos Carvalhal saw Swansea, currently four points above the relegation zone, comprehensively beaten 5-0 at champions Manchester City last week.

Asked if there were any mental scars from that hammering, Carvalhal said: “We don’t remember about that, it is finished after the game.

“We never talked about it and it has happened to other teams there.

“Listen, between Manchester City and Chelsea it is 27 points difference, even though they are playing for the same goal. So this game has no effect – zero.”

Carvalhal hopes home advantage will give Swansea better odds against the team that has just relinquished the title however.

“We understand they are a good team, it is David against Goliath again but at the Liberty we have good support from the fans, they were fantastic against Everton, and our players grow up and are bigger at home,” he said.

“They have great players, a good manager, but we are in a period where we have to make our presence felt.”

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Patrick Vieira is 'ready to coach any side in Europe'

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Patrick Vieira says he is “ready to manage any team in Europe” but admits it would be “difficult” to become Arsenal‘s new boss.

The former Gunners captain is currently managing Major League Soccer side New York City, which is owned by City Football Group (CFG).

Vieira, who has held a role with CFG since 2013, has been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger when his 22-year reign as Arsenal boss ends this summer.

The 41-year-old Vieira claims he is “happy” to be linked with a return to London but he has vowed to continue in his role with New York City.

Vieira told The Times: “I mentally know what’s going on, what people are saying and I’m really happy about that.

“Honestly it’s not something which will stop me doing what I am doing at the moment.

“It’s an honour to be mentioned with Arsenal. It was somewhere I spent nine years and I love the club. I played my best football there and made my name in the game.

Key man: Vieira spent nine seasons at Arsenal

Key man: Vieira spent nine seasons at Arsenal

“I am always going to have a deeper relationship with Arsenal. That is not enough to coach the team but I’m ready to coach any side in Europe.

“I don’t want this to be perceived that I want to go because I don’t want to leave.

“I am ready. I think we’re all doing this job because one day we want to coach the biggest teams in Europe.”

With the MLS regular season set to end in October, and the MLS Cup final scheduled for December, Vieira’s departure from New York City could leave CFG in a quandary.

“If the call came it would be really difficult,” said Vieira. “It would be difficult because we will be in the middle of the season.

“And, like every time I’ve been approached by any teams, I’m sitting with the guys from the CFG and will let them know. They will make the decision because I am under contract.”

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