Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Mohamed Salah and who to drop

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With the teams progressing to the next round of the FA Cup more or less decided, Premier League fixtures have had to be rescheduled, serving up a few dilemmas for Fantasy Premier League managers.

Manchester United host Chelsea in the match of the weekend while Arsenal entertain Manchester City later in the week.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 28.

CAPTAIN – MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOL |10.4M

Mohamed Salah has rarely disappointed this season and having handed him the captaincy in the last round, we were rewarded with a goal and assist from the Egyptian, accounting for 13 points which doubled to 26.

He’s the highest scoring player in the game, easily the most reliable and plays West Ham at home this weekend. The Liverpool attacker scored a brace against the Hammers in a 4-1 away win earlier in the season. Meanwhile, David Moyes’ side have managed just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.

Salah continues to be in the thick of things. He’s got on the end of seven big chances in the last four gameweeks, only Harry Kane can match that figure.

Speaking of the Spurs striker, Salah is also neck-and-neck with him in the race for the Golden Boot and won’t want to take his foot off the gas now.

Mohamed Salah has been in stunning form

Mohamed Salah has been in stunning form

ALTERNATIVES

ROBERTO FIRMINO (9.2m) has come into some great form of late with three goals and two assists in his last five outings. Liverpool should dispatch West Ham comfortably and recent performances suggest the Brazilian will be involved in the goal scoring.

HARRY KANE (12.8m) is always a captain candidate and even more so now given his steady run of form. The Englishman has scored five in his last five league appearances, not to mention crucial strikes against Juventus in the Champions League and Rochdale in the FA Cup.

BOLD CHOICE

RIYAD MAHREZ (8.6m) has found a way back into Leicester’s first team after his self-imposed exile following the breakdown of his move to Manchester City. He seems to have shaken that off though with a solid performance in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup in which his cross set up the only goal.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez seems to be back in business

TWO INS

JAMIE VARDY | LEICESTER CITY | 8.6M

On the end of that fine ball from Mahrez against Sheffield was Jamie Vardy. The striker has quietly been plugging away this season and has 15 goals to his name. He’s scored in each of his last four league games and has a good run of games ahead. With several flocking to Firmino owned by over 40 per cent, Vardy offers a tidy differential and is 0.6m cheaper.

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is a good option

FEDERICO FERNANDEZ | SWANSEA CITY | 4.5M

Swansea City have shown some good form at the back of late, conceding just two goals in the last four gameweeks. Having kept two clean sheets as well over that period, defender Federico Fernandez has emerged as a fine bargain. The Swansea man faces good fixtures ahead and has a goal and two assists from his last four outings, although he won’t play in gameweek 31.

Federico Fernandez (R)

Federico Fernandez (R) has been crucial to the Swans

TWO OUTS

PAUL POGBA| MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.0M

Out of form and out of favour, the world’s most expensive midfielder is worth avoiding at the moment. There are far better options available at his price. United have an away trip to Crystal Palace sandwiched between home ties against Chelsea and Liverpool in their next four before missing out on gameweek 31.

Paul Pogba

Miss: Paul Pogba

SON HEUNG-MIN | TOTTENHAM | 8.1M

While Spurs do have a good run of fixtures, Son Heung-Min may be one to steer clear of. He’s largely been impressive this season but hasn’t delivered returns in his last four outings and with the likes of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela starting to get more minutes on the pitch, his place in the first eleven is no longer secure.

Heung-Min Son

One to avoid, perhaps: Son Heung-Min

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