FPL team news: Salah return can punish doubters


Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The top-scoring player in Fantasy is fit for Gameweek 23 despite suffering more sales than anyone else

Almost three million Fantasy Premier League managers can breathe a collective sigh of relief after Mohamed Salah (£10.1m) was passed fit for Gameweek 23.

Having missed the trip to Burnley with a groin problem, the Liverpool midfielder has suffered more sales (166,000+) than any player ahead of Saturday’s 14:00 GMT deadline.

But he is available to face Manchester City at Anfield and could be joined in attack by Sadio Mane (£9.3m) following Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona.

Everton are set to hand their new striker Cenk Tosun (£7.5m) a debut at Tottenham Hotspur.

Having scored 14 goals in 24 appearances for Besiktas this season, the Turkey forward could improve an Everton attack who have recorded only four shots on target in the last four Gameweeks.

Spurs are likely to line up with Ben Davies (£5.5m) at left-back.

The Welshman has suffered 1.4 million sales and is the most transferred-out defender for the season. But with Danny Rose (£6.4m) still injured, Davies is in line for a third successive start for the first time since Gameweek 4.

Aaron Ramsey’s (£6.9m) return to the Arsenal squad for a trip to AFC Bournemouth hands Fantasy managers an intriguing differential.

Found in only 2.4% of line-ups, his average of 5.4 points per match (ppm) is ranked seventh among midfielders.

Ramsey’s next four opponents all score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) is back in training and expected to return as West Ham United travel to Huddersfield Town.

The third-most bought player in the game for last week’s Double Gameweek, Arnautovic is second only to Salah for sales among midfielders, with 92,000 managers moving him out.

But he carries strong form into the visit to John Smith’s Stadium, with five goals and an assist from his previous six Gameweek appearances.

Antonio Valencia (£6.7m) could return for Manchester United’s Old Trafford encounter with Stoke City.

Despite missing the last four Gameweeks with a a hamstring problem, Valencia still ranks fourth in the defender standings. He has produced two goals and 11 clean sheets from 18 appearances.

Stoke have concerns over their defensive trio of Bruno Martins Indi (£4.9m), Erik Pieters (£4.7m) and Ryan Shawcross (£4.8m) ahead of Monday’s match.

Those worries could be good news for Jesse Lingard (£6.3m), who has been signed by 412,000 FPL managers, more than any player in the Gameweek.

Lingard has seven goals and two assists from the last nine Gameweeks and faces a Stoke side whose 27 away goals conceded is the most in the Premier League.

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