Here’s Sky Sports fantasy football Pundit Ameé Ruszkai on captain alternatives to Salah on Saturday when Liverpool face Man Utd
Sky Sports fantasy football – Saturday captain alternatives to Salah by Sky Pundit Ameé Ruszkai
By Sky Sports fantasy football’s Ameé Ruszkai
With Sky Sports Fantasy Football favourite Mohamed Salah facing Manchester United this on Saturday, what other options do you have for your captain for that day?
Less than six per cent of players have chosen the Egyptian as their skipper this weekend, with doubts over whether the game’s highest scoring player can shine in a fixture which ended in stalemate back in October.
Looking at the rest of Saturday’s fixtures, here are five alternative options to Liverpool’s talisman…
Glenn Murray is a man in form right now, with five goals in his last five Premier League outings, plus Sky Sports man of the match awards in his last two.
His goalscoring has been crucial to Brighton’s form, with them unbeaten in their last five, and is sure to be crucial again this weekend against Everton.
The Toffees are enduring a torrid run, and Murray is likely to only make that worse if he continues as he has been.
Last week, on the 53rd attempt, Burnley ended a horrid record under Sean Dyche of having never won a Premier League game when conceding first. Could ending a run of seven games without a clean sheet be next?
The return of James Tarkowski is a huge boost for the Clarets, and was crucial to them securing last weekend’s 2-1 win over Everton.
But it’s not the 24-year-old centre-back who is the best bet to captain. West Ham may be in bad form, but they have plenty of tricky talent up top who draw bookings out defenders.
Instead, goalkeeper Nick Pope looks a strong pick for a captain, as he looks to add to the seven save bonuses he’s already achieved this season.
After a January move away from the Liberty seemed likely, Ki Sung-yeung has been in fantastic form, with two goals and two assists in his last four games.
He’s picked up two man of the match awards in that time as well, proving key to the Swans’ upturn in fortunes which has seen them lose only twice in 2018.
That momentum gathered makes them favourites for the trip to Huddersfield this weekend, and the momentum Ki has behind him makes him an underrated pick for captain.
Riyad Mahrez’s sensational free-kick earned Leicester a dramatic point at Bournemouth last weekend, and made him a leading candidate for captaincy this weekend.
West Brom’s run of six successive defeats does not look likely to yield anytime soon, and Mahrez’s magic can surely guarantee that when Leicester pay them a visit on Saturday.
The Algerian has a fantastic record against the Baggies too, with three goals and two assists in his six games against them.
After three very difficult games – facing the two Manchester clubs after Barcelona in the Champions League – Chelsea desperately need to bounce back against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Eden Hazard can provide the bit of brilliance they need to get back on track, with Antonio Conte expected to deploy Alvaro Morata in a number nine role, rather than the Belgian as a false nine.
The shift back to behind the striker will allow Hazard to get into the game as he should and produce the game-winning quality that has made him a captaincy favourite for the last few seasons.
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