A Differential XI for GW24

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My GW24 differential pick article will provide FPL Managers with a line-up of gems you may not be considering but may pick up valuable points to help you outscore the competition. My starting eleven of differentials will be made up of players with an ownership of less than 10%, meaning if selected by you, you could be outscoring 9 of every 10 Managers in the game!

This starting eleven have an average ownership of 4.97% and an overall value of 65m.

GoalKeeper

Alphonse AREOLA – 3.5% – 4.5m

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This may be a trap, but a double GW for Fulham, away to Everton & Burnley, seems too good to turn down. Areola is in my team and has been since the beginning of the season. Goals are at a premium this season, so finding a GK you’re confident of keeping a clean sheet with under 10% ownership is tough, but Areola is very good as accumulating those save points! Pick up a single GW ‘keeper, hope they keep a clean sheet and you get 6, or pick up Areola, who may keep a clean sheet but should at least get 3 points from each game to score 6 minimum… My money is on AA!

Defenders

Vladimir COUFAL – 6.9% – 4.7m

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Coufal, in an in-form West Ham team, at home to Sheffield United, no brainer! His stats are strong for home games against the bottom six, so while you would be hopeful of a clean sheet, an attacking return may also be on the cards.

Lucas DIGNE – 7.3% – 6.1m

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Lucas Digne… I know you may be looking at the Man City fixture with a bit of worry, but Everton start with Fulham at home and in the reverse fixture Digne scored 8 points. Fulham are fun to watch, but when you have someone against them, it’s even more fun as they leave gaps, and I fully expect Digne to exploit these gaps and get an attacking return. With the Man City game, any extra points are a bonus, but either way, you’ll have a fantastic LB in your team from hereon in.


Matthew LOWTON – 2.1% – 4.5m

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Burnley have a double GW of Crystal Palace away and Fulham at home, and realistically, could come away with two clean sheets from both those games, not to mention Burnley’s joy comes from crosses to their strikers, possible clean sheet double and an attacking return? Sign me up!

Midfielders

Bukayo SAKA – 9.6% – 5.4m

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13,6,8, 3, 9, 13, 2, 2. Bukayo Saka’s last 8 GW scores, and if you watched the last two matches where he came away with 2, vs Wolves & Aston Villa, you’ll know he should have had returns in those games and was very unlucky to come away with 4 points from the 2 games. Next up for Arsenal, a very open Leeds side, need I say anymore?

Mason MOUNT – 5.5% – 6.8m

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Mason Mount, labelled by some as Frank Lampard’s son and only playing as he was the Managers favourite. While he may have been Lampard’s favourite, I think Lampard had every right to feel this way because Mason Mount is a class act, and he’s shown in Tuchel’s first few games, when given a chance, he is one of Chelsea’s best players at the moment, and in TT’s 3-4-3 formation Mount has licence to play further forward and I can’t see TT not starting Mount in the majority of games, including Monday’s game vs Newcastle *Article written before Barnsley match*

RAPHINHA – 2.4% – 5.3m

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How is this man 2.4% owned and only 5.3m!? I brought him in GW16 at 5.5m, since then he has scored 8, 2, 2, 13, 5, 9 & 6 but somehow dropped from 5.5m to 5.3m! Madness. Leeds most electric player and well and truly settled now, he could easily be an option for the rest of the season, but for this GW, away to Arsenal, you can’t not bet against Raphinha really can you?

James WARD-PROWSE – 7.8% – 6.0m

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Southampton have Wolves at home, and while having lost 5 in a row in the League, JWP’s form has not dipped. Set pieces, he’s on them. In-play creativity flows through him. Southampton’s key man, you betcha! I expect to see his ownership fly through the roof soon so get him in while low! *Article written before Wolves FA Cup match*

Forwards

RICHARLISON – 4.7% – 7.8m

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I was backing Richarlison before the Spurs FA Cup game (promise!) and now with DCL probably out and Richi scoring twice, I’m backing him even more. Like Digne, look at the Man City game as any points are a bonus, however, Fulham at home, if you have Digne AND Richarlison, you could be loving your life with their link up. Digne loves a delivery and Richi sees himself as a number 9 for sure, so I don’t think Everton will be missing DCL at all vs Fulham and I back Richarlison to lead that line fantastically.

Edinson CAVANI – 4.8% – 7.9m

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Cavani is in my team, and I was devastated when he was subbed at HT vs Southampton, I thought a major haul was on the cards! Cavani has established himself as Manchester United’s main man through the middle, which isn’t hard when you’re up against the work-rate, or lack of, of Anthony Martial. Next up for United is West Brom at home and Cavani is surely licking his lips at the thought of getting on the end of multiple chances that United will create against the Baggies.


Mbaye DIAGNE – 0.1% – 6.0m

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Last, and not least, Mbaye Diagne, up against Cavani this GW, playing for bottom of the table West Brom with 0.1% ownership. I know you’re wondering, where are the positives. 2 starts and 1 sub appearance, 0 goals, 2 assists. This man is a handful! He looked lively vs Fulham having not even trained with West Brom, got the assist vs Sheffield United before a blank vs Spurs, but if you watched the games he’s played, he’s caused issues and been unlucky not to score. Diagne is 6ft4 and knows where the back of the net is – 12 in 17 in 2017/18 & 20 in 17 in 2018/19 for Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig, followed by 10 in 12 in 2018/19 & 9 in 15 in 2020/21 for Galatasary and 4 in 6 for Club Brugge in the Belgian First Division in 2019/20 (lack of game time due to a club suspension it appears) shows you he will score goals, and I’m backing Diagne vs Manchester United’s flimsy defence this weekend.

This article was a debut for @FF_Flay to the site. come back next week for GW25 differentials.

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