My 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!
Last week was a great start with 8 returns from 11 players, and 65 points in total. Let’s hope these selections can score even better!
*These selections were made prior to Thursdays Europa League games*
This starting eleven for GW25 have an average ownership of 2.85%, and an overall value of £58.2M
Robert SANCHEZ – 2.6% – £4.5mEmbed from Getty Images
Brighton face a Zaha-less Crystal Palace this week, and without Zaha, Palace lose their mojo. Brighton have been very solid defensively in recent weeks, with Sanchez keeping 5 clean sheets in his last 6, I’m backing him to make it 6 from 7!
KENNY TETE– 0.2% – £4.3MEmbed from Getty Images
This would have been a toss-up between Antonee Robinson and Tete, however, with Robinson benched against Everton and Burnley Tete gets the nod as he appears to be Scott Parker’s first choice in defence. Like Coufal last week, Tete is a lovely right-back, who scores well and can look dangerous with his deliveries, add to the fact that Fulham are at home to Sheffield United, no brainer!
Nelson SEMEDO – 1.9% – £5.2MEmbed from Getty Images
Before the Southampton game I would have been thinking twice about a Wolves defender but I believe that second-half will be the point in which they start getting back to the Wolves we all know. Semedo hasn’t set the world alight as we all may have hoped, but at home to Leeds, who we know are very attacking, should allow Semedo gaps behind their full-backs and while a clean sheet may be a tough ask, an attacking return is not out of the question. Go and show the world why Barcelona signed you Nelson!
Dan BURN – 0.5% – 4.2MEmbed from Getty Images
[Ctrl+C] [Ctrl+V] from Sanchez, amend Sanchez’s name to Burn’s and remove 5 clean sheets from 6 and enter 4 from 7. Dan Burn is 6’ 6” and against a toothless Palace (I am setting myself up for a Palace goal fest now) I am backing a clean sheet, plus the danger of Burn from attacking set pieces means he is surely due a goal… (he hasn’t scored since 2017/18!)
Luke SHAW – 7.8% – £5.0MEmbed from Getty Images
When advising of my reasoning for selecting Mbaye Diagne last week, a few Manchester United fans didn’t enjoy my calling of their defence “flimsy”, however, 2 minutes in and Lindelof may as well of rolled over and let Diagne tickle his tummy as he made it WBA 1-0 United, then there was theMaguire mistake in the second-half, again with Diagne, where the striker should have scored a second. Luke Shaw & Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the two positives from that defence, and I have gone with Shaw this week (AWB is +10% owned). Shaw seems to be on some set pieces, is as fit as he’s ever looked and coming up against a Newcastle team that never troubled Chelsea on Monday. If United want to cement themselves in the top 4 then they have to replicate the teams closest to them, so I expect Shaw to get similar success to Alonso down the left and while Newcastle may score, like Semedo, I’m feeling an attacking return at Old Trafford for, arguably, England’s current number one left-back.
Matheus PEREIRA – 1.5% – £5.5MEmbed from Getty Images
Pereira seems to of been given a bit more freedom by Allardyce, and while WBA are struggling, he keeps impressing. No goals in 3 games, however, before that Pereira had 5 in 5 and it won’t be too long before he is back amongst it. I like the look of WBA right now and I’m backing them to beat Burnley with Pereira heavily involved, whether that be getting on the end of a Diagne hold-up or putting the ball on a plate for him, Pereira is key to WBA and could be a differential steal.
Ademola LOOKMAN – 1.4% – £5.0MEmbed from Getty Images
Fulham at home to Sheffield United, Lookman vs Bogle, that’s a lovely match-up. Lookman has arguably been Fulham’s key man this season, while Bogle has been one of few to impress for Sheffield United, that’s why I’m backing Lookman to move away from Bogle and play on the shoulder of their right centre-back, Chris Basham, who was lucky to not be sent off vs West Ham. Sheffield United look to be without John Egan too, so if Lookman drifts inside, he will be up against Basham & Phil Jagielka, that’s a combination I fully expect Lookman to run ragged. This is the last chance saloon for Sheffield United, and for Fulham, anything other than a win makes their task extremely hard, so I expect an open game that plays in Lookman’s hands.
James WARD-PROWSE – 7.9% – £6.0MEmbed from Getty Images
Second week out of two I’m going for JWP, while he may not of been successful against Wolves with a return, Southampton have a double GW vs Chelsea (H) & Leeds (A). As I mentioned last week, set pieces, he’s on them, in-play creativity flows through him and he is Southampton’s key man! Like Semedo vs Leeds, they are very attacking so they will always be a team you expect to ship goals and JWP could have a field day threading those passes through to Ings, Adams, Minamino & Redmond.
Jack HARRISON – 2.7% – £5.4MEmbed from Getty Images
Last week I backed Raphinha and he got an assist, this week I could easily back Raphinha but to keep these articles fresh, I’m going for Harrison. A double GW vs Wolves (A) & Southampton (H) should see Leeds attackers licking their lips as they go up against teams that have conceded 6 (Wolves) & 20 (Southampton) in their last 6 League games each. When playing Leeds you can’t not attack, therefore I’m looking at two very open games where Leeds attacking assets could run riot. Harrison, Raphinha, get them in!
Mason GREENWOOD – 1.9% – £7.0MEmbed from Getty Images
Okay, so, two attacking returns in 18 games isn’t great (1 goal in GW11 vs West Ham & an assist in GW 22 vs Southampton), and looking at those returns, you may be thinking I should wait until United play Leeds in GW33 to tip him for his next return, but hear me out. Martial, is Martial, Rashford is best on the left and Cavani is the main man through the middle but isn’t playing vs Sociedad due to a muscle injury, so I’m saying Rashford is the only nailed starter with 2 places up for grabs. In my mind United’s best front 3 at the moment is Greenwood right, Rashford left & Cavani through the middle. Greenwood was dropped vs WBA and United were below-par, I’m thinking OGS will want to attack Newcastle and the selection of Greenwood makes sense, he’s just signed a new contract and I’m backing him to repay United with a decent return on Sunday at home to Newcastle.
Neal MAUPAY – 3.0% – £6.1MEmbed from Getty Images
Last, and not least, I’ve gone for the Brighton triple-up, this is most definitely set up for a Palace win to nil now, but I am backing the seagulls to gain bragging rights over their rivals (why is it a rivalry I hear you ask… it’s something to do with motorways I think but maybe a Palace or Brighton fan can help fill in the blanks?) with Maupay leading the line, heshould be the man, more often than not, on the end of Brighton’s slick passing within the 18 yard box, and I’m backing him to put one or two chances away this week.
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