A Differential XI for GW28

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My FPL GW28 differential pick article will provide 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 saw 7 returns from 11 players, and 57 points in total. Dawson (13), Vestergaard (8) & Bale (14) being the pick of the bunch. Let’s hope this week we continue the good form!

This starting eleven have an average ownership of 3.7%, and an overall value of £60.1m.

Goalkeeper
Robert SANCHEZ – 3.0% – £4.5m
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There’s no getting away from the fact that Sanchez was at fault for Leicester’s winner, but there’s also no getting away from how big an impact he’s had on Brighton. 5 clean sheets in 16 starts for a team in 17th and has only conceded more than 2 goals in a match once (in the 3-3 draw vs Wolves). I can’t not look at Sanchez as a fantastic option, not just for this GW, but for the rest of the season at £4.5m. I can’t find anything not to love and with Southampton & Newcastle in their next two games, Sanchez is a no brainer for me.

Defenders
Michael KEANE – 6.6% – £5.1M
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7, 9 & 8 – Keane’s returns in Everton’s three games before the Chelsea fixture where he came away with 1. However, 3 returns out of 4 is good form, especially with Burnley, Crystal Palace & Brighton next. Everton, as much as it pains me to say it, are a team in form & Keane is a player very much in form. Surely in with a shout of being a starter for England and I think he deserves to be a starter in your FPL team.

Ezri KONSA – 6.7% – £4.6M
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I backed Konsa in GW26, and Villa went on to lose to Sheffield United, ouch! However, they kept a clean sheet vs Leeds so the selection was a success, just. I’m backing Konsa again after keeping a clean sheet vs Wolves as Villa travel to a goal-shy Newcastle United without Miguel Almirón, Allan Saint-Maximin & Callum Wilson.

Daniel AMARTEY – 1.3% – £3.9M
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This is one of two for you @FplFoxy – Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet in the League for a month, but a home match against Sheffield United is surely the perfect opportunity to rectify this. Against Brighton Amartey popped up with the winner and at £3.9m I wish I could get him into my own team for this match, a versatile option for Brendan Rodgers and a viable option for all FPL Managers at a money-saving price.

Midfielders

Wilfried ZAHA – 8.5% – 7.1M

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Zaha has had 3 double-digit hauls this season, vs Manchester United (15), Fulham (13) & West Brom (18), but his last came in GW11. Crystal Palace’s next fixture comes against one of those teams in West Brom, and with Zaha just returning from injury you imagine he will want to make an impact and show Palace, their fans & FPL fans what they’ve been missing!

Bukayo SAKA – 9.7% – £5.3M
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Saka experienced a purple patch for points from GW15 to GW20 where he scored 13, 6, 8, 3, 9 & 13, which put him in many players thoughts as a must-have, including myself who had him from GW16 until GW23. Recently though he has gone off the boil, at least in FPL terms. If you watch Arsenal you will see he is as key as ever for them and a big part of their play going forward so although his points since GW21 have been 0, 2, 2, 5, 2, 0 & 1, I don’t think it will be long until he starts returning again and where better to start than a North London derby?

Lucas MOURA – 1.3% – £6.6M
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Everyone is talking about Kane, Son & Bale and rightly so, including me last week with my selection of Bale for a 14-pointer, but the fourth member of Spurs attacking quartet at the moment is Lucas Moura. Lucas has started 3 of Spurs past 4 Premier League games, vs West Ham (8), Burnley (8) & Crystal Palace (2), but that 2-pointer vs Crystal Palace does not tell you the story of how well Lucas played in that match. Much like Saka, with his next game a North London derby, if Lucas continues his current form, returns will be coming thick and fast, not to mention Spurs are one of the 8 with a game in GW29.

Gylfi SIGURDSSON – 1.9% – £6.8M
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My second Everton player, I feel a little queasy even typing this, but you really can’t argue against Everton at the moment and I actually think the loss to Chelsea was what they required to go and kick on again. As mentioned with Keane, Everton face Burnley (H), Crystal Palace (H) & Brighton (A) in their next 3 games and Sigurdsson has not wilted under the presence of James Rodriguez being brought in to be Everton’s creative spark, in fact, it’s almost raised his game and throughout the season he has popped up when needed for Everton. Set pieces will be key vs Burnley so surely Sigurdsson will get the nod and if he does, at 1.9% he could be an absolute steal.

Forwards

Kelechi IHEANACHO – 0.8% – £5.6M

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Here is the second one for you @FplFoxy – Kelechi Iheanacho has seemingly come from nowhere to giving Brendan Rodgers no choice but to start him at the moment, a bench man/back-up to Vardy for much of his Leicester career, 3 goals in last 4 Premier League starts makes him a certainty to continue partnering Vardy as Leicester go without James Maddison & Harvey Barnes. In the past Vardy has caused Sheffield United problems on their own as a lone striker, I can only see two strikers causing that Sheffield United defence even more issues and it’s a perfect opportunity for Iheanacho to continue his goalscoring run.

Christian BENTEKE – 0.8% – £5.5M
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The big man has 2 in his last 4 and is looking like a new man since the arrival of Jean-Phillipe Mateta. Benteke has 5 League goals this season, 2 vs 10-man West Brom, one against West Ham, where he ended up with two yellows and was sent off and then we add in his 2 from the last 4 games, the winner vs Brighton and the equaliser vs Spurs. Against Spurs he won 15 of 22 aerial duels and looked a threat in the air whenever he was offered adequate service and with West Brom needing points, I can see Benteke punishing them again.

[Andy CARROLL – 0.3% – 5.1m]

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What am I even thinking, selecting Andy Carroll!? Carroll has shown zero glimpses of being able to get Newcastle out of this rut they are in, but maybe this is because he hasn’t been given a fair chance. Since Callum Wilson went off injured vs Southampton, Newcastle have lost to Chelsea, lost to Manchester United, drawn with Wolves & drawn with West Brom, with Carroll playing a total of 12 minutes over those 4 games.

I’m not expecting anyone to take a chance on Andy Carroll, in all honesty you’d probably have men in white coats knocking at the door the minute you make that transfer to bring him in, but as a wildcard in this article, I don’t see why he wouldn’t get an opportunity for Newcastle in the coming weeks, and why not start with Aston Villa on Friday evening. Newcastle’s have a massive game after this Aston Villa match as they go away to Brighton and they need to start getting wins on the board. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but you can do worse than having Andy Carroll as a last resort!

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