FPL GW34 Differentials XI

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My FPL GW34 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!

GW33 was not great. 2 returns from 11 players and going with 4 players from Brighton did not do me any favours! Here’s hoping for a great improvement for GW34.

This starting eleven was selected on Tuesday 27th April 2021 and as of this date had an average ownership of 4.2%, and an overall value of £63.9m.

Goalkeeper
Hugo LLORIS – 7.1% – £5.6M

Last week I went all-in on Brighton vs Sheffield United. Sheffield United won 1-0 and really hurt my selections, however, this week I am once again going against Sheffield United as they travel to Spurs. Spurs only have the League to play for now and I’m expecting them to take Sheffield United to the cleaners and make a statement as they look to break into the top four. Lloris being under 10% owned with Sheffield United up next, there is no better choice to kick off the selections this week.

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Defenders
Pascal STRUIJK – 5.2% – £4.0M

Pascal Augustus Struijk gets his first selection in my differential XI, an accolade I am sure he is over the moon about. His recent form has been top drawer, after being benched vs Sheffield United in GW30, he came on for Leeds as Liam Cooper was sent off vs Manchester City and played a key role as Leeds surprised everyone by coming away from the Etihad with a 2-1 win. Struijk proceeded to start vs Liverpool in the 1-1 draw before keeping a clean sheet against Manchester United in GW33. Leeds have shown they are solid defensively as well as exciting going forward and with their improvement in defence, Struijk being £4.0m and on a run of appearances makes him a very solid choice for GW34.

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Sergio REGUILÓN – 4.7% – £5.6M

Sergio Reguilón looks to have nailed down that left-back spot for Spurs, starting the last 7 games in Ben Davies absence through injury. In GW32 Reguilón picked up an assist showing his attacking intent from full-back and with Sheffield United playing wing-backs Reguilón will not have a winger to mark meaning he can push up on to their right wing-back. I am expecting a clean sheet for Spurs this weekend, and you cannot discount Reguilón being involved in plenty of attacking moments providing owners with the opportunity of attacking returns.

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Vladimír COUFAL – 6.5% – £4.7M

GW30, assist. GW31, assist. GW32, assist. Coufal’s run of 3 assists in a row ended as Chelsea beat West Ham 1-0, but who knows what might have been if West Ham had not been on the receiving end of a controversial red card in the 81st minute. West Ham have been the feel-good story of the season and they will be looking for maximum points from their remaining 5 games in their quest for Champions League football next season and you can expect Coufal will play a key role in that run-in starting with this weekend away to Burnley.

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Midfielders
Christian PULISIC – 3.2% – £8.3M

I’ve seen it referred to as the “Tuchel Tombola” in the FPL community and you can’t disagree with that title as a Chelsea starting line-up can rival Manchester City’s when it comes to not being sure which way their Manager will go. Pulisic has started 6 of the last 8 so you would like to think this is an indication that he is firmly in Tuchel’s plans, however, I am more than aware at the risk of selecting a Chelsea player in my differential XI. If Pulisic starts against Fulham he has every chance of causing them issues throughout and that can only increase his potential for a return or two this week.

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Matheus PEREIRA – 4.8% – £5.5M

Last week I selected Pereira, saying “This article was written before West Brom travelled to Leicester but Matheus Pereira has scored 30 points in his previous two matches as West Brom beat Chelsea 5-2 & Southampton 3-0. 3 goals, 2 assists & 4 bonus points makes Pereira the form man in the Premier League at the moment and at £5.4m, in a team that NEED to win games, I see a lot more positives than negatives in selecting him.” Pereira may have only returned 2 points in the Leicester game, but in the game that mattered he duly delivered with a 10-point return. He is the main man for West Brom, as well as being the form man for April (42 points scored), so he cannot be overlooked in a differential XI with such a low overall ownership.

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Jarrod BOWEN – 3.2% – £6.0M

I have spoken about, and selected, Jarrod Bowen previously and do not want to regurgitate content so will keep this one brief. Bowen appears to be West Hams only option up front at the moment with 3 goals and 2 assists in his previous 6 games. West Ham will be going all out for 5 wins out of 5 to end the season so why not select the man playing through the middle for them with 3.2% ownership?

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Jack HARRISON – 3.0% – £5.4M

Jack Harrison has 7 goals and 7 assists in 32 League games, including 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 4 games. With Raphinha currently out, Harrison is the first-choice winger and we all know how good Leeds have looked when attacking this season, providing plenty of opportunity for Harrison to be involved as they look to kill teams by relentlessly attacking them. Jack Harrison vs Brighton is a selection I really like.

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Forwards
Callum WILSON – 5.7% – £6.5M

Wilson is yet to start a match since his return from injury but this weekend at home to Arsenal could see that change. Wilson came on vs Liverpool last weekend and looked very dangerous, even being robbed of a goal in my opinion (come on, that was a ridiculous decision and I’m a Liverpool fan!). Arsenal’s defence have kept 1 clean sheet (vs Sheffield United) in their past 13 League games so Wilson will surely fancy his chances to score his first goal since GW21 as Newcastle host Arsenal two and a half days after their Europa League Semi-Final First Leg.

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Chris WOOD – 2.4% – £6.3M

Just like Pereira, Wood is in fine form for April with 4 goals and 3 assists in 4 games, including his hat-trick vs Wolves in GW33. Chris Wood is only owned by 2.4% of Managers and over the past month has been the ultimate differential. Burnley face West Ham next, before travelling to Fulham and hosting Leeds. With Burnley’s end to the season there is every chance Woods continues his fine form and continues to be the ultimate differential.

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Mbaye DIAGNE – 0.4% – £6.0M

Diagne was selected in my first ever differential article, GW24, and he scored that week. Since then Diagne has only scored once more, vs Chelsea, although he has provided 3 assists in his past 4 games. Any West Brom success seems to come from either Matheus Pereira or Mbaye Diagne, with these two providing 10 attacking returns combined from the past 4 GWs. Wolves are coming off the back of shipping 4 goals against Burnley and with West Brom needing wins you can expect Mbaye Diagne to be heavily involved as he leads the line, ably supported by Matheus Pereira.

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