FPL GW35 Differentials XI

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My GW35 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! 

GW34 saw half of my selections that played return (Pulisic was not selected vs Fulham) with a respectable score of 40 points. Let’s hope for similar in GW35!

This starting eleven was selected on Thursday 6th May 2021 and as of this date had an average ownership of 3.8%, and an overall value of £70.5m. 

Vicente GUAITA – 3.3% – £4.8m 

Once again, I select a goalkeeper whose team face Sheffield United. Honestly, it’s the easiest and, more often than not, most logical, selection. Crystal Palace are involved in the double GW so also face a goal-shy Southampton side in their second game, meaning the possibility of two clean-sheets for Guaita could be a decent shout this week.

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Joel WARD – 1.0% – £4.3m

My second selection of the day and my second Crystal Palace player. Joel Ward seems unopposed at right-back currently with Nathaniel Clyne just returning to training and Nathan Ferguson (remember him? Everyone’s £4.0m gem at the beginning of the season) still out injured. With Palace facing Sheffield United & Southampton Joel Ward could prove to be a quality differential at 1% ownership.

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Timothy CASTAGNE – 7.4% – £5.8m

Castagne started the season in fine form with 1 clean-sheet, 1 goal & 3 assists in his first 3 games, however, he then failed to produce an attacking return until GW32. In his last 3 GWs Castagne has had 1 clean-sheet, 1 goal & 1 assist and seems nailed in a Leicester team that face Newcastle at home before being the middle fixture of Manchester United’s 3 League games in 5 days and with the possibility of Manchester United rotating, Castagne could find joy in both games this double GW.

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Ozan KABAK – 1.0% – £5.0m

As a Liverpool fan, when Kabak was signed in January I was less than enthused. Kabak arrived from the worst team in the Bundesliga over the past two seasons with a record that didn’t scream out that he was the man to solve our defensive crisis, but as the season has wore on he has become more and more impressive. Kabak has started every game when fit (he missed the defeat to Fulham through injury) and looks like he could be a class act. While he has time to go before becoming a proven Premier League defender, a double GW vs Southampton (H) & Manchester United (A) could bring success to owners and Liverpool fans alike, especially being the 4th game in 7 days for Manchester United who will surely be tiring come next Thursday.

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Eberechi EZE – 0.9% – £5.8m

My third, and final, Crystal Palace selection is Eberechi Eze. I was tempted to go with Wilfried Zaha (9.9% owned) but that is a very obvious choice so I want to go against the curve with this selection. Eze looks to be on set piece duty for Palace and while he hasn’t set the world alight every game, 3 goals and 5 assists isn’t the worst record for a team that have spent the season playing most games with a defensive mindset from the first minute.

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Youri TIELEMANS – 3.8% – £6.4m

Like going Eze over Zaha, I have made the decision to go Tielemans over Maddison this week. Youri Tielemans had very good underlying stats in his last game (5 key passes, 3 interceptions & 4 tackles) and has formed a great partnership with Wilfred Ndidi as Leicester look to secure a top 4 finish. Tielemans is arguably the most-involved player for Leicester most games and with a double of Newcastle & Manchester United he’ll have two games to once again impress while hopefully getting us those attacking returns.

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Gareth BALE – 3.6% – £9.1m

Leeds away for Spurs this week. Leeds on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Brighton and Bale on the back of a hat-trick vs Sheffield United. At 3.6% ownership he HAS to be selected this week.

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Gylfi SIGURDSSON – 3.1% – £6.9m

Everton travel to West Ham & Aston Villa in this double GW and while it’s been 6 League games since Sigurdsson registered an assist that run surely won’t last much longer. With “Hamez” an injury doubt it looks like Sigurdsson will be in with a very good chance of starting both games. Like Eze, Sigurdsson is also on set pieces when on the pitch, along with Digne, and you don’t need me to tell you how good he can be from dead ball situations.

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Edinson CAVANI – 4.9% – £7.9m

3 League games in 5 days and 4 games in 7 days total, your guess is as good as mine as to which games Cavani will play, but with Manchester United light up front with Martial out injured and Rashford apparently carrying a knock it looks like Cavani may start 2 of the 3. Cavani is your typical number 9 (wearing 7) and when the ball is near him within the 18-yard box there aren’t many others you’d prefer to be in his position. I can’t see Cavani blanking in all 3 games, can you? (He definitely will now i’ve said that!)

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RICHARLISON – 7.8% – £8.1m

Good with both feet and in the air, Richarlison is the perfect partner for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and if one isn’t scoring then the other normally is. Both have been missing the goals recently, with 2 between them in their past 7 games, but this is a run that will not continue forever and with Everton looking to secure European football next season they will look to attack the end of the season meaning plenty of opportunities for Richarlison.

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Michail ANTONIO – 4.9% – £6.4m 

Antonio made a surprise return last GW vs Burnley and scored both goals at West Ham ran out 2-1 winners. This week West Ham only have one League game but 4 goals in his last 3 games shows that if West Ham create chances, Antonio will be there to put them away. Antonio has led the line as West Ham look to secure Champions League football next season and at under 5% ownership he can be fantastic differential for the end of season run-in.

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