Differentials

Differential midfielders to help with forward planning

Cheaper midfielders are the focus of our Spot the Differential article ahead of Gameweek 28.

There is a selection of players in this position offering potential for the next few matches, all priced well under £7.0m.

Read on and discover which options owned by less than 5% can help propel you up the rankings…

Isaac Hayden

Price: £4.4m

Ownership: 1.7%

A new candidate for the fifth midfielder spot has arisen in recent weeks as Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) continues a decent run of form.

The 23-year-old has benefited from recent time out of the side for Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m) and Ki Sung-yeung (£4.7m) to start the last nine Gameweeks in a row.

It is in the last five that Hayden has found form, recording three assists and a goal in that time.

That has come from seven chances created in the last four Gameweeks, combined with six efforts on goal.

No midfielder priced at £4.5m or under can do better in that selected time-frame.

The fixtures still look good for Newcastle over the coming weeks with Burnley (home), West Ham (away) and Everton (home) their next three opponents.

Crucially, the Magpies have a fixture in Blank Gameweek 31, against Bournemouth (away), and might have one in Gameweek 33 against Crystal Palace (home), which could make Hayden an important player to own long-term too.

Pascal Groß

Price: £6.7m

Ownership: 1.7%

With Blank Gameweek 27 out of the way, Brighton options come back into consideration ahead of a trip to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

Despite playing in just three matches across the last four Gameweeks, Pascal Groß (£6.7m) is joint-top for key passes played in that time.

He has supplemented that with eight efforts on goal and could inspire Brighton to a decent showing at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester are without a clean sheet at home since Gameweek 14 and the effect of going into this match without a manager is hard to quantify.

This could be a serious opportunity for Brighton to secure their first away win since Gameweek 14.

James Maddison

Price: £6.6m

Ownership: 4.4%

Despite Puel’s departure from Leicester City, there is still plenty of promise surrounding central midfielder James Maddison (£6.6m).

This is not the first time we’ve tipped the former Norwich City man as a differential option of late as the Foxes fixtures continue to appeal.

A home game against Brighton this week is another one of those favourable fixtures, and it comes after a strong statistical performance from Maddison last time out.

That means in the last four Gameweeks, no player has created more chances than him, while only two Fantasy assets in the whole division have shot more often.

With reports of Brendan Rodgers coming to the King Power Stadium, we could still see Leicester able to capitalise on their appealing schedule, and Maddison could be a big part of that.

With reports of Brendan Rodgers coming to the King Power Stadium, we could still see Leicester able to capitalise on their appealing schedule, and Maddison could be a big part of that.

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1,878 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Would Ed Woodward
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Reckon Sarri will be sacked if Chelsea lose to Spurs?

      1. Simmoo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Would depend on manner of defeat. If he drops Kepa, and they get thrashed then entirely possible.

    • LFCsc
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Etheridge (Fabianski)
        Robertson Doherty Pereira Trippier (Bednarek)
        Sane Pogba Salah Son (F Anderson)
        Jimenez Arnautovic (Success)
        A. Tripper and Success to Rondon and Yedlin for -4 I'm kind of hesitant since Burnley has been improving as of late
        B. Trippier > Yedlin
        C. If I pick B. Bednarek > 4.3 defender Success> Rondon next week
        D. Roll FT and hope chelsea still sucks vs Spurs

      • Bohemian Rhapsody
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Pick on to play

          1. F. Anderson
          2. Fraser
          3. Rondon

          1. ZimZalabim
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            3

          2. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Not sure if serious

        • Lalrota
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Pick one
          A Almiron Higuain
          B Rondon Mane

          1. skipnicklee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            B no question for me

        • Taegugk Warrior
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Chance higuain start..?

            1. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Very high I would have thought

          • Four Season Wonder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Angry Firmino owner here...Who you prefer?

            GWs............28........29.......30.........31.....
            FIRMINO:... WAT - eve - BUR - ful
            AGUERO:... WHU - bou - WAT - none.

            *Firmino unlikely to make Watford game anyway and I could just switch Aguero out come BGW31

            1. Art Vandelay
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Mulling this for a hit. I would leave it other than the two teams above me in my cash ML will captain Kun and they are already 30 points ahead.

          • jgjokaj
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Do I leave this team alone PLEASE HELP !!!

            fabi (speroni)
            Pereira TAA Doherty (Bednarek WAN)
            pogba son salah Richarlison (motinho)
            Jimenez Auba (rashford)

            1. Simmoo
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              I'd say so yeah, probs have Bednarek first sub.

          • Taegugk Warrior
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Firmino to higuain for (-4)..?

            • jake0910
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Rashford to vardy for free?

            • ptr88
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              What should I do?

              A: Firmino to Barnes
              B: Firmino to Barnes & Rashford to Aguero

              I have 2 FT.

            • Simmoo
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Rashford to punish sellers with a hattrick against Southampton on Saturday

            • Nederlaget
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Mane or Sane for this week?

            • Hazardous1983
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Rashford to rondon or barnes for a hit or stick with rashford

            • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              My league rival has Aguero captain but no Salah (he has mane) or Auba.
              I have Salah (C) and Auba.
              Who’s getting more - Salah and Auba or Mane and Aguero?