Spot the Differential

Lanzini can provide cheaper route into West Ham attack

Now that the first international break of the season is out of the way, it’s time to make those all-important FPL decisions once again.

Differentials continue to play a part in that as we prepare for Gameweek 5.

Last time out there was more success for this column as David Silva delivered the goods with two nifty assists in Manchester City’s win over Brighton for a 10-point haul.

Is there another player with his quality waiting to be snapped up? Here are three low-owned players worth considering for Gameweek 5…

Manuel Lanzini 

Lanzini has been West Ham’s most creative player so far this season

Price: £6.5m

Ownership: 3.3% 

GW5 Opponent: Aston Villa (A)

It is no coincidence that West Ham’s attack struggled at times last season with Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) sidelined by a long-term injury.

Now fully fit, the Argentinian has started all four of the Hammers league games since August. 

For players priced at £6.5m or less, Lanzini is ranked joint seventh for final third touches (85). Due to his involvement with set pieces, he also averages 27 minutes for every chance created, which at present is better than the likes of Mason Mount (36 minutes) and Todd Cantwell (44 minutes).

With Sébastian Haller in-form up top, the expectation is for Lanzini to potentially increase his output of assists. 

But he’s also more than capable of scoring, having netted 19 Premier League goals during his first three seasons for West Ham. 

 Dare I say it, is he a bandwagon waiting to happen? His next opponents are an Aston Villa team that have only kept one clean sheet this season having conceded more shots than any other side so far. 

West Ham will relish such an encounter considering their recent goal-scoring run and without a doubt, Lanzini should be key to their attack on Monday night.

Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min (right) has been an overlooked Spurs asset after the first four Gameweeks

Price: £9.5m

Ownership: 2.7% 

GW5 Opponent: Crystal Palace (H)

It’s surprising to think that a player with 38 goals and 25 assists over the last three Premier League seasons is owned by only a handful of Fantasy managers right now. 

Then again, Son Heung-min (£9.5m) was suspended for the first two games of the campaign. 

Tottenham have had a mixed and unsettled start to 2019/20. Son’s absence did not prevent them from scoring goals in their opening two matches but they certainly missed his energy up top. 

Since his return to first-team action, he has already registered eight shots on goal, four of which were on target.

Son’s assist in Gameweek 4, winning a penalty for his team, could be an indication of what is to come. 

He hasn’t scored so far, but based on his pedigree it won’t be long until he finds the back of the net again. 

Tottenham’s next Premier League opponents are Crystal Palace and Son has scored three goals in five competitive games against them. 

Having said that, he was playing in a World Cup qualifier in Central Asia on Tuesday night which could put him at a slight risk of rotation for Gameweek 5.

After all, Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t been afraid on occasion to bench the South Korean immediately after previous international breaks. 

That’s the only concern with buying Son right now. But can Tottenham afford any more slip-ups? If he’s fully fit I see no reason why he won’t start on Saturday.

Danny Ings

Danny Ings has two attacking returns to his name so far this season

Price: £6.0m

Ownership: 2.2% 

GW5 Opponent: Sheffield United (A)

It’s fair to say that there’s not been a strong collective desire to buy Southampton’s players over the past two seasons. 

They are no longer a source of reliable clean sheets and it has also been hard to trust their attacking assets either.

The Saints’ fixtures since August haven’t exactly helped their cause either, having faced Liverpool and Manchester United in short succession. 

In spite of these challenges. Danny Ings (£6.0m) has scored a goal and chipped in with an assist. 

The forward has started three games so far and for forwards priced at £6.0m or less he has played the fifth-highest amount of minutes since Gameweek 1.

Of course, Ings hasn’t been playing 90 minutes per game regularly since 2015 as a result of serious injuries and squad management. 

But last season he averaged a Fantasy return (goal or assist) for every 165 minutes played. That’s fairly commendable for a cheap priced and low owned player. 

Having said that, Che Adams will certainly give him competition up top, but he has yet to score or assist in the Premier League and has also missed more big chances than any other player so far. 

Southampton next face a Sheffield United team that has conceded four goals in their last two games which bodes well for Ings as he seeks to add to his goal-scoring tally.

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2,221 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    With a couple of fixture turns from this week, i'd advise against speculative actions.
    Dont try to be ahead of a wave but just jump on them when theyre happening.
    For example Haller , no from GW1 but good Option now.
    Wait for Pepe to actually score a goal before you point to his fixtures and threat. XG is nothing when you're still not hitting your shots right. The kid is nervous and one angry Deeney in his face can hamper his whole confidence game. You wont worry with stuff like that with provem teams and Players. Right now i'd rather have Son than Pepe, McGinn or Lanzini over Ceballos and wait until we can be sure not to get into a Barkley type of situation.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Deeney is injured.

  2. FreddyP3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Predict man citys starting line up here 🙂

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Predict CL line up in Ukraine

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ederson
      Cancelo - Stones - Otamendi - Zinchenko
      De Bruyne - Rodri - David Silva
      Mahrez - Aguero - Sterling

      1. FreddyP3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I think so too!

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Bravo
      Cancelo Stones Ferd Mendy
      Mahrez Dilva Rodrigo Foden Bilva
      Jesus

      1. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        🙂

        Let's see some nibbles...

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 25 days ago

          It is of course actually a rather nice team.

      2. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        lol

      3. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Ridiculous ... no way Dilva starts.

    4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ederson
      Walker Stones Ota Zinch
      Foden Rodri Dilva
      Mahrez Kun Sterling

      1. FreddyP3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        No kdb would truly be a kick in the nuts

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Highest chance of a rest imo

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I’m guessing one of Mendy or Cancelo will get a run out. My money would be on Cancelo and then Mendy in 6

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I doubt it, with the team already adjusting to a new cb pairing

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 25 days ago

            There’s that but I can see Pep wanting them to have a run out and he’s been pretty aggressive in how he rests players before big fixture runs when there’s a soft game

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Good point. Walker's had a full rest as well though..think he starts and mendy might be still too early

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Great point about Walker - I’d overlooked that.

    5. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Foden in for KdB

  3. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Is there line up data from Citys last years group stage games.
    I want to know whether to get David Silva (2amazing fixtures even if hes just playing 120/180mins) for the next two before he becomes Ceballos or Mount , James.

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone else with the nagging feeling that they should captain Sterling over Salah?

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Not so much a 'nagging' feeling.

      More so of using the logic that City are the better attacking side playing against a worse defensive side, in comparison to Liverpool and their fixture.

    2. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Now the Norwich manager has come out and said even if they wanted to park the bus they dont have any defenders....
      100% yes. Sterl(C)

  5. tyron
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    on wildcard thought i was good until i saw laca news. now i am considering auba. but it will be at aguero's expense.

    comes down to
    A kun lowton
    b auba ota

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Tough one. Do you have sterling or KDB

      1. tyron
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Sterling

  6. Mortal.Swinbat
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Pope

    TAA, Digne, Lundstrum, Montoya
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Cantwell
    Haller, Pukki

    Button, Martial, Diop, Greenwood

    Already taken a -4 to bring in KDB.

    Is it worth a -8 to remove Martial? Or shall I just play Diop/Cantwell and hope for the best and hold Martial for the season

    Cheers

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'd transfer out martial for Lanzini

  7. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Think I need to stay away from this place until deadline - Making me over think and paranoid about rests/rotations!

    Sterling (c)

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Don't blame you. Although there's a good chance Sterling's rested.

      1. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Not really a 'good' chance of him being rested, is there.

        Reduced minutes, yes.

        1. Prisoner B5160-8
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Same thing.

      2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I’ve done this before and switched the captaincy and it’s backfired.

        I’ve learnt you can’t predict Pep, so I’m just going to go with it....

        1. Prisoner B5160-8
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Agreed, always go with your gut.

          Personally I'm going Salah (c) over the two, but I'm not entirely confident.

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Good luck, I don’t own Salah so I’ve not got a choice anyway 😆

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I reckon sterling starts. I'm 90% confident

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Well settles it then, if you are 90% confident then it must be so

        1. Freddiebell
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Nothing worse than a smart arse.

        2. JonBoy
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          They've done studies you know. 60% of the time, he's right all of the time.

      2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        They need a win I think he starts......

        1. Freddiebell
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I think he starts also but if City are cruising he's pulled off around the 60 min mark which worries me so I'll put the armband on KDB only because I see city scoring a few goals more than Liverpool. Could be wrong but that's my take of it.

  8. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    Vvd digne lund (montoya) (rico)
    Salah kdb Sterling mount Lanzini
    Jimenez pukki (greenwood)

    1.2 itb 1 ft. Help......
    A) pukki out for c Wilson
    B) Jimenez out for c Wilson
    C) save ft

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nice team but it's got to Abraham instead of jiminez

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I wouldnt do this.

    2. myboycharlie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Keep Pukki decent fixtures after this week, id go B

    3. Kenneth Tang
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Save FT, play Montoya ahead of Pukki

  9. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Hi all, sorry to sound dumb, but ive took a -4 to do 2 transfers at start of this gameweek (pre international games) already, if i use my wildcard now will it it override my -4?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yes it will override the -4

  10. myboycharlie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Play one:
    A) Pukki
    B) Wan bissaka

    1. Kenneth Tang
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

  11. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Martial to >

    A) James
    B) Mount
    C) Lanzini

    1. myboycharlie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      b

    2. Kenneth Tang
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      C

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No love for James?

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Plays in the worst attack of the 3

        1. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Dont think I agree. Either way Mount's 2 next fixtures are not great. Currently leaning towards James.

  12. fuml_akimbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Martial + Siggy > KBD + McGinn (-4)
    B) Martial > D Silva

    Cheers guys!

    1. myboycharlie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      a

    2. Kenneth Tang
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B for me just

      Think Siggy is a really nice option this week. Bournemouth defence is in a similar state to Norwich’s. Dilva is I think the most nailed City mid for tomorrow. If Siggy returns KdB needs double digits to break even probs.

      Could you still reach KdB in 6?

    4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

    5. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B

  13. jacklfc88
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Erm guys...

    Am I silly to swap Sterling for Auba?

    Currently

    TAA Digne Lund
    KdB Mane Ceballos Lanzini (Cantwell)
    Auba Vardy Pukki

    I don't know what to make of it...

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Or maverick... one of the two.

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Silly

  14. Manani
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    VVD to who?

    need to free up 1m to upgrade Jota to Haller

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Otamendi

  15. Skloppy Kops
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Rank on freefall with a hatty of captain fails lately.. desperate to get it right this week but still undecided.. this Salah Sterling double up will give owners headache everyweek..

    Who are you going with?

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I’m on sterling

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Absent some catastrophic and catalysing event_ Sterling.

  16. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Who scores more over the next 6 game weeks...

    A) pukki and lanzini
    B) c Wilson and ceballos

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B

  17. Joyce1998
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    g2g??
    pope (button)
    taa, digne, chenko, lund (soyuncu)
    salah(C), sterling, kdb, mount (cantwell)
    haller, pukki (greenwood)

    1. Energetics
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Very similar to mine.

      Went for Ota and Mings over Chenko and Söyüncü

      Barnes over Haller.

      But the main one is Sterling & Greenwood vs Aguero & McGinn

  18. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    David Silva
    because he didnt have international action

    In order to win the CL City dont need to win this game. It would have no effect. This game is a problem game because it is far away and people can get injured or tiree after long journeys. Jesus will start for sure but i dont think KDB Silva will have to this would make them even more nailed for League Games.

    Where can I see City Line up CL group stages last year

  19. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Who scores more
    A) over next 6 gameweeks
    B) for season

    1 pukki
    2 jimenez

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      3 halled

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      ruined it lol

  20. Wensink
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Biggest upside for a 4.5m defender: Mings, Soyuncu, Lascelles?

    1. Energetics
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Went with Mings personally

  21. Energetics
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which one?

    A. Aguero, Mount and TAA

    B. Haller, Sterling and Matip (or other defender under 5.8)

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

  22. Alli
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    A) Martial > Mount/James
    B) Martial, Jota > Mount, Haller/Barnes (-4)
    C) Martial, Jota > James, Tammy/Haller/Barnes (-4

    Ryan
    VVD - Digne - Zinchenko - Dunk - Diop
    Salah - Sterling - KDB - Martial*
    Pukki

    Heaton - Jota - Greenwood - Cantwell

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

  23. jonnybhoy
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Thoughts on Son + Martial > KDB + James - Free??

  24. lampsblues
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Please give your opinion..

    pope (mcgovern)
    vvd, digne, lund, wbissaka (Rico)
    salah, sterling, gross, mount, lanzini
    wilson, pukki (greenwood)

    3.0 itb
    Gross, Lanzini -> Debruyne, Ceballos
    or
    Gross, Wbissaka -> Debruyne, Lowton (or other 4.7 m defender)?

  25. thisismyusername
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    not seeing much of Guendouzi's name on here, am i missing something. seems like good value

  26. rohaansunil
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Play cantwell or do awb to zinchenko for -4?

    • rohaansunil
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Play cantwell or do awb to zinchenko for -4?
        Ty

      • Marco Ni Motet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Pope
        Digne, Zinchenko, Lundstram, Söyüncü, AWB

        Got 1,9 ATB. Who would you replace AWB with?

      • Trophé Mourinho
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Mane looks a lil tired, Klopp should sub him 🙂

        • Trophé Mourinho
            2 months, 24 days ago

            moment of silence for all those who wildcarded Salah out for Mane for GW4, only to reverse their mistake and bring Salah back in for this week