Spot the Differential

Fit-again Laporte among the differentials for FPL Double Gameweek 30+ and beyond

It’s Double Gameweek time in Fantasy Premier League and with just nine rounds of fixtures to go, finding a stand-out differential now could play a vital role in final mini-league standings.

This time, two of our picks have Double Gameweeks to enjoy, whilst the third spot is reserved for a budget midfielder whose pre-lockdown stats caught the eye of several of our Scouts.

As always, all three options we have picked out as differentials have an FPL ownership of 5% or less.

Aymeric Laporte

→ How many FPL points did Aymeric Laporte register across Manchester City's three Double Gameweeks?
  • FPL ownership: 3.1%
  • Price: £6.3m
  • GW30+ – 34+ fixtures: ARS + BUR | che | LIV | sou | NEW

With Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) injured for most of the season, Manchester City have often looked vulnerable defensively.

His absence led to Fernandinho’s (£5.1m) deployment at centre-back, and whilst the Brazilian has impressed in his new role, neither Nicolás Otamendi (£4.9m) nor John Stones (5.3m) have looked particularly convincing alongside him, with frequent lapses of concentration.

Laporte took part in a training match at the Etihad Stadium last Thursday, and it’s likely he’ll take his place as first-choice centre-back against Arsenal.

His return will be a huge boost to City, who have missed his pace and ability to play out from the back and initiate attacks from deeper positions. He’s left-footed too, so brings much-needed balance to the backline, and Guardiola’s team look far more assured when the 26-year-old plays.

In fact, the Citizens have kept five clean sheets in Laporte’s seven league starts this season, and notably, they are unbeaten this season with him in the starting XI.

City will move seven points clear of third-placed Leicester City with a win over Arsenal and have won their last six matches against the Gunners in all competitions.

The second part of their Double Gameweek sees them take on Burnley, who they comfortably dispatched 4-1 in the reverse fixture back in December.

Whether Laporte lines up alongside Fernandinho, Otamendi or Stones, he is a strong under-the-radar pick and if he gets two starts, a repeat of his 2018-19 Double Gameweek heroics could be on the cards.

Oliver McBurnie

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  • FPL ownership: 0.5%
  • Price: £5.7m
  • GW30+ – 34+ fixtures: avl + new | mun | TOT | bur | WOL

Before football ground to a halt in March, Yorkshireman Oliver McBurnie (£5.7m) was beginning to realise his potential.

The striker had become a regular at Bramall Lane, starting seven consecutive league games, which saw the Blades collect 14 points.

Whilst he could only deliver a solitary goal during that run, his numbers were encouraging. In fact, only four forwards registered more shots in the box between Gameweeks 22-29, and he was perhaps unfortunate not to score more, with an xG of 3.04.

McBurnie also sits top amongst all forwards this season for headed goal attempts per 90, and with Sheffield United’s opponents in Gameweek 30+, Aston Villa and Newcastle United, both looking vulnerable defending crosses, he could be the Blade to benefit.

Sheffield United are seventh in the table and chasing Champions League football. A win at Villa Park will move them up to fifth, and ahead of their two road trips, it’s worth noting they’ve only lost two of their 13 away matches in the Premier League this season, with those defeats coming against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Whilst it’d be a surprise to see any Sheffield United forward lasting the full 90 minutes in both Double Gameweek fixtures, McBurnie has featured in all but two of their league matches this term, and having upped his performance level in 2020, now could be his time to shine.

Ondrej Duda

  • FPL ownership: 0.1%
  • Price: £4.7m
  • GW30-34 fixtures: SOU | EVE | ars | BHA | wat

Attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda (£4.7m) joined Norwich City from Hertha Berlin in January, after falling out of favour with then-boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

Having started every league game since his arrival as a no. 10, he has just a solitary assist to his name, but the stats suggest he should have had more.

Since making his Canaries debut in Gameweek 23, the Slovakia international has created 15 chances – that’s six more than teammates Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) and Todd Cantwell (£4.7m). In fact, amongst all midfielders, only James Maddison (£7.5m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) and Jack Grealish (£6.4m) have registered more.

Over the same period, he’s taken eight shots, which is equal to Buendia and trumps Cantwell, suggesting attacking returns could be imminent.

Norwich are six points adrift of safety but have a favourable run-in. They don’t face anyone currently higher than ninth until the last three games, and return to Carrow Road having won their last match against Leicester City. They have now won two and drawn two of their previous five home matches, with their only defeat in that run coming against Liverpool.

Up next is a Southampton side who had lost their last three away matches in all competitions before football was suspended, conceding at least three goals on each occasion, whilst their backline allowed more big chances than all teams bar Aston Villa over the last six Gameweeks.

Selected in just 0.1% of FPL squads, differentials don’t come much bigger than £4.7m midfielder Duda, and we’re backing him to deliver.

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  1. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Nketiah or Ayew? This week only

    1. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Nketiah.

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      NK

  2. Indio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Is this BB draft too light on DGWers? Thanks.

    Leno/Reina
    TAA, Lord, Lascelles, Sais, Stevens
    KDB, Sterling, Bruno, Mount, Grealish
    Nketiah, Aguero, Jimenez

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      No

  3. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Some saying KDB will be "playing deeper"?

    Surely he will just play regular position as Fernandinho and Rodri both fit and unlikely to be playing CB?

  4. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Think I am done lads....

    Good Luck to all.

  5. Inspector Norse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    GTG, or do I need to find a way to include Sterling? (e.g. downgrade Doherty and/or Abraham)

    BB team, planned WC for next GW

    Leno - Hendo
    TTA - Doherty - Lascelles - Egan - Lundy
    KDB - Mahrez - Mount - Grealish - Traore
    Auba - Kun - Abraham

    Cheers

    1. nedsmula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Looks good to me.

      Very similar to mine

    2. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Gtg

  6. nedsmula
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Thoughts greatly appreciated on this BB Team

    Leno / Ederson
    Egan / Lundstrum / VVD / Maguire / Saiss
    KDB / Fernandes / Grealish / Troare / Duda
    Auba / Aguero / Jiminez

    G2G? Thanks

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Quite balanced side - no WC left? Not sure about triple Wolves this week - might be tempted to go for Mount over Traore.

      1. Indio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        I like this move if you have funds. But nice team and GTG.

      2. nedsmula
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks.
        Correct, No WC. Good shout for Mount as I have 0.9 ITB

  7. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Mount or TAA...?

    1. nedsmula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      What are you doing with the money you save for Mount?

  8. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Hi all,

    Had a team set but now panicking due to O'Connell & Fleck being doubts. I'm planning on doing a BB this week and WC in GW31.

    Am also having last minute second thoughts about Auba as I don't think he'll return this DGW to justify his high price.

    My team so far:

    GK - Leno
    DF - TAA, Baldock, Egan
    MF - KDB, Grealish, Saka
    FW - Aguero, Jimenez

    Should I fill the gaps with:

    a) Henderson, Targett, Doherty, Mount, Mahrez, Abraham (10 x DGW)

    b) Ramsdale, Targett, Boly, Norwood, Mahrez, Auba (11 x DGW)

    c) Henderson, Boly, Laporte, Mount, Cantwell, Auba (10 x DGW).

    Thoughts?

    Many thanks and Good Luck all!

  9. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    G2G?? BB team...

    Think I’m finally happy, pls make me unsure again 🙂

    Leno (hendo)
    Lunds baldock Targett lascelles boly
    Kdb Mahrez Pépé Grealish Mount
    Aguero (c) auba samatta

  10. Barnes Owl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Pick one for BB

    A - Saiss, Jota, Norwood

    B - Doherty, McBurnie, D Luiz

    1. nedsmula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Tough one, but B for me.

    2. gooner_112233445566
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 days ago

      b easily i think

  11. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Better option?

    A. Jimmy mount
    B. Tammy traore

  12. United10
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    ditch Raina or keep?

    1. Punty McPuntface
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Keep as a second

  13. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 12 days ago

    which one for this gameweek only

    a) d henderson, targett, mount
    b) reina, lund, zaha

    1. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      A

  14. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Afternoon all. Think i am set with my BB and will be WC next GW. Thoughts welcome

    Henderson - Leno
    Baldock - Lund - Alonso - TAA - Targett
    KDB - Grealish - Sterling - Saka - Fernandes
    Aguero - Jota - Nketiah

    1. Feanor
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      I have Saka and Targett as mt first two subs, but no BB.

  15. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Is going without Aubameyang a bad idea?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      imstuck on that. Currently on Nketiah

    2. Feanor
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      (Mr Burns voice) Yes.

    3. Punty McPuntface
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      I'd say so right now

  16. Punty McPuntface
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Hello all! This is my first and last attempt (hopefully) at a BB team.

    Hend Leno
    Saiss TAA Lundy Egan Engels
    KDB Grealish Mahrez Pepe Luiz
    Aguero Auba Jimi

    I'd appreciate any feedback!

  17. WorldCup82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    BB Activated, with WC ready for Wk 31
    I'm up 10 pts in my H2H league

    Reina Leno
    Stevens Lundstram Egan Targett
    Sterling KDB(c) Grealish Cantwell
    Kun(vc) Abraham

    Combinations I'm looking at for the rest:
    A. Doherty Mount Jimenez (25/27 possible total games)
    B. Boly Saka Aubameyang (27/27 possible total games)
    C. Doherty Pepe Nkeitah (27/27 possible total games)
    D. TAA Saka Jimenez (26/27 possible total games) and won't lose 0.3 in value

    Which would you pick?

  18. ㅤRising
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    1. Aguero and Saka
    2. Auba and El Ghazi

  19. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    For BB:
    A) Targett
    B) Lascelles

    1) Abraham
    2) Jimenez

  20. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Pick 2 for this GW only:

    (A) Lascelles
    (B) Saiss
    (C) Cresswell
    (D) Fernandez/Lascelles
    (E) Soyuncu

  21. only2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Max Aarons isnt injured right? Looks like a good pick at 4.3

    1. Art Vandelay
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Yep, decent SGW cheapie with good fixtures if you are not planning to WC immediately.

  22. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 12 days ago

    for this gameweek only...

    a)boly
    b)targett

    already got reina, doherty and grealish

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 days ago

      or any 4.9 defender (ive got lund, baldock already)

  23. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Where can I see if I have my WC left?

    1. Cake by the pound
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      View game week history

  24. pickyUK
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Just trying to get back into this, following a fairly disasterous early part of the season! Any thoughts on the following would be appreciated:

    Leno - Foster
    Laporte - TAA - Lundstron - (Lascelles) - (Saiss)
    Fleck - KDB - Mount - Saka (Cantwell)
    Aubameyang - Jota - Aguero

    0.3 ITB. Still have WC, Free Hit and BB. Thinking BB may be worth it this time round, but then so could TC KDB!

    Help please!!

  25. cruzex
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    FH ACTIVE

    GTG?

    Mccarthy
    Egan Lund Basham
    Sterling KDB Greslish Ozil Pepe
    KUN Auba (C)

  26. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    It's been ages since I have been on here....how long has the numbers been by your username? Big up the double-digit crew! Good to be back!!

    FH all the way this week.

    Leno,
    Baldy, Lord, Stevo
    Sterling, KDB (c), Grelish, Pepe
    Auba, Aggy, Samatta

    Let the fun begin 🙂

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Exact same team... except doherty instead of samatta. Confident in Lund?

      1. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Can't go without imo. Too many have him

  27. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Which one you'd prefer
    A) Targett
    B) Saiss

  28. Art Vandelay
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Odd scout picks IMO. Three Villa attackers is odd enough but when set against 3 SHU defenders seems very bizarre to me.

  29. Doug McCasual
      5 months, 11 days ago

      who gets more minutes?

      me or your mom

    • Alnair
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      no basham?