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

Lundstram
  • 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. FPL Kakarot
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Think I am sticking to Kun (c)

    Hoping that if the rumour of him not starting is true, then should mean he at least starts against Burnley for MNF

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'd be shocked if he doesn't start.

  2. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For this week only:

    a. Reina
    b. Ramsdale
    c. McCarthy

    ???

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Reina

  3. BoomXhakaLaca1
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    What do ye make of this BB team?

    Reina/ Button

    TAA/ Egan / Lundstram / Brandon Williams / Lascelles

    KDB / Sterling / Bruno / Grealish/ Traore

    Aguerooooo/ Samatta/ Ings

    Any feedback appreciated

    1. BIG TONES
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If you're playing BB, wouldn't you want two playing keepers? Button isn't a starter and I'm not even sure Reina is 100% nailed

      1. BoomXhakaLaca1
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        100% agree just can't figure out a way to fit another haha

    2. gribude
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Move Ings (Nketiah) and fix GKs

  4. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on this BB-team? (WC in GW31+)
    Any upgrades for 0.6? Maybe ElGhazi or Saka, but who to get instead?

    Ederson Leno
    TAA Stevens Egan Lundstram Fernandez
    KDB Grealish ElGhazi Fernandes Saka
    Aguero Auba Abraham

    0.6 ITB

    1. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Fairly solid, you're all in with Sheffield United which could pay off!

      Midfield only has one premium but your forwards could make up for that.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers! Feels I have to make use of the remaining 0.6 ITB, but there might not be any upgrades that is worth it...

        1. DT42
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Looks good. Saka would be my only worry, maybe switch to Canwell/Duda and upgrade Fernandez to Boly/Saiss

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Arteta do seem to like Saka though.... not sure Cantwell/Duda will outscore him this week. Do you think Boly or Saiss will outscore Fernandez?

  5. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For the last defender slot:

    A) Lascelles
    B) Saiss
    C) Targett

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I have all 3 , which makes choosing a bit difficult here since I’ve never thought , is it a long term choice ? I’d go Lasc

      For the week Targett

  6. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Looking for reassurance/rip it up and start again please!

    BB30 WC31

    Leno - Henderson
    Egan - TAA - Lascelles - Laporte - Lund
    McGinn - Pepe - KDB - Traore - Grealish
    Auba - Aguero - Samatta

    thoughts......

    1. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      McGinn and Pepe is risky.
      McGinn haven't played for aaaaages, and Pepe is unreliable.

    2. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Also Laporte might not play that much, even though he is fit.
      I think Pep will be very careful with him to avoid any new injury.
      Ederson way more nailed to get into City defence

  7. Tempestic
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For BB, will Wc next gw:
    A) Auba, El Ghazi
    Or
    B) Mane, Nketiah

    If I pick A, I lose 0.4 on Mane if I want him back on WC..

    1. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Martial or Ozil for only this GW?

    1. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ozil for the DGW

    2. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ozil surely with the double

  9. gaurava1216
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi guys-

    Anything between Duda and Cantwell?
    Anything between Eagen and Basham?
    Captain KDB or Aguero?

    1. olidooley
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      We know more about Cantwell
      Egan better xG than Basham
      Neither

  10. Shrimpy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How many mins likely for Saka over the 2 games?

    1. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      90

    2. Pépé sur le P…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I would say 50-120, more likely towards the 50 end

    3. Gol D Roger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Around 90-120

      5 subs will be used by everyone

      I see him and tierney rotation

  11. Ohh1454
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Tough position but have to bench one. Have stephens btw.
    A. Doherty
    B. Taa
    C. Baldock

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bench someone else

      1. Ohh1454
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cantwell ?

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          definitely bench him rather than any of the three defenders you’ve listed

    2. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      ouch....Bench Stephens!

    3. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Could drop someone and use money to upgrade a mid/fwd. Seems risky to bench any of those.

  12. There's Always One!
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which one of these superstars would you start?

    A. Samatta

    Or

    B. Douglas Luiz

    1. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Samatta!

  13. A message to you Rudi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    With news of the O'Connell injury, what replacement looks best?

    Reina
    TAA Baldock O'Connell* Egan
    KDB Mahrez Grealish Douglas Luiz
    Aguero Aubameyang

    Leno / David Luiz / Jimenez / Cantwell

    BB active 0.2m itb

    A. O'Connell > Basham (0.2m itb)
    B. Reina, O'Connell, Baldock > Henderson, Basham, Targett (0.1m itb)
    C. O'Connell & Baldock > Basham & Lundstram (0.4 itb)

    Would feel a tad safer going with Hendo given talk of Reina not holding the GK spot.

    The lure of Lund is strong. Particularly if Fleck and O'Connell are out.

    Thoughts appreciated

    1. gaurava1216
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      EASY! The LORD!! 4.9m 0.2 ITB easy upgrade

      1. A message to you Rudi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not so easy, 0.1 short for a straight swap from O'Connell > Lund as i already had O'Connell for a number of weeks. 🙁

      2. A message to you Rudi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Means losing Baldock > Basham

  14. JelliedSpark968
    1 month, 16 days ago

    u/braddf96 has given team news on the Sheffield United match on r/FantasyPL. He says Stevens and Fleck won't play, O'Connell also doesn't play, Jack Robinson is stepping in and Berge plays with Lundstram in centre midfield. Sharp and McBurnie up top. I'm not the source. He's been reliable many times in the past. Of course, I'm not saying to trust it 100%, but I have Stevens and will probably get rid myself.

    1. FPL_DON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Thanks mate

    2. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If this is true then they’re missing half their backline at this point, not sure how defensively sound they’re actually going to be

    3. MosF94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yesterday he said Stevens IS starting

      1. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        lol

        1. MosF94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Brad: "No Fleck, no JOC"
          Poster: "Stevens?"
          Brad: "{thumbs up}"

          Maybe Jellied Spark took that to mean "Stevens out too", but given that Brad was thumbs-upping all the other starters, I don't think that makes sense

      2. JelliedSpark968
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not sure, but Robinson is a left-back, and he hasn't mentioned Stevens in the lineup

          1. JelliedSpark968
            1 month, 16 days ago

            My apologies, Stevens IS starting

    4. Dybala10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wow, that's not good. Lundy it is and triple up to fall to pieces.

    5. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Doesn't sound good for clean sheets

  15. prichardson311
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Will Reina definitely start over Nyland?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nope. 60-40 in Reina's favor. I'd avoid.

  16. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

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

    Henderson - Leno
    Basham - Egan - Boly - Gomez - Targett
    KDB - Grealish - Sterling - Saka - Mount
    Aguero - Jota - Auba

  17. Running Apes
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Working from home has taken a hit and I've placed all my efforts into FF.

    Think after the last few hours of tinkering and days of reading i've come up with this BB team, I will WC next week

    Henderson - Leno
    TAA - Laporte - Egan - Lundstram - Cahill
    Grealish - KDB - Fernandes - Mount - Saka
    Auba - Aguero - Nketiah

  18. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    GW30 only - Pick 2 from:

    A) Fernandez
    B) Targett
    C) Saiss

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B and C

  19. Crump
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thinking I'm finally satisfied with my BB ... Nketiah and Robinson feel a bit risky though.

    Leno Hendo
    TAA Laporte Lund Targett Robinson
    Mane KDB Grealish McGinn Duda
    Aubam Aguero Nketiah

    Can I get some opinions please?

    I had reservations about triple SHU defence, but Fleck being out and a 4m potentially starting too, I thought I'd do it.

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      are you planning on any mufc coverage considering their favourable fixtures ?

      1. Crump
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        hmm, will probably bring some in from 31+

  20. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How about Kane?

    A) TAA + Mahrez + Fernandes
    B) Egan + Sterling + Fernandes
    C) Stevens + Mahrez + Kane

    C is hella maverick but kinda fun too.

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hard ...... A

    2. _sidney_will
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wouldn't touch Kane even if he was 8m, Jimenez a better option

  21. RamaJama
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Stevens dented by o'connell out?

    In that case, Baldock instead of Stevens?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I have gone that way. Baldock also playing down weakest side of Villa defence

  22. hb
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    McCarthy Leno
    Lundstram Boly TAA Lascelles Doherty
    Mane KDB Sterling Duda Bruno
    Nketiah Aguero Jota

    1.0 ITB

    Thoughts?

    1. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Is this for 30+ only?

      Maybe invest the 1.0 into Henderson

      1. hb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It's for a bench boost but I used my WC before the break - was keeping the 1.0 for Salah next week.

        1. Crump
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Fair, I like it then!

  23. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    *repost
    The problem with Man City assets is that like Pep said he has to use all his players because there are games every 3-4 days. The real problem is that the most popular assets like Sterling Aguero etc. will start Vs Arsenal and probably (70%) they won't start Vs the "easier" Burnley to rest for the "big" Chelsea away game. So maybe this DGW is another victim of Pep's roulette...
    *P.S. KDB may start both games

  24. jacklfc88
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I'm struggling with whether to use FH for this week or BB. I don't have a WC so my options are:

    FH with 11 DGW players and revert to team prior to lockdown from GW31

    or

    BB with say 6 DGW players (which means going taking Mane/Salah out for KdB/Sterling for one week), having 14 players from across the game playing but have to spend some transfers in the following weeks to repair the damage.

    Help pls.

    1. Shark Team
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If the team you will have for BB and for your next yes is worst than your old team then go free hit

  25. Test Eagles
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    It’s been a while...

    How do I tell if I’ve used my second WC or not please? I honestly have forgotten!

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Check your transfer history

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Gameweek history shows the chip you have used

    3. BIG TONES
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Gameweek history has when you used your chips I'm pretty sure?

    4. Balance
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Can check gameweek history, at the bottom should indicate what chips have been played.

  26. BIG TONES
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    G2G? (BB this week and WC next)

    Hendo (Leno)
    Laporte - Doherty - VVD - Egan - Targett
    KDB (c) - Pepe - Grealish - Douglas Luiz - McCarthy
    Kun - Auba - McBurnie

    Thanks and GL!

  27. arndff_
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    If you can own only one... who would you go for?

    A) Kun
    B) Auba

    1. Balance
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A certainly

  28. Mini Mahouse
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Why all this sudden love for Nketiah? What happened?

    1. Babelcopter
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Gives you so much better team overall + Auba is such a troll

  29. How I met your Mata
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Are we likely to get the team news before the deadline?

  30. Ed
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) Auba & Mahrez
    Or
    B) Abraham & Sterling

    1. Blanka
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm torn between Auba and Mahrez and Jimi Sterling!