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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2,800 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Getting closer and closer. Is everyone ready 😀

  2. skilldave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Feel like Arsenal players a bit of a trap so forming a FH team without them. Also Sterling such a form player so may take a while to get going (albeit could easily backfire). Any changes to the following?(0.6itb)

    Henderson
    Doherty Alonso Lundstram
    KDB Mahrez Mané Grealish
    Aguero Jiménez Pukki

    4.0 Egan Saka Simpson

    1. skilldave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Alonso + Jiménez > TAA + Jota maybe?

  3. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    1. Saiss and Martial( already have Fernandes)

    2. Doherty and Mount

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2

      1. Henning
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanx

    2. mojoindojo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2

      1. Henning
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanx

  4. gomez123
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who to be EL CAPITANO
    A)Kun or B) Kdb

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Poll says b

  5. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who replaces O’Connell in the back line?

    1. JonP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Not sure, I already have Egan too so cant just switch...

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      There is one midfielder playing reverse oop or one 4.0m guy

      Lets wait for the Rockstar buddy

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yeah - can’t help but feel it’s a bit like city losing Laporte- massive impy

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Impact

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jagielka?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If anyone has piled on the pounds during lockdown it’s big Phil.
        Bet he’s about 16 stone now.
        😉

    4. Connor's Calling
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Robinson according to the SHU forums

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Robinson, IMO. Can't see it being Retsos.

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        ... or Stevens could possibly fill in.

  6. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Play safe with Egan or gamble on Lund?

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Gamble.

    2. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Safe

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Cheers both, looks like a coin toss.

  7. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bargain basement pick for this week please...

    a. Jack Robinson
    b. El Mohammedy

    ??!

    1. soup natsi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      a

  8. BNMC
    1 month, 24 days ago

    O'Connell being injured is going to affect Sheffield quite heavily. They're such a systematic team that losing a key player will hurt them.

    1. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      True, but will it hurt them enough against Villa and NUFC?

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Just sold all my Sheffield assets for a - 8

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Hahaha

    3. ebb2sparky
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Perhaps but feels like you’re trying to convince yourself rather than others

    4. waddles mullet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Read about how they train under Wilder though. Not just the first 11 that know the system. For every player there is another that can step in. Sure, they'll miss him, but they're also extremely well drilled as a squad.

  9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Guys fleck yellow flagged???

    1. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Injured/doubt

  10. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Never ever in the history of football have we ever been so excited for Villa vs Sheffield United.

    Glad we are back, best of luck to everyone.

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Excited, definitely.
      Wanting a 0-0, also definitely!

      1. kysersosa
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Couple of Aston Villa bottom scrapers in your team?!!

  11. Ronny Sandstone
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is BB a good idea for 38/last gw of the season? - leaning towards the idea of loading my team with cheap bench players gradually over the weeks, Greenwood, Saka, Nikita etc in the hope they'll get a run out at the end

  12. Munny Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Here’s my BB team. Any thoughts who I could replace Mount with?
    0.4 in the bank.

    Henderson. Reina
    TAA. Doherty. Lundstram. Egan. Fernandez.
    KDB. Mahrez. Grealish. Mount. Cantwell.
    Aguero. Jiminez. Abraham

    1. Bambi
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Mount --> El-ghazi and fernandez --> upgrade?

      1. Munny Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes, a Fernandez upgrade could be an option.
        Thanks

  13. doy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hit my trfs and then Fleck's yellow flag popped up, argh annoying!

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      If only we had unlimited transfers.

      1. doy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It's still annoying man, I was set on my team!

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I know, I'm just being a douche. Good luck with last minute tweaks.

          1. doy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Haha cheers boss, you too!

  14. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BB30 + WC31 team

    Henderson
    TAA Egan BashamTargett
    KdB Pepe Grealish El Ghazi
    Auba Kun

    Ederson Soy Barnes Nketiah

    0.2 itb

    2 questions:

    1. Soy+Basham to Lund+Saiss?

    2. Who to cpt? KdB or Kun?

  15. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A or B here? B with McCathy or another 4.5m?

    A. Hendo+Saiss+Stevens
    B. 4.5m keeper+Doherty+Egan

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B with Ramsdale.

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B for sure. Reina?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanks. Alongside Targett? Or should I change Targett to Lascelles or similar?

  16. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bottomed

    No WC remaining! FH for later!

    Have Kun & KDB already. Would you go without Liverpool mids and get Sterling?

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No WC? No, I'd stuck with Pool.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Keep Mané / Salah then if it means a hit. Reckon above Pep?

  17. Connor's Calling
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Fleck doubts have put a spanner in the works, albeit SHU forums seem more confident on him than OConnell. Assuming it's not worth the risk, what would you go with:

    A) Henderson / Doherty / El Ghazi

    B) Reina / TAA / Norwood

  18. Sterling Frenzy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) El Ghazi & Pukki
    B) Cantwell & Jota for this BB Team

    Ederson Hendo
    TAA Lundstram Egan Lascelles Targett
    KDB Fernandes Mount Grealish ______
    Aguero Jiminez _______

    Ta in advance

  19. aidmata
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Nearly there (I think) - any help with the final two spots appreciated:-

    Leno Henderson

    Egan Basham Saiss TAA Targett

    Sterling KDB Mount Grealish (xxx)

    Aguero Nketiah (xxx)

    A) Pepe + Jota
    or
    B) Cantwell + Auba

    Cheers guys

    1. luke25
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A) seems like more potential and also a nice differential

  20. french holiday
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Lord Lundstram show tonight?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Thats killing me right now

  21. UpTheCherries
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BB team with FH/WC left in hand:

    Henderson McCarthy
    TAA Lundy Egan Targett Doherty
    Salah Mahrez KDB Saka Fernandes
    Aguero Nketiah Jimenez

    Thoughts would be very much appreciated 🙂

    1. tm370
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Saka seems a dodgy play and Nketiah is very risky too. One game, probably away to City, doesn't promise many points.

      If you have a WC in hand, probably to be played next week, then I would go with a double GWer in goal over McCarthy.

  22. tm370
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    RMT please - repeatedly being ignored!

    Ederson,
    Trent, Baldock, Lundstram, Egan
    Mount, Grealish, KDB (C),
    Aubemeyang, Aguero, Samatta.

    Leno, Duda, Sarr, Doherty

    BB this week and wildcard next.

  23. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Fleck flag when nothing confirmed? Casuals delight as usual

    1. Walcoff life
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      agree...

  24. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Which and why?.

    Vardy Tony McCarthy D.Luiz Lund.

    Auba Barnes Cantwell Egan Reina

  25. Walcoff life
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) Ederson + Ozil (really want city defence)
    B) Leno + Mahrez

    1. luke25
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B)

  26. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Grealish has become more appealing!

    1. Walcoff life
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      always was

  27. Hig1990
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on this BB team? 0.2 ITB

    Reina/Leno
    TAA, Lascelles, Lund, Egan, Basham
    Bruno, Sterling, KDB, Grealish, Mount
    Jimmy, Aguero, Nketiah

    1. Walcoff life
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      solid. Reina might not play

      1. Hig1990
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Can't see Reina not playing in Heaton's absence. Played the last 6 games before the break..He is in there for save points

  28. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Evening all!Do you have Ben Crellin's fixture spreadsheet link?

  29. Babelcopter
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    i feel like auba is a trap that's gonna blank both games

  30. Tabbara
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on this BB
    Henderson Leno
    Alonso/Doherty TAA Saiss Lundstram Taylor
    Grealish KDB Sterling Norwood Cantwell
    Aguero Auba Nketiah
    Thx

    1. Walcoff life
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      nice, like the Alonso pick