Spot the Differential

Bowen can exploit Liverpool defence ahead of West Ham fixture swing

Differentials did a lot of the talking in Gameweek 6, with the likes of Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m), James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) and Diogo Jota (£6.3m) all registering attacking returns for their owners.

There’s no shortage of candidates to consider this week either.

This time, we’ve selected differentials from West Ham United, Leeds United and Chelsea who we think have the potential to make a big impact in Gameweek 7 and beyond.

As always, to qualify, the player must have an ownership of 5% or less at the time of writing.

Jarrod Bowen

  • FPL ownership: 2.2%
  • Price: £6.3m
  • GW7-11 fixtures: liv | FUL | shu | AVL | MUN

Since his January arrival, Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) has proven to be a hit in East London.

The 23-year-old racked up a combined five attacking returns in 11 Premier League starts last season, as David Moyes’ side narrowly avoided relegation. His post-lockdown performances against Chelsea, Newcastle United and Manchester United caught the eye, as he emerged as one of West Ham United’s key players.

Despite a testing opening schedule in 2020/21, Bowen has already netted three times, averaging just over five points per game, and ranks in the top 10 midfielders for shots in the box, big chances and expected goals (xG). 

While a trip to Anfield in Gameweek 7 is hardly the most enticing of matchups, the Reds are struggling for numbers at the back and have at times this season looked vulnerable down their left-side, conceding 17 chances from that flank compared to 10 on the other. That boosts Bowen’s appeal, having started on the right-wing in all six appearances so far. 

However, their main threat on Saturday may arrive from set-pieces. In the absence of Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m), Everton were able to capitalise from a dead-ball situation in the Merseyside derby, and it’s surely something the Hammers will look to benefit from too. That’s important with Bowen on most corners and a share of free-kicks. 

Bowen and West Ham have been in good form this season, and with a promising run of fixtures from Gameweeks 8 to 20, could be set to make a real impact. Getting on one of their key men a week early could prove a shrewd decision.

Illan Meslier

  • FPL ownership: 4.0%
  • Price: £4.5m
  • GW7-11 fixtures: LEI | cry | ARS | eve | che

After becoming Leeds United’s first-choice goalkeeper in the second half of last season, Illan Meslier (£4.5m) has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting young prospects.

Despite having already faced Liverpool and Manchester City, the 20-year-old ranks joint-fourth in the goalkeeper standings, behind only Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m), Karl Darlow (£5.0m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m), two of whom have benefitted from penalty saves.

The Whites defence did not make the best of starts back in the top tier, conceding four goals at Anfield and three against Fulham. However, since Gameweek 3, they have become more resilient at the back and conceded just two goals across their last four games. No team has given up fewer over the same period. 

The Frenchman has secured clean sheets in the victories over Sheffield United and Aston Villa, as well as making key saves throughout. In fact, his shot-stopping abilities have helped him collect an additional save point in four out of his six fixtures so far, as well as three bonus points. 

The immediate fixtures look promising for Leeds defensively: Monday’s opponents Leicester City have scored just one goal in their last three matches, with Crystal Palace and Arsenal to follow. They also welcome West Ham United, Newcastle United and Burnley to Elland Road before the end of the year.

Meslier is becoming a reliable figure who has settled extremely quickly in the top tier, and could be the pick of the budget FPL keeper options right now.

Christian Pulisic

  • FPL ownership: 4.0%
  • Price: £8.3m
  • GW7-11 fixtures: bur | SHU | new | TOT | LEE

Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) is still looking for his first league goal of the season, but having got off the mark in Europe in midweek, it is surely only a matter of time before he opens his account.

Chelsea strolled their way to victory on Wednesday night with a comfortable 4-0 Champions League win over Russian side FC Krasnodar. 

Arriving from the bench with just 19 minutes to go, Pulisic’s strike capped off a productive evening for Frank Lampard’s attacking assets, and offered a glimpse of what might be to come now everyone is fit and firing.

It’s easy to forget just how much of an impact Pulisic made upon the Premier League’s resumption back in June. The United States international produced a goal or assist in seven of Chelsea’s final nine league fixtures, and went on the score in the FA Cup final too. 

It’s the kind of output that suggests a big season lies ahead, and now looks like the time to invest.

If the Season Ticker were to focus solely on the next three Gameweeks, Chelsea would be top of the pile. Heading to Burnley in Gameweek 7 is far from straightforward, but the firepower at Blues’ disposal should be enough to see them off, while it’s worth noting Pulisic scored a hat-trick on his last visit to Turf Moor.

Timing is key for Pulisic, but now up to speed he could prove the difference maker at Chelsea, and be an effective differential moving forward. 

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  1. GW7 Breakout Players
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Who do you think will find form and step up to score big this GW, and why?

    Maybe someone who hasn't had a double digit score in a while, has a series of no attacking returns, or has very low ownership.

    Have you seen something in someone's play or in their stats to make you think they could be ready for a breakout GW?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Harvey Barnes.

      Maybe I can type it into existence.

    2. Dexters Laboratory
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Rashford, Pulisic

      • Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Karlan Grant

      • Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Podence 😆

        1. ajay_kl +42
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Hit Podence to Rashford for my FT. Podence 10 and Rashford 2 incoming

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

            I've been weighing it up all week.

            1. ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Same cos it means going without Chilwell/Saiss unless I sell TAA

          2. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            I think you win with that one personally

        2. jennmenn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          This!

      • Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        KDB. Not injured anymore.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cancelo (MCI) and Grant (WBA)

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Fraser

      • Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Pereira for West Brom. Think he'ss get double digits and a first win of the season for the baggies

      • amonito
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        TAA. His underlying attacking stats are better than what he achieved so far.

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I think this is TAA's week. I don't even own him...

        WHU have conceded more crosses from the right and more chances on the left.

        Mane goal, TAA assist incomign.

      • dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lookman- WBA defense has improved but so has Fulham attack, hit the post twice in the last game, great price

      • teneighty
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        *Goes to front page to look at Top Transfers Out*

        I think TAA will score big!

      • thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Might be for one week only, but think Niels Nkounkou will turn some heads this weekend if he gets a starting role > https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/10/30/best-fpl-punts-gameweek-7/

      • HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Fabian Schär - the 2500 owners will be really happy

      • Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        pulisic

      • No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Jimenez to silence the critics and go goal crazy (2).

      • Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Auba - form has utterly dived since the end of last season.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I do fancy Arsenal to beat United.

      • Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Fingers crossed its Pulisic.

        Off the mark now for the season, few games now under his belt.

      • lespaul
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        maybe Bale finally

      • hewittj1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        KDB - looked good midweek. no1 talking about him at the moment

    3. BlzE_94
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Captain Kane, Mane or Son?!

      1. TNB
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Sonaldo - extra points if he scores + clean sheet bonus

        • Dexters Laboratory
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Kane

        • Dexters Laboratory
            2 months, 27 days ago

            A) Rashford & Pulisic
            B) Bruno & Grealish

            Who gets most points in the next few GWs?

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

              Rashford Grealish and run with the excess

          • TeddiPonza
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            For this round only, which combo is better?

            A. Jimenez and Podence
            B. Bamford and Zaha

            Thanks.

            1. Dexters Laboratory
                2 months, 27 days ago

                A

              • TNB
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  B

              • Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Rodriguez out this GW

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  asking ? or he is actually out ?

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

                    Stating -

                    No James Rodriguez or Seamus Coleman, as well as the suspended Richarlison and Lucas Digne, for the trip to
                    @NUFC
                    .

                    Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite are back available. #NEWEVE

                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      cheers thanks

                    2. Pumpy Pro
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Get out 😀

                    3. Silecro
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Wilson going riot on EVE defence?

                2. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Presser from Carlo?

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

                    Yes

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

                      Ta

              • Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Sounds like deserved punishment for people who brought in JRod as a terrible transfer ahead or the Liverpool continues

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

                  of the Liverpool game*

                2. Third Eye Vision
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  I love it when you talk dirty.

              • COK3Y5MURF
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Ayling or Dallas and why?

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Ayling, more advanced

                2. Rolls-Royce
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Ayling as RB passes the eye test everytime I watch Leeds.

                3. Nedvěd11
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Dallas at the moment - Ayling is used as a back-up centre-half...

                  When both are playing full backs, flip a coin

              • Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                What would you do with this lot? Any urgent changes of save the FT to roll it to next week?

                Martinez (Steer)
                Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Dallas)
                Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
                DCL - Jimmy - Kane

                0.6m ITB & 1FT.

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

                  Roll it

              • zedred
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Y or N

                Lamptey/Sterling/Jimi > Chilwell/Jrod (or other suggestion)/Kane

                For -4

                ?

                1. zedred
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  *not Jrod

                  Hamez*

                  Just seen he’s been dropped though.

              • ElliotJHP
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                James out, they've really dropped the ball on that one

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

                  DCL losing all service with Richarlison & Digne out as well, can anyone save them against the mags?

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

                With Rodriguez now out I can feel a Newcastle clean sheet.

              • KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Keep 1:
                A) Ings (avl - NEW - wol - MUN)
                B) Werner (bur - SHU - new - TOT)

                1. Tony Martial
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Ings

              • Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Need a jamez replacement for under 8.1m. Any suggestions? Thanks

                Salah son pulisic xxxx grealish
                Kane dcl

                1. TNB
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Zaha - good run of fixtures coming up

                  • Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Foden, Mount, Bowen or Ziyech

                    1. Nedvěd11
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Mount? Oh lord. 🙂

                    2. C_Manan
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Is Foden nailed in Pep Roulette ?
                      He played 90 in CL

                  • cheeky moses
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Foden?

                  • No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    the issue is that you have funds thinly spread across midfield, making moves to Bruno, Rashford, KDB or Sterling difficult for the fixture swing.

                    I would be tempted to go a bit cheaper and save some funds. Maybe foden?

                  • Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Zaha

                2. royals forever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Your kind help is needed please

                  Is this team G2G or are there any other changes that you would make to it

                  Martinez

                  Chilwell Semedo Keane

                  Son (c) Havertz Grealish Lookman

                  DCL Kane Jimenez (vc)

                  Areola Trossard Dallas Lamptey

                  0FT No WC 2.1 ITB

                  Any ideas would be welcomed

                3. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Chance that Chilwell gets rested this week?

                  1. Pumpy Pro
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I reckon so and i still brought him in. For the long run aint it

                  2. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Rested for what they need points

                  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    None

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Guess you own him then with a statement like that

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Sure do 🙂

                4. sergioaguero67
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Kilman nailed on for the coming weeks

                  1. CrouchDown
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Why?

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

                      Think he missed the question mark off the end

                5. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Feel this will be a common theme with James Rodriguez

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

                    Yup

                  2. Pumpy Pro
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Not as if he hasn't spent all his career injured or anything is it...oh

                  3. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Yeah time to go with the 0.2M profit

                6. TimoTime
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  G2G? Planning on saving the transfer this week:

                  Martinez,
                  James, TAA, Saiss
                  Salah, Son, Grealish, Foden
                  (K)ane, DCL, Jimi

                  (Steer, Mitchell, Burke, Dunne)

                  0ITB

                7. EgyptianKing
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Hamez to Pulisic seems ok?

                  Any other 8.3 max suggestion?

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

                    Great move

                  2. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Really depends on your entire team. Are you happy that you have plans for City and (maybe) united players when they're fixtures swing.

                    Any transfer I make now takes the next 2 or 3 weeks in to account.

                8. Tony Martial
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Chillwell safe to bring in?

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

                    I think so

                  2. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Long term yes

                  3. BeWater
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      I think so. He came off midweek and no injury so don't know why he'd be dropped.

                  4. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Best one week forward punt max 6.9?

                    Curently on Mitrovic or Bamford

                    1. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Haller or Adams, in my thoughts

                  5. 03farmboy
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    What transfer should I make to this team?

                    McCarthy, nyland
                    TAA, Justin, holding, Kwp, Mitchell
                    Salah, Son, Barkley, bissouma, Harper
                    Kane, Werner, Calvert-lewin

                  6. Hail Hydra
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Get Maupay or C.Wilson?
                    To replace Antonio

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Antonio back next week?

                      1. Hail Hydra
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        I don't know

                      2. Wılly
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Out for 4 weeks

                  7. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    can I have my WC back please ?

                    1. ElliotJHP
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      If you ask for it like a lady

                  8. ZeBestee
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Martinez
                    TAA Saiss Dallas
                    Mane Salah Foden Son
                    DCL Jimi Watkins

                    4m Mitchell Anguisa Dunne

                    1FT

                    Would you change anything here? Or save?

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Save

                  9. The Mighty Whites
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Start Mitchell or Lamptey or make a hit to get James out?

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

                      Same decision here. Considering Pulisic for a hit but not sure if it's worth it.

                  10. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Is Fofana quite attacking for Leicester? Thanka

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

                      Leicester Tigers?

                    2. All Hail K
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      0 attempts on goal in the last 2 game weeks.

                  11. HanS14
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    2 ft and 0.2 itb. What would you do?

                    Martinez (button)
                    Saiss taa chilwell (mitchell, justin)
                    salah son grealish pulisic march
                    Dcl kane (brewster)

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Great team ! Maybe march to soucek prices allow ?

                    2. BeWater
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Maybe Mitchell to Kilman. Mitchell is flagged and probably going to be dropped anyway. You may not lose anything in the long run switching to Kilman.

                      • dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        i am in the same position and dont want to downgrade TAA this week (could do it next week) so best to just use 1 ft

                        Either March to Lookman or Mitchell to Kilman.

                        I am getting in Lookman this week and floating my other ft

                      • HanS14
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Ty! Mitchell to kilman, or march to lookman save a transfer sounds good.

                    3. Captain Vantastic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Hits hits everywhere.

                      1. Over Midwicket
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Chilwell, Hamez.. Nightmare!

                    4. SharkyT
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      * Bottomed
                      GTG?

                      1FT 0.3ITB

                      Marty
                      TAA Robbo Justin Targett
                      Soucek Salah Fern Son
                      DCL Kane

                      Steer Brewster Mitch Stephens