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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1,212 Comments Post a Comment
  1. teneighty
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Ancelotti on James: "He had a little problem."
    James: *pouts* "It's not that little...."

    1. teneighty
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I'll show myself out.

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Talking from experience are we?

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Will Smallbone has a thigh problem

  2. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Saiss and Lamptey --> Chilwell and Coufal for free?

    I like Saiss but he's competing with Marcal/Kilman and his fixtures turn after this week. I don't trust Brighton for clean sheets at all despite their underlying numbers.

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Just Lamptey to Coufal for free and hold the other FT? See what happens to Saiss tonight and reassess.

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        agree, saiss isnt an issue yet, he could be but deal with it when you have to imo

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Problem is then I could have both Jrod and Saiss not playing this week with Coufal (LIV) / Taylor (CHE) / Bissouma (TOT) coming off the bench

  3. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Could Ancelotti be trolling again?

    1. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      If he is I will go to his home and break all his spaghetti.

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Nah, the official Everton page has posted it

  4. Labile
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Best striker for the long run?

    Not Kane or Werner.

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I like Ings, DCL will keep ticking along once James/Digne are back

    2. teneighty
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Ings seem to be ticking along nicely.

    3. djoker_nole
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Ings

      • Tingate
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I'd say Danny Ings, can score against anyone the way Southampton have been attacking.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        DCL

      • No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Ings gets my vote too.

        Probably Vardy next.

    4. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Bottomed. Pages flying as per deadline day!

      A) TAA + Maupay > Coufal + Kane (-4)
      B) Jimi > Kane (free)

      1FT 2.5ITB
      Martinez
      TAA Saiss Justin
      Salah Son Bruno Podence
      Jimi DCL Maupay

      Steer Struijk Reed Mitchell

      Thanks!

      1. BeWater
          4 months, 8 days ago

          B

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks

      2. Alli
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        2 FT

        A) Holding > Dallas/Coufal/Targett?
        B) Sell TAA also and upgrade Holding?

        McCarthy
        TAA - KWP - Justin
        Mané - Salah - Son - Zaha
        Wilson - DCL - Jimé

        Nyland* - Stephens - Mitchell* - Holding*

        1. BeWater
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Just A then re-evaluate with 2FTs next week.

        2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Werner + Taa ---> Kane + Chilwell for a hit ?

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I'm considering similar but can't decide if selling TAA for a hit is asking for trouble...

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Considering the exact same transfer

          3. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            but I heard Chilwell might be benched as he is tired... Lampard hinted there might be changes because of tired players

            1. VinMar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              I did this move thinking werner was gonna be benched, but who knows

        3. Noob
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Feels like the hardest choice so far this season - essentially boils down to whether I have more faith in TAA or Werner..

          Team:
          Martinez / Steer
          TAA/Saiss/Lamptey/James/Mitchell
          Salah/Son/Foden/Podence/Burke
          Kane/DCL/Werner

          Option 1:
          TAA + Podence -> Chilwell + Grealish

          I shipped Trent prior to the Leicester haul last season and am so hesitant to do so again - but Liverpool looking at less clean sheets than last season and it will be tough for Trent to match his attacking output. Fabinho out feels like the clincher..
          But... it's Trent

          This option will mean James/Chilwell/Werner all being in my first XI as I will likely risk James starting.

          Option 2:
          James + Podence + Werner -> Chilwell + Grealish + Bamford (-4)

          Go with form? Werner's heatmap is worrying and I don't think Burnley/SHU/Newcastle are necessarily great fixtures from an attacking POV and they follow this with tougher games. Leeds had TWENTY shots in the box last game - why fight form?

          Any thoughts appreciated!

          1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I'm a bit worried about Chilwell not starting, do we have any new about that? Lampard hinted there might be changes because of tired players

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              You won't find out anything more than what you already know, at least Lampard doesn't trust any other left backs unless Azpi moves across there.

        4. BigKeith
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Bamford or Adams?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Adams

              1. All Hail K
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Bamford. Guess you're no better off now.

          • Timon
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Should hold on to Trossard for one more week?

            Or switch to Bowen?

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Bowen looks a lot less appealing without Antonio in the side. And he plays Liverpool this week so it can probably wait.

          • royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Help 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

          • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Start Taylor or Bissouma for Rodriguez?

          • Zlatan F.C
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Where is this Chilwell news coming from?

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                What Chilwell news?

              2. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                What Chillwell news?

                1. Zlatan F.C
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Being rested

                2. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  The forums

              3. BlzE_94
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Play Targett or Lamptey (Have Martinez in goal)

              4. wattalowz
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Would you wildcard with Digne VVD Castagne and JRod in your team? (Unlucky I know)

                Would have to take a hit Just to get a starting 11 which would still include Bissouma (tot)!

                1. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  It depends if you want to keep Digne and Jrod long term as they're only out for a week but it justifies wildcarding

              5. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Jrod➡️Bowen for free.

                Jrod/Robbo➡️Rash/Diaz - 4

                Jrod/DCL➡️Rash/Wilson - 4

                Getting sick of Everton and their injury problem's of late.

                1. HashAttack
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  I went with Hames+DCL to Rashford+Bamford

                  1. camarozz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Have Bam and Kane.

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Rashford's a good pick but I don't like the other moves to fund it. Anyone else you can downgrade?

              6. afs2239
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                My ft
                LACA - - - > UP TO 8.4
                OR SHOULD I MAKE A HIT
                TO GET INGS OR KANE

              7. MESSINHO
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Hames to ->

                A) Pulisic
                B) Zaha

                Has to be A, right?

                1. Galza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  A

                2. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  A

              8. screamer73
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Need suggestions. Have 2 FTs. Anything worth addressing?

                Martinez
                Saiss, Chilwell, Reggie
                Salah, Rodriguez, Son, Grealish, Pulisic
                Kane, DCL,
                (4.0, Lamptey, Webster, Mitchell)
                0.0 ITB

                1. screamer73
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Brewster, not Webster.

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  I'd want Mitchell first sub. I'm looking to get rid of Lamptey too.

              9. Galza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                McCarthy
                Robbo/Chilwell/Reguilón
                Mo(c)/Raz/Bruno/Grealish/Trossard
                DCL/Bamford

                Button/Brewster/Kilman/Ferguson

                G2G guys...?

                1. El Fenomeno R9
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Nice,G2G

                  1. Galza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Thanks pal

                2. Wicked Weapon
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Looks good bar another monster haul from either Kane/Son or at worst both.

                    1. Galza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Big sofa time!

                  • MarcusAurelius
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    No Kane or Son is only concern. Quite an expensive defence too so maybe look at downgrading so you can get Spurs cover

                    1. Galza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Yeah, I may bite the bullet and try and squeeze them in soon.
                      The trouble is I’ve likely missed the boat as their fixtures will be turning soon. 🙁

                3. Wicked Weapon
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    2FT and 0.7 ITB

                    Martinez Johnstone
                    TAA, KWP, Saiss, Justin, Taylor
                    Sterling, Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Bissouma
                    Wilson, Jimenez, Bamford

                    What's better ?

                    A) Sterling > Son (followed by Soucek to Zaha/Grealish for GW 8 onwards)
                    B) Jimenez + TAA > Kane + Zouma

                    Any other suggestions are welcome as well

                  • El Fenomeno R9
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Hit it with Hamez out?
                    Bruno + Hamez > Rash + Pulisic(-4)

                    Will have enough for Justin > Cresswell next GW

                    Martinez
                    Chilwell - Justin* - Ayling (Lamptey - Mitchell)
                    Salah(C) - Son - Bruno* - Hamez* - Grealish
                    Kane - DCL (Brewster)

                  • Please Answer Me
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    What are most people doing with Rodriguez? He'll go down in price tonight, wont play this weekend and has tough fixtures on GW 8 and 12 onwards so maybe worth getting rid? Zaha?

                    1. MESSINHO
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm gettin Pulisic, most probably.

                    2. NULL-X-VOID
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm keeping him. Utd's def is not looking strong, then they have Fulham and then Leeds.

                    3. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Sold for Rashford - EVE def not looking strong and then they have WBA and SOU

                  • H-SF
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    I unfortunately have to get rid of James as I also have Digne, Saiss, and Mitchell and I need to have 11 players lol

                  • SmasherLagru
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    How many cs do you see Burnley gettin in the next 6gws

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      1-2

                      1. SmasherLagru
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 8 days ago

                        Was thinkin taylor to coufal next week

                  • Fernandito
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    J Rodriguez to:

                    A Rashford
                    B Pulisic/Havertz
                    C Zaha
                    D Other

                    Salah Son Foden Anguissa rest of midfield

                    1. H-SF
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      I can't afford Rashford and am going to Pulisic

                  • Hryszko
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Bottomed:

                    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.

                  • Kushal
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Captain Son or Mane if you are chasing ?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Mane

                    2. korbendallas82
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      son for me.

                    3. BlzE_94
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      I have both and going with Son

                  • TheOneAndOnly
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    J Rod >

                    A) Rashford
                    B) Bruno

                  • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    James to
                    A) Zaha
                    B) Foden
                    C) Ziyech
                    D) Save

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Save would mean having to play Justin

                    2. korbendallas82
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      save

                      1. korbendallas82
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 8 days ago

                        a if rested