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. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I really like Bowen, but I'm not sure there's room in the midfield for him. There are just too many good players there...

    Salah, KDB, Son, Bruno, Pulisic, Grealish, Rodriguez, Zaha, Rashford, Ziyech

    I'd rather have a 6.0m forward and a 8.0+ midfielder, than a 6.0m mid and a 8.0+ striker.

    1. ajay_kl +42
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Agree, Ings is the only 8-9M striker I would want. Why did I sell him and keep Mitrovic to get in Kane 🙁

      1. BeWater
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I kept Mitrovic instead of Adams. I have a feeling Mitro is doing nothing against West Brom.

      2. BoleynWin
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Jiminez Ings Martial Werner etc all good striking options if you’re willing to have patience. My point being there’s arguments for both combinations that you mentioned, I think he’s a great shout but likely have some bias.

      3. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I disagree. Depends on the combination. There are really good options on every single price bracket both for mids and forwards. Besides you cannot have certain combos in midfield; you cannot have KDB + Salah+ Bruno + whatever.... it does not work like that

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Sure, you should look at each case in isolation. But I'm struggling to see an instance where I'd rather a premium forward and budget mid over a premium mid and budget forward.

          If you think the likes of Werner, Ings, Jimenez, Bowen can be better value than the likes of Pulisic, Grealish, Zaha, Rodriguez, Bamford, Antonio then go right ahead.

          I don't think it's even close personally.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not owning j rod all season finally a couple of good weeks

    3. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Would you do James to Chilwell (-4) or just leave it and do it for free next week?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Leave this week - James very likely to start

    4. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Ziyech, Havertz or Werner?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Werner

      2. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Werner

      3. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Think Ziyech will be benched this GW.

        Go Pulisic.

      4. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        My personal order:

        1. Pulisic
        2. Ziyech
        3. Werner
        4. Havertz

        The Chelsea attack is really fluid. They all switch positions often, so Werner ends up wide a lot. He's just as much a midfielder as the first two, just more expensive, doesn't get CS pts, and scores less for a goal.

      5. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Werner of those

    5. adstomko
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Rodriguez to Ziyech worth a punt?

      1. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Di you buy Hamez for 7.5?

        1. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          +1

        2. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah that's my issue

    6. ballsy_b
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Any changes to be made here:
      Thinking to stick. Would’ve liked Chilwell and Pulisic but would mean to transfer out Fernandes and KWP.

      McCarthy
      Ayling - TAA - Justin
      Salah - Son - Fernandes - Barkley
      Maupay - Kane - DCL

      Bench: KWP, Mitchell, Bissouma

    7. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      so is this a good move guys? 2 FT 2.4 ITB

      Saiss + JRod to Chilwell + Rash?

      Ryan Button
      Saiss Robbo Dallas Lamptey Ferguson
      Salah Son grealish jrod soucek
      dcl kane brewster

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Seems a good move to me

    8. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      In light of Rodriguez news what to do?

      2FT 0.5 ITB

      Martinez
      Robertson, Semedo, KWP
      Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Maupay
      4.0 | Bissouma, Lamptey, Mitchell

      Just Rodriguez -> Pulisic? Will only lose 0.1 of value

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Great move

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Thanks - think just do that 1 transfer?

          Pulisic is nailed right?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Yup just the one move.

            Pulisic should start vs Burnley after being benched midweek

      2. Tigers Time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I've replaced him with Zaha - the problem with Rodriguez I'm not sure he's up to the gruelling schedule of the Premiership.
        I can see him being injury prone and can't be relied on week in week out.

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Why Zaha over Pulisic?

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I’d imagine price, I think I may go Zaha aswell, can’t get pulisic unless a -4..

          2. Tigers Time
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Price although I'm not convinced about Chelsea at the moment.

    9. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Better transfer

      A) Trossard to Foden
      B) Watkins to Wilson

      1. Kannbury
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A.

        • Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          None

      2. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        GTG?

        *1FT 0.3ITB*

        Marty
        TAA Robbo Justin Targett
        Soucek Salah Fern Son
        DCL Kane

        Steer Brewster Mitch Stephens

      3. Kannbury
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Should be a high scoring weekend.

          Looking forward to long overdue megahauls from Salah, TAA & Mitro!

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            23 incoming

          2. Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Do you remember last week!?

            1. Kannbury
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Sadly yes!

          3. Takedog1
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            does gomez take vvd place?

          4. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Whom would you bench out of Saiss (CRY) or Ayling (LEI)

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Asking. Palace attack not great

            2. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Ayling

            3. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Ayling

          5. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Digne to pva or too early ? Thanks

            1. shiraz
                2 months, 28 days ago

                I have pva for 2 gw and only got 1pt. Would suggest to wait till he nailed his place

            2. Knallie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              A) play Kilman or Justin?
              B) captain Kane or Son?

              Martinez
              Chillwell Saiss Kilman
              Salah Mane Son Rodriguez
              Kane(c) DCL Bamford

              Justin, OriolRomeo, Mitchell

              1. SharkyT
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Kilman with Justin first sub.

                Captain Kane

                1. Knallie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Was on that on both counts 🙂

            3. BlzE_94
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Play one:

              A) Targett
              B) Lamptey

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Targett

              2. SharkyT
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A

              3. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A

            4. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Best one week punt?

              A) Mitrovic
              B) Watkins
              C) Bamford
              D) Adams

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                C could be best value this year the way Leeds attack.

              2. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Still C

              3. El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Yeah C,Lei defense with many injuries.

              4. MESSINHO
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A, but I don't fancy 1 week punts.

                1. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  2 FT, no fires to put out

              5. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Thanks guys

            5. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              With this James injury, choose one to play:

              A. Brewster vs City
              B. Coufal vs Pool
              C. Bamford (-4) vs Leicester

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A

              2. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                C) as best option long term

              3. HashAttack
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                c) Fofana, Evans and Fuchs sounds like a vulnerable defence

            6. shiraz
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Lucky i have 1 more ft. Hamez to

                A. Foden
                B. Rashford
                C. Any other below 10m

                Thanks

                1. SharkyT
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  B

                  1. shiraz
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Thanks mate

                  2. Kannbury
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      B.

                      1. shiraz
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Thanks mate

                      2. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Close, but A to be prepared ahead of City run of fixtures

                        1. shiraz
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            I am looking adding foden in soon by upgrading my 4.5 mid and downgrading my forward before gw 10

                      3. michaelington
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        So with JRod out with a bruised ball sack I am thinking of getting rid of Everton assets for now. What do you think of these for -4?

                        DCL to Kane
                        JRod to Soucek (or any 5.3 or less, Lookman maybe?)

                        1. Takedog1
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          jeez not soucek

                      4. The Mighty Whites
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

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

                        1. Frucke
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          No hit, mitchell

                      5. Indio
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Ok to hold here, and right bench/order? (1FT, £0.5M itb)

                        Martinez
                        Chillwell, Robbo, Saiss
                        Salah, Son, Grealish, Pulisic, Trossard
                        Kane, DCL
                        (Forster, Mitchell, KWP, Brewster)

                      6. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Need a Digne replacement. Apparently Chilwell should be the obvious choice, but rumours about he might get rested. Really need replacement to start, as defencce otherwise weak. Other alternatives could be KWP, Cresswell, Dias. Choice of

                        A) Chilwell
                        B) Dias
                        C) Cresswell
                        D) KWP
                        E) Hold, and play Lamptey

                        1. FC Hakkebøf
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          A...

                        2. AuFeld
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Why wouldn't you consider Zouma?

                          1. Pompel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Txs good shout, will have a look

                        3. Nedvěd11
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          I did to Coufal...
                          But upgrade in midfield incoming next GW.

                      7. Pointless
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Thoughts appreciated on this conundrum:
                        a) JRod to Foden
                        b) JRod to Pulisic
                        c) JRod to Rashford
                        d) Brewster to Wilson (bench JRod)
                        ???

                        1. Kannbury
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            C.

                          • Ze_Austin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            A

                          • TB303
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Do you have Zaha or just not considering?

                          • HashAttack
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Went with Rashford but was tempted by Mahrez

                        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Anyone fancy a punt on Maddison?

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            ...

                          2. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Nope, just had his first start of the season

                        3. Hryszko
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          What's most pressing here, want to dump some of my Wolves assets after this GW, Jimmy > Ings? Or hold for another week, also feel like I need some city coverage so possibly Podence > Foden if I downgrade Jimmy instead of getting Ings in.

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

                          0.6m ITB & 1FT.

                          1. FC Hakkebøf
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Save

                            1. Hryszko
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              cool thanks mate, captain who do you reckon?

                          2. shiraz
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              I am looking at shipping out both jim and saiss after gw 9. Would suggest to hold, especially for jim. But podence to foden look like a great move

                            • Silecro
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Why would you want to get rid of Jimmy? if you played FPL last couple of years, you know that Wolves "red" fixtures are actually green fixtures for Jimmy. Top 6 teams are the ones where he gets his (few) double digit hauls

                          3. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Captain Kane or Salah??

                            1. Takedog1
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              kane or son has to be

                              1. Pukki Blinders
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Why's that

                            2. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Salah from those two

                          4. Forgetmeknot
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Trossard -> Pereira get anyone’s nod of approval?

                            Will wildcard in 2 weeks so targeting Fulham’s defence.

                            1. dbeck
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              I went for lookman but i still perfer Bowen at that price

                              1. Forgetmeknot
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Already have Mitrovic and couldn’t look myself in a mirror if got double Fulham attack.

                                I like Bowen too but do t think I’d get him this week facing liv (am 0.2 short anyway)

                          5. TB303
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Zaha has great fixtures

                            Should I do on a FT

                            Rodriguez -> Zaha ?

                            1. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Not away to Wolves. Give it another week to assess best options and see if Rodriguez returns to play against United.

                              1. Warby84
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                What if you have no one decent to replace Rodriguez on the bench??

                          6. Pukkipartyy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            DCL -> Ings? (Free)