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. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A Grealish Werner to Barkley Kane for -4

    B Robertson Werner to Chilwell Kane for -4

    C Save FT

    1. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      What? No save

      1. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Think Werner will be bench and Kane will have double digits

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

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

      c

  2. Sean
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Can anyone explain what is going on with Antonio's price, hes gone from -99 to -74 on Fpl Statistics despite Moyes confirming he is injured.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      official fpl posted on twitter earlier why people should bring him in... should be fired honestly

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        why should he be fired, not like anything real is at risk?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          It's literally their job...

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

      Got flagged so needs more transfers out?

  3. BigKeith
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Lamptey and Maupay>Bamford and KWP?

    • Takedog1
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      just hit the WC button

      McCarthy
      gomez, justin, chillwell
      salah, son, foden, zaha, pulisic
      dcl, kane

      subs - button- kilman, konsa, brewster

      any feedback at all much appreciated

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Maybe Grealish? And why Gomez?

    • Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Given the Antonio news, anything better than Holding -> Chilwell here?

      McCarthy
      Trent, Bellerin, Holding*, Mitchell
      Salah, Son, Foden, Barkley
      Kane, Jimenez

      Steer, Lamptey, Bissouma, Antonio
      Bank 2.0m, 1FT

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A) James to Ziyech/Zaha
      B) James, Maupay to Pulisic Bamford (-4)
      C) Keep James and play Justin

      1. Sean
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Currently on same decision, considering B but I have 2 FTs, also wondering if Adams or Watkins are better options given fixtures

    • That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Those with Saiss and a good bench player, who are you starting? Konsa or Saiss? I fear a late sub on for Saiss if he doesn’t start.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Overthinking to the max. Just play Saiss.

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah, Konsa only likely a 2-Pter anyways.

      2. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Saiss.

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Rightyho... transfers made and hit taken. And there I was planning on saving a transfer this week 😆

      McCarthy
      TAA, Chilwell, Saiss
      Salah(c), Son, Pulisic, Grealish
      Kane(vc), DCL, Watkins

      Ayling, Bissouma, Ferguson.. 0.0itb -4

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Fab team

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

        Looks great!

      3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Kane C?

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Nah going Salah I think

    • fplfansss
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Who to captain?
      A. Salah
      B. Son
      C. Sterling
      D. Jimenez

      1. TB303
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        C

      2. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        1 A
        2 A
        3 A

    • mitro
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Foden or Grealish?

      1. ididnt
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        foden

    • JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Have 2 frees and need to use one:

      A) 4.0 to Kilman/Balbuena

      B) Maupay to Bamford

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        feel like their quite a few with 2ft and have to use one. A out of those, i like Kilman as your fodder if you have Saiss, you know one will start

      2. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        B

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Zaha or Grealish?

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Zaha essential 🙂

    • Bumbaclot
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Hi guys best option here???

      Ryan
      Trent/Justin/targett
      Salah/kdb/son/podence
      DCL/Watkins/Werner

      Button/Dallas/kwp/soucek

      A. Werner and kdb to Kane and rashford
      B, Werner and Trent to Kane and chillwel
      C. Any other option anyone can think of

    • ididnt
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      TAA to Chilwell and Podence to Zaha/Foden?

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Yes

        1. ididnt
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Zaha or Foden?

          1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Zaha

      2. Bishopool
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Why transfer TAA now...?

        1. ididnt
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          frees up funds and he's been largely useless?

          1. Bishopool
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I get it, but home game..

            1. ididnt
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              thoughts on DCL / Podence > Bamford / Foden

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Save the FT or move one of Coleman or Rodriguez?

      Martinez
      Chilwell,Ayling,Saiss
      Salah,Son,Grealish,Jorginho
      Kane(c),DCL, Jimenez

      Steer,Rodriguez,Coleman, Ferguson 0.2m itb 1FT.

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I think you can save, nice team to get out with Coleman and JRod out

    • You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Would you rather have:

      a) Trossard, Lamptey and Jimenez + 8 points and never being able to afford option b

      b) Pulisic, Chilwell and Bamford

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Never afford? Bit of an exaggeration I think. Easy A

      2. That Was Easy!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        That’s an interesting one. Wouldn’t sell Jimmy this week. I’d probably wait and find another way, perhaps bringing in a WHU back instead of Chilwell?

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Who will I bench? Other two will play..

      a) Podance
      b) ASM
      c) Barkley

      I have 2 Southampton players - goally and def. Maybe hope for clean sheet, as AV and Barkley will not score....?

      1. boomshakeboom
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        villa will score...

    • boomshakeboom
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      due to James out injury!!!
      Wood to Watkins (-4) OR
      Podence to Barkley (-4)

    • Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Anything to do here?
      1FT 0.9ITB
      Martinez
      Saiss Kilman KWP (Mitchell Lamptey)
      Salah Sterling Son Barkley (Burke)
      Werner Jimenez DCL

      Worries about a Werner possible benching?

    • Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      DCL is going to be shocking without Digne and Jrod isnt he...

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        yep

      2. ididnt
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        DCL > Bamford?

    • Gr3g
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Quick advice to anyone with Podence in team and asking for any transfer advice.
      Podence was a September’s flavor of the month and its end of October already!
      You are welcome! 🙂

    • Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      JRod to:
      A) GRealish
      B) Zaha
      C) Pulisic
      D) another option.

      1. southcoastbeast
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Considering the same, think i may go pulisic.

      2. boomshakeboom
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        C

    • Drogba Legend
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Any help appreciated. 2FT:

      Ryan
      Robbo - Chillwell - Saiss
      Salah - Son - Grealish - Pulisic
      Maupay - DCL - Kane (C)

      Steer - Dallas - Stephens - Douglas

      A) Save 2FT
      B) Maupay > 6.5 forward or under
      C) Maupay + Ryan out for Adams+Mendy
      D) Pulisic > 8.3 mid or under
      E) Maupay + Puli > Zaha and 7.5 forward

      Cheers!

    • FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      2FTs and 0 Mill in the bank.
      And no clue what to do.
      Any ideas on how to use a FT?

      Martinez
      Reguillon Chilwell Saiss
      Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez
      Kane(c) DCL Ings

      Forster; KWP, Mitchell, Stephens

      Time to get Stephens out for riedewald maybe?

    • The Wizard of Ozil
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A) Chilwell & Foden
      B) Kilman & Pulisic

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Is Justin a decent sub to have for Hamez?

      1. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Not really

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        It's not ideal but I'm going with it. Can't find a mid i like under 8.0 worth a hit

    • Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I have Jrod from 7.5 ... makes sense to sell him?

      0.3 loss but next game utd anyway..

    • Alex1995
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A) Hamez to Pulisic AND Maupay to Bamford
      B) Hamez to Zaha

      2 free transfers so no hits required

    • GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Who's gonna fill in for Castagne for Leicester?

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Rodriguez to

      A Foden ( with funds to upgrade Brewster or Podence next week)
      B Pulisic