Spot the Differential

Overlooked Fornals can benefit from West Ham’s appealing fixture run

It is Gameweek 8 in Fantasy Premier League and ahead of our second international break of the season, we’re back with three more differentials for you to consider.

This time, we’ve selected assets from West Ham United, Southampton and Chelsea who we think have the potential to make an impact.

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

Pablo Fornals

  • FPL ownership: 1.5%
  • Price: £6.4m
  • GW8-12 fixtures: FUL | shu | AVL | MUN | lee

After a challenging first season in East London, Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) has emerged as one of West Ham United’s standout performers in recent weeks.

The Spanish midfielder is beginning to show the level of performance many fans expected upon signing from Villarreal, with two goals and three assists so far this season. It could have been more too, having hit the woodwork against Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

One reason behind his improved form is David Moyes’ 5-4-1 setup, which has enabled the 24-year-old to occupy a more central role. Regularly drifting inside from the left-flank, which in turn creates space for Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) and Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), he often finds himself in the half-space where he is at his best. Fornals’ defensive work is also an underrated part of his game, which will ensure new signing Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) faces a tough task to dislodge him from the team.

Despite a testing fixture list that has seen the Hammers take on six of last season’s top-eight in their opening seven matches, only seven midfielders have registered more shots in the box than Fornals, while his expected goal (xG) total also ranks in the top 10.

West Ham now sit 14th in the Premier League with eight points and a positive goal difference. Next up is Fulham and Sheffield United, and there is optimism that they can build on their start and now start climbing the table. 

Available for just £6.4m, Fornals is coming into form just as West Ham’s fixtures ease, and could be an effective differential for Gameweek 8 and beyond.

Che Adams

  • FPL ownership: 3.0%
  • Price: £5.8m
  • GW8-12 fixtures: NEW | wol | MUN | bha | SHU

With Danny Ings (£8.4m) facing up to six weeks on the sidelines following knee surgery, the onus is on Che Adams (£5.8m) to step up and take on the scoring responsibility.

Adams had to wait a while for his first Southampton goal, but has since repaid the faith shown to him by his manager with six goals in 15 Premier League appearances since the restart. 

This season alone, the Saints forward has registered 13 shots, with 12 of those efforts arriving in the box. He also ranks joint-fourth amongst forwards for chances created which has led to three assists.

Those numbers suggest he could carry the burden up front, but it is still unclear who will partner him in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s 4-4-2. Shane Long (£5.2m) or Michael Obafemi (£4.7m) may provide cover, but it could be that Theo Walcott (£5.8m) is deployed in an advanced role.

Southampton sit fifth in the Premier League having won four of their seven games, knowing a win against Newcastle United later on will see them go to the top of the table. Bearing in mind how inconsistent the Magpies have been this term, the Saints will head into the game with confidence that they can get the job done, and if they are to do that, there is a good chance Adams will be involved.

Mason Mount

  • FPL ownership: 4.8%
  • Price: £6.8m
  • GW8-12 fixtures: SHU | new | TOT | LEE | eve

Mason Mount (£6.8m) may get less love than some of his more popular teammates, but the 21-year-old has a huge influence on the way Chelsea play.

The England international was excellent during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Burnley last weekend, which coincided with Frank Lampard moving to a 4-3-3 formation. N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m) screened the back four, with Kai Havertz (£8.4m) and Mount playing either side of him in the no. 8 roles. 

It enabled them to completely dominate midfield with 64% possession, while Mount led the team for shots and chances created, as well as having more touches in the opposition half than any other player.

It is also worth noting that he took all of Chelsea’s corners at Turf Moor, despite Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) being on the pitch, one of which resulted in Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) heading home.

Ominously for Saturday’s opponents Sheffield United, Chelsea are starting to click. Rennes, Burnley and Krasnodar have all recently been dispatched, 10 goals scored without reply.

Rotation at clubs involved in European competition is always a concern, but with Mount’s positional flexibility and pressing ability, he could be one of the ‘safer’ routes into Chelsea’s midfield and should not be overlooked.

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730 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Im 75 points behind rival having terrible season.

    This week only can augbam captain match kane?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      So early in the season and Auba has been poor. Stick with Kane captain and pick a different week to go differential

    2. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Don't worry about leads right now. He's gained that on you in just 7 weeks, you have 31 to make it back.

  2. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell Konsa Kilman
    Barkley Zaha Son Rashford Salah
    Jiminez Kane

    Steele Brewster Mitchell Branthwaite

    Jiminez and Branthwaite to Wilson and zouma?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      transfers look good

      1. W
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        This

  3. W
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Surely if you still have him, you have to keep James Rodriguez for ful LEE bur (gws 9-11)?
    Assuming he is fit of course

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Absolutely

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      100%

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes

    4. The Mantis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      10000%

    5. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      For sure. I'm looking to bring him in if declared fit

  4. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Ah crap, I didn't realise Pereira was dropping last night. Should have done my transfers yesterday 🙁

  5. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    How’s it looking?

    Martinez
    Robbo, Chilwell, Lamptey
    Salah, Son, Grealish, Zaha
    Kane, DCL, Maupay
    4.0 | KWP, Bissouma, Mitchell

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      excellent

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Very good - I think Zaha will do well.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      GTG

  6. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Play 2:

    A) Robbo (mci)
    B) Lamptey (BUR)
    C) KWP (NEW)
    D) Dallas (cry)

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      A & B for me

    2. Count Your Blessings
        2 months, 19 days ago

        BADC

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        AB

      • W
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        A B

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Surely I'm not the only one going into this weekend without Kane, I'm scared

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 19 days ago

          season over

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I’m not captaining him and already I’m scared

        • TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          You must be the bravest person on this site

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I feel a hat-trick is coming. Something is telling me that this could be a TC week.

          1. Custard Gannet
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            We all said the same thing against Cardiff a couple of seasons ago and he produced a whopping 2 points.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              yeah Kane can do that to you (like all players can).

              I do fancy a major Kane haul this weekend though.

        • Chucky
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I am with you.. this is the week to gain some ground on the casuals by capping Chilwell.

        • The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Just captain Son you'll be fine he has the better away record anyway

      2. wolves_simmo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        2 FT's £0.0 ITB any suggestions?

        Martinez
        Lamptey - James - Reguilon
        Son - Sterling - Salah - Grealish
        Wilson - Kane - Watkins

        Subs: Forster - Justin - Dallas - Bissouma

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I don't see anything pressing. Maybe use 1FT for Justin to WHU 4.5 def instead of burning FT.

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            This is only really thing I can see too. Rest looks v good

      3. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        2FT made - good to go?

        McCarthy
        TAA | Justin | Chilwell
        Salah | Son | Grealish | Soucek
        Mitrovic | Kane | C.Wilson

        4.0 | Bissouma | Mitchell | Targett [3.5m ITB]

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          GTG

      4. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Start Justin over Taylor and Bissouma?

        1.5itb 1ft
        Martinez
        Ayling Chilwell Justin TAA
        Grealish Salah Son Rodriguez
        DCL Kane (C)
        (Peacock Taylor Bissouma Vassilev)

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Yes, but I would put Bissouma first sub over Taylor.

      5. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Why isn’t Bowen rising?

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            2 months, 19 days ago

            In a unwanted relationship?

        2. Agger
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Salah our for Aubamayeng conformed. I will captain him for the Villa game.
          Wildcard will be active tonight.

          Good luck everyone

          1. Agger
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Out*

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I'd back Salah vs City over Auba vs Villa. Auba has been completely anonymous for a while now.

          3. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            one does not simply remove Salah

            Villa defensive stats are still v good

          4. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Interesting move. Auba has not shown anything to suggest he is worth (C). GL

          5. Agger
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Seeing as most people are ranked like 3 million, I’ll take my own advice and take the risk. 28k currently

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              You be should always take your own advice

              But doing well over a total sample size of 7 gameweeks does not automatically mean you are an FPL genius and people at 3m are useless

              1. Black Knights
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I'm at 34k so maybe i'll be passing him after that move! 🙂

            2. Joey Tribbiani
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I understand, thats what I do aswell.
                Im only 20 points behind you, beware 😉

            3. Joey Tribbiani
                2 months, 19 days ago

                riskyyy

              • The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Why even post here if it's only your own advice you're looking for?

                1. Black Knights
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  He wasn't asking, tbf to him. But yeah, to then insult everyone disagreeing is weird.

            4. Mr_Barbs
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Not feeling too inspired to make any transfers. Save FT this week?

              Ramsdale
              TAA, Robbo, Chilwell
              Salah, Son, Grealish, Soucek, Podence
              Kane(C), DCL

              Steer, KWP, Mitchell, Davis

            5. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Why can’t they put a decent game on a Friday

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                As a Maupay and Lamptey owner the first game pretty much defines my gameweek!

              2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Cos it's a European week, so it's going to be to mid/lower-table teams against each other

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Good point

              3. The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Because it competes with prime time TV and wives usually own the TV remote in the evenings.

              4. Black Knights
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I was optimistic Saints v Newcastle would have goals as an Ings owner. Not as convinced now im a Wilson owner.

            6. Johnny too hotty
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              with 2 FT in the bank what do I do with Havertz..... any advice?

              Martinez
              Trent Semedo Lamptey
              Son Salah Havertz Zaha
              Kane DCL Watkins

              4.0
              Coufal
              Ferguson
              BIssouma

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Ziyech / Grealish?

            7. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Saiss -> Coufal
              Ings -> Vardy (-4)

              Worth it?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Yup great moves, i did same but with Werner

              2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Good moves.

                Looking at Vardy for GW10 myself. Not sure how I'll fit him in though

              3. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Probably find yep. Both are players that need to go

            8. Tmel
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Bench one this week:

              1) TAA (mci)
              2) Coufal (FUL)
              3) Podence (lei)

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                If you decide to own TAA then you can never bench him

                If you ever think of benching him just remember the Leicester gave last season

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                3

              3. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Podence is the obvious pick

            9. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              G2G?

              Mendy
              Chilwell Lamptey* Cresswell*
              Salah Son Mahrez Zaha
              Kane(C) DCL Wilson

              Forster Digne Anguissa Mitchel*

              1. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Good team.
                Good luck!

              2. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Benching Digne doesn't look right to me. Maybe consider benching selfish Mahrez instead.

            10. Scotty84
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Morning all, which one to bench:-
              A) Rodriguez
              B) Grealish

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                someone else

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                other

              3. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Nein

            11. JollyGoodYellows
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              How's this looking? 1FT and 2.8itb

              Mccarthy (Button)
              Zouma Holding Justin (Holding Mitchell)
              Salah JRod Son Soucek (Bissouma)
              DCL Werner Kane

              1. mcsteely
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Holding is there twice. Looks good though. Soucek the weakest link. can you updgrade to fornals?

                1. JollyGoodYellows
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Aaahh nobody wants two holdings. It should be Konsa. I can do Soucek > Grealish but is it worth doing this week when he plays away to arsenal and Soucek is home against Fulham?

              2. Rohirrims
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Easy save.

            12. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Have pulisic & mcginn, 2ft and 0.5 itb.

              What to do.....

              Is mount and grealish sensible?

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Actually 1.1 ITV. Richer than I thought.

              2. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Can you afford Zaha & Grealish

                For me amount is not an FPL option

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Have zaha. Can stretch to 7.5

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Would like ziyech but cant afford

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 19 days ago

                      Tricky - I don’t really like anything in that bracket - for just a little more Rodriguez, Ziyech etc are such an upgrade

                      Feel like Mount might be ok for this week but will just end up being a transfer waiting to happen

              3. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Could do worse, Mount not a massive points provider, but with Puli injured a lot I would move him.

            13. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              GTG?

              Martinez
              Chilwell, Bellerin, Lamptey
              Salah (c), Son, Hamez, Grealish
              Maupay Kane Wilson

              Bench:
              Kilman, KWP, Anguissa, Steer

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Punty captaincy

                1. tomasjj
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Hmm...Would you rather Kane?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    With EO over 100 for both Son and Kane you will need them both to blank and Salah to score well do have a good GW.

                    Doesn't strike me as a week to punt away from Kane or Son

                    1. tomasjj
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 19 days ago

                      No idea what EO is.

            14. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Son or Kane?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane

              2. Villa Velour
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                That's the question. I'm on Son as I'm currently chasing.

              3. JollyGoodYellows
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane edges it for the pens.

            15. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Man UTD presser has been put back until the afternoon. Something big is happening behind the scenes.

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Still trying to find their defence probably.

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Maguire is still turning around

            16. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Captain Kane or Son?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane - think West Brom will sit deep

              2. Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane

              3. ...al
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane

            17. Vazza
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Thoughts on Coady to Bellerin for free?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Wolves conceded one goal in 4 games. I wouldn't sell right now. Maybe from GW10

              • The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I think Soucek out scores Salah this weekend, he's usually terrible against City.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Is this you trying to justify benching Salah for Soucek?

                2. JollyGoodYellows
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Interesting thought. I'm currently thinking whether to do Soucek > Grealish this week or next week.

              • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Does this look ok? Especially the bench.

                Martinez
                James Coufal Lamptey
                Salah Sterling Foden Son (C)
                DCL Bamford Martial

                Steere Podence Dallas Mitchell

              • mcsteely
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Wildcard nearly ready. Any thoughts?

                Mendy, Forster
                Chilwell, Cresswell, Vestergaard, Lamptey, Kilman
                Salah, Son, Grealish, Ziyech Riedewald
                Kane, DCL, Wilson

              • jamie1972
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Transfer to burn and no fires to put out....

                a) Klich to Grealish
                b) Foden to a 9.0
                c) Brewster to Adams
                d) Save

                Team

                Martinez
                KWP Coufal Chillwell Laptey Mitchel
                Salah Son Zaha Foden Klich
                Kane Werner Brewster

                3.5 itb