Spot the Differential

Promising Raphinha can exploit Digne absence as Leeds visit Everton

The Gameweek 10 deadline is now upon us which gives us the opportunity to have a look at some other differential options.

This time, we’ve got routes into Manchester City and Leeds United’s attacks, plus Manchester United’s defence.

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

Raphinha

  • FPL ownership: 0.1%
  • Price: £5.4m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: eve | che | WHU | NEW | mun

Raphinha (£5.4m) has had to be patient since his deadline day move from Rennes, but finally made his first start against Arsenal last time out.

Operating on the right of Leeds United’s 4-1-4-1 setup, the Brazilian looked lively throughout. 

Though he lacked an end product, he showed his quality in flashes and provided some eye-catching moments, producing four shots, four penalty area touches and the highest expected assist (xA) total of any player on the pitch. It was an impressive full debut for the 23-year-old who saw out the full 90 minutes and almost capped the day with a late winner.

His performances in France certainly suggest he can thrive in England, as he helped Rennes to qualify for the Champions League last season, contributing a combined eight goals and assists in 22 Ligue 1 appearances. 

Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa will know, of course, that he may be able to target Everton’s left-flank this weekend, knowing that Lucas Digne (£6.2m) will sit out after suffering an ankle ligament injury in training. That could mean the inexperienced Niels Nkounkou (£4.0m) steps into a defence which has now conceded two or more goals in six straight Premier League matches, which further boosts Raphinha’s appeal. 

Leeds could count themselves highly unlucky not to have scored against Arsenal last weekend, but will take encouragement from their performance. The signs are good though, and Raphinha should only get better as he settles into his new surroundings.

Raheem Sterling

  • FPL ownership: 4.7%
  • Price: £11.5m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: BUR | FUL | mun | WBA | sou

England forward Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) has gone from strength-to-strength during his time at Manchester City, netting 31, 25 and 23 goals in his last three seasons.

He is yet to hit those heights this term, but has enjoyed a reasonably productive start, scoring five times in all competitions despite the Citizens’ well documented troubles in front of goal.

Against Olympiakos on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola made several tactical tweaks in an attempt to rejuvenate his faltering attack. The wingers, who played on their stronger footed sides, were positioned closer to Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) with the full-backs providing the width. It resulted in them looking sharper than they have done in weeks, with Sterling providing the assist for Phil Foden’s (£6.5m) winner. 

We’ve seen the wingers playing on their natural sides in Europe on a couple of occasions now, is the Premier League next?

Saturday’s opponents Burnley were dealt a huge blow earlier this week with the news that influential keeper Nick Pope (£5.4m) looks set to miss out. With home games against Fulham and West Bromwich Albion to follow, either side of the Manchester derby, City now have the opportunity to kick start their season, and if they are to find that rhythm their assets have the potential to rack up huge individual hauls.

Sterling is an intriguing differential ahead of City’s fixture swing, and is perhaps an overlooked pick for the armband in Gameweek 10.

Alex Telles

  • FPL ownership: 1.6%
  • Price: £5.5m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: sou | whu | MCI | shu | LEE

After making his first Premier League start against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, Alex Telles (£5.5m) is at long last ready to make his debut in this column.

The Brazilian completed his move from Porto to Manchester United in the summer, but has had a stop-start beginning to his Old Trafford career after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) last month.

However, the 27-year-old has now started back-to-back matches for his new club and impressed in both, particularly with his delivery from wide areas. Against the Baggies, Telles served up seven crosses in total, which was more than any other player on the pitch. He also had the second highest number of touches in the final third and registered two shots, which are encouraging numbers. 

He then built on that performance against Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, which is where he really caught the eye. One of the standout performers on the night, Telles created four goalscoring chances and was instrumental in The Red Devils first two goals.

In the absence of Luke Shaw (£4.8m), Telles is expected to get an extended run in the starting XI, and could become a major asset down United’s left-flank. Given how focused they are down that side, he has the potential to be one of the best defensive assets in the game, and could be a huge differential for those willing to invest early.

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1,464 Comments Post a Comment
  1. boombaba
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Who to drop out of
    Salah jota, son, James rod, grealish, bamford, Calvert Lewin or Kane

    ?

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Hamez

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Tough decision all capable of hauling

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      You really need to narrow things down a bit. Are you really considering Salah or DCL?
      Jamon James

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

      One of Son, DCL, Kane

    5. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I'll see your James rod and raise you to a grealish

      Kdb, jota, son, fernandes, grealish,
      bamford, Calvert Lewin or Kane

  2. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Diaz or Cancelo?

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I went Cancelo. More risk with rotation I guess but upside is bigger imo

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        This

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

    Looking to transfer out Dunne for a 4.9 max defender.

    Currently got Chillwell, Cancelo, Lamptey and Mitchell.

    Who'd you get?

    1. Il Capitano
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Coufal? Targett if you don't have Martinez in nets maybe?

        1. karsworde
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Both great shouts

    2. balint84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      5th mid ASM to Lookman, Soucek or Trezeguet?

      1. Il Capitano
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Soucek

        • sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Soucek

        • TMF86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Soucek 100%

      2. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Who to bring in this week?

        A...kdb (sterling next week and then salah gw12)

        B...salah (kdb next week)

        Thanks

        1. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Why KDB then Sterling?

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            This, I’d go A but without switching to sterling

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              What i mean is that i can get kdb this week.

              Then swap Bruno to sterling next week for double City mid v fulham

              And then sterling to salah gw12

              Thanks

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A.

        3. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I'm similar. Either KDB or Salah this week and the other next. I'm probably gonna go KDB this, nice and rested. Wasn't convinced with Klopps press conference, did I own Jota.

          So KDB this week I reckon

          1. pablo discobar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            And I own jota*

      3. Champione
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Play:
        A) Trossard (LIV)
        B) Brewster (wba)

        1. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A

      4. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Assuming there is no injury news, Jimenez + Mitchell > Bamford + Dias (-4) is a reasonable move, isn't it?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah thats a little more like it.

        2. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          If you have backup to mitchel

          I would wait a week

          1. karsworde
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yes agreed

      5. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        1) zaha to jota
        2) zaha + kane to kdb + Bamford (-4)
        3) 2 with Salah instead of kdb(-4)

      6. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Hamez Reguilon to Sterling Cancelo -4?

        Would (c) Sterling next week. Can't afford KDB.

        1. karsworde
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          How bout just Reguilon -> Cancelo/Dias? Save the 4 points

      7. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        My teams looking frail and in a bit of a mess, any thoughts? I've also already used my ft on a defender because I was down to 2!

        Martinez
        Cancelo, James, robbo
        Ziyech, son, grealish, sterling
        Kane, bamford, Jimi

        Bissouma, Mitchel*, lamptey**
        0.6itb 0ft...I'm close to a -8 to sort things out

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          G2g

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

          Save

      8. finnish92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Buy Bamford or Wilson (will play my WC in a few qws)

      9. shearer9
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Podence -> Jota
        Dunne -> Cancelo for -4??

        Otherwise I start Mitchell, who will most likely not play, so C Taylor comes in for an almost guaranteed 1 point max. Thoughts?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Too risky to rak a hit for Cancelo , given the relatively high risk he might be benched this GW

          1. shearer9
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            What makes you think he might be benched? Isn't a rotation risk on the watchlist, so I'm quite surprised

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Played lot of latest matches including the full 90 on Wednesday, so might be due a rest

              1. shearer9
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Ok thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll start Taylor for the 1 point and save myself a hit.

      10. Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Haha oh dear - in sky game 3 weeks ago I transferred in trossard for the evening game (he was then not in the squad), last week transferred him out for zaha who was then missing due to COVID, about an hour ago I transferred him out for Saint Maximin so I could captain him as only player in tonight’s game and just seen he is injured! 3 transfers, no appearances - couldn’t make it up!

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wow that’s unlucky! 🙁

      11. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Predict the Pep - aggregating 20 Man City fans predicted line-ups for Burnley and frequency player appears:

        Ederson 100%
        Laporte 100%
        Dias 95%
        KDB 95%
        Walker 85%
        Foden 85%
        Rodri 85%
        Jesus 85%
        Sterling 80%
        Cancelo 70%
        Torres 65%
        Mendy 50%
        Bilva 35%
        Aguero 20%
        Mahrez 15%
        Gundogan 15%
        Fernandinho 5%
        Delap 5%
        Stones 5%
        Zinchenko 5%

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Eek sterling 80%

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          appreciate the effort, but means 0.

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            lol, oops, sorry!

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              haha, even if you did 40,000 fans I doubt it would be close tbf.

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Mahrez only 15%

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Tbf they all seem to hate Mahrez!

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              On his day untouchable

        4. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Ederson/Dias Laporte Mendy Walker/ Rodri KDB Foden / Mahrez Jesus Sterling

        5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I find fans are the worst for predicting line ups due to their own biases.

        6. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Sterling over Foden yeah sure. When was last time managers gave squat about fans polls

      12. tabby98
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Start 3:
        A) Chilwell
        B) Justin
        C) Reece James
        D) Mitchell
        E) KWP

        1. Patron
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          First three

      13. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Who we all giving the armband to this GW then?

        I'm currently on DCL

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          DCL unless I get in Vardy.

        2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          KDB. Over Vardy

        3. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Sterling

          1. hewittj1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            So have you done Mane -> Sterling?

            1. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Finger is poised .... don’t let anyone talk me out of it

              1. hewittj1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Haha. Seriously, I’m poised for exactly the same move. We have similar teams as both WC last week

                1. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes seriously. Your link to team doesn’t work by the way

                  1. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    It works now. Nice team..

                  2. hewittj1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Yea, my thinking exactly.
                    Ah, just realised and updated. Thanks.

                    Watched the extended highlights of Wed and was very impressed with Sterling which was weird because someone on here said he looked tired which I didn’t see at all.

                    Yea, f it, I’m going Mane -> Sterling C.

                    Gl

                    1. PompeyUpNorth!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Agreed and got man of the match! Screw it!! I’m doing this...no one else in my MLs has him so here’s hoping

        4. hewittj1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          KDB currently. Sterling if I draft him

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Same here KDB is the obvious 1 but my thinking is he will play deeper although I’m not saying he won’t haul. Sterling looked sharp Weds and is explosive. As Captain it could be mega points but equally could fail. Pope out swings it for me.

        5. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Vardy

        6. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          DCL last week.

          Either him again, Bruno or go full out differential Bamford

      14. TMF86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Martinez
        Robbo/Chilwell/Justin
        Grealish/Son/JRod/Ziyech
        Vardy/Kane/DCL

        Nyland:N Mendy/Mitchell/Dunne

        0.2 ITB
        1FT

        Bench needs fixing but dont know who or how.
        Any suggestions?

      15. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Jrod or Jota scores more this gw?

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Time for that magic 8 ball again.

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Jrod as he's the most transferred out non-flagged player vs. Jota as the most transferred in player!

      16. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Guaita
        Robertson kilman zouma
        Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
        Watkins DCL Vardy

        Nyland Taylor burke dunne
        0 FT 3.8 ITB

        Which would you do? Currently on C

        A- son to kdb (-4)
        B- Ziyech to kdb (-4)
        C- None

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          About to do A for free but I see you have some decent captain shouts anyway

          1. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Thing is I'll probably do son to kdb next week anyway for free

      17. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Had high hopes when PVA was featured on this article 🙁

      18. YEAH PITCH!
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Choose 1 please

        A) Tielemans
        B)Maddison
        C) Barnes
        D) Jota

        1. Patron
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Jota I think

          1. YEAH PITCH!
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks

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

          Maddi if you own Salah/Mane

      19. cnewman7
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        RMWCT

        Martinez
        Cancelo Dias Justin
        Salah KDB Grealish Jota
        Bamford DCL Vardy

        Steer Soucek James Dallas

      20. cigan
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I'm pretty certain Mane will be rested tomorrow after playing 2x 90 this week so I wanted to use my FT for a sideways switch to Salah (as Klopp will surely want a reaction after the CL loss). But now I got a Digne problem so I should probably make him a priority?

        So
        A) Mane > Salah (play Coufal)
        B) Digne > Cancelo/Dias

        Rest of the team below

        Martinez
        Robbo Chilwell Digne* (Coufal Mitchell)
        Mane Bruno Son Grealish (Bissouma)
        DCL Adams Wilson

        1. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Bruh he's played 90mins his last 7 games.

          I'm a Mane owner also so I'm thinking of ditching to KDB (I have Salah)

          1. cigan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yeah, he's surely due a rest. Klopp could always go all out attack with 4 strikers starting given his midfield crisis

            But Coufal against Villa doesn't sound too bad so I might stick with my plan and deal with Digne next week

        2. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I’m in same position but punting on Sterling. Just another option to consider perhaps?

      21. Patron
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Werner is not getting dropped in such an important game is he?

        1. Il Capitano
            3 months, 9 days ago

            My expectation is that he's rested in the remaining CL games now that Chelsea have qualified for the knockouts

            1. Patron
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Good shout! Thanks.

        2. Lionel Ronaldo
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Foden: Plays or not? He is firing on all fronts except the PL.

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Short turnaround to start again, I’m thinking not. Nothing really to suggest he will start unless Pep just wants to tinker and look for a spark

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I'm getting rid. I can't go through this issue week after week

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

            Holding on and hoping yes

        3. yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          help please— ive already taken a 4pt hit and still dont have kdb/salah/vardy as clear captain options

          1) no more hits and bruno (c)
          2) son > KDB (c) for -4pt
          3) son > Salah (c) for -4pt
          4) Podence > Jota for -4 and (c) Bruno

          McCarthy
          Dias Cresswell Chilwell (Lamptey Mitchel)
          Bruno(c) Grealish Son Podence (Bisouma)
          Kane DCL Bamford

        4. Bubbles1985
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Worth getting rid of both Zaha and Barkley for a hit?

          Am thinking for Jota and Soucek

        5. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Saving ft. Other then that GTG?

          Mendy
          Cancelo Justin KWP
          Bruno SterlingC) Son Grealish
          Kane DCL Watkins

          Steer Taylor Romeu Mitchell

          0.2 itb, 1ft

        6. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Please select which transfer looks best
          1) Kane to Vardy C
          2) Rodriguez to Kdb C
          3) Kane + Rodriguez to Kdb/Salah+ Vardy (-4)
          Currently on 3 but will kdb score 4 points more than Jrod who plays well at home?

        7. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Who score more ?

          A: Ziyech Kane +8
          B: KDB Vardy
          C: Salah Jesus