Spot the Differential

Pogba’s new role makes him a useful FPL differential for Triple Gameweek

Triple Gameweek 35 is almost upon us which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some more differential options.

This time, we’ve selected low-owned picks at West Ham United, Aston Villa and Manchester United who we think have the potential to make an impact.

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

Paul Pogba

  • FPL ownership: 2.2%
  • Price: £7.6m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: avl + LEI + LIV | – | FUL | wol

Paul Pogba (£7.6m) has been one of Manchester United’s top performers in recent weeks, producing some of his best football since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016.

The French midfielder struggled with several minor injuries and a bout of COVID-19 earlier in the season. However, since regaining full fitness, he has become a vital asset to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, which has coincided with a new, hybrid role on the left of United’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

The more advanced position means he is generally further up the pitch when United reach the final third, where he has the vision and ability to quickly switch play. And that’s led to a big improvement from Pogba, who has scored two goals and registered four assists in his last ten matches across all competitions. He also ranks joint-second amongst team-mates for shots in the box, and third for chances created over the last six Gameweeks.

The Red Devils are now unbeaten in 13 Premier League matches, and after the latest fixture amendments were announced earlier this week, now visit Aston Villa before back-to-back home matches against Leicester City and Liverpool in Triple Gameweek 35.

While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly which, if any, of United’s assets will be handed three starts, Pogba’s versatility enhances his chances, and now in a really good moment, could be an effective differential for the remainder of the season.

Michail Antonio

  • FPL ownership: 5.0%
  • Price: £6.4m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: EVE | bha | wba | SOU

Gameweek 34 saw the return of Michail Antonio (£6.4m) to West Ham United’s attack.

The 31-year-old was back in the starting XI after recovering from the hamstring injury which forced him off against Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, and it didn’t take him long to impress.

His quickfire double, finishing off crosses from Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) and Saïd Benrahma (£5.9m), turned the game in the Hammers favour, and he was perhaps unfortunate not to return more, as he ended the game with six goal attempts, two big chances and 12 penalty box touches. 

In fact, Antonio’s expected goal involvement (xGI) total of 1.43 was not bettered by any other Fantasy Premier League (FPL) player in Gameweek 34, and as pointed out by Neale in his Scout Notes, it is merely a continuation of a season-wide trend as no forward with substantial game-time to their name has a better rate of xGI per 90 minutes.

Manuel Lanzini’s (£6.4m) performance also caught the eye, with the Argentine excelling in a deeper role in Declan Rice’s (£4.7m) absence, and as a result of their win, West Ham now sit fifth, just three points behind Chelsea with four games to play. 

With a crucial run of games coming up against Everton, Brighton and Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, Antonio can finish the season strongly, and could be one of the very best FPL differentials for the run-in.

Anwar El Ghazi

  • FPL ownership: 1.2%
  • Price: £5.2m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: MUN + EVE | cry | tot | CHE

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.2m) has not always been a guaranteed starter at Aston Villa this season, but has now scored in back-to-back matches and made a real impact.

The Dutchman’s Gameweek 34 strike at Everton took his tally to eight in the Premier League, making him the Villans’ top scorer behind Ollie Watkins (£6.5m), and there is no doubt that at his best, he has the ability to be a real game-changer.

Interestingly, captain Jack Grealish (£7.5m) recently labelled El Ghazi as Villa’s best finisher at the club, and it was easy to see why at Goodison Park, as he bent the winner past an excellent Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) late on. He also hit the woodwork and enjoyed plenty of success running at Carlo Ancelotti’s backline, which is encouraging.

The winger’s shoot-on-sight policy is evident in the numbers, too. Amongst all midfielders per 90 who have played a reasonable number of minutes, he ranks second for goal attempts, fifth for big chances and third for expected goals (xG), only behind Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and Gareth Bale (£9.1m).

At this stage, we should point out that longer term, this move carries more risk, as it’s likely we’ll see El Ghazi drop out of the starting XI upon Grealish’s return. However, if the England international continues to be ruled out, and you fancy a short-term differential punt, this could be a good one.

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  1. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Any other good week to BB? Need too many hits to BB this week

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Not likely, next is a blank, and then left with 37, or 38 which could have alot of rotation.

    2. Juande
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Even with single gameweek players on the bench it looks like the best time to do it now tbh. Spurs assets, Lingard etc could nab some differential points.

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Has to be this week even with SGW players

    4. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      I'm actually contemplating a -8 to -12 this week to make my BB worthwhile. Next week isn't an option, and 37 and 38 will include random rotation.

      I'm thinking if i bring in someone with a DGW35 and SGW36, I'm just bringing forward the hit to give myself a greater chance of a pay off. Will ditch Dallas, Raph and McCarthy to make my bench Emi, Kane, Lingard and Lowton.

  2. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Is this a crazy fh team? Chasing at 100k, and about 30 points behind in ml.

    Guaita
    TAA - Maguire - Digne
    Salah - Bruno f - Greenwood - Auba
    Nacho - DCL - Vardy

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      V good

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        One of the best i have seen very jealous 🙂

        1. Tango74
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Its either Digne or Castagne

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        No all the essential are there.

      3. dwain100
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 hours ago

        Great team. Choice of Watkins over Vardy and double Leicester attack is interesting

    2. Tango74
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Early team news from Sam Martin

        Kasper, Ricardo, Soyuncu, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho.

        One change.

        1. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Hoping a cheeky Thomas appearance

      • Gerhardinho
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Please help!!!
        Rudiger vs Wood?

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Tough, Rudiger just

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Play one of

        Fofana
        Holding
        Rudiger

        Cheers

        1. Straobalno
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Fofana out of this

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Thanks 🙂

      • Juande
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        If you had to go with one Spurs asset this week amongst all the TGW fever, who would it be?

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Kane

        2. Fuddled FC
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Fofana

          1. Fuddled FC
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            whoops reply fail for Crunchie

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Thanks 🙂

          2. Juande
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Curve ball move, I like it.

        3. Straobalno
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Kane all day

        4. Juande
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Kane seems the sensible choice. Now the only question is "am I capable of being sensible when it comes to FPL?"

      • Tomek1950
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        I use FH.
        I'm thinkin about:
        Henderson - Castagne, Maguire, TAA - Maddison, Bruno (c), Jota, Salah - DCL, Nachos, Watkins.

        Any ideas? Pls 🙂

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Greenwood or Zaha > Maddison otherwise G2G

        2. Straobalno
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Maybe wan bisaka before maguire.

        3. niaz1982
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          Henderson not fit

      • Straobalno
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Have BB and TC. Is it better to use TC on Bruno now or BB? If i use BB now i would TC salah against CRY

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          BB this week

      • Thiagoagogo
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Chasing down 60 Points.. Who to captain here?
        Leader has Bruno Taa Shaw as do I. Any advice greatly accepted.

        My team

        Guaita
        TAA Coleman Shaw
        Zaha Salah Bruno Greenwood
        DCL Kane Iheanacho

        Forster Mitchell Dallas Lingard

        1. Straobalno
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Greenwood for diferental
          Salah if you are not sure

          1. Thiagoagogo
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            You think realisticly any United assets play all 3 games?
            i feel Salah right up the for C this week.

        2. Rabb05
            3 months, 1 hour ago

            Almost certain leader will captain bruno in which case you have to go salah. I'm in a similar position

        3. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Cavani or Greenwood?

          1. Straobalno
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            They have to many games and Cavani is old

        4. chaser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Anyone else have the same transfer history/plan?

          GW34 - Bruno > Son
          GW35 - Son > Bruno
          GW36 - Bruno > Son

          1. Steiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Me!!!! lol

        5. Fuddled FC
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Will Coleman play both? Is it too risky to go

          Coleman & DCL ?

          or should I just go with Digne & Watkins

          1. Straobalno
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Go D&W

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Probably have to swallow Watkins and Digne, Coleman is risky

        6. Mackans
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Is Coleman nailed for Everton?

          1. Fuddled FC
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Just asked that? I think possibly Keane could come in for him but Everton fans will know

        7. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          FH team done

          Guaita
          Castagne Digne TAA
          Salah Bruno Greenwood Zaha
          Nacho Watkins DCL

          All OK?

          1. LLoris
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            looks good

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Nice!

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Have quite the same.

            Just debating Guaita - would Alisson or Pickford be better?

            And Castagne versus Digne.

            Have also gambled on Vardy over Watkins

        8. -GK22-
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Happy Friday all,

          Do we think Mendy will play both games or worth swapping out for Foster

          Also worth taking out Jota for a hit to a Man Utd midfielder?

          1. Straobalno
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Yes Mendy should play both. Dont take jota he will play both

        9. LLoris
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          What transfers should I make? (no chips left) (2 transfers)
          I don't know what to do because I want dgw players but I want a full 11 next week

          Mendy
          Taa Holding Fofana
          Salah Jota Esm Bruno Son
          Vardy Nacho

          Bench: Forester Vydra Coady Dallas

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Vydra/Son to Zaha DCL?

            1. LLoris
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              You think taking out Son is a good idea?

              1. Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 hours ago

                You can replace them with Bale or Son the following week (so you could go greenwood too), Can you get Kane back in for a -4? You have defensive cover next week and 2FT for the rest of the season. Everton and palace are good until GW38 though

                1. LLoris
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 hours ago

                  Thats the problem I dont know how Id get SOn or Kane back in my team

          2. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Get players that play in both then. Villa, Everton, Palace, Liverpool, Saints. Few options.

            1. LLoris
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              Any specific ones you like. I was going to do COady to Digne

        10. ResultatFar
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Cancelo -> Shaw for a -4? Already on a -8 with a bench boost

        11. Rains of Castamere
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          On FH

          A) Henderson and Castagne
          or
          B) Schmeichel and Wan Bissaka

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            A

          2. G00LI0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            A

          3. dwain100
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            A

        12. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Play Lingard or ESR?

        13. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Is it worth playing Forster on BB this week?

          1. Sho-kun
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            I do

        14. G00LI0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          How likely are Palace to bang in a few goals over these games?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Low chance of high scoring games, I would expect 0-3 goals, likely to be 1-2

            1. G00LI0
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              I guess the next question is how likely are Zaha and benteke to be involved

          2. G00LI0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Weighing up the benefit of lingard, Raph and bam to Zaha, ward prowse and benteke for a - 8.

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              Just get Zaha if you can

              1. G00LI0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 hours ago

                Need to take a min - 4 to do that. I will be doing it assuming Zaha is fit.

                Problem is, if I only take 2 transfers, i will be getting one double and one single gw player.

                If I take an extra transfer, I can have 3 double gw players

                1. G00LI0
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 hours ago

                  Chasing 50pts in ML

        15. arkom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          A) Bertrand Traoré

          or?

          B) El Ghazi

        16. hustler7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Who would you start out of Konsa and Lingard?

          1. jia you (The No BS League -…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Konsa

          2. Sho-kun
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            lingyy

        17. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Play Son or Konsa?

          1. hustler7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            I'd go Son

            1. jia you (The No BS League -…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              yeah was going Konsa but a benched Son haul would annoy me

        18. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Mendy Guaita
          Shaw Rudiger Fofana Coleman Coady
          Fernandes Greenwood Salah Lingard JWP
          Vardy Nacho DCL

          Bench Boost Activated. 31 matches this GW. Let’s go!

        19. Tshelby
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Bottomed..

          A/B/C don't seem to do the trick..

          A) Vardy, Jota, Castagne -> DCL, Bruno, Mitchell (-8)
          B) Vardy, ESM, Castagne -> Vydra, Bruno, Mitchell (-8)
          C) Vardy, Jota -> DCL, Rashford (-4)

          What should I do than?

          Martinez*, Guita*
          Konsa*, TAA*, Dallas, Castagne*, Veltman
          Salah*, Greenwood**, Jota*, Lingard, ESM*
          Kane, Vardy*, Nacho*

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Kane to Dom, Jota to Bruno

            next week Vardy to kane

          2. Thiagoagogo
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Siggy would look great in there.

        20. Thiagoagogo
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          Coleman or Keane
          Not enough funds for Digne

          1. MadeinIreland
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Keane hasn’t been playing and I don’t fancy them for clean sheets in their two matches anyway so he’s first or second on my bench

            1. Thiagoagogo
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              Who woukd you bring in at 5.0? On W/C

        21. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          Hi
          Play Vardy or move to DCL?
          Have Nacho + Madders
          Tks

          1. Sho-kun
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            make the move

            1. Studs Up
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 3 hours ago

              Cool

        22. Sho-kun
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          BB, 2 FT, 0.1 itb

          Mendy
          Shaw/TAA/Rüdiger
          Son/Lingz/Jota/Bruno
          DCL/Kane/INacho
          Forster/Saka/Coufal/Coleman

          Can't get Salah in so I see only this move:
          Saka --> El Ghazi

          1. Thiagoagogo
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Kane>Watkins Son>Salah

        23. JamRec
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          Mount and Kane > Fernandez and Wood

          (-8 hit)

          Thoughts?

          1. Thiagoagogo
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 hours ago

            Not for me