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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2,781 Comments Post a Comment
  1. themaindanger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    I have transfer plans for 3 Man U and 3 Liverpool this week

    Also considering the below

    1) El Ghazi and DCL in for a -4
    2) Siggurdson in and keep Bamford for free transfer.

    Which option?

  2. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Best 3 Man Utd assets on a FH?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Fernandes, Greenwood, Shaw in my opinion

      Maguire, AWB, Rashford the other real options (Pogba isn’t for me)

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This.

      2. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Shaw to outscore Maguire in 2 games?

    2. Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno, Maquire, AWB prob

    3. tbos83
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Maguire, Bruno, Greenwood

    4. Footieboot
      4 months, 21 days ago

      AWB, Rashford, Bruno

      1. Footieboot
        4 months, 21 days ago

        To clarify - AWB has no real backup and played 45 mins yesterday
        Rashford edges Greenwood as he played just 20 and Ole loves to play him at striker in tough fixtures (expecting him to start up front vs Liverpool)
        Bruno does not require an explanation

    5. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'm on Henderson, Maguire and Bruno but it's a lottery really

    6. Zlatan F.C
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Henderson, Bruno and Greenwood

    7. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno, Maguire, Greenwood

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno Greenwood Maguire

    9. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Shaw and Bruno more than enough....Tough fixtures and rotation risks...

    10. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno
      Greenwood
      Henderson

    11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      If chasing - swerve Bruno & back Rashford/Greenwood/Pogba/Cavani to give you best chance at catching up/overtaking (you’re already behind so no harm no foul if he hauls)

      If leading - get Bruno to shore up the lead (you’re already ahead so no need to gamble)

      All things considered - he has 6 blanks in his last 8 so he’s either due a mega haul (more likely imo), or has gone off the boil (less likely imo)

      Anyone who thinks they know for sure is full of shite - it’s a guess either way - but he’ll be likely be pretty involved as always so going without is not for the faint hearted

    12. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno and Maguire for sure.

      Then choose a 3rd who will only play 2 of 3.

  3. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Suggestions on how to avoid burning a FT. have 2FT and plan to FH36 so cant roll over. 2m itb

    Mendy
    Taa Shaw Veltman Holding -- Rudi
    Salah Bruno Greenwood Maddison -- lingard
    Nacho Kane

    A: Veltman >> Digne and xxx >> ?? maddison > zaha/jota? rudi > coufal?
    B: Veltman + Maddison >> Digne + DCL (-4)
    C: something else.

    1. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      B

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    No news on Zaha then?

    Got to assume he’s fit & raring to go?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Raring to trap you all and feast on your souls.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Sounds about right

  5. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Start holding or lingard?..

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Lingard.

  6. Kabayan
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    FH Team.
    Martinez
    TAA - Robbo - Castagne - AWB
    Salah - Bruno - Rashford
    Vardy - Nacho - Watkins

    Forster - Douglas L - ESR - Mitchell
    Good to go?

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Not fancy DCL over Watkins?

      1. Kabayan
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        It's between Robbo - Watkins or Digne - DCL.
        Martinez & Watkins are there to block rivals in my MLs.

  7. Sultan-Gemy2121
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Need help here please..

    Mendy
    TAA... Castagne... Holding
    Salah... Siggy... Bruno(3C)... Jota
    DCL... Nacho... Wood

    Forster... Son...Dunk...Dias
    1)is it ok to bench son for wood
    2)the triple captain choice, bruno or salah?

    1. Sultan-Gemy2121
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Already on - 4

    2. BullDogTevez
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'd be playing Son & Dias over Wood and Holding with that team.

    3. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'd play Son over Holding
      Bruno TC

      1. themaindanger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I meant Son over Wood

  8. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who's likely to score more points this DGW:

    A - Mount
    B - Rudiger

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which option fam?

    A. Digne (-4)
    B. Targett in GW35, Dunk in GW36

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  10. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Best striker to get in?
    Watkins, Cavani or DCL?

    Best midfielder?
    JWP, Greenwood, jota

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      DCL Greenwood

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This

      2. themaindanger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Agree with Dunas Dog

  11. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    It's B, right?

    A. Take -4 this week to effectively bring in DCL for Lingard, then take another -4 next week to sort Nacho and Mendy blanks.
    B. Bottle it this week and use 2 FT to sort Nacho and Mendy Blanks; keep Lingard over DCL.

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'd like A

      1. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers.

  12. PascalCygan
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Bottomed sorry. How about Son + Welbeck + Rudiger > Greenwood + Watkins + Digne for -4?

    (I was going to do Son + Welbeck + Rudiger > Greenwood + DCL + Maguire but Solskjaer comments on Maguire making me veer towards Digne and saving myself a hit next week)

    Would give me:

    Mendy
    TAA Digne Holding
    Salah Bruno Greenwood Jota
    Kane Nacho Watkins

    Forster Lingard Coady Masuaku

    Thanks!

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Greenwood Digne Watkins the better move

      1. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks

  13. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone considering JWP?

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      for sure, with the absence of Ings, he's on all set pieces...

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes got him in for Bowen. Always a threat with set pieces and has played every minute in the PL

  14. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Lingard to Zaha worth -4?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Nah.

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      You’ll want Lingard back though

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Thinking might get Antonio in 36

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Only if you like traps that explode in your face.

    4. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      No

    5. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      No

  15. Punty McPuntface
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team please??

    Guatia
    Shaw Digne TAA
    Salah Mane Bruno Zaha JWP
    Vardy Nacho

    Michell Davies Dunne

  16. OLLY G
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Shaw or AWB?

    Thanks.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Coin toss. If I had neither to begin with, I’d go Shaw.

    2. Ch0udini
      4 months, 21 days ago

      AWB for starts security, Shaw more atacking potential

    3. Saosin
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Flip a coin. Shaw for attacking threat, AWB for possible 3

    4. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Shaw

  17. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who is the most nailed Everton defender??

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Digne

      1. Saosin
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This. But if you can't afford. Coleman maybe?

  18. Zlatan F.C
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who is going Digne instead of Maguire?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I have Digne’d this the correct decision.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Awful

  19. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Guaita Forster
    Maguire TAA Castagne Digne Ward
    Salah Bruno Greenwood Zaha JWP
    Kelechi Vardy Watkins

    Thoughts on this FH team. Any glaring mistakes? DCL, Cavani, Henderson etc

  20. rnrd
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Did Hodgson say anything about Zaha?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      No

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      He stayed silent .... laying the trap that is Zaha.

  21. abaalan
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez, Areola
    Shaw, TAA, Burn, Struijk, Castagne
    Jota, Bruno, Gundo, Son, Lingard
    Bamford, Kane, Iheanacho

    2 FT, 1.8 ITB

    A) Lingard + Kane -> Watkins + Salah
    B) Lingard + Kane -> DCL + Mane
    C) Son -> Greenwood (get in Salah next week)
    D) Other?

  22. Aster
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Nacho, Bruno or Greenword captain?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno.

    2. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno. He gets 2 starts and if not winning he will likely come on to be the catalyst in the third game.

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Nachos

    4. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno

  23. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Zaha TC.

    My rank is 1,465,335 and I’m not in contention in any of my MLS.

    There’s really nothing to lose at this point, so there will never be a better opportunity for me to take this wild a punt ever again.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      The trap that is Zaha will leave you with scars that will never heal. TC Zaha may end you, dating your soul for all eternity ...

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Hmmmm ... that was supposed to be damming... but maybe dating is worse.

      2. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        If I was chasing or in contention to win any of my Mini Leagues then I’d go for Bruno. But, in all seriousness, so what if Zaha fails. What will I have lost?

        Every week I’ve capped Bruno he’s blanked. What makes me think it will be any different this time?

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah ... Bruno has been so disappointing ... but Zaha vs Bruno and his crazy EO ..... it would be a gutsy crazy punt ... Zaha has done me so many times.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Commiserations to you 🙁

  24. Trondero
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Mendy
    Mitchell TAA Shaw Castagne
    Salah Bruno(c) Jota Greenwood
    Nacho Kane

    Son + Rudiger + Coady -> Bruno (c) + Shaw + Mitchell -4

    Good moves? Will Mitchell play in gw36?

    1. Trondero
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bench: Forster, Lingard, Veltmann, Vyrda

  25. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Is Tuchel likely to heavily rotate his squad or do you think they still need to cement a CL place?

    Just debating whether or not to take a -4 for Rudiger to Maguire?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I think Rudiger plays 1 ... vs Slabhead maybe 3 but more likely 2 ... I’d just do it ... why the hell not.

    2. iCon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      He may, but either way I wouldn't do that. Rudiger didn't play last weekend so chance he doesn't need a rest

  26. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    A) Fofana > Shaw
    B) Holding & Lingard > Shaw & JWP

    1. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I did A

  27. FFSbet.com
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    For this GW

    A) Vardy + Rashford

    B) Cavani + Mane

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Flip a coin, literally. Gun to my head. A

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A - and Cap JV

      rightly or wrongly I’ve got that Vardy feeling again

      Think he’ll finally snap out of this wastefulness & put Newcastle to the absolute sword

    4. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers will stay with A

  28. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Double pool draft 343, what do we think?

    Guaita
    TAA AWB Castagne
    Bruno Salah Greenwood Zaha
    Vardy Nacho DCL

    Any feedback?

    Previously I had Mane and no Vardy in a 352 but if United are going weaker against Leicester, even as a United supporter, we might ship a couple? Liverpool could also blow Southampton out of the water...

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      That’s the team I would have if on free hit I think.

      Only real miss is Digne but hard to see who you would drop for him (Castagne??!)

  29. szmtz8
    4 months, 21 days ago

    BB this week, have 2FT and 1.5m

    Martinez / Pope
    Azpilicueta / Coady / Dunk / Wan-Bissaka / Stones
    Jota / Lingard / Fernandes / Son / McGinn
    Bamford / Iheanacho / Kane

    Using one transfer for Stones > Coleman or Digne

    Thoughts on..
    1) Bamford > Watkins
    2) Jota > Greenwood

  30. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Start

    A Fofana ( probably starts both but getting early subs during Ramadan)
    B Holding ( will he get WBA game)