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. G00LI0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Anymore news on Zaha? I see Hodgson didn't refer to him

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Apparently it will be revealed after the embargo

      1. G00LI0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Surely there must be a leak somewhere! Please!

  2. Athletico Underachieving
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Never seen so many comments as these last few days!

  3. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Help, what to do ?

    Mendy
    Rudiger, Holding, Shaw, Fofana
    Salah, Bruno Fernandes, Jota, Son
    Iheancho, Kane

    Sub: Forster, Fabio Silva, Lingard, Dias
    1FT, 0.3 in the bank
    FT next GW

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Looks good, 2FT going to be big bonus?

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    GTG or swap someone from the bench?

    Martinez
    Trent, Shaw, Castagne,
    Bruno, Son, Salah, Jota,
    Nacho, Kane, Watkins,

    Button, Rüdiger, Lingz, Veltman,

    1. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      play rudiger, hes currently the best chelsea player

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Hard games, who drops out?

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    So frustrating triple gw is on I have bb and am stuck at wife's relatives and can't tinker. Damn it

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      No WiFi? Put your foot down dude. Tell them it’s a TGW. I get told to grow up by the outlaws haha and then the father in law just winds me up after a captain fail.

  6. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Areola to guaita
    Or
    Dunk To Coleman or Ward
    Which is best transfer ?
    Both for a hit

  7. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Which option on FH?

    A) Shaw (play 4 at the back and 3 mids)
    B) Zaha (3 defs, 4 mids)

    1. get_up_early
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Zaha

    2. Scoring freely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Havn't you been telling people to avoid Zaha the last few pages?

  8. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    A) Kane + Greenwood
    B) DCL + Rashford -4

  9. FC Bazalona
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    FH GTG ??
    Guaita
    TAA Shaw Robbo
    Greenwood Salah Bruno Zaha
    Nacho Vardy DCL
    Forster El-Ghazi Digne Mitchell

  10. Lecky Legs FC
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    I'm chasing so thinking about Triple Captaining Vardy thoughts?

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Captain Salah if you are chasing

  11. Mr. Jenkins
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Best defender not from United, Everton, Palace or Leicester? 5.5m budget, preferably with a DGW since i'm on bench boost.

  12. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Who scores more this week:

    Vardy
    Maddison
    Aubameyang

    1. JoeSoap
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy

    2. get_up_early
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Auba

  13. JoeSoap
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    1.
    A. Gun>Zaha
    B. Gun>JWP
    C. Gun>Greenwood/Pogba (would leave 8 players for next week)

    2.
    A. Wood>Watkins
    B. Wood>DCL

  14. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Would you switch Azpi/Rudiger for a -4? Both starting for me.

  15. WibblesTeam
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    gw35 only

    A: Cavani & Dunk
    B: Maguire & Bamford,

    1. JoeSoap
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      A (only concern is how many games cavani plays)

  16. mrpink32
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Kane to cavani -4?

    Y or N?

  17. storr84
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    A - Rashy
    B - Pogba

    Pairing with Greenwood.

  18. Mr. Jenkins
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Looking for a new defender, preferably not from United, Everton, Palace or Leicester.
    5.5m budget

    Any suggestions?

    1. get_up_early
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Dallas

      1. Mr. Jenkins
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Not a bad shout, but is Dallas in a SGW worth it over say a Zouma or Rudiger if they play both?

  19. Bonus magnet
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    buy 2

    jota zaha rashford tielemans

    1. get_up_early
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Zaha and Rashford

  20. xuwei
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Which group scores more?

    Rashford, Zaha (-4)
    Fernandes, Pereira

  21. seanie3
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    best combo please

    a) Zaha & DCL
    b) Bruno & Vydra

  22. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    2FT for gw35:

    Son, Veltman > Greenwood, Shaw?

    Then bring back Son for 36 (along with a hit).

    1. Gabhini Gupini
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah looks sensible

  23. Rabb05
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Non bruno owner and mini league rival will captain him. Should I captain?

    Salah
    Nacho
    Greenwood

    1. Babelcopter
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Salah

  24. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Start
    A) Targett (2-9 pts)
    Or
    B) Lingard (2-13 pts)

  25. Halftime
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Should I take PVA in a Draft league or is his security of starts too low?

  26. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Which one?
    1) Greenwood - but played 90 vs. Roma
    2) Zaha - injured?
    3) Pogba - per article?

    1. Gabhini Gupini
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Zaha

  27. Gabhini Gupini
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Castagne or Ward Prowe for the dgw? On a FH

  28. Paddy Gooner
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    A Dallas or
    B Coady

    first on bench ???

  29. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    United defenders are a trap other than Shaw. Nobody is going to play all 3 games and the fixtures are tough