Spot the Differential

Coleman a tempting FPL differential with creativity and clean sheet potential

Blank Gameweek 36 is almost upon us, so it’s time to have a look at some more differential options for the weekend and beyond.

This time, we’ve selected low-owned picks at Everton, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur who we think have the potential to make an impact.

As always, to qualify, the player must have a Fantasy Premier League ownership of 5% or less at the time of writing.

Seamus Coleman

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  • FPL ownership: 2.9%
  • Price: £4.9m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: SHU | WOL | mci

With five clean sheets and two assists in his last seven appearances, plus an appealing next two fixtures, veteran full-back Seamus Coleman (£4.9m) could be a solid, under-the-radar pick.

Given his age and history with injuries, he isn’t a guaranteed starter every game but remains the club’s captain and a crucial part of this Everton side.

In recent matches, Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection has often meant that both Coleman and Lucas Digne (£6.2m) have been deployed as wing-backs in a 3-5-2 formation, where they provide the width and an attacking outlet on the flanks. That’s enabled them to concentrate on getting forward to support the attack, which has coincided with the no. 23 taking up some of his most advanced positions of the season so far.

His ability to create has caught the eye, too.

Amongst team-mates over the last six Gameweeks, Coleman ranks joint-top for chances created with 11, which is level with Digne despite fewer minutes, and second for expected assists (xA). It’s also worth noting that he came agonisingly close to scoring late on at West Ham United last weekend, only to be thwarted by a last-ditch block.

Overall, it has been a good season for Everton, who sit eighth in the Premier League table ahead of back-to-back home matches against relegated Sheffield United and mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers. Encouragingly for owners of the Toffees’ defensive assets, both opponents rank in the bottom four for big chances and expected goals (xG) since the turn of the year.

Coleman has delivered a string of impressive displays of late, and given his fixtures, could be the pick of the budget defenders for the next two rounds.

Dwight McNeil

  • FPL ownership: 0.5%
  • Price: £5.7m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: LEE | LIV | shu

Dwight McNeil (£5.7m) has been one of Burnley’s standout performers in recent months, developing into his side’s main creative outlet.

Over the last six Gameweeks, he sits top at Turf Moor for chances created, big chances created, crosses and final-third touches, while amongst all Premier League midfielders, only Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) has a higher xA total.

That upturn in form has coincided with an increased attacking output from Sean Dyche’s side, which has seen them score in each of their last nine games. During that time, Chris Wood (£6.4m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) have thrived as a strike partnership in Burnley’s 4-4-2, which is encouraging for McNeil, who now has two confident forwards capable of converting his chances. Crucially, the winger also has a share of set-pieces.

From a position in the Premier League’s relegation places in mid-December, Burnley have put together an impressive run to remain in the division. Up next is a home encounter against Leeds United, a game McNeil’s crossing from deeper zones is perfectly suited to, before they welcome back supporters for the first time in over a year against Liverpool in Gameweek 37. However, the real appeal lies in Gameweek 38, when they end their season at relegated Sheffield United.

McNeil has been a major influence in Burnley’s improved form, and could be an effective midfield differential for the remainder of the season.

Sergio Reguilón

  • FPL ownership: 4.4%
  • Price: £5.6m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: WOL | AVL | lei

Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) has made a real impact at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

The Spanish full-back joined Spurs from Real Madrid last summer and has since made 24 Premier League appearances. During that time, he’s provided five assists and largely made the left-back spot his own.

In Ryan Mason’s first match in charge against Southampton in Double Gameweek 32, Reguilón was heavily involved in the final third as he assisted Son Heung-min’s (£9.6m) disallowed goal before winning the penalty that won the match. He ended the game with more opposition half touches than any other player on the pitch and carried that form into Gameweek 34, when he set up Harry Kane (£11.8m) for a good first-half chance and then went close himself with a curled effort.

While Spurs’ defence has often been criticised, it’s worth noting that only Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals on home turf this season. That’s relevant with Wolves and Aston Villa travelling to north London next, both of whom have been more susceptible to giving up chances from their right flank in recent matches.  

In a relatively short space of time, Reguilón has proven he has the ability to thrive in the Premier League, and with the possibility of attacking returns and clean sheets, could be a nice pickup for those in search of a differential.

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518 Comments Post a Comment
  1. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    1st!!

  2. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    2nd

  3. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on
    1) Greenwood + nacho to Raphina + dcl (-4)
    2) Bruno + nacho to son + Bamford/antonio (-4)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      2 with Antonio

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Mahrez asking for trouble?

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      He’s been a naughty boy

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Nah he a good pick imo, seems to score points when he starts and from memory won't get subbed on for late cameo

  5. matiakez
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    is triple Everton too much? Already have Digne and Coleman and thinking of adding DCL.

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Do it

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I'd say with the fixture they have it's worth it

    3. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      DCL looks good for this week.

    4. ebb2sparky
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Probably but for me the concern would be the defensive double up rather than the addition of dcl.

      1. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Coleman will likely be benched after this week or sold for Dallas.

  6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Vardy+Iheanacho+Fofana+Rudiger to DCL+Bamford+Digne+Dallas for -8?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      How many you go playing?

  7. Zlatan F.C
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Choose one

      A) Antonio
      B) DCL
      C) Bamford

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        B

      2. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        B

      3. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        B

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Like the Coleman pick

      I already have 11 players , FT used on Nacho > Bamford, with 3 ManU players on the bench (Bruno, Greenwood, Shaw).

      Is it worth a hit to give me a playing bench player?

      I know the answer is NO, but getting FOMO.....

      1. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Nope

      2. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Have the same dilemma as I've taken a -8 to get 11 players out.

        My team also has Dias who I'm worried will get dropped but not sure if I wanna take another hit to have a back up

    • Moolaah
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Any news regarding Mane to start in Liverpool next match?

      1. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Klopp said in his post match interview that there is no beef.
        But who knows...

        1. built_this_city
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Mane had a cheek to moan - hes been utter rubbish this season

        2. Moolaah
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Currently thinking to add another Liverpool attacker or Man City mid. I'm stuck to select which one

    • BBC_TF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I have taken a -4 to field 10 players in GW36.

      Would you take another -4 to do Bruno to Son? given that I am missing a player, half of the hit is already paid for.

      After GW 36, Bruno has Fulham and wolves (with the Europa finale rotation risk)
      Son has WOL / AVL / lei on the beach.

      1. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Would give Son a go for a -4.

    • Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      A) play Ward (v AVL)
      B) take a -4 and play Dallas or Raphinha and bench Ward.

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Two 50:50 calls, anyone able to split them?

      Dallas or Digne?
      Antonio or Bamford?

      1. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Digne & Bam.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Any reason?

          1. Levi's 501
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Digne for the potential CS, very close between those two though.
            Soft spot for Bam and I worry too much about injury prone players like Antonio.

    • Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Best mid under 6.0m??

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Raphinha if he plays. I’m on ASM. Might come good last two

    • Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Sorry kinda bottomed when I posted this
      But which 2/3 city players would you all punt on if on FH?
      Thinking Mahrez, Foden/Bernado and then maybe a defender atm

      1. Forcella Boys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        With no KDB Bernardo looks a good call imo.

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Leaning this way also, but predicting the lineup is a pain

      2. Opperkaker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I'd go Foden and Ederson. Foden has been rested the last two games and is much more explosive than Bernardo (and cheaper). Ederson is the surest defensive player to start. Mahrez looks like a good pick as well. Maybe even Mendy, although the rotation risk seems bigger with him.

    • lugalooch
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Isit with taking a -8 to field 10 players? Only have 7 currently

      Chambers, Greenwood, Ihenacho >

      A) Stones, Raphina, Bamford/Antonio
      B) Dallas, Foden, Bamford/Antonio

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Only if you think the players will outscore your current players with an 8 point headstart. I'd go A from those though

    • Please Answer Me
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Sell Mendy or hope Forster starts?

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        his manager has said he wont start FYI.

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I am hoping

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I wouldnt do anything for a hit. if its a FT then maybe Fabianski or meslier.

    • Karlhungus
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Ings or DCL? Feel like DCL is the safer choice, but Ings has low ownership and he needs to prove that he's ready for the Euros

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        DCL

    • mrpink32
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno nacho mendy to bale dcl pickfird, -8

      Y or N? Gives me 11 starting

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yes

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Decent

    • Blue Moon Rising
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Currently fielding:

      Forster

      Philips Dallas XXXX

      Jota Salah XXX XXX

      Kane Vydra Lingard

      Players to sell: Maguire, Greenwood, Rudiger, Mendy, Fofana

      1 FT

      A) Mendy > Ederson/Pickford
      B) Maguire to Dias/Keane/Coleman
      C) Greenwood to Son/Raphinia

      Which should I priotise and for how many hits?

      Currrently on A and B for -4

    • 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      On FH draft, which options is best?
      A. Locked team
      B. Ings -> Antonio, upgrade bench
      C. Robbo -> Stones/Phillips, upgrade bench

      Pickford
      TAA, Robbo, Digne
      Salah (c), Son, Mahrez, Foden
      Kane (vc), DCL, Ings
      [Forster, Mitchell, Burke, 3.8 def]

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        A

        1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Its ok to have that very weak bench?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Mitchell home to villa is fine. I think all your starters get minutes anyway.

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Can't see Veltman starting. Is it worth a hit to get Dallas this week?

      Forster*
      TAA Digne Veltman*
      Salah Son Jota Lingard
      Kane Watkins DCL

      Mendy Greenwood Holding Shaw

      1. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Why not, he’s good for the run in too

      2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yes

      3. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Dallas is worth the hit

      4. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        cheers all

    • Igz08
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Any suggestions here?

      Forster
      TAA Coady Ayling
      Bruno Salah Jota JLingz Zaha
      Kane DCL
      Martínez Shaw Castagne Nacho
      1FT 0.2 ITB

      A) Castagne -> Dallas
      B) Castagne -> Keane/Coleman
      C) Bruno -> Son/Bale
      D) Castagne, Nacho -> Dallas (bench Coady), Bamford (-4)

      Rival is behind by 7, will take a hit and has Son, Digne, Bruno but no Salah.

      1. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Regullion could be quite a nice pick too I suppose

    • poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Hi all, please help. Any advice much appreciated:

      A>) Antonio and Coleman

      OR

      B>) DCL and Sturijk

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        A for sure

        1. poulteren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Legend. Thanks

        2. poulteren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Actually, am concerned over Coleman so may go with Coufal. I am also worried about sheffied united and DCL getting a cricket score. What is your thinking please?

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        A

        1. poulteren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Thanks 🙂

    • Zinedine Kilbane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I'm managing to field 11 without a hit, even have the luxury of having 1 sub.

      Undecided whether to transfer Rashford to Son for a hit.

      Would mean benching coufal. Really think could pay off keeping rashford and playing against Fulham next week

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Play Coufal. Hit not worth the risk

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Is zaha > bale worth a hit? Have Son already.

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I think Zaha could do well. Bale is so hit or miss. I would hold

      2. Boz
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Not for a hit

      3. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I'm giving Zaha another chance.

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers

    • Boz
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Foden or Jota on FH?

      Or neither due to bench risk?

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Guys, doing Bruno > Salah and which downgrade to accompany?
      A. Azpi > Mitchell (benched)
      B. Jota > Raphinha and bench Konsa
      C. Nacho > Davis (benched)

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        C

    • Forcella Boys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Fernandes & Vardy > Kane & ????

      Got £10.4m to spend, already got ASM, Salah, Lingard & Jota.

      Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden Bale or Son ? Any others?

    • 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone on FH think Stones is good choice?

      1. Boz
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Between Stones and Dallas for me (with TAA and Digne)

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yes, should play to get match fitness after suspension I suspect

      3. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Similar situation here, he'll be great esp with Wilson out presuming he starts but Dallas is tempting as well, or 3 city attackers also. But if you want a City defender he's a good pick imo

    • Punky
        5 months, 7 days ago

        All or nothin`
        TAA Digne Cancelo
        Lingard Bale(C) Son Bernardo Mahrez
        Antonio Kane