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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  1. C_G
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    play Forster or Martinez?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Forster probably benched

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Martinez.

    3. RamboRN
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Think forster will play?

    4. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Martinez.

  2. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez (Forster)
    TAA, Coleman, Coufal (Shaw, Fofana)
    Salah, Jota, Lingard (Bruno, Greenwood)
    Kane, Wood (Iheanacho)

    With 1FT + 1.6 itb and only 9 playing players

    A) Bruno + Nacho > Son + DCL (-4)
    B) Bruno + Fofana > Son + Dallas (-4)
    C) Greenwood + Nacho > Raphin + DCL (-4)

    1. bozankrkic
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

  3. RamboRN
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Have mendy and forster. Is it swapping mendy to pickford or meslier for a -4 or just take the risk of having no keeper this week?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I am taking the risk as not worth a hit imo.

    2. Bennyboy1907
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Think it may be worth it tbh

    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Sorry repost:
      Last puzzle on FH, A or B?
      A. Pickford, Stones
      B. Ederson, Phillips

      Good luck all

    4. Fergiesarmy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      For the run in
      A) Bamf & Lingard
      Or
      B)Antonio & Raph

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B

    5. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ings worth a (c) punt if you own?

      1. Bennyboy1907
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Nah

        • Levi's 501
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Maybe, if you don't own Salah or Kane.

      2. Return of the FF
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Available team this week...

        Martinez

        TAA, Targett, Dallas, Veltman
        Lingard, Son, Jota
        Watkins, Kane

        Bench is Bruno, Greenwood, Azpi.

        1 FT, 0 itb. Realistically am I best selling Azpi? If so...

        A. Stones
        B. Coleman
        C. Sell Greenwood/Bruno, for who??

      3. balint84
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        -4 for these defenders?

        A) Stones
        B) kwp
        C) save -4, play 10 men

        1. antis0cial
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          A if any but I'd just save and play with 10

        2. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          C

      4. C_G
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        is this worth a -8?

        Vardy + Nacho + Castage ----> Antonio + DCL + Coleman

        1. bozankrkic
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Good moves. Worth imo.

      5. Davidwes
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thoughts on this wildcard team?
        Pickford
        TAA, Digne, Stones
        Salah, Mane, Foden, Lingard
        Kane, DCL, Antonio
        Bench: Meslier, Dallas, Coufal, ESR

        1. Bennyboy1907
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Looks solid

            1. SimonOwen
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Would have more Leeds than just Dallas if I had WC still 😀

              1. SimonOwen
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I mean more outfield Leeds!! 😀

                1. Davidwes
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Yeah I do want bamford, but favour dcl and antonio more. My plan is to bring in Bamford gw 38 ford dcl and go triple leeds vs westbrom at home

        2. Bennyboy1907
            2 months, 16 days ago

            1FT 0.2ITB
            Guita
            TAA Coleman Coufal
            Salah Jota Son Lingard
            Kane K.Davies

            Forster Holding Shaw Bruno Nacho Davies

            Nacho to Bamford means I need to make up 0.2. But how? Prefer taking out a blanker such as Shaw or Holding..

          • Espanyolie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Phillips or Willams a good shout, if stretching to Trent or Robbie isn’t possible?

          • Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Rank: 138

            Play safe and captain Salah or go for it and captain someone like Digne/Son/DCL?

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Go safe and punt elsewhere

            2. Captain Haddock
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Safe, you have such a template team that you won't be world number one anyway. Good job!

              1. Mweene
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Desperate to finish in the top 100 though!

                1. Captain Haddock
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Ok, let someone else desperate make that mistake

            3. demob
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              You want to break into top 100 you need to take a risk dude

              1. demob
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Don't capt Digne though! DCL or son

          • HanS14
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Current team
            Forster
            Saiss Philips taa Stones
            Salah son lingard
            Davis
            *bruno, greenwood, holding, nacho, vardy, mendy

            Is bruno, vardy davis -> kane, dcl raphina for -8 worth it?
            Could do nacho instead of Davis and have 8,2 for a midfielder if that gets me something better than raph?

          • aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Nacho-Bruno-Fofana to Antonio-Son-Vestegaard for -8?

          • C_G
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            pls help

            is this worth a -8?

            Vardy + Nacho + Castange ----> Antonio + DCL + Coleman

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Yes imo

          • Igz08
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            A) Castagne -> Dallas
            B) Castagne -> Keane/Coleman
            C) Castagne -> Regulion
            C) Bruno -> Son/Bale
            D) Castagne, Nacho -> One of the above (bench Coady) + Bamford (-4)

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

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              D with Antonio

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Jota or Salah captain?

            1. Mweene
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Salah is probably more nailed and will be desperate to win the golden boot.

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Salah

            3. Igz08
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Salah all day long

          • Fantasy123456
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Can’t make my mind up for the remaining games

              A) Antonio
              B) Wood
              C) Bamford

              I’m leaning slightly to Wood for some reason

            • Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Antonio or Bamford worth a -4 this week?

              1. Werner Bremen
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Thinking the same. Wood is another option.

            • Werner Bremen
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Chasing. Ma oponnent has 9 players and is surely going for a hit. Should I:

              A Start Pereira (LIV)

              B Get Bamford/Antonio/Wood for a hit?

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                B and whoever they don't have

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Hit

            • Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Plz pick 2
              Ings Firmino DCL

              1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Ings DCL

              2. sneif4
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Tough call. I'd say Ings and DCL

              3. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Thanks all, leaning this way also just trying to work out if i could squeeze a 3rd pool option to compliment TAA Salah...

            • C_G
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              guys i took a -8 and came up with this:

              Martinez

              TAA Ward Dallas

              Lingard El Ghazi Son Salah Jota

              DCL Kane

              Did I make a huge mistake?

              1. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                depends on what the transfers were.

                1. C_G
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Vardy + Nacho + Castagne ----> Dallas + Son + DCL

                  1. C_G
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    i meant Vardy + Greenwood + Castagne

                    1. Keeptrying
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      That's alright. Would give it a B minus.

              2. demob
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Hrmm. Maybe. Don't like El ghazi in there. Or ward

            • sneif4
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Castagne to Digne worth -4? Means I'll be fielding 11 instead of 10

              1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Yes

              2. Mweene
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Yes.

              3. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Nope

              4. Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I did it - odds of making the -4 back up decent imo

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I'd agree with this

              5. demob
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Yep obvi

              6. sneif4
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Thanks all, transfer made

            • VinMar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Best FH midfield ?

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Not sure it's the best but I'm looking at Bale Bernado Mahrez Lingard Salah atm

              2. Mweene
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Son, Bale, Salah, Jota, Raphinha/Sigurdsson/Foden

              3. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Best Best Best Best Best

            • wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Should i start Siggy or Davis->Antonio/Bamford(-8)?

              1. Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                start Siggy

              2. Boly Would
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Start Siggy

              3. Dusty Donut
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Siggy

              4. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                cheers

            • Taegugk Warrior
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Bring Lingard or Jota for the rest of the season for a hit…?

              1. Mweene
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                For who?

                1. Taegugk Warrior
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Grenwood

            • Hitthewall
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Which option?

                A) Bruno + Rudiger --> Son + Dallas
                B) Ihenacho + Rudiger --> Antonio + Alioski

                1. Dusty Donut
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  A

              • Henning
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Bamford, DCL or Antonio in for Iheanacho?
                Im at DLC for the moment.

              • Dusty Donut
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Do we think Coleman is a guaranteed starter against Sheff U on Sunday?

                1. poulteren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  been pondering this too. What are the other options to ancelotti?

                  1. Dusty Donut
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Not too sure to be honest. Think he likes to mix up the formations. They played 4 4 2 against Villa last night, Coleman playing right midfield (& Holgate at RB)

                    1. poulteren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      good intel. Thanks. I think I will go with Godfrey or Coufal. His stats are better too