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
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    play Forster or Martinez?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Forster probably benched

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Martinez.

    3. RamboRN
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Think forster will play?

    4. Kannbury
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Martinez.

    5. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day 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
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

    6. RamboRN
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day 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
        1 month, 1 day ago

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

      2. Bennyboy1907
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Think it may be worth it tbh

      3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

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

        Good luck all

      4. Fergiesarmy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

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

        1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B

      5. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ings worth a (c) punt if you own?

        1. Bennyboy1907
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Nah

          • Kannbury
              1 month, 1 day ago

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

          • Return of the FF
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day 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??

          • balint84
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            -4 for these defenders?

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

            1. antis0cial
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

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

            2. Dusty Donut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              C

          • C_G
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            is this worth a -8?

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

            1. bozankrkic
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Good moves. Worth imo.

          • Davidwes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

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

            1. Bennyboy1907
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Looks solid

                1. SimonOwen
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  1. SimonOwen
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I mean more outfield Leeds!! 😀

                    1. Davidwes
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day 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
                1 month, 1 day 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
                1 month, 1 day ago

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

              • Mweene
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day 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
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Go safe and punt elsewhere

                2. Captain Haddock
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day 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
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Desperate to finish in the top 100 though!

                    1. Captain Haddock
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Ok, let someone else desperate make that mistake

                3. demob
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  1. demob
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Don't capt Digne though! DCL or son

              • HanS14
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day 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
                1 month, 1 day ago

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

              • C_G
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                pls help

                is this worth a -8?

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

                1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Yes imo

              • Igz08
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day 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
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  D with Antonio

              • AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Jota or Salah captain?

                1. Mweene
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Salah

                3. Igz08
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Salah all day long

              • Fantasy123456
                  1 month, 1 day 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
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Antonio or Bamford worth a -4 this week?

                  1. Werner Bremen
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Thinking the same. Wood is another option.

                • Werner Bremen
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day 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
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    B and whoever they don't have

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Hit

                • Thomas Magnum
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Plz pick 2
                  Ings Firmino DCL

                  1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Ings DCL

                  2. sneif4
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Tough call. I'd say Ings and DCL

                  3. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day 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
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day 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
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    depends on what the transfers were.

                    1. C_G
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

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

                      1. C_G
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        i meant Vardy + Greenwood + Castagne

                        1. Keeptrying
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  2. demob
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

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

                • sneif4
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Yes

                  2. Mweene
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Yes.

                  3. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Nope

                  4. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

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

                    1. Thomas Magnum
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I'd agree with this

                  5. demob
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Yep obvi

                  6. sneif4
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Thanks all, transfer made

                • VinMar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Best FH midfield ?

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day 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
                    1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  3. The Units
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Best Best Best Best Best

                • wulfrunian
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  1. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    start Siggy

                  2. Boly Would
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Start Siggy

                  3. Dusty Donut
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Siggy

                  4. wulfrunian
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    cheers

                • Taegugk Warrior
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  1. Mweene
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    For who?

                    1. Taegugk Warrior
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Grenwood

                • Hitthewall
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Which option?

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

                    1. Dusty Donut
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      A

                  • Henning
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

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

                  • Dusty Donut
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

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

                    1. poulteren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

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

                      1. Dusty Donut
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 1 day 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
                          1 month, 1 day ago

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