Spot the Differential

Three budget FPL differentials to consider for Gameweek 35 and beyond

Gameweek 35 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) 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 Everton, Burnley and Crystal Palace who we think have the potential to make an impact.

As always, to qualify, the player must have an ownership of 5% or less at the time of writing.

ANTHONY GORDON

  • FPL ownership: 3.0%
  • Price: £4.6m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: CHE | lei + wat | BRE + CRY | ars

Anthony Gordon (£4.6m) has undeniably been one of Everton’s standout players this season, and with six fixtures in the final four Gameweeks, is one of the best budget midfielders on offer.

The 21-year-old has shown he can be equally effective playing on either flank, but has mostly been used on the right of late.

And in terms of match-ups, that looks ideal for Gameweek 35 and beyond, with Marcos Alonso’s (£5.6m) defensive weaknesses well documented throughout the campaign. Added to that, Watford have also been particularly susceptible to conceding chances down that side, which we discuss in more detail below.

His crossing ability could also be key, given that forthcoming opponents Leicester City and Crystal Palace have had issues defending set pieces all season.

“He is growing all the time and we saw that – going and playing against one of the best teams in the world, standing up and going past people and showing energy and quality and dedication. The next bit for Anthony is the end product of goals and assists – and he is desperate for it. It will come for him, he needs to stay cool with that – because every day he works on it, he does the right things. He is going to be a huge player for us and a huge player for his country.” – Frank Lampard on Anthony Gordon following Everton’s defeat to Liverpool in Gameweek 34

Since Frank Lampard’s first match in charge in Gameweek 24, the youngster has posted league-leading totals amongst sub-£5.0m midfielders for goal attempts and shots on target, whilst his 16 chances created is a top-three tally, strengthening his claim as the best all-round budget midfielder for the run-in.

In a disastrous season, Gordon has been a rare bright spark for Everton, and if they are to stage a great escape, it’s highly likely he’ll be heavily involved.

DWIGHT MCNEIL

Overlooked Armstrong can benefit from Southampton’s appealing fixture run 2
  • FPL ownership: 0.2%
  • Price: £5.5m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: wat | AVL | tot + avl | NEW

Dwight McNeil (£5.5m) has raised his game under interim boss Mike Jackson, impressing in his new-look roaming role.

It’s fair to say the 22-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations in 2021/22, but playing on the right has allowed him to cut inside onto his stronger foot to cross and shoot.

“He has given me the confidence back and got me believing in myself a bit more. He’s given me some guidance and a bit more freedom to go and get on the ball. I still know what I have to do out of possession but it has been a really great week.” – Dwight McNeil on life under Mike Jackson

In his last three matches, McNeil has racked up six goal attempts and created one big chance, whilst also posting team-leading totals for touches and successful passes in the final-third. That’s coincided with very good displays in the wins over Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, which have propelled Burnley out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Key to his appeal is this weekend’s opponents Watford, given that no team has conceded more chances from their left since the turn of the year. Across the 2021/22 season, they have also allowed 387 crosses from that flank, more than any other side bar Burnley themselves.

McNeil has now produced decent back-to-back performances, and if he can carry on that form, could be a real differential pick for those on the lookout for a new budget midfielder.

MARC GUEHI

Who are the best Crystal Palace players to own in FPL ahead of Gameweek 12? 9
  • FPL ownership: 1.8%
  • Price: £4.5m
  • GW35-38 fixtures: sou | WAT | avl + eve | MUN

Monday’s goalless draw with Leeds United marked Marc Guehi’s (£4.5m) tenth clean sheet of the season, ahead of an appealing run of fixtures that sees Crystal Palace take on Southampton (a), Watford (h), Aston Villa (a) and Everton (a) in Double Gameweek 37, plus Manchester United (h) on the final weekend.

That promotes Guehi – who has missed just one Premier League match all season – as an interesting budget differential at the back.

The former Chelsea man has produced a couple of goals from 14 shots in the box this term. However, it’s his ability to rack up baseline bonus points (BBPS) that is key to his appeal, largely thanks to his pass completion stats, with his total of 437 only beaten by Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m), Marc Cucurella (£4.9m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.8m) among all defenders.

Palace’s defensive numbers also stand out. Across the season so far, only Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have posted lower expected goals conceded (xGC) tallies, with just 43 big chances conceded in that time.

Clean sheets have been harder to come by on the road (3/10), but two have arrived in their last five away outings, offering encouragement ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southampton and their double-header in Gameweek 37.

In a relatively short space of time, Guehi has proven he has the ability to thrive in the Premier League, and could be a useful budget option for our backlines for the remainder of the season.


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491 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Is it worth taking out Mount for Saka? Alonso is my only other Chelsea coverage and Nkets is my Arsenal

    1. Boz
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Nah Saka back from injury

      1. TheAbear53
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        You read it wrong lol

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Wouldn't remove Saka before Europe focused and CB depleted WH. Almost captain material, imo.

      1. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Nevermind, misread your post.

        1. TheAbear53
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          So did the guy above you

  2. ZTF
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Best defender for 4.5m to go with Cancelo, Cash and Ait-Nouri?

    1. Boz
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Davies

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      dave

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Roberts

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

      Palace defender.

    5. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Emerson Royal or Guehi.

  3. Fuddled FC
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    which do you prefer?

    a) Alonso & Dewsbury-Hall
    b) Cash & Gordon

    1. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Alonso and Gordon?

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Can't afford that

  4. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    A moderate benching headache... Appreciate any insights.

    Bench three (max two defenders)

    A) Gabriel (whu)
    B) Guehi (sou)
    C) Telles (BRE)
    D) Ramsey (NOR)
    E) Toney (mun)
    F) Weghorst (wat)

    Currently benching Ramsey - Gabriel - Guehi but that will probably change many times before the deadline. Kinda wish I had still my BB available...

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      ACD

  5. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Hi, need a bit of advice to hopefully stay ahead and win my ML.

    This is my team atm.

    Ramsdale

    Robbo/White/Alonso/Saiss

    Salah/Son/Kulu/Mount/Saka

    Kane

    (Dubravka/Schar/Gelhardt/Hwang)

    Me and my nearest rival both have FH left.

    He has no Spurs or Kdb but has Cancelo

    Should I do

    Saiss➡️Cash for free
    Or
    Son+Kulu➡️Kdb+Ericksen - 4?

    And should I FH in 36 or 37 in ur opinion?

    Sorry for long post...

    1. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Btw I'm 28 pts ahead *

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Wouldn't take Son out ahead of Leicester at home. So Saiss -> Cash for me.

      FH is trickier. Maybe 37 but could go either, I guess.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah I'm actually afriad of FH now this close to end as its could go horribly wrong.

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I am in a similar position. First I was firmly going to FH37, then changed my mind to 36 and again back to 37. Current thinking is 36 because I have just one player (Salah) from Pool and City combined. Could get to 4-5 by taking a -4 or -8 but would have to go without KDB and one of TAA/Robbo/Cancelo.

    3. BERGKOP
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Definitely not B.

      Just do Saiss to Cash.

      FH37 for me.

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

    Is Gordon and Richarlison double up too much Everton?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      nope. you know they are capable of scoring only 2pts though...

    2. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Yes - not very inspiring

    3. Chimwe Chikomba Tasa
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Once did but cancelled

    4. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I like them for gw37 but maybe just Gordon as an enabler before that.

    5. Athletico Underachieving
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I posed a similar question earlier…it’s so tempting but also feels insane

    6. BERGKOP
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Too much. Gordon the only one worth considering given his price.

  7. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Crazy to avoid salah on wc?

    1. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Am also thinking about the same thing - may go for KdB instead

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I have both currently but salah could become son and 2m +

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Not crazy.

  8. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Tempted to save FT to have bigger flexibility before DGW36 - thoughts ?

    Or could do Sterling to Son (c) followed by Havertz to Foden next week.

    Ederson
    TAA/Robo/Cancelo/Alonso
    Salah/Sterling/Havertz/Mount/Saka
    Pukki

  9. cutch
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    0.1 short to have this team (BB GW36):

    Schmeichel, Forster
    Alonso, Cancelo, Robbo, Cash, Davies
    Salah, KDB, Son, Saka, Gordon
    Nketiah, Dennis, Watkins

    Who to downgrade?
    A) Alonso to Matip
    B) Cancelo to Laporte
    C) Cash to Mings
    D) Gordon to KDH
    E) Watkins to Pukki

    1. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      D or E.

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      E

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      E

    4. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      E

    5. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Possibly D and then E. The others have higher ceilings than the players that you downgrading to.

    6. BERGKOP
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      E

    7. Krafty Werks
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      D

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    What’s the view on holding Sterling one more week or move to Son or KDB? No chips left

    A Hold and move to KDB for double
    B Move to KDB now
    C Move to Son and captain v Leicester and move to KDB in 36

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. dwain100
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I think A too.

      Kane could prove to be the main threat v Leicester.

    4. Krafty Werks
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      A

  11. Al Pacho
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Ramsdale
      Trent cancelo James regulion
      Salah son saka kulusevski
      Weghorst

      Bench: Sanchez broja toney Maddison

      Do I need to make any changes?
      I still have WC, BB, FH
      Any help would be appreciated, thx

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I would WC this week to set up best possible doublers for 36 who have best games in 38 and FH 37.

        1. Al Pacho
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Thanks man

      2. BantasyFootball
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Rudiger + Mount > Alonso + Foden (-4) worth it?

      3. Demba Demba
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Start Maddison or Weggy? Is Maddison almost certainly rested this weekend?

      4. boc610
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        LoL the only thing Ralf took care of was himself. ran the team into the ground (yes Ole had done some damage but if anyone can point to any sembalnce of a plan, tactics, shape, identity let me know)and now gets to double job afterwards.

        1. Simon69
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          How do you run a team into the ground when they're not prepared to run?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            by digging a hole

          2. boc610
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            frame it whatever way you want to he's been an absolute fiasco. one of the most ill conceived appointments since steve staunton and bobby robson took the irish job

            1. Simon69
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Saying that they don't work hard enough isn't framing it any particular way - It's a fact. They either refuse to work hard or are incapable of it.

              1. boc610
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                all their stats were up after his first 5 or 6 games, more tackles won, sprints made, kilometeres covered . but pressing needs a system to go with it and it seemed to fall apart. if a player cant buy into something then thats on them but buck stops with ralf ultimately.

                1. Simon69
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 21 days ago

                  Contradictory to say that they worked hard for 5 / 6 games and then effort dropped off a cliff and it's RR's fault. I'm a neutral but it's clear based on what we've seen since SAF that the sour atmosphere surrounding each manager's departure indicate that the problems are deeper than what's happening at manager level.

      5. Simon69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Correct starting 11?

        Ramsdale

        TAA - Matip - James - Cancelo

        Salah (c) - Havertz - Saka - Kulusevski

        Werner - Watkins (vc)

        Subs: Dubravka - Maddison - White - Broja

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

          Yessir

          1. Simon69
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Muchos apprecianté

      6. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Is this a save FT? FH37.

        Sa (Dubravka)
        TAA Robbo Cancelo Laporte James
        Salah Havertz Saka Ramsey (Raph)
        Weghorst (Pukki Broja)

        A. Save FT
        B. James > Cash
        C. Raph > Kulusevski (bench Ramsey)
        D. James > Cash, Raph > Foden (bench Ramsey) -4

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

          Maybe C, because Leicester will play a mixed squad and Spurs could go on and win big.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            That's my original plan to have at least Spurs contributor, alternatively I was planning crazy TAA Havertz > Cash/Matip Son [C] ... none here agreed so far with these moves.

      7. MHG
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Who to play?
        A. Pukki (Villa a)
        B Weghorst (Wat a)
        C Mateta (Sou a)

        Thanks

        1. Botman and Robben
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          A

          1. MHG
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            thanks - Yes I'm currently on A !

        2. Krafty Werks
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          B

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

        I already went Wood to Nketiah for a FT.
        I'm now looking at Havertz to Coutinho for -4 and shaping up my squad for a full 15 men double gameweek for GW36 BB.

        Team looks like this:
        Foster (Schmeichel)
        TAA - Robbo - Laporte (Doherty and Williams)
        Son - Saka - Mount - Havertz (Martinelli)
        Nketiah - Kane (C) - Dennis

        Next GW I plan to get Alonso and Matip instead of Doherty and Williams for -4.

        Yay or nay to Havertz to Coutinho and the subsequent plan for gw36?

        1. Alli In
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Plan sounds decent to me. I'm in a similar situation, with Mount and Havertz, considering selling one for Coutinho for Norwich at home. But Coutinho's double isn't great in 36, I can get him on FH anyway in 37, and I'd far rather a Chelsea mid to Coutinho in 38. So I'm leaning against the change at the moment, but it's close. I was thinking more about selling Mount than Havertz though, as Mount has played more minutes recently, whereas Havertz just had a rest. Hard to see Mount playing both games in 36. Curious why you are on selling Havertz rather than Mount? Is it for the funds, or do you prefer holding Mount?

      9. Moose™
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Ramsdale

        TAA Cancelo Cash

        Salah Bruno Son Saka Kulu

        Watkins Mateta

        Bench: Fodders

        WC, BB, FH still available

        1. BERGKOP
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Ok

      10. RedJive79
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        On a WC and chasing in ML. This should give me 11 DGW for 36 and looks OK for 38. Will FH in 37.
        Not too fussed about having fodder at this stage.
        GTG?

        Schmeichel
        Cancelo / Robertson / Cash / Bavies
        Saka / Mount / Salah(c) / Son / KdB
        Watkins

        Steele / Veltman / 4.5 / 4.5

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

          gtg

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          That looks good if you are happy with Mount?

          1. RedJive79
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Who would replace him? Don't really want Gordon or Villa triple with Coutinho.

        3. Botman and Robben
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          gtg

      11. Andrew
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        On WC this week so I can BB next week, here is my team and I plan to do the following transfers next week :-

        Kulu and Kane > KDB Richarlison

        Schmeichel (Foster)
        Robertson Cash Laporte (Alonso Davies)
        Salah Maddison Coutinho ESR Kulu
        Kane (c) Dennis (Pukki)

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Maddisson is a brave pick on wildcard this week.

          You've also ignored Man City attacking players.

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Looks decent… mine is currently:

          Schmeical Foster
          TAA Cancelo Alonso Roberts Soyun
          Salah Mount Saka KDB Gordon
          Rich Dennis Nketiah

          Tempted to do Salah, Nketiah yo Son, Watkins

      12. jcr1997
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Guiata
        Laporte Cancelo Robertson Coady James
        Jota Son Kulu Maddison
        Toney

        Sanchez Raphinha Wood Maupay

        1 free transfer

        1) Maupay > Pukki
        2) Maupay > Dennis
        3) Maddison + Maupay > Coutinho + 1 of above strikers or Mateta

      13. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        If I keep Sterling one more week, how bad idea is to (c) him?

        1. Krafty Werks
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          If chasing...go for it?!!

      14. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Got a one week punt right last week (Jesus), half tempted by Watkins…

      15. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Play two:

        A) White
        B) Gordon
        C) Davies
        D) Ramsey

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Not B

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Why not B?

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          CD

      16. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        With last day shenanigans isn't FH38 likely to offer up more advantage than using it in 36 or 37?

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Possibly but not likely, imo. Something I have considered though.

        2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Well, there may still be a lot to play for so teams like Liverpool, Spurs, City, Arsenal will go full strength.

      17. Arteta
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Triple Chelsea attack failed miserably.

        1. boc610
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          17 points total between havertz, timo and mount over two games is really hard to believe. its its 20 if you add rudiger and reece

          1. Botman and Robben
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            No one could have guessed Alonso would hog most of the points.

      18. dwain100
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        For this week only:
        A) Salah
        B) KdB
        C) Sterling

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          KDB

        2. Krafty Werks
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          KDB

      19. Krafty Werks
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Foster
        TAA / Cancelo / Robbo / James / Alonso
        Salah / Havertz / Saka / Kulusevski
        Kane

        Dubravka, Broja, Gordon, Ferguson

        1FT & 0.4ITB....playing final chip of FH in GW37...leading most mini-leagues by 30-80pts and defending lead.

        A - Havertz > Foden
        B - Havertz > Coutinho
        C - James > Laporte
        D - Save & have 2FT's for GW36 & bring City in then?

        Thanks.

      20. abaalan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        After failed Bruno punt over past 3/4 weeks.... whos most important over the rest of the season between Salah and KDB?