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. RVP 20
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Anything to do here or save a transfer?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA Cancelo James Emerson (White)
    Salah Son Maddison Mount Saka
    Watkins (Broja Mateta)

    1. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      i would change maddison

      1. FredrikH
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I'm thinking of bringing in Maddison next GW.

        1. poulteren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          dependent on their roma match I guess?

  2. CRAZY TRAIN
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Planning to FH GW36 so looking at these moves for this gw and dgw cover for GW37.

    Bowen & Ait Nouri > Gordon & Cash -4

    Leaves 1.1 itb to bring in KDB (for Son), or to upgrade elsewhere.

    Do it yes or no?

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think those are decent moves, can you still afford that move if KDB rises again (or Son falls)?

      1. CRAZY TRAIN
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yes price rises are a risk, but Sons last 2 fixtures are decent anyway so not overly concerned.
        The funds also enable an upgrade to Rich which is another option I am considering.

        1. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          That's fair, I'd definitely go for it then

  3. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Ederson
    Cancelo TAA James
    KDB Son Saka Martinelli BrunoG
    Kane(C) Toney
    (Foster, Broja, Burn, Doherty*)

    Right setup (BrunoG over Broja)? I can already sense this week is going to ruin my last few decent ones with a good few players likely to be benched. I could take a hit to move on Martinelli now instead of next week but whoever I'd be looking at bringing in for GW36 has a bad fixture this week, and I suppose I'd like to see if there's any chance he gets back into the starting lineup.

    1. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      BrunoG is the form player so go with him and g2g

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks!

  4. Bavarian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Save and do Kane-Havertz/Mount > Watkins-KDB for free next week?
    G2G and right benching order?

    Foster
    Taa-Cancelo-Alonso-Laporte
    Salah-Havertz-Mount-Saka
    Kane-Dennis

    Schmeichel-Pukki-White-Gordon

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Great moves

      1. Bavarian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers mate

  5. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Didn't watch the game last so initially was fairly content with my Havertz(c) assist, then I read the stats...

    Sometimes ignorance is a bliss.

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Didn't see it myself but reading on the BBC livetext while 0-0 during the first half "Havertz could have had a hattrick by now" wasn't great, but I'll take the assist over nothing

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        One of most hated sayings on here is "On another day he would have hauled..."
        I don't care about "another day" I want my hauls here and now !

    2. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Are we keeping or selling?

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Keeping for Everton and double, I think.

  6. TheBear
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Foster
    Cancelo TAA James
    Salah Kulu Maddison Mount
    Weghorst Broja Kane

    Ramsdale, Gordon, White Schar

    Only 0.1 ITB, thinking of just saving transfer but not too happy with that team. Still got 1 x FH and was planning for GW37 but think with all the doubles GW36 might be better now.....

  7. Bishopool
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Bench one:

    a) Saka
    b) Madd
    c) Kulu
    d) Broja

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Broja.

    2. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      d

      1. TheBear
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Broja

    3. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D

  8. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Sa Dubravka
    TAA Robbo James Alonso Schar
    Salah Havertz Saka Kulusevski Ramsey
    Kane Weghorst Ferguson

    Would you free hit 36 or 37 with this team? Thanks

  9. FredrikH
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling any good captain away to Leeds?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If you think he'll play, yes.

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He's a differential for sure

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

      Could be huge.

    4. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He could be if he plays which he probably should, although I'll be honest and say I don't think this will be an easy game for City like most do. 8 goals conceded in 7 since Marsch took over so they're definitely better defensively, although I will say alongside some good performances they've had some complete stinkers too

      1. FredrikH
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        No "top 6" teams in last seven though.

        1. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          True, and not too many teams that are prolific either

  10. Bavarian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Will Saka be fine for the weekend?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Somebody posted his photo in training, plus it was only a knock so there is a good chance he'll play.

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Was pictured in full training yesterday

    3. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers both

  11. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Considering these moves – Yay or Nay?

    GW35: Wood Kulu –> Pukki Coutinho (-4)
    GW36: Mount –> Foden

    Ramsdale
    James TAA Cancelo
    Saka Son Salah Kulu Mount
    Wood Weghorst
    (Dubravka - Broja Coady Schär) 0.4itb

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No chips left btw...

    2. JT11fc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Looks fine

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thx

  12. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    How nailed is Holgate?

    Basically need a

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      ...4.2 def with good gw37 fixtures.

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not very with Mina back now and Godfrey and Keane there too

      1. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks! I will look elsewhere then.

  13. Marty McFly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Waiting for pressers but assuming Saka is fit is there anything you would do here or just roll FT? Strategy: BB36/FH37. 0.2ITB.

    Foster
    Robbo - Cancelo - Alonso - James
    Salah - Havertz - Saka - Martinelli
    Kane - Pukki
    (Schmeichel - Broja - White - Gordon)

    Options:

    1. Roll FT
    2. Saka (if declared unfit) > Ramsey
    3. Saka + Broja > Ramsey + Watkins/Richarlison
    4. Something else

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Why would you want Ramsey or Watkins? You I was selling Saka, I'm consider Kulu, as he also have a good GW38. As a striker, I'd probably go for Nketiah. Richarlison a good shout but you're getting him for 1 good double, and 2 poor GWs either side. Selling Saka would mean not having him for the double, which is not good, so if he's missing a GW, maybe just Broja > Nket

      1. Marty McFly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I’m already tripled up on Arsenal, so would need to lose someone to bring in Nket.

        Villa vs Norwich is an attractive fixture.

        Richarlison on pens and the gw36 double looks tasty… Leicester after their European semi and Watford. Everton n can’t defend, so they need to rely on out scoring their opponents.

  14. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Would you free hit the following team in 36? Or save it for 37, where I don't have that many DGW players.

    Sa, Dubravka
    TAA, James, Dias, Coady, KWP
    Salah, Son, Mount, Saka, Maddison
    Richarlison, Broja, Gelhart

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Leaning towards 36

  15. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Bench order?
    Captain?

    Foster (BUR) | Schmeichel (tot)
    Cancelo, Laporte (lee) | Robbo, Matip | Alonso
    Saka, Martinelli | Elanga | Mane (new) | Mount
    Nketiah (whu) | Ronaldo (BRE) | Werner (eve)

    GK | 1. 2. 3.
    (C)

  16. Steve McCroskey
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Roll FT here? BB36 FH37

    Ramsdale

    TAA / Cancelo / James

    Saka / Havertz / Kulu / Salah / Ramsey

    Kane / Weghorst

    Dubravka / Broja / Kilman / Schar

  17. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Best option for GW35:

    Doherty >>

    1. Laporte (-4) [currently have no Man City]
    2. Matip
    3. Save FT [play Schar]

    Thanks!

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Probably 2 but depends on team and plans for GW 36-38

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        FH37 but for 36 I’ll probably bring in 2x city for -4 (not sure how as team is well setup apart from no city)

        Don’t know about 38

        I initially thought Laporte. Then Matip. Now I’m thinking Laporte again due to slightly better fixtures

  18. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Maddison or Coutinho?

    1. Fefguero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Coutinho for sure

  19. thirddimension
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Mount > Coutinho this week?

    Not 100% certain Mount would start again this weekend and think NOR(H) is a better fixture anyway. Then also think that Mount will only start one of the DGW36.

    1. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm mulling this very move. I already have Alonso & Werner and I think it's a good moment to get Coutinho in. NOR then double DGW...

  20. jonnybhoy
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hi guys thoughts on transfers below? 1 FH left. 0.2 ITB

    Ramsdale
    Alonso TAA Laporte
    Saka Kulu Salah Maddison Mount
    Kane Adams

    Dubravka White Mateta Doherty

    A) Kulu + Adams to Coutinho + Dennis/Pukki-4pts
    B) Adams, Kulu + Ramsdale to Nketiah, Coutinho + Schmichael -8pts
    C)Adams, Kulu + White to Nketiah, Coutinho + Matip -8pts

  21. Parsnips
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Pope
    Trent cancelo Laporte
    Maddison saka Salah havertz Ramsey
    Kane pukki

    Foster Broja schar Amartey

    Kane > Watkins then I can spread the extra £ for bench boost 36?

    1. JT11fc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not this week...

      1. Parsnips
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thinking of just doing Broja > Nket

        1. JT11fc
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Strikers are hard to get excited about on BB36, worth a go I suppose

      2. JT11fc
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Really depends if you trust Spurs

  22. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Best goalkeeper for the rest of the season?

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Ederson or Allison if you can fit them in. Maybe Schmeichel

  23. Buck The Trent
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Play ?

    A Foster (BUR)
    B Kasper (tot)

  24. Fefguero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Mount to Coutinho this week?

    Only bb left which I plan to use in 36 cheers

  25. tim
    • 13 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Foster
    Taa James Cancelo
    Mount Havertz Son Salah
    Dennis Pukki Nketiah

    Schmeichel Matip KDH White

    Mount->Foden?

    Cheers!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think it's a week early to get on Foden.

  26. cutch
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    On a WC, intending to BB in GW36:

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

    A) Cancelo, KDB, Pukki (current option)
    B) Laporte, KDB, Watkins
    C) Cancelo, Mount, Watkins
    D) Cancelo, Mahrez, Watkins
    E) Cancelo, Mount, Jesús

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A or B for certain.

      Possibly D.

    2. FredrikH
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  27. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Looking at the fixtures this week, is there a case for a sneaky wildcard to try and turn an edge?

    Lots of decent teams playing away from home. But perhaps Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City is where its at.

    Arsenal could still do well attacking wise.

    Otherwise it's back to Manchester United again.

    Think I've answered my own question again!

  28. Hunting for points
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Wc35bb36
    A)
    Schmeichel/Foster
    Cancelo/Alonso/Matip/Robbo/Laporte
    Couthinho/KdB/Salah/Mount/Gordon
    Pukki/Mateta/Watkins
    (Can also afford Mateta to Nkeitah)

    Or

    B)
    Schmeichel/Foster
    Cancelo/Alonso/Matip/TAA/Laporte
    Havertz/KdB/Salah/Mount/Gordon
    Pukki/Mateta/Nkeitah

  29. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What to sort here first? 0.0itb planning to BB 36 will take a couple of hits.

    Ramsdale/Foster
    TAA/Cancelo/James/Justin*/Ait N*
    Salah/Mount/Kulu/Barnes*/Gordon
    Kane/Toney*/Mateta*

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Barnes possibly.

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I would definitely keep Toney for the BB. He has only one game but that is home to Beachampton...

  30. veedub1989
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Would you to Son>Kulu and Nketiah>CR7 for -4? FH and BB available.

    Current team:
    Foster
    Alonso | TAA | Cancelo
    Salah | KDB | Son | Mount
    Dennis | Nketiah | Pukki

    Schmeichel, Cash, KDH, Amartey

    1. JT11fc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Wouldnt lose Son and CR7 not worth it now