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

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  • 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

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  • 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. Jässi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    How to get City players in this squad for BB 36?

    A) Kane to Jesus & Schär to Cancelo (-4)
    B) Schär to Cancelo, Wood to Nketiah & Kulusevski to Gordon (-8)
    C) Havertz to Foden
    D) Wood to Nketiah, Schär to Laporte & Weghorst to Pukki (-

    Current squad with 1 FT and 0.1 ITB:

    Ramsdale - Foster
    TAA - Robertson - James - Amartey - Schär*
    Salah - Havertz - Kulusevski - Ramsey - Saka
    Kane - Wood* - Weghorst*

    * = need to get rid of before 36

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

      B

  2. Tinmen
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Folks, how is Ramsey as an option these days?
    I know him or villa haven’t done a big lot lately.

    Thinking of ditching Martinelli for him

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      for a cheap guy, i would lean towards Gordon

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

    Would you do 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. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No way. Utd have 3 games left, Spurs 5. That's not much scope to make back the hit. And that's not even mentioning how dreadful Utd still are

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

        Thanks easing my mind!

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

    For the remainder of the season:

    1. Laporte (-4) [currently have no Man City]
    2. Matip [have TAA]

    Thanks

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

      1

    2. Kaptenen
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      1

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

    Watkins worth a 1 week punt? Will play J Rod otherwise

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

      If for free go for it

  6. Bojan Horsemack
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Morning all
    How safe is Clyne at the moment?

  7. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Are Werner owners holding for 36?

  8. Kaptenen
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Captain Kane or Salah?

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

    https://mobile.twitter.com/David_Ornstein/status/1519938514883915776

    Part of Klopp's extension agreement was that he would remain on the same pay but that all of his staff received raises. Class act

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      (applause)

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

      I am not a Liverpool fan but certainly becoming a Klopp fan. He just seems to me like a really good modern leader and this just enforces that view.

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

    Sterling gonna start against leeds right? He Didn't feature against Madrid

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

      He played 10mins. I think he'll start.

  11. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Planning to BB in 36 and FH in 37. 1 FT with 2.0m ITB. How does this plan look to max doubles in 36? Should I keep Werner?

    35 - Cucho > Dennis
    36 - Schar > DGW def

    Foster
    Cancelo - James - TAA
    KDB - Son - Maddison - Mount - Ramsey
    Werner - Mateta

    Schmeichl - Mitchell - Schar - Cucho

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

    Already got robbo.

    Mount + trent or
    Sterling + matip

  13. Tango74
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which 3 CITY assets are people going for on WC35?

    Cancelo? …..

    1. Catastrophe
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cancelo, Laporte, Jesus (no WC or FH)

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      KDB is on fire at the moment. 23 attacking returns in his last 23 games, and frankly I don't see how anyone could watch City & prefer anyone else. He's at the heart of everything. Happy with just KDB & Cancelo

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

        Yeah, needs to be King Kev for attacking consistency.

        Mahrez may well come back into it from next week.

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

      I'm not on WC but have Ederson, Cancelo and KDB, I'd definitely try to minimum get KDB if you can

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

        A good combo.

    4. Tango74
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Thanks

      I’m thinking cancelo kbd and Foden at mo

  14. Catastrophe
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Advice appreciated - 1 FT. 0.7 ITB.

    Pope
    Robertson, Cancelo, James, Matip
    Salah, Son, Havertz, Saka, Kulusevski
    Watkins

    (Foster, Pukki, Broja, White)

    Thinking save FT and James, Pope & Watkins -> Laporte, Schmeichel & Jesus (-4) for BB36?

    Cheers

  15. Rafa_is_a_geordie.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Probably going to roll FT here? 0.1 ITB, BB & FH.

    Foster
    TAA Laporte Alonso Cancelo
    De Bruyne(C) Salah Havertz Mount
    NKetiah Dennis

    Schmeichel Pukki Guimaraes Amartey

    Next week GW36 with 2 FT probably Guimaraes > Gordon and Amartey > 4.4 def who has a double
    Would then have all 15 with a double so BB 36
    GW 37 FH

    Who is best Defender upto 4.4 with double 36? Thinking a watford defender who faces Palace and Everton? Any other hidden gems with a 36 double and under 4.4 (or 4.3 if Amartey drops or Gordon rises before then) that i've missed?
    Anyone spot any other issues? I'm chasing in ML by the way, had a good score this week so am climbing, might be too late but not giving up....

  16. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which combo is better, also need to consider rotation risk factor.

    A. Laporte + Cancelo + Foden
    B. Cancelo + Foden + KDB

    Thanks

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

  17. internal error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Somehow clinging onto my rank after taking a -8 and only 6 players returning. What are my fellow non chip owners planning?
    I am probably taking another -8 with the next 3 weeks in mind

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

      I'd say -8 is fairly tame compared to what most without chips will take in the next 2 weeks so if that covers you I'd say that's decent

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I hope so.

  18. sirmorbach
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Start one please:
    1. Matip
    2. Pukki
    3. Nketiah

    1. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      1

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

        Many thanks!

    2. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      See below, I'm starting Matip at the moment. Nketiah second

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

        Many thanks — and I'd play Schmeichel.

  19. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Schmeicel (Foster)

    Trent Alonso Cancelo Matip (Laporte)

    Saka Ramsey Salah Mount Havertz

    Watkins (Nketiah Pukki)

    Any changes?

    Hard benching Laporte, but I fancy a Leeds goal and want to start Ramsey v Norwich.

    Nketiah should also be playing but can't fit him in.

    Play Schmeciel or Foster?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Leave the Schmeichel spelling exactly as is,
      and play him. Probably bench one of Havertz or Mount and play Nketiah.

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

        I'm not to bothered at spelling Kaspar's name properly. I don't consider it a benchmark of my intelligence.

        Chelsea are going to whoop up Everton. Hard to bench one of them. Could bench Matip for Nketiah

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Matip bench better.

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

    Is it worth binning James for Laporte?

    1. NoThomasNoPartey18
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Did you watch the game? MOTM performance and hit the post from a great shot. 1st for plenty of stats. I wouldn't do it.

  21. Shark_Sandwich
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Do we reckon Walker is back? I may change to Cash,
    I also have Jonny at Wolves so l’m basically asking which is better Jonny Walker or Jonny cash

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

      No love for Jonny Bravo?

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Johnnie Walker is pretty good but I prefer Laphroaig. Johnny Cash is an absolute icon. So B, Johnny Cash

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

    Repost

    Start
    A- Foster
    B- Schmeichel

    1- Dennis
    2- Pukki

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

      B1

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

        Thanks mate

  23. Al Pacho
      3 months, 10 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, thanks.

    • Ste75
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Which team? Advice appreciated.
      On WC. BB36. FH37.
      A)
      Schmeichel Foster
      TAA Alonso Cancelo Cash Davies
      Ramsey Salah Son KDB Maddison
      Nketiah Dennis Pukki

      B)
      Schmeichel Foster
      TAA Alonso Cancelo Cash Davies
      Ramsey Salah Foden Son Jota
      Jesus Dennis Pukki

    • ElliotJHP
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Morning one, morning all. Roll it? 1FT.

      Forster
      Trent Robbo Alonso Cancelo
      Salah Saka Havertz Mount Gordon
      Kane

      Dubravka Broja Schar Richardson

    • DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Lol at people buying Jesus. He's not starting this weekend. He's on fire and should be saved for Madrid

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

      Morning all,

      Which is the better option;

      A) Mount > Coutinho
      B) Raphinha, Wood > Coutinho, Nketiah -4

      Cheers.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I’d hold mount so B

    • dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      thoughts on saving FT?

      Sanchez
      Laporte Cancelo Trent Alonso
      Salah Kulu Saka Mount Kai
      Kane

      Foster Broja Cucu Geldhart

      Will FH in 37

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Worth a save or Havertz to Foden/Coutinho, Cucarella to Cash? Dependant on money

    • Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Current team

      Sa (Ramsdale)
      Cancelo Trent Robertson Cash (Burn)
      Saka Salah (c) DeBruyne Maddison Mount
      Dennis (Broja 4.5)

      Gtg? On a -8 Doherty/Havertz/Werner to Cash/DeB/4.5

      No chips left…

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yep nice team

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

      Kdb or son?

      Reece or laporte?

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

        KDB-Laporte

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        KDB and Laporte