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

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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. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Play

    1. Havertz
    2. Cash

    1. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      1

    2. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Im worried Havertz wont start after Tuchels post game comments

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        *Start

      2. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Could be the opposite: he said "He needs to fight back and into his shape and hopefully he shows a reaction" which to me sounds like he'll be given a chance to play his way back into form. Tough one though, especially as a downgrade to Coutinho looks attractive.

    3. Fodderx4
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      1 or sell Havertz if you think he doesn't play?

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Any Wildcard advice?? FH and BB left…

    Schmeical Foster
    Alonso Cancelo TAA Roberts Soyuncu
    Salah KDB Saka Gordon Havertz
    Richarlison Nketiah Dennis

    1. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      dont put too much emphasis on the BB. Make sure you set yourself up fairly well for GW38.

    2. Sho-kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      yes also on WC - Spurs player has to be in against leicester

  3. Sarri-ball
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Best combo till end 1 mid/1 def

    A) gordon/Taa
    B) foden/matip
    C) coutinho/dias
    D) suggestions

  4. Fodderx4
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Raphina to Coutinho for free ?

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes for me

  5. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Who to play ?

    A Foster (BUR)
    B Kasper (tot)

    1. The Mighty Whites
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

  6. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Can't decide strategy on whether to free hit 36 or 37......... Suggestions for this team very welcome!

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

  7. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cash or Alonso for 35 and 36?

    1. The Mighty Whites
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Alonso

    2. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Alonso

  8. The Mighty Whites
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    1FT, 0.0 ITB, thoughts?

    Ederson - Foster
    TAA - Robertson - Cancelo - Laporte - Alonso
    Salah - Havertz - Mount - Saka - Gordon
    Watkins - Pukki - Dennis

    BB36, FH37

  9. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Schmeichel
    Laporte alonso robertson cancelo cash
    Salah kdb mount saka
    Watkins

    Foster nketiah denis Gordon

    Strongest team ever? Whom am i missing?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Tony Yeboah

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Aguero

  10. RedJive79
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    On a WC. Would you include A or B?

    A: Alonso, Ramsey, Kane

    B: Emerson Royal, Son, Watkins

    1. Sho-kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B with Dier or Bavies

  11. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cash or Alonso?

    Current defence:

    TAA / Robbo / Laporte / Cancelo /Schar

  12. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Coutinho or Madison for 36?

  13. Athletico Underachieving
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Pick one from each:

    A) Gordon
    B) Ramsay

    A) Watkins
    B) Richarlison

    1. Bavarian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      AA

  14. Silecro
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    If Saka is fit and I do Havertz>Saka transfer as planned, good to go with this formation/team? BB in 36

    Foster
    TAA, Robbo, Laporte, Cancelo, Konsa
    Salah, Saka, Mount, Coutinho(c)
    Watkins

    Schmeichel, Pukki, Richarlison, KDH

  15. Catastrophe
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 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.

  16. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cash or reece james for the rest of the season.

  17. Friday's Press Conference Times
    Skonto Rigga
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Gegenpressers:

    Smith - 9am
    Howe - 10am
    Klopp - 11am
    Moyes - 12pm
    Vieira - 12.30pm
    Arteta - 1pm
    Gerrard - 1pm
    Lampard - 1.30pm
    Guardiola - 1.30pm
    Conte - 1.30pm
    Hodgson - 1.30pm
    Rodgers - 2.15pm

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers Neale!

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        My pleasure! No Tuchel on the list so I am guessing he did his last night after the United game (as Rangnick did) and it'll be released from embargo today/tomorrow. Either that or it's a rare Saturday presser!

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ta! Busy day

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'll ask Will later for the final scores on the doors but how did you get on v the Scout Picks?! I hope you beat us!

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I did. Not quite enough to challenge THFC4LIFE but was something like 12pts ahead of scout picks

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Nice, well done!

          2. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Well done mate!

  18. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Would you sell Werner > Watkins ?

    1. Sho-kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      for free yes

  19. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Just saw the replay of the Alonso goal. What on earth were United doing? they just let two Chelsea players stand there free in the box. There seemed to be a defender spare for each of them but both were a couple of yards away. Insane stuff.

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Gave them so much space all game. Chelsea really should have punished them

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Astonishing. With defending like that I see those Havertz (C) misses in even better context

  20. Sho-kun
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    WC activated, GTG?

    Schmeichel/Foster
    TAA/Cancelo/Cash/Dier/Veltman
    Saka/Gordon/KDB/Salah/Son
    Pukki/Nketiah/Dennis

  21. TopBinFC
      1 month, 29 days ago

      James wont play the weekend will he?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Why not

        1. TopBinFC
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Injury prone, played full 90 mins last night?

      2. Cal1umz
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Hi All,

        Start Broja (CRY) or Barnes (TOT)

        Thanks

      3. dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        BB36, Change something here??

        Casper Foster
        Taa Robbo Alonso Cancelo Cash
        Son Salah Kulusevski Havertz Mount
        Dennis Nketiah Pukki

        0.6itb..

      4. Mr Ozil
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        With the below team: 1FT, 0.9 itb

        Fhing in 36

        Sa
        TAA Cancelo Alonso Telles
        Mount Salah Kulu Martinelli
        Broja Kane

        Subs: Dubravka Wood Jonny Gordon

        Which is better?

        A- Telles + Wood > Konsa + Watkins (-4), bench Martinelli
        B- Wood + Martinelli > Nketiah + Coutinho, bench Broja
        C- Something else?

      5. AD2110
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Foden in for

        A) Havertz
        B) Mount

        1. dshv
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A

      6. The Mighty Whites
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Start 2...
        Mount
        Havertz
        Watkins
        Dennis

        1. dshv
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Maybe watkins and mount because it is good to have chelsea

      7. mdm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Toney to Watkins or save FT?

      8. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Never thought I’d be having Dennis as my loan striker till the end of the season, haha

      9. GoonerByron
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Do we have any idea who’s likely to be rested in the Chelsea side? Would you start Kulusevski over any of these?

        A - Mount
        B - Havertz
        C - Werner

      10. tim
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Foster
        Taa James Cancelo
        Mount Havertz Son Salah(C)
        Dennis Pukki Nketiah

        Schmeichel Matip KDH White

        GTG?

        Cheers!