Spot the Differential

Three FPL differentials to consider for Double Gameweek 36

Double Gameweek 36 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 Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City 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.

LUIS DIAZ

  • FPL ownership: 3.6%
  • Price: £8.0m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: TOT + avl | sou | WOL

Luis Diaz (£8.0m) has slotted into Liverpool’s setup with ease following his January move from Porto.

The 25-year-old has been directly involved in five league goals across 10 appearances – scoring three and assisting two – and his performance against Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final summed up his season: he came on at half-time but was still the man of the match.

As a result of those displays, it now feels like Diaz is part of Jurgen Klopp’s strongest XI.

That certainly doesn’t guarantee two starts in Double Gameweek 36, especially given the timing of next weekend’s FA Cup final, but 110-120 minutes across both matches could be enough to haul. His impact as a substitute is also worth noting: already this season, he has returned against Everton and Villarreal from the bench.

Since his arrival on Merseyside, Diaz is averaging 3.66 shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is the only member of the Liverpool squad who averages a higher rate, while his 3.82 expected goals (xG) is another encouraging statistic.  

As for Liverpool, they are undefeated in 15 Premier League outings – netting 36 goals in the process – as they chase down a historic quadruple. And while the defensive data for Gameweek 36 opponents Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa suggests neither will roll over, matchups against Emerson Royal (£4.5m) and an advanced Matty Cash (£5.3m) does feel appealing for the Reds’ left-winger.

Diaz is an intriguing differential for the run-in, and could be an explosive option for those willing to gamble on his minutes.

YERRY MINA

  • FPL ownership: 0.3%
  • Price: £4.9m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: lei + wat | BRE + CRY | ars

Yerry Mina (£4.9m) was back in the Everton starting XI in Gameweek 35 after he was rested for the defeat to Liverpool the previous weekend.

The Colombian international has only recently returned from a long-term quad issue and is being carefully managed, but has now had a clear week of training before making the trip to Leicester City on Sunday.

In his two outings since his return to fitness, it’s no coincidence the Toffees are unbeaten, with his presence in defence shoring up a backline that has struggled so often this season.

“With Yerry, I’m delighted he’s come back into the fray in terms of his fitness. You can see that leadership, presence and personality he brings. He is a big leader for us. It was great to see him play like that.” – Frank Lampard on Yerry Mina

Mina’s goal threat was a key part of his appeal when Everton spent £28m on him, having scored three headed goals for Colombia during their 2018 World Cup campaign. And it’s that potential from set-pieces that could be key in Double Gameweek 36, with opponents Leicester and Watford both susceptible to conceding chances from dead-ball situations.

Everton’s away form is a concern as they get set for two games on the road, but confidence is on the up following their 1-0 win over Chelsea, which moved them back within two points of Burnley and Leeds United, having played a game fewer.

Mina looks like an ideal gamble for the run-in, and could be set to put his threat inside the box to good use in Double Gameweek 36.

RIYAD MAHREZ

Three FPL differentials to consider for Gameweek 24 and beyond
  • FPL ownership: 4.2%
  • Price: £8.6m
  • GW36-38 fixtures: NEW + wol | whu | AVL

Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) has been in excellent goalscoring form for Manchester City this season.

The Algerian is the club’s overall top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions – next in the list is Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) with 15 – and clearly gives Pep Guardiola’s side something unique in attack.

Notably, only Salah can trump Mahrez’s 0.87 expected goal involvement (xGI) per minutes in 2021/22, whilst penalties are another nice route to points if City are handed a spot-kick.

NameGoalsStartsGoals per 90Mins-per-goalTotal shots
Mahrez11130.71127.157
De Bruyne11210.5317063
Sterling10210.46193.953

Riyad Mahrez has scored 11 goals in 13 Premier League starts in 2021/22

Of course, the above doesn’t necessarily mean Mahrez will start both matches in Double Gameweek 36, but like Diaz, it does feel like he has now worked his way into the best XI, which should ensure plenty of minutes during the run-in.

Man City now face Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers knowing they can’t slip up in the title race, which offers huge potential for their assets to haul in Double Gameweek 36 and beyond.

A move for any City midfielder this week certainly carries risk, but Mahrez’s potential is clear when handed minutes, which makes him such an exciting differential for the remainder of the season.


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697 Comments Post a Comment
  1. putana
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    is this good enough for a bench boost. would cost -4

    foster, jonny, toney, tavares

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

      Not great - two singles and someone not nailed to play twice. But gotta play the BB sometime right?

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

        only one single in toney, but yeah tough decision

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

          Wow I totally forgot Wolves had a double...

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

            they play chelsea and mancity so id say it's worse than regular single lol

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

              Yeah that'll be why I forgot about it

            2. iCon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Certainly for a def it is

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

    Will Leicester keep a cleanie this GW?

    A: in one game
    B: in both games
    C: not a chance

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

      A

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

      A

    3. Viper
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

    4. Not again Shirley
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Your guess is as good as ours mate. Of course possible but also possible they will concede. What is certain when it comes to any clean sheets, is that teams will always give up at least 1 chance in a game whoever you are so it then comes down to whether the chances are taken. With that in mind, no one knows.

  3. cescpistols111
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    BB36 looking good? 0FT, 0.0 ITB. Punting on Toney & Mateta in the SGW.

    FH37 to load up on AVL assets.

    Ramsdale Foster
    Robertson Cancelo Rudiger Fofana Johnson
    Salah Foden Mount Maddison Gordon
    Kane Toney Mateta

  4. Biggsy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Struggling with last moves to settle on, any thoughs welcome. Which looks better for a BB?

    a. Broja & White
    b. Dennis & White -4
    c. Pukki & Tavares (or other def up to £4.3m) -8
    d. Nketiah & £4.8m def -8

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

      Is White fine for a start?

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

        Sounds sketchy - Holding did well so can see them not risking White

  5. Fake Madrid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is Kane and Havertz to KDB and Ricarldson worth a -8 hit.

    1. citizenkane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      -8 is pushing it

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No way for a -8

    3. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

  6. Pompey5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Watkins to Richarlison. FH next week.
    Y/N?

    1. Viper
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

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

      No

    3. citizenkane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Y

  7. Viper
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    KDB (c), Martinelli & Salah

    Salah (c), Diaz, Jesus

    Which trio scores most this week?

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

      First one probably

    2. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The below on look a bit more interesting.

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

      B

    5. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bottom one

  8. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    A or B best guys please

    A) Laporte & Mane
    B) Robertson & Sterling

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

      A

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        +1

    2. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B. with Foden

    3. citizenkane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

    4. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

  9. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    2 FT, No Chip.

    A: Gelhardt + Robbo > Richarlison + Matip
    B: Gelhardt + Laporte > Richarlison + 3.9 Defender
    C: Kane + Odegaard > KDB + Nketiah

    Which route would you suggest for this team?

    Ramsdale
    TAA - ?Robbo - Cancelo - ?Laporte
    Salah - Son - Saka - ?Odegaard - Gordon
    ?Kane
    Sub : Sanchez | Amartey, Gelhardt, Greenwood

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A for me

    2. Bunk Moreland
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      C for me. Most upside. You would have to bench a decent player if you go with A or B.

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes, that benching is one to decide if going with A or B.
        I also agree that C present the most upside too.

        That's my dilemma now.

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

    Mount or Saka for this week?

    1. upforgrabs
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Saka

    2. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      S

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Saka

    4. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      saka
      although i have both 🙂

  11. upforgrabs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Best 3rd LIV asset on FH?

    A) Robbo
    B) VVD
    C) Matip
    D) Diaz

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

      Vvd

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I think on Minutes, its ranking as follows
      1.VVD
      2. Matip
      3. Diaz
      4.Robbo

      if robbo is rested, likely to see out the whole game on bench
      Diaz will prob start one, and then get minutes in the 2nd one also.

  12. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    A) SALAH(c) Gordon, Nketiah & s greenwood or b)MANE(c), Gordon, Nketiah & pukki/Dennis -8?Thanks

  13. PukkiBlinder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    A: Pope, Mount, Kane > Schmic, KDB, Richi (-4)
    B: Pope, Martinelli, Kane > Ederson, Diaz, Jesus (-4)
    C: Just keep Kane and look elsewhere for funds?

  14. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Who to choose for BB36 (no FH left)

    A - Schmeichel+Mina
    B - Pickford+Laporte

  15. Not again Shirley
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Havertz to Mahrez for minus 4 or to Diaz for free?

    Or to KDB for minus 4 but that mean losing Kane.

    Quite the conundrum!

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Easy Diaz

  16. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Think i'm set on the FH team

    Pickford
    Cancelo(c), Dias, Laporte, Matip
    Salah, Son, Jota
    Kane, Richarlison, Nketiah

    Losing 16pts if City concede won't be fun

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      32pts if they concede in both plus bonus points

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Go hard or go home

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

      think id drop kane on fh and go kdb

    3. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Think Newcastle score. Good luck though

    4. Bunk Moreland
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Looks good. You trust the City defense then? I thought they looked bad against Real, but they are ofc course much better than Newcastle and Wolves.

      Could I ask why you prefer Jota to Diaz?

      What do you think about my FH team?
      Schmeichel
      Trent Cancelo Alonso
      Salah (C) KDB Diaz Saka Maddison
      Jesus Nketiah

  17. putana
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Really want mahrez but do you guys really think he plays 4 games in 2 weeks?

    madrid, newcastle, wolves, west ham.

    i think wolves game is good chance of benching

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      You can expect one and a half game. Same with every Man City attacker

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

        would you bring him in for coutinho (-4)?

  18. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I am feeling strong today. Powerful and strong

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

      The GW starts tomorrow unfortunately

  19. allaboutthemagic
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    47 points behind is this the GW to go against Salah? SakA, son or mount perhaps?!

  20. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Expecting Richarlison to start?

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

      No, he will not be risked

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

        Unless his foot has fallen off, pretty sure he’ll start. He is their best player and these are the most important games in the recent history of Everton.

    2. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No

    3. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      guys above scare mongering, he'll start (non owner)

  21. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Reposting..

    Pope* Dub
    TAA James Alonso Cash Schar*
    Salah Saka Kulu Havertz Gordon
    Kane Pukki Broja*

    1 FT 0.2 ITB. What should I do here? Plan on playing BB

    A) Broja > Nketiah
    B) Broja + Pope + Schar > Nketiah + Schmeichel + Tavares (?) for -8
    C) Kane + Havertz + Schar > Jesus + Son + Mina for -8 (leaves me with Broja and Pope)
    D) Kane + Havertz + Schar > KDB + Richa + Mina for -8 ((leaves me with Broja and Pope)
    D) Anything else???

  22. DavidKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Hi guys,

    On a bench boost with 2 FTs. Not sure what to do, so any tips appreciated.

    Maybe Werner + Pukki for Jesus and Nketiah?

    Or maybe Kane+Kuludevski for Watkins+Son?

    GK: Krul, Foster
    Def: Alonso, Emerson Royal, TAA, Robertson, Hanley
    Mid: Salah, Kulusevki, Havertz, Martinelli, Gordon
    Fwds: Kane, Pukki, Werner

    1. Bunk Moreland
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      First option sounds good, provided you are confident in all 15 guys starting.

  23. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    A)
    Coutinho/Barnes + Kane >>
    Salah + Nketiah (-4)
    B)
    Cou + Barnes + Kane >>
    Salah + Richarlison + Gordon (-8)

    C)
    Broja >> Nketiah
    D)
    do nothing, meaning keep and play Coutinho, Barnes, Kane and bench Broja

    Cheers

  24. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    think i'm settled on Free Hit team - any feedback on this

    Schmeichel
    Cancelo, Laporte, Alonso, James
    Salah, KDB, Mane, Mount, Saka
    Richarlison

    1. artvandelay316
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Almost identical to mine, except I have TAA rather than James!
      I did get warned off 2 Chelsea defence by some here, because they might only play one match. Still kind of tempted to get James back in though, as fixtures are good.

  25. RealSocialDads
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Quick straw poll, for 36 only...

    A. KDH
    B. Gordon

    1. Lionac
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

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

      B

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

      B

  26. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Ramsdale
    Robbo Cancelo Laporte Alonso
    Salah Saka Mount Kulu
    Kane Richarlison
    (Foster Gordon Nkeitah Ayling)
    -4
    Bench Boost active.

    G2G? Anything worth another hit?

  27. Crystal Alice
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Which combo scores most?

    A Richarlison Pukki
    B Werner Nketiah
    C Richarlison Nketiah (-4)

  28. Lionac
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Which City attacker would you bring for this GW other than De Bruyne?

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

      Mahrez

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

      Jesus

  29. Bezz82
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    FH Team

    Schmeichel
    Cancelo - TAA - Alonso
    Saka - KDB(c) - Son - Salah - Maddison
    Richarlison - Nketiah

    I can get this but with non playing bench…Tsimikas and other fodder. But I will have £0.0

    Is it worth it? Will all play as I won’t have any playing subs but love the team

    1. Bunk Moreland
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It looks great. You don't have a single starter? Maybe Williams gets one or two starts for Norwich - or are you down in the 3.8 category?

      1. Bezz82
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes I’m in the 3.8 an 3.7 def

        1. Bunk Moreland
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          OK. It's up to you, but I would have one playing sub. You never know if there is some sudden, unannounced injury and it sucks to be down to 10 men in a double gameweek - you may lose two fixtures.

          1. Bezz82
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I’ve a feeling Tsimikas will get a game for Robbo but that’s a big IF

  30. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    For -4

    Out: Pope, Ramsey*, Werner
    In: Ederson, Foden, Nketiah

    Yes / no?

    1. citizenkane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

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

      Yes