Spot the Differential

FPL Gameweek 1 differentials: Digne, Maddison and Bamford

The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 1 deadline is now upon us, which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some differential options for the start of the season.

As always, we’ve selected three players with an ownership of five per cent or less at the time of writing, who represent viable alternatives to some of the more popular assets out there.

LUCAS DIGNE

Digne’s FPL potential evident in Aston Villa debut 5
  • FPL ownership: 4.3%
  • Price: £5.0m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: bou | EVE | cry | WHU | ars

Lucas Digne’s (£5.0m) performances towards the back end of last season were particularly strong, as he settled into his new role as one of Steven Gerrard’s attacking full-backs.

From Gameweek 22 onwards, his first outing in an Aston Villa shirt, the Frenchman created more chances than all defenders bar Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m). In that time, he ranked third for successful crosses and fifth for final-third touches, while as a corner taker, he also has an additional route to points.

Villa produced some decent defensive displays under Gerrard, as they ranked eighth amongst all Premier League sides for actual goals conceded from his appointment in Gameweek 12 onwards. Not only that, but they look set to tighten up further at the back in 2022-23 following the acquisitions of centre-back Diego Carlos (£5.0m) and defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara (£5.0m).

Villa have played five matches during pre-season, winning four whilst keeping a trio of clean sheets. Now, with an appealing run against Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace inside the first three Gameweeks, there is potential to start strongly.

In all of Gerrard’s favoured set-ups, be it a narrow 4-3-2-1, 4-3-3 or diamond formation, Digne will be handed plenty of freedom to attack, and as a result, could be a nice differential pick for the opening rounds.

JAMES MADDISON

Eriksen Covid latest as Maddison and Castagne haul 1
  • FPL ownership: 5.0%
  • Price: £8.0m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: BRE | ars | SOU | che | MUN

James Maddison (£8.0m) has performed well in pre-season, notching four attacking returns which included an assist against Sevilla last weekend.

“James Maddison, it’s the best I’ve seen him in the three-and-a-half years I’ve been at Leicester. He looks now really physically strong, technically confident and tactically, his view of the game is outstanding.” – Brendan Rodgers on James Maddison’s pre-season form

The playmaker had a slow start to 2021/22, producing just one assist in the first 12 Gameweeks. However, he went on to register a whopping 22 attacking returns in his final 23 appearances, averaging an eye-catching 7.4 points per start in that time.

As a result, he ended the campaign as the fifth highest-scoring midfielder in FPL.

While Leicester City’s first eight fixtures aren’t anything to shout about, they do face Brentford and Southampton in Gameweeks 1 and 3, opponents Maddison scored against last season.

Zero summer signings may have contributed to a sense of a worry around their assets in FPL, but the Foxes hit over 60 Premier League goals last season, despite a demanding European campaign and an injury-hit squad.

Now, Leicester will benefit from the easing of fixture congestion in 2022/23 as a result of their non-involvement in Europe, and given that Maddison is in contention for an England call-up for the World Cup, could pick up where he left off last season.

PATRICK BAMFORD

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  • FPL ownership: 1.3%
  • Price: £7.5m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: WOL | sou | CHE | bha | EVE

Patrick Bamford’s (£7.5m) fitness has been carefully managed over the summer, in the hope that he can now leave last season’s injury woes behind him.

The striker was restricted to just nine top-flight appearances in 2021/22, but registered just under 200 FPL points a couple of years ago, as he netted 17 goals and 11 assists under Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford has made four appearances throughout pre-season and in his last outing against Cagliari, captained the side and scored an excellent brace in a 6-2 win.

Now, he is expected to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers after gaining 90 minutes of action against the Italian Serie B outfit, with manager Jesse Marsch giving an encouraging update earlier this week.

“It’s been a huge week for him, he looks great, he looks fit, he looks sharp. The good thing as well is now having Patrick closer to 100%, we’ve been able to work tactically through what we want him to look like. I believe there’s a lot of room for improvement and that’s our goal to help him. He looks great, he’s psychologically incredibly excited and I know we have a great player on our hands. Is he at 100%, probably not but he’s close.” – Jesse Marsch on Patrick Bamford

He should also be on penalty-taking duty, too, having previously scored two from two.

2021/22 was a difficult campaign for Leeds United which involved a change in the dugout, and as a result, they are a bit of an unknown quantity ahead of this new campaign. However, according to our Season Ticker, only Arsenal have a better opening seven matches than the Whites.

Undoubtedly, the sale of Raphinha to Barcelona will be a huge loss, but if Bamford can stay injury free, he could re-emerge as one of the best mid-price forwards in FPL.

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  1. SonnyPikey
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      pages flying lol

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Mach speed

        1. SonnyPikey
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            maverick cappo

      2. MacGregor
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

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      3. iL PiStOlErO
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Raya
        Robbo Perisic Walker White
        Salah(C) L.Diaz Kulusevski Mount
        Haaland Jesus

        Ward Greenwood N.Williams Andersen

        Final dilemma:

        A) stick with Robbo+Perisic combo or go TAA+Dier instead?

        B) Leave Mount or rather do Saka or Mahrez?

        Cheers all.

        1. Apwilkin
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Personally would downgrade Diaz to get Perisic or White to TAA.

          Would leave mount for this week.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Cheers. Will leave Diaz but can always do Robbo and Peri to Trent and Dier, just want one premium in defence

      4. Manani
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        beyong this GW
        Saka + Neco (bench Neco)
        or
        Martinelli + James (bench Neto/Bailey rotation)

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Latter

      5. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        a. KDB & Kane

        b. Son & Haaland

        1. banskt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Haaland.

        2. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          A

        3. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          B

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          A

        5. iL PiStOlErO
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Tough. 50/50 for me. Go maybe A, included in more things

      6. gooner_112233445566
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        A) sanchez, walker (any 5mil defender), saka
        B) ramsdale, Ruben dias, martinelli 0.5itb

        Got ward as second keeper and cancelo already

        1. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          B

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          A

      7. DA Minnion (Former great)
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Arronson my only differential.

        1. The Frenchie
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          I would love to have him but it’s maybe too early no?

          1. DA Minnion (Former great)
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            The early bird catches the worm.

        2. Carcetti
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          I just took out Neto for him actually

        3. Kaptenen
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Same here, good luck! 🙂

          1. DA Minnion (Former great)
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            And you.

      8. GoonerByron
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Which combo here?

        A - Wilson Diaz (Patterson)

        B - Robertson Mount (Greenwood)

        Cheers!

        1. Manani
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          b

      9. john25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Hey guys, how nailed on would you say is Kyle Walker for MCI?

        Cheers

        1. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Nailed. Will play 7/8

        2. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Nailed till Laporte is back

        3. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Very nailed imo

      10. Eleven Hag
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Final slot: The 8.0m MID

        A) Foden
        B) Mahrez
        C) Mount
        D) Any other

        1. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Of your three, C) Mount.
          Consider Saka or Sancho too

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Mount

        3. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          B

        4. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Maddison or Diaz

        5. payetisgod
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          B) on pens. With 5 subs now even if benched he will more than likely come on most of the time so every chance he can haul. Then when he does start id say his ceiling is higher than any other 8ms

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Haaland on pens surely?

          2. GoonerByron
            • 11 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Do you think we will still keep pens with Haaland in the team?

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

              Doubt it. Pep said its up to the players but I expect Haaland to take them

              1. payetisgod
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 3 hours ago

                Id still expect Mahrez (hope I'm wrong as Haaland owner ha) i dont recall Mahrez missing one either so not sure hed give pep a reason to change! Either way ive been trolled by 20min cameos by Mahrez so much in the past with or without pens hed still be my selection for an 8m

        6. Evasivo
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Saka Maddison Kulu Diaz

      11. The Frenchie
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        A) Ramsdale & Bailey
        B) Sanchez & Gabriel

        I’m currently on A) but:

        - Bailey look in good shape but fixtures in GW5/6/7 doesn’t look good
        - Is Ramsdale really worth the 0.5 compare to Sanchez?

        1. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          A

      12. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Ramsdale or Sanchez?

        1. Ballistics
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Ramsdale

        2. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Ramsdale if doesn't mean a downgrade elsewhere

      13. Ballistics
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Have seen the code for LMS this year. Can anyone help?

      14. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        A) Gabriel
        B) Zinchenko

        1. Ballistics
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Zinchenko for a punt

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

          A

      15. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Thoughts about including Perisic?

        1. krawiecus
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          In what?

          1. KUN+10
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Afternoon tea

            1. Jam0sh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              😀

      16. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Ramsdale
        TAA Robertson Cancelo Trippier
        Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey
        Haaland Jesus

        Ward Williams Andreas Greenwood

        Final thoughts? Good to go?

        Thanks

        1. The Frenchie
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Almost the same team but I prefer James & Dias instead of Cancelo & Trippier

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            That’s actually an option, thanks for adding a new dilemma haha

            1. The Frenchie
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              Haha sorry but Dias and Cancelo are close as James is much better then Trippier.

              However Trippier could be interesting after GW5

      17. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        which is best

        1. Ward-Robertson-Grealish
        2.De Gea- Trent- Martinelli

      18. Roshen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        have like 15 minutes until need to go, any final thoughts on this?

        Ward – Iversen
        TAA – Robertson – Cancelo – Trippier – Digne
        Salah – Mount – Rashford – (Andreas) – (Murphy)
        Kane – Jesus – (Archer)

        Don't really like this CRY(A) fixture for Arsenal. So plan is look how good Chelsea, Arsenal and United look in first game and than either do nothing or switch one of Mount/Rash to Saka/Martinelli

      19. Bishopool
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Ward (Raya)
        TAA Walker Trip Cash (N.Will)
        Salah(c) KDB Martinelli Bailey (Andreas)
        Kane Jesus (GW)

        Possible alternatives:

        a) TAA, Robertson, White, Trip, Neto
        b) TAA, Walker, Trip, Cash, Martinelli
        c) A with Rob-> Cancelo
        d) good to go!

        1. Bishopool
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          saw that B is already my team :). So, B = D

        2. payetisgod
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Bias opp but D) i have Son Haaland instead of KDB Kane. I think threemium has its limitations ofc but with City Spurs and Pool all have a good fixture run from GW3 onwards you dont want to be scrambling to get decent cover in! Way i see it worst case you miss out on a Cancelo haul and even then he has to score or assist as you have walker!

      20. Chris_l25
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Am I g2g?

        Ward
        TAA, Dias, Cancelo, Ait Nouri
        Salah, Mount, Diaz, Almiron
        Kane, Jesus

        Sanchez, N.Williams, Andreas, Plange

      21. thebizzle
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Cucurella - where does this leave Chilwell? Won’t there minutes be shared??

      22. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Anyone dare captain Kane over Salah? Off to a flyer if it works.

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Kane starts slow and Salah starts fast. Salah all the way

          1. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            What if it's all different this time

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Yup. I don't think Conte is up for taking prisoners, Kane has had a great pre season . . . Salah will score because he needs to for the first day record to continue . . . but Kane will score twice.

      23. Mattador
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        A) Perisic, Neto, Haaland
        B) Neco, Rashford Kane

        Mendy Ward
        TAA Robertson Cancelo James
        Salah Martinelli Bailey Andreas
        Jesus Greenwood

        Template as it comes but between A and B for final 3 spots

      24. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        How could you improve this? 0.5 ITB if needed

        Ramsdale
        TAA | Cancelo | Robbo | James
        Salah | Foden | Mount | Saka | Bailey
        Jesus

      25. Dosh
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Wilson or Coutinho?

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Both could do well. Coutinho got great fixtures to start so go there

      26. DF
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        My pals team is still pending moderation. Reckon he'll be allowed in to the game before deadline?

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          That's just his team name, the team will be in

          1. DF
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Yeah, don't think he can change his team though which is a bit of a pain today.
            Happening to anyone else?

      27. UncleJacks
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Which one

        A - Sancho and Bailey

        B - Rashford and Gordon

      28. timawflowers
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        start the season with Kane or Haaland?

        1. mj1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Kane, book the wk1 transfer in

        2. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          I'd go Haaland to avoid booking a transfer in

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Kane for me ; Haaland mins and fixture much tougher to call.

      29. mj1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        Reece James or Dias!?!?? Heeellpp!!

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          James I reckon

      30. LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        is cancelo worth the extra 1.0 over dias?

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Sure otherwise go walker

        2. The Frenchie
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 3 hours ago

          Same dilemma and I go to Dias