“Differential” PLAYER TO WATCH GW 7 – FPL 2016/17


So long, FPL Mania. I have quitted from FPL-writing-world for quite a while now, because of personal issue. However, with Loris Karius now has been handed as Liverpool’s main goalie, I am more than ready to come back to you guys.

This time, I will go with our proudly weekly article, “differential players to watch”. As I and my colleagues mentioned in every articles we wrote, this piece is having a rule that must be fulfilled : a group of players that only <10% of FPL managers has owned them. That’s why we call them “Differential” One.

So let’s get started mate, but before it begins, take a look at the fixture below.

GW 7 fixture.jpg

Goalie :

  • Arthur Boruc (BOU, £4.5, 6.4%)

Yeah we all know that Tom Heaton is selected ONLY by 8% of FPL Managers in the game. But Heaton is currently sitting on the top of the goalkeeper table and he will face a red hot Arsenal team, we should give another man a try. Doesn’t matter, this man has kept 2 CS after 6 GW’s (though from 2 home games) and he is listed as Heaton’s Mr. Runner-up with 25 points. He is Bournemouth man, Arthur Boruc. Cherries have a decent fixture until GW 12 (wat HUL TOT mid SUN sto) and I regarded him as a bargain with only 4.5 price.

Well, I have my honorable mention here, Steve Mandanda (CRY, 4.4, 3,7%). This month he is playing so good for Palace so he is on our radar.

Defenders :

  • Ben Gibson (MID, £4.5, 3.3% )

Boro can only manage to kept a CS in 1 game, so this man is a risky pick. However, Boro will face an uncertainty team, West Ham, that yet to find out how to play good in a home game. Gibson has just scored his first EPL goal and waiting for England’s call-up because of their form in the past 2 months (he even linked with Chelsea already!). Why don’t we give him a chance as well?

  • Jose Holebas (WAT, £4.5, 1.1%)

Holebas, an attacking wing back with a share of set pieces. His team Watford, are playing with Italian style 3-5-2 and he has been given a very big opportunity with this formation to create chances. Hornets will not face any big teams in the next 4 GW’s (BOU mid swa HUL) so the Greek international is worth to be bought.

  • Cedric Soares (SOU, £5.0, 1.7%)

Southampton is now having an amazing run of form with 4 wins in a row in all competitions. One thing we couldn’t ignore is, in all of that game Saints were not conceded! You can bet their form will only going to continue and you can rely on their defenses as well as their main man Charlie Austin. Ryan Bertrand might have grabbed an assist and a bonus points but he is a little bit too high in terms of value, so you can consider on bringing European champions Cedric Soares. He is a potential monster in terms of bonus point (already being rewarded 5 points by FPL in the last 2 games) and he is indeed cheaper than his current starter teammate. With Leicester is yet to find his feet and balance between European and domestic games, Cedric and co. could once again create a fortified wall.

Midfielders :

  • Steven Defour (BUR, £6.0, 0.3%)

Club’s record signing Defour has been influential this season for Burnley. Of all 5 goals Clarets has scored in the league this season, the Belgian international contributed in 4 (1 goal, 3 assists). Playing at the Turf Moor will certainly be helpful, as we expect some rotation will be done by Arsenal after a busy European week.

  • James McArthur (CRY, £4.9, 0.6%)

2 goals in 2 matches and current favorite 5th midfield-man Etienne Capoue already surpassed £5.0 so that he is unreachable for some managers, James McArthur is becoming our option of a budget midfielder. You can look at this video to see how influential McArthur in Eagles’ middle park, played as a box-to-box CM, made by @CPFCHolmesdale https://twitter.com/CPFCHolmesdale/status/777995870470041600.

  • James Milner (LIV, £6.5, 2.5%)

Another James, different color. This James is currently being converted by his manager into a left-back, as he was well-known as a cultured winger. He thrives under it, as suggested by his current stats, 12 chances created (2nd most in the league made by full/wing backs, behind his fellow Nathaniel Clyne), 140 passes ending in final third (again behind Clyne, 2nd most in the league made by full/wing backs), and 64% passes in opposition half (3rd behind Clyne and Danny Rose). Not enough prove? He is Liverpool’s main penalty taker and so far has scored 3 goals from the spot. With that special set-piece tasks and Reds are famously being called as “Penaltypool” since 5 years ago, we recommend him more than his other teammate Adam Lallana.

  • Theo Walcott (ARS, £7.6, 4.4%)

Theo will become a bandwagon in the next 2-3 weeks. He is on the track of having his best ever form during his Arsenal life, with 3 goals and 2 assists. He looks comfortable playing on the right wing when Alexis is deployed as a lone center forward as he has much less tasks to do a cross (yeah I could mention you, Olivier). Still has a blistering pace and poaching finish, if he stays fit he could be unplayable as season goes on.

Forwards :

  • Marcus Rashford (MUN, £6.9, 8.2%)

Old Trafford’s golden boy Marcus Rashford has a wonder start so far, with scoring 2 in his tally when he is given the chance to start the match due to Martial’s absences. He is expected to lead the line again when United hosts Stoke. The visitor is currently sitting in the 19th place at league table and have been conceded 15 goals, 2nd most of the season (WHU 1st with 16 goals) so given this CV Rashford will once again pick up what he left-off.

  • Christian Benteke (CRY, £7.6, 6.2%)

Big Ben, who has been brought from Liverpool for £32 M, might only score 2 goals until last week. But remember this, all of that 2 goals secure an important 3 points for Palace. With Jason Puncheon and Andros Townsend both are lead the way as the most successful crossers in the league so far (more than 30 between the 2 of them), bringing Benteke into your team as a 3rd strikers is always legit. Take this note, Palace have won 55.4% of the aerial duels, 3rd best in the league and Benteke himself in just 4 league appearances, he has won 25 aerial flick-ons and 33 aerial duels so his teammates would do well to give him the high ball he always wanted.

Find out more about Benteke on this article written by @FPLDiva, enjoy!


  • Salomon Rondon (WBA, £6.6, 5.6%)

Rondon has helped WBA securing 1 valuable point last week and we expect him to do the same when Baggies travel to Stadium of Light. Already scored 3 times for WBA and grabbed total 31 points at the FPL, he will now looking forward to Sunderland’s leaky defense.

 To conclude our pieces and ease these things up, we will give you a bonus shout, a captain pick!!!

Captain Pick(s) :

  • Romelu Lukaku (EVE, Home vs. CRY, 4 goals so far & CRY will be without Scott Dann)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (MUN, Home vs. STO, best players in the last 2 games & against the struggling side)
  • Alexis Sanchez (ARS, Away vs. BUR, 4 goals & 3 assists so far in the league, 1 goal & 2 assists in Europe)

Happy fantasy games! May the green arrows be ever in you favor!

Writer is the former Sunday League footballer that played as an inverted winger. His childhood hero was Alessandro Del Piero. Gave up his dreams as a pro but continue his life in football as a noob writer. You can find him on his twitter account @alfakemalmp



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