Game-week 1 has now ended and this is what FPL Updates’ Differentials XI looked like at the end of the game-week:
So, not that great. However, differentials won’t always hit big points as they are gambles and differentials for a reason. One bit of luck the team had however was that Zarate didn’t play which allowed James Chester to come into the squad for what will probably be his only appearance in the team. As he hit 15 points, this has caused his ownership to rocket over 5% forcing our first transfer of the campaign.
Unfortunately our captaincy gamble of Arnautovic didn’t pay off with Stoke losing 0-1 to Aston Villa, giving him a grand total of 2 points (4 points as captain).
There were some positives to take away from the game-week though. Van Aanholt played well bagging an assist in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with West Brom. Also, Tadic showed signs of promise tallying up 5 points after he grabbed an assist, but unfortunately we left him on the bench. Pelle also showed signs of promise but was kept under wraps by the Liverpool back four.
A final note before discussing our transfer for the upcomign game-week is that we were unfortunately hit with 2 injuries being Snodgrass and Gibbs, which we will have to look at replacing in the upcoming weeks.
So down to business:
James Chester (OUT) & Martin Demichelis (IN)
With James Chester rocketing in ownership, we had no choice but to remove him from the team and replace him with Demichelis, who surprisingly only has 1.4% ownership. Although the defender notoriously has a mistake or two in him, he should be a consistent player for Manchester City this season and should bring in those crucial clean sheet points.
The line-up hasn’t been altered too much from the last game-week, with the only change being that van Aanholt is benched, with Tadic and Demichelis moving into the starting XI. Ideally, we would have played both Gibbs and Snodgrass this week as on paper, they have easier fixtures than some of the other players that start this week. However with the injuries that the two sustained, our hands are tied. Zarate is another player who should be seen as a slight gamble as he didn’t play in game-week one, being left on the bench twiddling his fingers. However, we hope he will start against Crystal Palace and begin his Premier League career with a goal or two.
This week we have given the captains armband to Adebayor who plays QPR at White Heart Lane. This can be seen as a little risky as he didn’t play too great last weekend against West Ham and may lose his spot to Soldado if he doesn’t start scoring. However, we fancy him to hit the back of the net this game week and be the first goalscorer of the Differentials XI.