Differentials XI – Game-week 8

Game-week 7 is over and for the FPL Updates Differentials XI it’s best to put this game-week behind us! With a miserable tally of 26 points this week, the Differentials XI may as well have been the SHITHOUSE XI, as the team were 25 points below average, and ranked 3,192,973 in the Game-week.

One thing to remember however is that the team doesn’t have any of the “big hitters” and relies on high average scores from those players under the radar. Anyway here’s how the disaster looked:


As we can see it was a very mediocre week. Both keepers lost their clean sheets, and we could have gained an extra 1 point if we had chosen Foster over Green. In defence, we managed a massive 3 points from 3 players – need I say more?

Working up to the midfield, there isn’t much improvement here as they all got 2 or less points apart from Moses. Victor was our transfer last week, and showed a lot of promise in the early stages of Stoke City’s game against Sunderland, picking up an assist. Unfortunately, he picked up a knock and was taken off but we think he will be raring to go again soon.

Finally up top, our captaincy choice turned out to be the best of the bunch as Vardy brought home 10 points, along with van Persie’s disappointing solo point.

Anyway enough about last Game-week, these lads need to improve or they will get the chop. So into Game-week 8 and the changes:

Demichelis (OUT) -> Rojo (IN)

Here’s how the team looks:


Starting XI: Green (1.3%), Rojo (1.6%), van Aanholt (1.8%), Mertesacker (3.5%), Puncheon (3.4%), Cazorla (1.8%) Moses (0.4%), Tadic (2.9%), Lamela (2.9%), Vardy (2.1%), van Persie (2.3%).

Bench: Foster (3.8%), Zarate (0.7%), Trippier (1.3%), Johnson (0.8%)

This week we start with Rob Green between the sticks. Both keepers have tough fixtures this week, so we aren’t expecting much of a points return in this position.

At the back we start with a back three consisting of; Mertesacker, van Aanholt and Rojo. We give Rojo his all important debut, and hopefully he will turn out to be an inspirational signing. All three defenders have winnable and, possibly more importantly, fixtures in which they have a reasonable chance of keeping a clean sheet in. Therefore, if we see 3 points from 3 players like last week, we will be forced to get the hair-dryer out.

We name an unchanged 5 man midfield, being; Puncheon, Cazorla, Moses, Tadic and Lamela. Although Moses has been yellow flagged, we believe that he may get over the knock and feature in Stoke’s game against Swansea. Also one to watch here will be Santi, as Arsenal will look to the Spaniard to fill the void left by the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and co. It should also be noted that both Puncheon and Lamela have tough fixtures against Chelsea and Man City respectively.

Up top we start an unchanged partnership of van Persie and Vardy. With fixtures against West Brom and Newcastle, we can be hopeful that they both will get themselves on the score sheet and push us back up the ranks.

Robin van Persie has been given the captaincy this week. Hopefully the Dutchman won’t let us down after scoring during mid-week for the Netherlands.

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