Hello again and welcome to under the radar, my FPL article for gameweek 13. Before we begin, I just want to make sure that there are NO guarantee’s when it comes to differentials and their points return, as with any FPL player. When it comes to players under the radar it is likely that they may not return anything but the 2 points for taking part, or in last week’s case 0 points. Injuries can occur after the time of writing this article so ALWAYS check the latest news on any players that you are looking to bring in.
So now a few things have been cleared up, let’s get on with it!
WILFRIED BONY, FORWARD, £8.2M, 4.7% TSB
I was greeted by a shock when I set out to explore the possible under the radar picks for gameweek 13, a shock in the form of Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony and his 4.7% ownership! Now for a player of Bony’s standard it is surprising enough for him to have such a low selected by percentage. However, this unexpected stat is enhanced when you take a look at Swansea’s upcoming fixtures and Bony’s latest form. Home ties against Palace, QPR, Spurs and Villa await Swansea before the New Year; as well as away games versus West Ham, Hull and Liverpool. To be perfectly honest I wouldn’t be surprised if Swansea managed 18 points out of a possible 21 in these next 7 games which of course means GOALS. We all know already what a prominent force Swansea are in terms of attacking football this year. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer have been linking up with Bony all season and it finally seems like the Ivorian has found some solid form: 5 goals in his last 6 games. Now other FPL fixtures have made Bony readily available and the perfect replacement for one Graziano Pelle who now faces a tough run of fixtures at Southampton. If you’re looking for a differential striker that is likely to pick you up some good points whilst moving you steadily up your leagues as well, then Bony is the man for you. Take a look at your current squad before you make any rash decisions though. Do you really need the risk?
KIERAN TRIPPIER, DEFENDER, £4.8M, 1.2% TSB
A fixture and form based pick this one. Two wins in two for Burnley is a good record for the newly promoted side. A clean sheet at home to Hull shows some promise for Burnley defenders. Trippier is an exciting prospect in FPL, providing 1 assist so far, with easy fixtures coming up meaning that there are more points to be had. Two home ties against Aston Villa and Newcastle mean that it is likely Trippier will gain – in theory – at LEAST 8 points in two gameweeks (6 points for a clean sheet and 2 points for appearing). With the potential of bonus points and attacking threats for Trippier, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be given a chance in your side if you’re looking for a defender who doesn’t feature in many other teams. A small price tag means that even if he is just used as part of a rotation system, Trippier shouldn’t be too much of a risk. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.
So another week goes by in the world of FPL and two more differential picks are summoned for selection. Only time will tell if either of the two pay off. Good luck for the coming gameweeks and goodbye.