It has been longer than usual since the last gameweek, but having had so many games in such a short period of time, managers will be feeling a bit more settled heading into gameweek 22. Here are five differential options ahead of this week:
ASHLEY BARNES – £5.6m – TSB: 1.3% – Fulham (H)
A lot has been made over recent weeks of the points potential of Burnley forward Ashley Barnes. Barnes was used mainly as a substitute earlier on in the season before starting and assisting against Liverpool, beginning a run of seven straight starts. With 2 goals and an assist in the last four games, the Clarets forward is in decent form, with no striker having more than his six big chances over those fixtures. Barnes has also had the third most shots on target of all forwards in his last four.
CALLUM PATERSON – £5.1m – TSB: 0.9% – Huddersfield (H)
Cardiff forward Callum Paterson has been struggling for returns as of late, not scoring in his last four appearances since grabbing the lone goal at home to Southampton. However, there’s reason to put faith back in the Cardiff man. Neil Warnock’s men play four sides ranked just 2 on the FDR in the next five games, beginning with a home match against a Huddersfield side that have lost each of their last eight (!) league games. Four of Paterson’s five goal contributions this season have come at the Cardiff City stadium and his listing as a midfielder gives him added points potential for any goals or clean sheets managed.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI – £4.2m – TSB: 2.0% – Newcastle (H)
By no means is this a safe pick, but the fun in picking differentials is digging around for the most maverick of moves. Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of much transfer speculation, with Bayern Munich rumoured to be after his services. Sarri has stated that he is beginning to see Hudson-Odoi on the same level as Pedro and Willian, and with Hazard likely moving central, the young winger may start to see more game time. At the lowest price-point of any midfielder in the game, he’s an enabler at worst.
BERNARDO SILVA – £7.5m – TSB: 7.9% – Wolves (H)
Highly touted at the beginning of the season, Bernardo Silva is rarely discussed as a fantasy option nowadays, with premium options such as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane generally considered the go-to options. However, the Portuguese midfielder has been quietly accumulating points in recent weeks, starting each of the last eight league games and registering an attacking return in each of his last four. The return of Kevin De Bruyne does suggest Silva’s game time could decrease, but almost all City options are at risk of rotation and at a very decent price, Silva can still offer value for money. City play Wolves, Huddersfield and Newcastle in their next three.
VICENTE GUAITA – £4.2m – TSB: 1.4% – Watford (H)
It is rare a goalkeeper makes the differential picks, as there are much fewer ways for one to impress in comparison to outfield options. Vicente Guaita makes the five this week as the cheapest playing goalkeeper in the game. The Spaniard came into the Crystal Palace first team in gameweek 17 against Leicester due to an injury to Wayne Hennessey. Guaita has taken his opportunity well, keeping 3 clean sheets in five appearances, including a 9 point haul against Cardiff. Palace face off against Watford this week, and have games against Southampton and Fulham in the three after.
Good luck all.
Written by FPL Forum (@FPLForum)