The Premier League season is now underway, and as is the FPL campaign running alongside. As you begin building your first teams, there will, of course, be a lot of different factors to consider – from fixtures to pre-season form, to the chances of even starting. However, one key, almost underlying, factor is player ownership. Most regular hitters in FPL will be owned by a lot of players, and remember, Fantasy Football is all about doing better than your opponents. That would be very difficult to do if you carry a lot of the same players to each other. That’s where the differentials come in. These differentials are the uncommon players which tend to go under the radar, but can still have the potential to score tidy points. It’s a good idea to have a couple of these differentials as they can really give a strong edge over your opponents, and a return from them can really help you with the advantage. Here is a list of FPL Fantasy PL 2021/22 Differentials that can bolster your squads ahead of gameweek 7.
FPL Fantasy 2021/22 Gameweek 7 Differentials
1. Matty Cash (Defender) – 5 million
There’s little explaining how Cash has tallied up so many points in such a short period of time. Aston Villa’s profitable right-back is currently sitting on a total of 20 points from just the last 2 games, including that 15 point haul in GW5. With just a 3% ownership, Cash has made some good points returns and has produced some decent stats too. With Villa currently playing with a back 3 formation, Cash is expected to play at an advanced position on the right. This obviously means much more chance of attacking numbers.
Furthermore, Cash’s average of 2.76 crosses per game, 9 shot-creating actions, and a bonus of 4 shots in the box show his potential points return. Tottenham is the opponent in GW7, who is in pretty poor form at the moment. They currently sit 2nd for the worst xG in the league. They’ve conceded a crazy 3 goals per game over the last month and are unfortunately not showing much sign of improvement.
2. Aaron Ramsdale (Goalkeeper) – 4.5 million
Arsenal have had a light-up in their last 3 games in the league last month, winning all 3. One of those players that will partly be to thank is of course the new signing Aaron Ramsdale, who as quickly cemented his place as the number 1 for the club. That would be for a very valid reason too, as he has only conceded 1 goal over the last 4 games (including non-leagues), averaging 2 saves a game in the PL too. Furthermore, the Arsenal defense as a whole has only conceded an average of 2.7 shots on target per game over the last month of Premier League football.
Although the opponents are Brighton, a side that has done much better than expected, Arsenal holds a clean sheet chance of 31% against them. It will be a tough game for the Gunners, but it may not be that surprising to see them come out with a clean sheet, especially considering the current form.
3. Raul Jimenez (Forward) – 7.5 million
Jimenez nabbed his first goal of the season against Southampton, and hopefully, that is a hint of what’s to come, as the hype train is slowly loading up for the Mexican. In other words, people are starting to buy Jimenez for their FPL team, but most of the safe players will be waiting for more performances before moving. However, Wolves’ next fixture in GW7 feels too good to lose out on. The opponents are Newcastle who has the 3rd worst xGA of all teams in the league. Furthermore, they’ve conceded 33 shots on target, the second-worst, and are still among the 5 teams yet to keep a clean sheet so far.
As for Jimenez’s situation, there’s no doubt about his quality, and he has shown promising signs recently too. Raul averages 2.67 shots per 90, as well as 2.67 key passes per 90 and an xG of 1.79, so technically he is underperforming compared to usual. It’s risky jumping onto a player that’s scored a singular goal, however, Newcastle is a very appealing fixture – risky but could pay dividends.
4. Joshua King (Forward) – 5.5 million
King has been an interesting new player, looking nailed for Watford in the central striker position. However, the goal-scoring does not seem to be his focus. King tends to drop deep during an attack and look for the final pass and assist a goal for his teammates. He already has 2 assists to his name already, as well as 2.51 key passes and 2.2 shot-creating actions. There’s nothing to say he can’t score either, as he already has a decent 4 shots in the box already.
One of the main sparks behind the King pick is the opposition for GW7 – Leeds. They currently sit 18th in the table, yet to win a game so far in the season. In addition, they have the 2nd worst xGA in the league and have conceded the most shots on target (39) of any other team in the league.
5. Chris Wood (Forward) – 6.8 million
Burnley has been poor this season, sitting 19th on only 2 points, however, their next fixture is the kind worth targeting – Norwich. They’ll be expecting to take home all 3 points here, as Norwich sits with the worst xGA in the league, with 30 shots conceded (3rd worst) and 16 goals conceded (1st worst). Although Burnley doesn’t look any more glamorous in terms of expected goals, they’ll still be looking to win here, after the high-scoring game last round.
There are few people you’d expect to score from Burnley, but one of them would easily be their main striker, Chris Wood. He is a reliable goal-scorer, already with 12 shots and an average of 2.08 per game. His xG of 2.19 is more than double his current total of 1, which proves that Wood can do much better. To top it all off, Wood is predicted a 50% chance of scoring too, the 4th best of all FPL options.
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