FPL Differential XI: Gameweek 8

We’ve all seen the “template XI” and will, no doubt, have figured out which elite assets we’re going to jump on this season.

Whether you’re on the Salah train or the Haaland bus (or both), you’re going to be needing some handy differentials in your side to ensure you’re always one step ahead of your mini-league rivals and can climb up those world rankings!

In this weekly series, we explore those low ownership options that could be the hidden gems to help you to creap up that table. Here are the options we like the look of for GW8…

GOALKEEPER: Bernd LenoFulham – 1.5% TSB

A trip to Nottingham Forest in a Gameweek containing only seven matches ensures Bernd Leno is our stopper this week. Fulham give up plenty of chances but Forest struggle in front of goal. Could be an interesting Friday encounter!

DEFENDERS: Sven Botman Newcastle United – 1.8% TSB, Lucas Digne – Aston Villa – 2.1% TSB, Ryan Sessegnon Tottenham Hotspur – 1.2% TSB

Sven Botman is adjusting well to life in England and a clean sheet against Crystal Palace could easily be followed up by another as Bournemouth visit the Toon. At £4.4m, he’s a bargain this week.

Villa left back Lucas Digne is back to troll us fantasy managers once more ahead of a nice matchup against Southampton while Ryan Sessegnon is one of our riskier picks. The Spurs full back has only started twice this season but has attacking returns on both occasions. Ivan Perisic completed 90 minutes in the Champions League on Tuesday, meaning Sessegnon could benefit from some squad rotation.

MIDFIELDERS: Jarrod BowenWest Ham United – 2.8% TSB, Jesse Lingard Nottingham Forest – 2.6% TSB, Anthony GordonEverton – 3.2% TSB, Joelinton – Newcastle United – 0.6% TSB, Pablo FornalsWest Ham United – 0.8% TSB

Despite his lack of goal involvements so far this season, Jarrod Bowen looks to be the latest Twitter bandwagon ahead of West Ham’s upturn in fixtures. Bowen’s had a rotten start but is surely too good for this to continue and looks to be on penalty duty after he scored one in the Europa Conference League. Team mate Pablo Fornals also makes it into our XI as one of those sneaky picks that always seems to score when he’s not on anyone’s radar!

The Hammers take on Everton at Goodison Park who will rely on Anthony Gordon once more to provide the spark they so desperately need as they seek to stay in the Premier league once more. The same can be said for Jesse Lingard who, after fighting it up for West Ham has failed to get going at Forest. A home game against Fulham can kickstart his Forest career ahead of the internationals.

A super low ownership option in Joelinton completes the midfield. He’s had a superb start to the season and all that’s missing from his game are attacking returns. He will be confident of changing that against a defensively suspect Bournemouth.

FORWARDS: Ollie WatkinsAston Villa – 2.3% TSB, Brennan Johnson Nottingham Forest – 1.4% TSB

It looks like Ollie Watkins continues to miss his old mate Jack Grealish. It’s been another difficult start to his Premier League season which has seen his ownership fall but a home game against Southampton is an ideal opportunity to get things going in front of goal once again ahead of the World Cup as he desperately attempts to impress the England manager.

One man definitely on a flight to Qatar is Welsh wonder boy Brennan Johnson. He’s scored twice in his first six Premier League games and will be confident of making it three in seven as he takes on Fulham this week.

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