FPL Differential XI: Gameweek 11

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 creep up that table. Here are the options we like the look of for GW11…

Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno Fulham – 1.6% TSB

We continue to chase those differential clean sheets and it’s Bernd Leno who is given the gloves for this week’s eleven. His Fulham side has shipped too many goals in recent weeks but should have Kenny Tete back in the lineup and will fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways when hosting Bournemouth this weekend.

Defenders: Rayan Ait-Nouri Wolves – 1.1% TSB, Ryan Sessegnon Tottenham – 1.1% TSB, Pervis EstupinanBrighton – 0.5% TSB

Rayan Ait-Nouri was a bit of a pre-season favourite amongst FPL managers but a poor start to his season has seen interest tail off. Wolves host struggling Nottingham Forest this week though and RAN will see it as a good chance to get in and amongst the attacking play.

We tipped Ryan Sessegnon last week and he delivered with a clean sheet and would’ve had an assist too had opposite full back Matt Doherty been more clinical.

And it’s another left wing back in Brighton’s Pervis Estupinan who completes the defensive lineup. Games against Liverpool and Tottenham represented a tough opening for new boss Roberto De Zerbi but the signs are good and they face Brentford and Nottingham Forest in their next two, games that Estupinan will look to get involved in the attacking play wherever possible.

Midfielders: Lucas PaquetaWest Ham – 1.3% TSB, Eberechi Eze – Crystal Palace – 2.3% TSB, Mason Mount Chelsea – 3.8% TSB, Granit XhakaArsenal – 3.5% TSB, Philip BillingBournemouth – 0.7% TSB

Lucas Paqueta is starting to show that Brazilian brilliance in a West Ham shirt and he followed up his viral mastery of the football in the Conference League with something that mattered in the Premier League: an assist. The Hammers face Southampton this week who, quite frankly, are awful.

We’ve spoken a lot about Eberechi Eze and Mason Mount in this article in recent weeks and they delivered in a big way in GW10 with a goal and two assists respectively. Both have enticing fixtures this week too and I expect their ownership percentages to gradually increase, especially potential bargain Eze.

Slightly less fashionable are Granit Xhaka and Philip Billing; two midfielders who have added goals to their games in recent weeks. Xhaka especially has been given a new lease of life in this fresh looking Arsenal team and he’ll be looking for his 6th goal contribution of the season against Leeds this weekend. Billing, meanwhile, has three goals in his last four and travels to Fulham this week in a battle between two promoted sides that have overachieved at times this season.

Forwards: Dom SolankeBournemouth – 1.7% TSB, Danny Welbeck – Brighton – 1.5% TSB

Staying with Bournemouth, it’s Dominic Solanke who leads the line with Brighton’s Danny Welbeck for our low ownership eleven.

Solanke tore the Championship apart last season but has only struck once this season against another newly promoted team Nottingham Forest. He’ll be hoping to repeat the trick against 2022 Championship winners Fulham.

Meanwhile, Welbeck is another who’s overall performance hasn’t been matched by his goal scoring output. You feel it’s coming for the experienced front man though and his next two games are against two leaky defences in Brentford (who have conceded 10 goals in their last four) and Forest who just can’t stop conceding goals.

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