FPL Differential XI: Gameweek 12

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 GW12…

Goalkeeper: Illan MeslierLeeds United – 2.6% TSB

Illan Meslier gets the nod for us between the sticks this week. Leeds host Fulham in GW13 and they’ll be confident of a rare clean sheet if they manage to keep Cottagers star Aleksander Mitrovic quiet.

Defenders: Joachim AndersonCrystal Palace – 3.2% TSB, Emerson Royal Tottenham – 2.2% TSB, Hugo BuenoWolves – 0.8% TSB

Crystal Palace continue to impress many with their attacking flair but they’re no mugs at the back either. A clean sheet was expected but not delivered against Wolves, largely thanks to the pinpoint crossing of £3.9m differential star Hugo Bueno who makes our eleven this week after a hugely impressive debut. Joachim Anderson and his Palace defence will be confident of a third consecutive away clean sheet this week against Everton.

Emerson Royal completes the defence this week as I fully expect him to return to the starting eleven for Spurs against Newcastle United after his enforced rest.

Midfielders: Harvey BarnesLeicester City – 1.7% TSB, Eberechi EzeCrystal Palace – 3.2% TSB, Lucas PaquetaWest Ham – 1.4% TSB, Luis SinisterraLeeds United – 0.6% TSB, Michael OliseCrystal Palace – 0.2% TSB

Leicester are in the middle of a run of kind fixtures and they continue with a trip to struggling Wolves this week. James Maddison will return from suspension for this one, meaning most of their attacking assets including our choice Harvey Barnes will receive a boost. Barnes is looking sharp despite the sporadic attacking returns and you feel he’s on the verge of a haul some point soon.

We touched upon the attacking flair of Palace earlier in the article and two thirds of that excitement is owed to midfield duo Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise. The talented youngsters combined for their equaliser against Wolves on Tuesday night. Olise’s low ownership of 0.2% is a mystery as he is a constant threat playing off the right hand side, assisting twice in his four starts so far this season.

Lucas Paqueta is starting to provide that Brazilian flair that West Ham hoped for when they secured his expensive signature this summer and a home game against a leaky Southampton defence gives him another great chance to showcase his talents.

Rounding off the midfield is the supremely talented Luis Sinisterra who it’s fair to say let us day last time we tipped him. Off the back of an incredible international break, the Colombian was sent off for two stupid bookings to let down many who punted on him, us included. He’s clearly got the potential to be the Raphinha replacement and if he can get anywhere near the returns of the former Leeds talisman, Sinisterra will be a bargain at £6.5m.

Forwards: Gianluca ScamaccaWest Ham – 2.1% TSB, Patson Daka Leicester City – 1.4% TSB

Gianluca Scamacca and Patson Daka are out strikers this week with one firmly in form and the other seemingly on the cusp of a good scoring run. Italian Scamacca has taken to life in the Premier League quicker than most overseas imports and looks to have everything needed to succeed in the English game. A home game against Southampton represents an excellent chance to maintain his hot start.

Meanwhile, Leicester’s Daka has found the net three times this season and looks to have unexpectedly claimed the starting striker’s spot from Jamie Vardy. The Zambian is looking sharp and will be confident of adding to his tally against Wolves this week.

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