28 Sept.

GW9: Differential Focus

If you are the sort of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager who enjoys going against the grain – or takes satisfaction from finding hidden gems before the crowd – then lowly selected players (differentials) can often provide value and offer a source of points which won’t be shared by many other managers. As long as the player picks are justifiable, differentials can give you an edge over your mini-league rivals.

In this article we look ahead to Gameweek 9 and find players from each position who are currently selected by less than 10% of managers, but could reward their owners in the upcoming gameweeks.

GK: Vicente Guaita

  • Cost: £4.5m
  • Selected by: 1.6%
  • Next Fixture: CHE (h)

palace defensive stats 21_22 season

Crystal Palace was amongst the top five teams for underlying defensive statistics last season - taken from Opta Stats Sandbox

If you are in the market for a differential goalkeeper, then look no further than the Crystal Palace shot-stopper Vicente Guaita (£4.5m). With the exception of Chelsea at home in Gameweek 9, Crystal Palace has a great run of fixtures right up to Gameweek 19.

Don’t be put off by Crystal Palace’s defensive record this season; they have had a difficult start to the campaign, facing Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first four Gameweeks and were actually posting very respectable defensive numbers last season, ranking 4th best for Expected Goals Conceded (xGC).