Ahead of each round of Premier League games The Hype Train analyses the best left-field player options for your Fantasy Premier League teams. Historically, weekly FPL Dream Team’s comprise of mostly differential players whose selection falls with a low selection percentage of overall players, to which there is no doubt that their influence cannot be ignored. With such an abundance of points coming from the FPL’s hidden gems The Hype Train selects one player from each Premier League match in the upcoming Gameweek to decide who could be the differential that sets your team apart. All aboard.
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Weekly Differentials (GW9)
The Premier League is back after the very long and interesting international break. After events in Bulgaria which was close to seeing England’s match being called off due to horrific racist behaviour from the home nation, and it will be a nice reprieve to just enjoy football again which is what the whole point of the sport is. For the ninth time this season we return with ten names that could make a difference in your FPL team, looking at players currently under the radar and forgotten about.
Gameweek 8: Differential Picks
EVE/WHU: Felipe Anderson (WHU, MID, £6.0mil, 6.1% ownership)
AVL/BHA: Wesley Moraes (AVL, FWD, £6.1mil, 2.7% ownership)
BOU/NOR: Joshua King (BOU, FWD, £6.3mil, 9.6% ownership)
CHE/NEW: Callum Hudson-Odoi (CHE, MID, £5.9mil, 1.3% ownership)
LEI/BUR: Benjamin Chilwell (LEI, DEF, £5.4mil, 4.2% ownership)
TOT/WAT: Christian Eriksen (TOT, MID, £8.8mil, 3.8% ownership)
WOL/SOU: Danny Ings (SOU, FWD, £5.9mil, 1.7% ownership)
CRY/MCI: Luka Milivojevic (CRY, MID, £6.7mil, 2.7% ownership)
MUN/LIV: Alisson (LIV, GK, £5.8mil, 5.7% ownership)
SHU/ARS: Nicolas Pépé (ARS, MID, £9.3mil, 3.5% ownership)
GW9: Differential Highlights
Joshua King (BOU): Joshua King is a very polarising player when discussed, especially when Callum Wilson wins the plaudits. During the international break King condemned Spain to a draw with a late goal, and in his last two home matches for the Cherries has double-digit returns against Everton and West Ham. Norwich have conceded a minimum of two goals a game since GW3.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (CHE): Frank Lampard has been blessed with a team whose loan system has finally yielded highly rated players that have to stay at the club during a transfer ban. Hudson-Odoi has returned to the Chelsea team after a long-term injury and has been thrust straight back into the starting eleven. Being favoured over Pulisic, whilst allowing Mount to play centrally, Hudson-Odoi is the last part of a very exciting attacking line-up. So far, CHO has two assists against Brighton and Southampton from his first two appearances, and up next is Newcastle in what should be a cut and dry win for Chelsea.
Danny Ings (SOU): Wolves are a Europa League team, one that is currently on a good stretch of form. Naturally we would select a Wolves player, but with no standout differentials we differ to a Southampton player who is also on a good stretch of form. Danny Ings has two goals against Spurs and Chelsea in his last two games and has four returns out of eight so far this season. Currently, Ings is Southampton’s most consistent FPL option.
Key Differential: Wesley Moraes (ASTON VILLA vs. Brighton)
Aston Villa have as many wins as Manchester United to start the season, which could be good or bad depending on who you ask. Villa Park has only seen one win so far this season which happened against Everton, and most recently the Villains went away to Norwich and dominated them by scoring five goals. Aston Villa officially ended the short-lived ‘Pukki Party’, showing the world that Norwich were exactly what Norwich are…a promoted team fighting for their Premier League future.
Aston Villa are also in the same fight, and surprisingly, the eye-test for Villa is encouraging. Teams stay up in the Premier League by being progressive and attack minded, and they have been involved in lots of entertaining and high scoring games like when they nearly beat Arsenal at the Emirates, nearly stunning Spurs, having a back-and-forth with Burnley, and most recently by blowing away Norwich. The outlook on Villa’s overall performances are good if you were a supporter of the club, and they have a striker that is capable of scoring goals in the Premier League. Wesley Moraes is that man, and the Brazilian has quickly taken to the world’s most competitive league.
Wesley has scored four goals this season, and against teams with defensive flaws. First was against Everton which speaks for itself, the second was against Arsenal which also speaks for itself, and then a double in the rout of Norwich which shouldn’t be surprising because Norwich is a promoted club. Villa also possess John McGinn who can score goals, and Jack Grealish is also capable of contributing towards Villa’s survival campaign. Hosting Brighton at the weekend does come with its own challenges, but with attacking players that can hurt the Seagull’s defence they have every chance of notching another result. Wesley is an out-and-out number nine; big, imposing, likes to occupy central defenders, and hangs on the edge of the nearest man.
The Brazilian is a hugely overlooked figure this when you have Bournemouth hosting Norwich, Wolves hosting Southampton, Chelsea hosting Newcastle, Leicester hosting Burnley, Spurs hoping for a revival against Watford, and City visiting Palace. There is also the big game between Manchester United and Liverpool which has all the spotlights shining on it this weekend. Villa and Brighton are just doing their thing at 3pm on a Saturday, and there will be lots of people looking at the fixture sceptically because Brighton and Villa are not very consistent. We are gambling this week on Wesley once again impressing in what has been a very promising start to the season for the Brazilian and for Villa in general.
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