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.
Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 13 Deadline
For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.
Weekly Differentials (GW13)
The last international break of the season has come and gone, and now that the European Championship qualifiers have finally been completed, the long Christmas run of fixtures now begins. This is now the time of year where fixtures will hit FPL managers with increasingly shorter deadlines and plenty of midweek games. That means transfers will become key to gaining green arrows, and as ever we offer ten lowly owned differential options that could boost your team in this hectic time of year.
Gameweek 13: Differentials
WHU/TOT: Heung-Min Son (TOT, MID, £9.6mil, 7.9% ownership)
ARS/SOU: Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, FWD, £9.3mil, 1.7% ownership)
BOU/WOL: Harry Wilson (BOU, MID, £6.0mil, 3.0% ownership)
BHA/LEI: Harvey Barnes (LEI, MID, £5.9mil, 1.2% ownership)
CRY/LIV: Dejan Lovren (LIV, DEF, £5.3mil, 0.4% ownership)
EVE/NOR: Richarlison (EVE, MID, £7.9mil, 7.5% ownership)
WAT/BUR: Gerard Deulofeu (WAT, FWD, £6.1mil, 2.5% ownership)
MCI/CHE: Willian (CHE, MID, £7.1mil, 3.0% ownership)
SHU/MUN: Enda Stevens (SHU, DEF, £5.1mil, 2.4% ownership)
AVL/NEW: Martin Dubravka (NEW, GK, £5.0mil, 1.0% ownership)
GW13: Differential Highlights
Alexandre Lacazette (ARSENAL vs. Southampton):
We have seen lots of contrasting views from the Arsenal camp about Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Spurs, but we think that it would be best for the Gunners to actually focus on getting one of the best attacks in the league firing on all cylinders. Lacazette is their central striker, with Aubameyang pushed out to the left-wing. Southampton at home should be a cut-and-dry affair for the Gunners.
Gerard Deulofeu (WATFORD vs. Burnley):
Watford are starting to repair the damage of their horrendous start to the new Premier League season. Sooner rather than later, the Hornets would pick up some points, they have too many good players not to eventually win a game. Their best chance was always with Deulofeu, and in the last wo games against Chelsea and Norwich the Spaniard has scored in each game and assisted against Norwich. Collecting nineteen points in these games is a good sign, and against Burnley the hat-trick of FPL returns could happen for Deulofeu.
Willian (Man City vs. CHELSEA):
This weekend is the £££ Derby, with the leagues two most efficient clubs in avoiding Financial Fair Play sanctions looking to solidify their position in the top four. A point separates both teams, and it is a great chance for Chelsea to rub salt in the wounds of City’s most recent loss against league leaders Liverpool. Frank Lampard has got his team purring, and with six wins on the spin, it should be alarming for City right now is in this fixture. Willian has been a real example to the rest of the squad, and with two returns in the Brazilian’s last three matches he also comes into this game with lots of form. So does Abraham, Mount, and Pulisic. City’s start to the season could go from bad to worse in this derby.
Key Differential: Richarlison (EVE)
Here we go, another chance to pick out a standout differential as our captain. When the team picks the four captains for the upcoming Gameweek we like to think that consistency plays a huge part of that selection process, although the differentials come with their own unique red flag, and an extra one if you are an Everton player. Premium options for captaincy come from top six teams that always have the odds in their favour for a win, whereas picking a player from outside this bracket is an inherent risk that calculated odds don’t even matter. Everton are the absolute pinnacle of this thinking, and they are arguably one of the riskiest teams to adjudge in the Premier League. Let us explain.
During pre-season, Everton were once again touted as being a dark horse to get into the top six…again. The Toffees are constantly between managers which gives FPL enthusiasts hope that it could be a cornerstone of change that leapfrogs Everton into the big time. Everton managers then go out and spend ridiculous amounts on new players that makes people think: “God damn, the top four are on notice.”
Look at Lucas Digne, a player that during pre-season that a huge portion of FPL managers touted as being the best defensive option for the upcoming season, and that his starting price of £6.0mil was a ‘bargain’.
Everyone also banked on Gylfi Sigurdsson in their midfield with a start that consisted of teams that included Crystal Palace, Watford, Aston Villa, Wolves, Bournemouth, and Sheffield United. Everton lost three of these fixtures, and kept two clean sheets, and Sigurdsson only registered one assist.
Even until this point of the season, Everton have yet to win back-to-back games this season, and the worrying trend is that every single time Everton won a game they then lost their next game:
GW2: Everton 1-0 Watford
GW3: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
GW4: Everton 3-2 Wolves
GW5: Bournemouth 3-1 Everton
GW9: Everton 2-0 West Ham
GW10: Brighton 3-2 Everton
On paper, Everton should have done much, much better this season. And yet, here the Toffees are, struggling in 14th place in the Premier League table. Everton win games, feel invincible, and then arrogantly take their next match for granted and then lose it. By now you are thinking why we are even backing Everton this Gameweek? Teams outside the top six have a red flag of vulnerability attached to their potential, and Everton are even more people to only judging them surface deep due to their actions of being a bigger club than what they are.
The only good news is that Everton might be able to break their winning curse, mostly because they are coming up against a team that everyone over-hyped because their striker scored a few goals at the beginning of the season. Enter Norwich, a team that has lost three matches in a row and have only picked up one solitary point since their win over Man City in GW5. Barring the 0-0 draw against Bournemouth in GW9, and during their 3-1 win over Newcastle in GW2, Norwich have conceded two goals in every game this season. The Canaries have the worst defence in the league, and they have yet to win a game away from home all season and based on their performances they may struggle all season to do that.
Put simple, Everton will have to either be the unluckiest, or the most arrogant team in the league if they lose to Norwich. The Toffees best chance of breaking their own record is Richarlison, a Brazilian who is in great form coming into this fixture. Three fantasy returns from the last five games is much better than any Norwich player, Lightening has struck three times for Everton after a win, but this is easily the Toffees best chance of writing that wrong. This may be the only time this season there is no inherent red flag for Everton this week, and if they are not defeating out-of-form promoted teams then there is no hope for them getting into the top half of the table this season.
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