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Weekly Differentials 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 15

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 15 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 (GW15)

Welcome to rotation season, a time when Pep Guardiola turns from crazy Spanish manager, into an archvillain of the FPL community. Watch as the most unlikely starters are mercilessly benched, and full backs rotated to keep them fit. This a time when you are going to have to rely on your bench players to come in and act like heroes in a period of uncertainty. We have returned for the fifteenth Gameweek in a row to provide ten players who could make an impact for your team this weak that are flying under the radar.

Gameweek 15: Differentials

CRY/BOU: Vincente Guaita (CRY, GK, £5.0mil, 0.7% ownership)

BUR/MCI: Riyad Mahrez (MCI, MID, £8.3mil, 3.6% ownership)

CHE/AVL: Kepa Arrizabalaga (CHE, GK, £5.5mil, 5.9% ownership)

LEI/WAT: Ayoze Pérez (LEI, MID, £6.2mil, 7.3% ownership)

MUN/TOT: Bamidele Alli (TOT, MID, £8.5mil, 3.7% ownership)

SOU/NOR: Danny Ings (SOU, FWD, £6.2mil, 7.9% ownership)

WOL/WHU: Matt Doherty (WOL, DEF, £6.0mil, 3.4% ownership)

LIV/EVE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (LIV, MID £6.2mil, 0.6% ownership)

SHU/NEW: Lys Mousset (SHU, FWD, £5.1mil, 5.6% ownership)

ARS/BHA: Mesut Özil (ARS, MID, £7.2mil, 0.9% ownership)

GW15: Differential Highlights

Mesut Özil (ARSENAL vs. Brighton):

The German has started his fourth game in a row, and with Freddie Ljungberg in temporary charge it looks like Mesut Özil has a place to stay in this team. Registering an assist against Norwich is a good start, and he remains as one of the most underrated players in this Arsenal team, making him an enormous differential for Arsenal.

Bamidele Alli (Man United vs. SPURS):

The appointment of Jose Mourinho has meant that Dele Alli has been reinstituted into the team as their main CAM. The Englishman has rediscovered his form for a huge tie against Man United, and the decks are stacked against the Red Devils as Mourinho has some scores to settle. In the last four games Alli has three goals and an assist, making him a huge differential in this big midweek encounter.

Danny Ings (SOUTHAMPTON vs. Norwich):

Without Danny Ings the Saints would most certainly be competing with Watford for being the most disappointing club by performances. Three goals, one in each consecutive game, have got Ings back on track this season after he was subbed during the 9-0 drumming by Leicester. Norwich have the leakiest defence of any team this year, and Ings is a wise option to bank on this week by making it four-in-four.

Key Differential: Lys Mousset (SHU)

The Blades have been a welcome surprise to the Premier League. Chris Wilder has developed a team that started out in League One, and now it is currently in seventh place, and already on nineteen points which is halfway to securing another year in the topflight. The plan Wilder has put in motion involves extremely brave recruitment. Lys Mousset, a French player who only amassed three goals and an assist in three seasons, most of the time as a cameo player from the bench. Wilder and his scouting department deserve praise for bringing Mousset to the league, and prior to this season there wasn’t much acclaim to many of the players. They were undesirables, a group of footballers that had to make their own luck.

We’re not even in the second half of the season and the numbers being produced by the Blades collective are staggering. The whole team is pulling its weight, and it is making FPL heroes to many players from out of nowhere. Nobody knew what Sheffield United were going to do in the Premier League, especially because of how quick ascent up the football leagues was. After fourteen games the Blades have only lost three games which couldn’t be predicted. Sheffield United have been massive underdogs in the worlds most competitive league…making them huge differentials. John Lundstram isn’t the only player who is in exceptional form, Mousset has made himself invaluable to this Blades team, and to illustrate this contribution to the team, here is a timely breakdown of Sheffield United since Mousset has worked his way into the team.

Lys Mousset: Fantasy Factfile

  • Lys Mousset has started five games for the Blades, with his first start coming against Arsenal in GW9 in which he scored to win his team the game.

  • The Frenchman was then dropped in GW10 against West Ham, and Mousset was summoned from the bench to score the equaliser at the London Stadium.

  • Mousset has since played over sixty minutes in every game since then and has only blanked in one game which was away at Spurs in GW12 where VAR had robbed Sheffield United the chance to win the game. Mousset had an amazing hattrick of assists against Burnley in GW11, and a single goal against Man United during GW13, and Wolves in the most recent GW14.

  • Mousset has scored five goals across five games and has three assists. When the Frenchman has provided an FPL return the Blades have not lost the game.

  • Over the last six games Mousset has seven fantasy returns and registering nine bonus points. Mousset has registered bonus points in five of these fixtures, with exception of the draw away to Spurs during GW12.

  • Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last seven games, with their last loss inflicted by the currently unbeaten Liverpool in GW7 when Gini Wijnaldum was fortunate that a Henderson mistake enabled the Reds win. Mousset has featured in every of these seven games since that loss.

  • The opposition that Sheffield United are facing appears irrelevant to their form. They have results against Watford, Arsenal, West Ham, Burnley Spurs, Man United, and Wolves in the last seven games, and barring Wolves who are in their second season, are established Premier League teams. There isn’t even an issue with being home nor away.

  • Mousset currently has forty-four points and is averaging over six fantasy points a game from his last six fixtures.

  • Sheffield United have scored three goals in their last two home games, first with Burnley in GW11 and then Man United in GW13. Mousset registered a combined twenty points in these two fixtures alone.

Mousset hasn’t just come into the team, but he has raised the level of performance by the Blades. The team is creating lots of chances, scoring goals, and keeping clean sheets whilst they at it. There is currently nothing that associates them as being a promoted club. The Blades aren’t playing a fixture-to-fixture gamble for their safety and based on their trajectory and performance they are going to surpass the fabled forty points that guarantees safety. Wilder’s team aren’t sitting back and wholly defending or going all-out in attack which compromises clean sheets for goals. Much like the Wolves team last year Sheffield United have found that perfect balance which makes them an incredibly stubborn team to play.

Even though Newcastle are visiting on Thursday evening, the opposition isn’t even relevant. You know what you are going to get with Sheffield United, a hallmark of a good team, and Newcastle are going to struggle in this fixture without question. The Toon’s form has been erratic under Steve Bruce, and what FPL managers want are players who are ‘sure things’, players that you can easily bank on for an easy return. Right now, Lys Mousset doesn’t feel like a differential option.

The Frenchman has sustained his form and has been a huge contributing factor to Sheffield United’s form and consistency. The acquisition of Mousset from Bournemouth has been one of the best shrewd transfer decisions made by promoted clubs in recent years, and it hasn’t been a flashy player with a reputation. Mousset has earned that right and has shown Bournemouth he can be a leading man in a competitive team.

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