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Weekly Differentials 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 17

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 17 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 (GW17)

Welcome to fantasy hell. We are now starting the period where there are games every couple of days. Deep into the rotation season, there is going to be nail biting anxiety over the big ‘R’ word as fantasy managers refresh squad news constantly. To make matters worse, Liverpool are not in GW18 due to their FIFA Club World Cup commitments, and there will be people pacing and staring longingly out of windows in search of answers to their squad dilemmas.

For the seventeenth time this season we are here to give you the differentials that could be reliable options over this period. Barring maybe one or two players, these are playing that will unlikely be dropped.

GW17: Differential Highlights

Kelechi Iheanacho (LEICESTER vs. Norwich):

The Foxes are in the form of their life, barring their title win a few years back, and they are scoring goals for fun. Iheanacho has earned his way into the competitive squad to support Jamie Vardy, and the Nigerian forward has been in good form of late which gives us a worthwhile attacking differential in a seriously good team. Iheanacho may lose his place in rotation season, but an inspired pick if you fancy Leicester to dominate Norwich.

Joe Gomez (LIVERPOOL vs. Norwich):

Hot on the heels of Jürgen Klopp announcing a contract extension that will see the German stay at Anfield until 2024, he also told us in his press conference that Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk were the only two fit senior central defenders. Gomez will step in for an injured Dejan Lovren, and against bottom placed Watford it could be the first clean sheet at Anfield this season.

Vincente Guaita (CRYSTAL PALACE vs. Brighton):

We honestly cannot believe that Guaita’s ownership hasn’t rocketed with both form and fixtures for Crystal Palace. The Eagles have earned three clean sheets in a row, and Guaita has obtained bonus points in all these games. We are going to keep rolling the dice with Guaita until people get wise about his potential.

Differentials: Gameweek 17

LIV/WAT: Joe Gomez (LIV, DEF, £5.1mil, 0.8% ownership)

BUR/NEW: Federico Fernandez (NEW, DEF, £4.4mil, 0.4% ownership)

CHE/BOU: Willian (CHE, MID, £7.0mil, 2.1% ownership)

LEI/NOR: Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI, FWD, £5.7mil, 0.4% ownership)

SHU/AVL: Jack Grealish (AVL, MID, £6.1mil, 7.5% ownership)

SOU/WHU: James Ward-Prowse (SOU, MID, £5.9mil, 2.1% ownership)

MUN/EVE: Anthony Martial (MUN, MID, £7.6mil, 6.0% ownership)

WOL/TOT: Lucas Moura (TOT, MID, £7.0mil, 4.1% ownership)

ARS/MCI: Gabriel Jesus (MCI, FWD, £9.6mil, 3.4% ownership)

CRY/BHA: Vincente Guaita (CRY, GK, £5.1mil, 2.3% ownership)

Key Differential: Gabriel Jesus (MCI)

Here we are again, trying to convince you that a £9.6mil Manchester City forward is a differential. Last week Manchester United bested their blue neighbours in the Manchester Derby, and our differential captain Jesus was a bystander in that game. The Red Devils really attacked City and kept Jesus relatively quiet. Derby fixtures can be unpredictable, and Jesus had the form, so there was a risk that the form could have been irrelevant. Don’t worry though, if you have trust issues after bringing Jesus into your teams last week, the good news is that City have guaranteed goals this weekend. They face a defence so leaky it is powering hydroelectric dams of pure negativity around their club. Let us introduce you to the biggest certainty in the league: The Arsenal defence.

We are going to throw some facts, stats, and realities about this fixture to sell you Gabriel Jesus. We don’t just have to tell you how shambolic the Arsenal defence is, we are just going to take you on that journey.

Arsenal Premier League clean sheets 2019/20

GW1: NEW 0-1 ARS

GW6: ARS 1-0 BOU

Arsenal vs. Top Clubs 2019/20

GW3: LIV 3-1 ARS

GW4: ARS 2-2 TOT

GW7: MUN 1-1 ARS

GW12: LEI 2-0 ARS

Arsenal vs. Manchester City: PL Recent Head-to-Head Record

18/12/2016: MCI 2-1 ARS

02/04/2017: ARS 2-2 MCI

05/11/2017: MCI 3-1 ARS

25/02/2018: ARS 0-3 MCI

01/03/2018: ARS 0-3 MCI

12/08/2018: ARS 0-2 MCI

03/02/2019: MCI 3-1 ARS

Arsenal vs. Man City: Stats & Facts

  • The last time Arsenal beat Man City in the league was a 2-1 win in December 2015 at the Emirates.

  • Manchester City have scored in this fixture for the last nine consecutive matches, the last time failing to do so in a 2-0 loss at the Etihad in January 2015.

  • Arsenal’s most recent win against West Ham in GW16 was their first Premier League win since GW8 when the Gunners beat Bournemouth.

  • Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet at the Emirates this season, when the Gunners beat Bournemouth 1-0 in GW8.

  • Arsenal only kept two clean sheets in their Europa League group. Most recently they drew 2-2 against Standard Liege.

  • Manchester City have scored in all but one Premier League game this season. This blip occurred at the Etihad in GW8 against Wolves, which is ironically when Arsenal last kept a clean sheet in the league.

  • Gabriel Jesus just scored a hat-trick in Man City’s final Champions League group stage game against Dinamo Zagreb. Man City also scored in every Champions League group stage game this season.

  • Man City’s last away game was a 4-1 win against Burnley which saw Jesus score two goals.

  • Ten points separate City in 3rd and Arsenal in 9th so far in the Premier League.

All the signs are there, and we don’t need to spell it out for you, but we will. The Gunners are going to struggle in this fixture, and unlike a big derby game this fixture is a lot more predictable. If Arsenal keep a clean sheet during GW17 we will cancel the differentials forever. So, see you for GW18’s picks next week.

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