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 19 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 (GW19)
The dreaded ‘R’ word has returned to the minds of every fantasy manager. This is a time when managers will be desperately refreshing every second for team news as fears of rotation set in. This week we once again deliver the gift of differentials that could make a difference in your team and barring a certain French midfielder who we are taking a gamble on, we are focusing on nine players who are certain to start GW19. We wish everyone an amazing festive period, and good luck for the boxing day games.
GW19: Differential Highlights
Troy Deeney (Sheffield United vs. WATFORD):
The Hornets have a sting back in their tail, and after claiming the scalp of Manchester United, they have been on an upward trajectory since Nigel Pearson has taken the managerial reigns at Watford. Troy Deeney has been reinstated as the team’s leader, and with the hive stirred up, it may be a bad weekend for John Lundstram owners.
Aaron Ramsdale (BOURNEMOUTH vs. Arsenal):
The young goalkeeper has been one of this season’s standout differentials, and against Chelsea two Gameweeks ago was the hero for the Cherries. Injuries have blighted Bournemouth, but a visiting Arsenal could mean another heroic performance. The Gunners have a new boss, but they still don’t have the players to make a substantial difference.
Willian (CHELSEA vs. Southampton):
Chelsea’s run of light-green fixtures is coming to an end, and it happens against Southampton. After surprising Spurs, the Blues are back in-form and in the goals. Their current linchpin is Willian, who scored both goals at the new Spurs Stadium. Southampton have hinted that they may even rotate Danny Ings for this upcoming game, so another reason to trust in Chelsea later this week.
Here is a full rundown of the ten chosen differentials for this festive round of fixtures:
TOT/BHA: Lucas Moura (TOT, MID, £7.1mil, 5.5% ownership)
AVL/NOR: Bjorn Engels (AVL, DEF, £4.5mil, 0.6% ownership)
BOU/ARS: Aaron Ramsdale (BOU, GK, £4.6mil, 5.3% ownership)
CHE/SOU: Willian (CHE, MID, £7.0mil, 3.3% ownership)
CRY/WHU: Patrick van Aanholt (CRY, DEF, £5.5mil, 6.0% ownership)
EVE/BUR: Chris Wood (BUR, FWD, £6.2mil, 1.0% ownership)
SHU/WAT: Troy Deeney (WAT, FWD, £6.2mil, 0.6% ownership)
MUN/NEW: Paul Pogba (MUN, MID, £8.4mil, 3.5% ownership)
LEI/LIV: Naby Keita (LIV, MID, £5.8mil, 0.4% ownership)
WOL/MCI: Adama Traoré (WOL, MID, £5.3mil, 6.6% ownership)
Key Differential: Patrick van Aanholt (CRY)
This wasn’t the name you were expecting, was it? There are nine other games and we have opted to go big with a familiar name to the FPL community. PVA has being doings bits in the FPL for quite some time, and only recently the Flying Dutchman has returned to the Crystal Palace team after a disappointing hamstring injury. Crystal Palace have been an impressive defensive unit this season, and it is in home games against struggling teams in which the Eagles really know how to soar.
West Ham visit Selhurst Park this Boxing Day, and they are rusty too after are they were made to wait to face Crystal Palace after Liverpool went on to win the Club World Cup. PVA has a few things going his way in this fixture, starting with the upcoming opponents. West Ham are the current definition of inconsistency this season. One game they are good, the next they are immensely poor. The Hammers have only won two back-to-back games this season which took place in GW3 and GW4 against Watford and Norwich.
The last ten games have been cruel to the London side, having lost seven games, drawing one, and winning two. Their goal difference is horrendous, and there has been real pressure on Manuel Pellegrini after a dreadful run of form. Palace have six clean sheets this year, four of which have happened at Selhurst Park, and two on the road. PVA is also an offensive full-back and has attacking returns in his locker. He ticks every single box this week, and in this season of giving, we offer to you a differential that can do it all who is up against a team who can barely do anything.
This week we wanted to simplify things and take a gamble at the same time. There are lots of differentials this week who we could have trusted in, but none more tempting than PVA. For the second time this season we bank on a defender as our differential captain, second to Leicester’s Roberto Pereira. Palace have Vincente Guaita in red hot form, and it could be what puts PVA into your good books this Boxing Day.
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