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 20 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 (GW20)
Well, that was an interesting GW19. Chelsea proved that they are better away from home, Leicester’s struggles continue for a third straight game, City collapsed again, and Wolves are now two points from the Champions League places. Manchester United even found their shooting boots against Newcastle. The question now is…who doesn’t make the cut for GW20?
Managers are bound to rotate as there is a quick turnaround of games, and after GW20 there are the New Years Day games in GW21 a few short days after. Rotation season is real, and it is here. We offer ten differentials that could prove to be the difference for the upcoming Gameweek.
GW20: Differential Highlights
Neal Maupay (BRIGHTON vs. Bournemouth):
Brighton’s French forward was rested for the away trip to Spurs and made a cameo appearance in their narrow loss in London. There are no risks being played with the forward who is bound to start against Bournemouth in the early kick-off. Maupay’s form still stands, and it could resume against the South Coast club.
Joe Gomez (LIVERPOOL vs. Wolves):
The Reds have kept three clean sheets in a row in the Premier League. Liverpool are making statements every single game, and after keeping out Bournemouth, Watford, and most recently Leicester; the Reds are back to their fined tuned selves. Gomez is an incredibly affordable option and is currently rotation proof with him and Virgil van Dijk the only two central defenders at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal. Wolves may rotate after having two games in forty-eight hours.
Claudio Bravo (MAN CITY vs. Sheffield United):
Ederson picked up a red card in their dramatic loss to Wolves last night. This means that it is time to see Bravo back in charge of the City goal. Man City are capable of strong wins at home, and it could be a reactionary win after remaining fourteen points behind Liverpool. Bravo is a great short-term option against a team who have problems scoring goals in Sheffield United.
Differentials: Gameweek 20
BHA/BOU: Neal Maupay (BHA, FWD, £5.8mil, 2.0% ownership)
NEW/EVE: Djibril Sidibé (EVE, DEF, £5.3mil, 0.7% ownership)
SOU/CRY: Jordan Ayew (CRY, FWD, £5.0mil, 6.9% ownership)
WAT/AVL: Gerard Deulofeu (WAT, FWD, £6.1mil, 2.1% ownership)
NOR/TOT: Toby Alderweireld (TOT, DEF, £5.4mil, 5.6% ownership)
WHU/LEI: Jonny Evans (LEI, DEF, £5.2mil, 5.9% ownership)
BUR/MUN: Mason Greenwood (MUN, FWD, £4.3mil, 11.6% ownership)
ARS/CHE: Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, FWD, £9.3mil, 1.6% ownership)
LIV/WOL: Joe Gomez (LIV, DEF, £5.1mil, 1.1% ownership)
MCI/SHU: Claudio Bravo (MCI, GK, £4.8mil, 0.3% ownership)
Key Differential: Gerard Deulofeu (WAT)
The Hornets have had a massively underwhelming start to this season, but all hope is not lost. Watford fans won’t be there thinking the end is nigh at New Years Eve because in the last few games a better account of them have been witnessed. After a merry-go-round of managerial appointments, it appears their latest one has stuck. Nigel Pearson who famously kept Leicester in the league has reinvigorated Watford and given the Hornets back their sting.
Starting with Liverpool in GW17, Watford should have won that game but rued missed chances, and then in GW20 their efforts were rewarded with a brilliant 2-0 win against Manchester United, and most recently went to seventh places Sheffield United and help the Blades in what has been a difficult place to go and get a result. Nigel Pearson has given Watford their belief back, and with only six points between them and West Ham just above the relegation zone it doesn’t appear to be an unclimbable mountain. One player that looks crucial their survival bid is the Spanish forward, Gerard Deulofeu.
Having started every game since GW9, Deulofeu is without doubt the most dangerous player in Watford’s team. The eye-test is extremely promising, he is running behind defenders for fun and stretching defences and making it hard for a defence to hold its defence. Liverpool, United, and Watford didn’t have an answer to him. Troy Deeney has been reinstated as the tip of the spear, and record signing Ismaïla Sarr has found his place in the team and makes it easy for Deulofeu to take on defenders. A goal against Sheffield United was well earned and gives the Hornet great momentum when they face Aston Villa.
The Hornets have a favourable home game, momentum, and their forwards are contributing to goals. The team has been unified by Nigel Pearson and it is going to be a difficult afternoon for Aston Villa. Deulofeu has been a capable scorer of goals in the past, and in this fixture, he cannot be discounted on any account. This fixture is being overlooked as City, Liverpool, and Leicester have favourable fixtures. Watford and Villa are flying under the radar which intensifies the differential appeal of this fixture.
The new Manager is a huge factor for Watford’s rise as a boisterous differential team, he has got them creating and scoring goals which appeared a hard ask before. Watford currently embody the soul of the great differential: you want to discard them, but you just can’t. Nigel Pearson will be telling his players that in order to survive they must beat the teams around them, especially promoted clubs. Everything is there for Watford to cause quite a stir again, which should be sending shivers down the back of Manuel Pellegrini.
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