The FPL Way Differentials – Gameweek 2

The FPL Way Differentials – Gameweek 2

The FPL Way Differentials – Gameweek 2.

Stats: Fantasy Football Fix

Good afternoon, welcome back to our weekly differentials article. It’s great to be back and I am very much looking forward to providing you with my differential picks for the 21/22 Premier League season. 

Today we will have a look at five differentials that I feel will score the most points in the upcoming Gameweek.

(All stats are taken from Fantasy Football Fix)

Kai Havertz (£8.5) – 10%

Fixture: Arsenal (A)

Kai Havertz (8.5) really showed what he is all about towards the back end of last season. He is a great talent and with the signing of Romelu Lukaku, Kai will really start to shine in my opinion. He has a great fixture away to Arsenal, a London derby usually throws up impressive performances and in my opinion at 10% owned Kai Havertz (8.5).

Let’s look at some stats from the back end of last season.

Stats: Fantasy Football Fix

20/21 Gameweek 25-38:

  • xG per 90: 0.78
  • Goals: 3 (all from open play)
  • Assists: 3 (5 attempted assists)
  • Shots: 21 (12 on target)
  • Big chances: 10
  • Successful final 1/3 passes: 83

You can see with the stats above that Kai Havertz (8.5) has started to come good for Chelsea. Off the back of a fantastic UCL final win & being instrumental in their Super Cup win Kai has really cemented his starting place in Thomas Tuchel’s side. In a Chelsea team where rotation is rife, Kai is one of the most nailed. 

Arsenal haven’t had a great start to the season and I feel this is a great time for Chelsea to play them. I feel Chelsea’s midfield can pin Arsenal down in their own half and create space wide. This will offer up space in and around the box for the likes of Kai Havertz (8.5)

Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0) – 2.7%

Fixture: Norwich (H)

There isn’t many things better than owning KDB at home to Norwich, it really is what dreams are made of. I understand it’s hard to sacrifice another premium to be able to afford De Bruyne however at 2.7% at the time of writing this up, he is hard to ignore. He had an injury peppered season and also was playing with an ankle injury at Euro 2021.

Stats: Fantasy Football Fix

20/21 Gameweek 25-38

  • xG: 1.71
  • xA: 2.91
  • Goals: 3
  • Assists: 2 (25 assist attempts!) 
  • Shots: 20
  • Big chances created: 10
  • Successful final 1/3 passes: 166

Coming off back of an ankle injury De Bruyne might be a “punt” however with De Bruyne you know exactly what you’re going to get, chances created, wonderful assist attempts & audacious efforts. He makes the game look so easy hence why he is a great FPL asset. If you’re considering De Bruyne I wouldn’t overthink it.

This fixture is great for City assets in general (if you can manage to defeat Pep roulette) so I would highly recommend looking at transferring one in if you don’t already own one. Man City will be looking to bounce back from a very disappointing opening day performance vs Spurs.

 Jadon Sancho (£9.5) – 8.5%

Fixture: Southampton (A)

Let’s talk Jadon Sancho, very exciting talent in a young & vibrant Man United side. Starting on the bench on an opening day of the league he made an appearance off the bench. In my opinion, Sancho will start in Gameweek 2 against Southampton in replacement of Dan James.

There are no stats for Sancho just yet as he only featured for 15 minutes vs Leeds s0 I’m going to leave this one open for interpretation. Man United looked like a very well oiled machine in Gameweek 1 and mark my words, Jadon Sancho is only going to add some more sauce to that blistering Man United attack.

Emi Buendia (£6.5) – 5.3%

Fixture: Newcastle (H)

I apologise to you for picking another potentially unproven asset in this differentials article however, I have my reasons. If you cast your mind back to West Ham v Newcastle in the opening day, we saw attackers from both sides in some really advanced positions especially Benrahma, Antonio etc.

In my opinion, the player finding these pockets of space to either create chances or score them himself will be Emi Buendia in this fixture vs Newcastle. I don’t need to tell you what he did last season, everyone knows he was probably the best player in the Championship last season. I couldn’t bring myself to pick Bailey as I’m not sure he is a nailed starter.

Dele Alli (£6.5) – 1.4%

Fixture: Wolves (A)

I do have a soft spot for Dele Alli and under new management, it looks like he is going to get another chance in the first team with consistent minutes. I think he had a great game vs City and looked like he had that yard of pace back on the counter-attacks (although you could argue that City was tired).

With both teams under new management I think the advantage is with Tottenham due to the fact Nuno is a proven Premier League manager and we have seen his style of football work in the league already. Alli had a few chances to create a big chance against Man City on the opening day however I do feel that his pacing wasn’t as crisp as it could have been, on the counter expect Dele to arrive late on the edge of the box and looking to get a shot off on target.

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