Matt Ryan (BHA) – The goalkeeper is averaging 11.9PPM in his last 4 games, and is home to a Southampton team that doesn’t score too often on their travels. Ryan sits 7th overall in the GK standings in terms of total points, and will be looking to continue his good form into the next few games if the Seagulls are to claim more valuable scalps, just as they did last weekend at West Ham. He isn’t owned by too many Togga players yet, and should be easily snapped up from the free agency as a good differential option. [OWN%: 9]
Other worthy differential: Heurelho Gomes (WAT) home to Stoke City. The Brazilian has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last five starts for Watford. They welcome a Stoke team that hasn’t been consistent in the Premier League, which poses an interesting scenario for differential hunters. Stoke are in a bad patch (lost 5 out of last 6 games) and are yet to win a game away from home. Expect Gomes to have a good shot at a clean sheet this game week, and also register a good save return. [OWN%: 26]
Punt: Ben Foster (WBA) home to Manchester City. Foster has been making a lot of saves, but without too much luck in providing a clean sheet for the Baggies, who have surprisingly let in more than a goal a game this season. Pulis is usually known for his good defensive discipline, and with question marks over the injuries Johnny Evans and Craig Dawson faced last weekend, Foster will be called upon to be the wall in front of a resilient and mouth watering City attack that just can’t stop scoring at the moment. Can Foster come up trumps this weekend? Well, he is your punt for a reason!
Pablo Zabaleta (WHU) – The Argentinian fullback has averaged 14PPM in his last 6 starts, including 18pts against Brighton last weekend in a game where the Hammers conceded 3 goals. The 32yr old travels to Crystal Palace this weekend, in what might prove to be a very crucial game for Bilic, who is on the verge of losing his job if results don’t improve quickly. The Eagles have still only managed to score their goals in one out of nine games, which means the Hammers and Zabaleta have a good chance at keeping a clean sheet. Snap up the old hand quickly as he isn’t owned by many players at the moment!
Other worthy differential: Mamadou Sakho (CRY) home to West Ham. The Frenchman has scores of 15 and 7.5 in his last two games, and welcomes an under pressure West Ham squad that lost 3 nil at home to Brighton last weekend. While the Eagles have not managed a single clean sheet this season, expect Sakho to continue to make vital clearances and interceptions as he looks to be the rock at the back of the Eagles defence. With the schedule easing off for Palace (3 home games in the next 4), expect Hodgson and Sakho to ensure they bounce back strongly. [OWN%: 11]
Punt: Charlie Daniels (BOU) home to Chelsea. The Cherries fullback has a goal and assist to his name so far in what has been an underwhelming season so far. With Chelsea’s system not functioning at top level so far, expect Daniels to raid down the left and product good attacking returns. Can the Cherries follow the lead of Palace and Burnley in upsetting the champions? Well, take a punt on Daniels if you fancy!
Mikel Merino (NEW) – The Spanish midfielder came off the bench to score a crucial winner against Crystal Palace last weekend, and will certainly be knocking on Rafa’s door to include him at the expense of Isaac Hayden, whom he had replaced as a substitute. Newcastle travel to Turf Moor, in what might be another crucial encounter for them in the fight for survival. Both teams sit in 7th and 8th spot respectively, and while this will probably change as the season progresses, it might very well be the beginning of a downward trend for one of these teams this weekend. Merino and his differential onlookers will hope it is Newcastle that benefit, so watch for the lineup and snap him up if he starts! [OWN%: 31]
Other worthy differential: Tom Cleverley (WAT) home to Stoke City. The ex-Manchester United man has come to terms brilliantly in a more advanced role off late for the Hornets. Cleverley is averaging 13.3PPM in his last 3 starts, which were away against West Brom and Chelsea, and at home to Arsenal. Considering Watford’s next four fixtures are easier, expect Cleverley to create more chances and possibly register further assists in the coming weeks. A real bargain at the moment as a midfield differential option. [OWN%: 12]
Punt: Vicente Iborra (LEI) home to Everton. A fully fit Iborra can do wonders for Leicester City, and may even be an improvement to Danny Drinkwater. At home to an abysmal Everton next, expect Iborra to run the midfield with Ndidi and become a viable option for differential hunters to consider. He provided his first assist of the season against Leeds during the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and is in top form. Can he notch a 10+ pt return this weekend? A worthy punt in my opinion!
Glenn Murray (BHA) home to Southampton. Murray finally got his chance last weekend, and punished a sorry looking West Ham team. With competing striker Tomer Hemed’s suspension now over, Murray’s brace and 31.5pt accumulation should ensure he keeps his spot this weekend. It’s worth noting that Murray had 13 aerials to go with 4 SOTs, a high chance that this will probably be his best performance this season. Murray should generate enough interest as a differential option, especially in his current form and if given the start. Watch out for the lineup and draft him in as a good differential pick, especially with the scarcity of forwards available. [OWN%: 1]
Other worthy differential: José Izquierdo (BHA) home to Southampton. The Seagull’s most expensive player scored a beauty of a curler from outside the box last weekend, and his strike right before half time to make it 2-0 dented any chance of a Hammers comeback. His wing play was impressive in an away game, where he was restricted until a counter attack was launched. He is a sure starter at home this weekend, and will probably play with more freedom against the Saints. If Murray does not start, Izquierdo could be an interesting differential option to consider instead. [OWN%: 2]
Punt: Sandro Ramírez (EVE) away at Leicester. With Koeman now fired, expect new boss David Unsworth to hand a recall to Sandro away at Leicester. Everton are short on goals this season, managing just 7 goals in 9 games, with Rooney currently their top scorer with four goals. Sandro will be itching to prove himself after a miserable start to life in the Premier League, and isn’t the first forward to struggle after moving from La Liga (Think Saza, Baston, Soldado). A very risky punt if given the start, but a punt nonetheless!