Chelsea's Eden Hazard returns to match-fitness in time for Stoke City - Gameweek 6 Punts of the Week
Posted by FFPundits
5:44pm Sep 19 2017
Under the radar fantasy football differentials to consider from Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle United
When @FPL_Connect told us earlier on today (Tuesday) that he’d found two differential beauties under 5% owned, we were admittedly dubious – and then the email came through…
Unless out through injury for a long duration, I don’t think we’ve ever seen two of the three players listed below under 5% owned by the FPL community – heck, probably not even under 10%.
With so many of us activating our wildcards, or taking a small hit or two to strengthen our squads (damn you Pogba!), we’re confident that based on the ownership percentage of the players listed below and their upcoming run of fixtures, you too will be tempted by these little gems.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea [£10.5m | 2.9% owned]
Likely to be the one and only time this season that we can call Hazard a ‘differential’ – owned by just 2.9% of FPL managers at the time of writing.
Hazard continues to build his match-fitness and with Conte confirming that Hazard will start tomorrow against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, I expect Hazard will be ready to start when they play Stoke on Saturday.
Conte might opt to go extra cautious and not risk him starting 2 games in a row, but whether he does or he doesn’t, Hazard will feature and surely must be close to 100% – we know how devastating he can be when he’s at 100%, even if he gets only 20-30 minutes game-time.
However, it might well be wise to see how Hazard gets on in the match tomorrow before making any decisions on him so, add him to your watch list.
Stoke has proven a difficult place to pick up points in the past and has been again so far this season, with both Manchester United and Arsenal dropping points at the Bet365 Stadium.
In the last 6 games of this fixture, Chelsea have picked up 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats – whilst Hazard has scored 2 goals and bagged 4 assists in the 8 games he’s featured against them in the Premier League.
Neither of those two statistics are bad, but they’re not exactly great either – however, all it needs is one moment of magic and if one man can produce that against any defence, it’s Eden Hazard.
Stoke have also – and rather surprisingly – conceded the most amount of big chances (13) of any team in the Premier League so far, so perhaps they’re not as solid as we think?
With Hazard closing in on full match-fitness and a lovely set of fixtures on the horizon, could now be the time to jump on this FPL heavyweight?
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton [£8.3m – 4.2% owned]
Another fantastically consistent FPL performer over the years that is now lowly owned, is Gylfi Sigurdsson at 4.2%.
Everton have faced a start to the Premier League that bordered on the impossible, with away games to both Manchester clubs, an away game to Chelsea and a home game to Spurs.
They’ve come out of it battered and bruised, with severe damage done by a couple of 3-0 thrashings.
As well as a 4-0 dismantling by United last time out, they can now breath and look forward to 3 easier fixtures against Bournemouth, Burnley and Brighton.
Now the giants are out-of-the-way, the next 3 are where they need to pick up the points and they usually do, especially at home.
They didn’t have the Europa League to contend with last year, nor do they have their talisman Lukaku, but I still fully expect them to take advantage of the next 3 fixtures and if they do, Sigurdsson will be the man to provide the FPL returns.
On corners and free-kicks ahead of Rooney and playing off the Striker in a 3-4-3, Siggy should start to bring in those precious points for FPL bosses.
He’s had 7 penalty area touches, 6 goal attempts with 4 of those coming inside the box so far, which isn’t bad considering the level of opposition they have faced.
Bournemouth have conceded 11 big chances, which is the second highest with only Stoke having conceded more, as previously mentioned.
Put him up against weaker defensive oppositions like this and it typically only ends one way – Sigurdsson attacking returns.
Joselu – Newcastle [£5.5m | 0.7% owned]
If there’s one player in the Premier League right now that is king of the underlying stats for his price, it’s Newcastle United striker, Joselu.
At a cut-rate price of just £5.5m, Joselu, is putting in the kind of stats you could only dream about – 21 penalty area touches, 17 goal attempts with 12 coming inside the box.
Not only this, but he’s actually created 6 chances for his team-mates too.
It’s actually astounding how he hasn’t returned more than just a solitary goal for Newcastle and larger returns for the very few Fantasy Premier League bosses that own him.
Against Stoke last weekend, he could have easily had a hat-trick and perhaps only a bit of composure in the very last moment, is the difference between 2pts and 17.
With the creative Matt Ritchie and Shelvey behind him picking the passes, a favourable run of fixtures coming up and those incredible underlying statistics, surely it’s simply a matter of time – much like Kane before his brace against Everton – before he starts converting the chances.
At just 0.7% ownership, he could yet prove to be the bargain of the season if he continues at this rate and continues to get game time, the only question is, are you going to take the punt?
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