Shrewd Moves and Differentials - Gameweek 4

9:58am Sep 7 2016

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Looking for an FPL Shrewd Move to help give you the edge over your fantasy rivals this week? Here are @FPLThunshot’s differentials for your consideration

Whether you’re sat on an activate wildcard ahead of Gameweek 4, or, looking to add one or two new differential picks to your team to out-smart your mini-league rivals, we hope that this article offers you plenty of food for thought and helps give you some valuable insight for this weekend’s fixtures.

Pape Souare – Crystal Palace

  • £4.5m
  • 1.3%
  • 6
  • Middlesbrough (A), Stoke (H), Sunderland (A)

Crystal Palace were extremely busy in the transfer window this year and have signed some promising players, especially in their forward line. Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke and Chelsea’s Loic Remy (loan) are expected to help Crystal Palace in the goals department, but I expect their new signings to have a positive effect on their defence as well.

Souare is a nailed on £4.5m option into the Crystal Palace back line. The Eagles have some great fixtures to come as well against some ragged defensive lines in Stoke and Sunderland. If Palace are able to score a goal and go up early, I can see them setting up to defend and earning a couple of clean sheets over the next few Gameweek’s.

Souare is a great cheap 4th defender for the coming weeks and with a teams-owned-by percentage of just 1.3%, he’s a tempting differential to acquire and will help free-up funds for the premium players you’re looking to buy.

Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB

  • Leighton Baines – Everton [£5.5m, 9.0% owned]
  • Patrick van Aanholt – Sunderland [£5.0m, 6.3% owned]
  • Laurent Koscielny– Arsenal [£6.0m, 4.8% owned]

Christian Eriksen – Spurs

  • £8.4m
  • 8.1%
  • 7
  • Stoke (A), Sunderland (H), Middlesbrough (A)

Some might say that Spurs have the easiest run of upcoming games (excluding Man City in GW7), with 5 favorable games in their next 6. Spurs have always been a team that is slow to start the season and this year appears to be no no different, with only 5 points from their first three games (two draws, one win).

Christian Eriksen is a set-piece specialist and is always a threat when standing over the ball, regardless of the fixture opponent. He also takes corners from the left side of the field and can deliver great in-swingers to challenge the opposition defense and is a natural play-maker in the Spurs midfield.

Like the rest of the Spurs team, he’s been slow to come into form, but I feel now is a good time to buy him while his price is low. He amassed 178 points last season with 6 goals and 16 assists and I think he’s a very safe pick for some points in the coming weeks, and should do well to round out your midfield!

It’s also worth noting that Eriksen had 3 shots on goal during Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool in Gameweek 3, which was more than either Kane, Alli or Lamela managed throughout the 90-minutes. A sign of good things to come?

Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB

  • Roberto Firmino – Liverpool [£8.4m, 7.4% owned]
  • Mesut Ozil – Arsenal [£9.5m, 7.5% owned]
  • Kevin De Bruyne– Manchester City [£10.5m, 5.4% owned]

Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace

  • £7.4
  • 3.8%
  • 2
  • Middlesbrough (A), Stoke (H), Sunderland (A)

Another Crystal Palace player graces their way into the Gameweek differentials article, and it’s none other than marquee signing, Cristian Benteke. We already mentioned Crystal Palace’s great run of fixtures and I expect Benteke to lead the front line as the main striker this season.

We already know that Benteke is to be feared in the air and from set-pieces. He’s a strong and powerful header of the ball and was brilliant playing for Aston Villa two seasons ago. He even scored 9 goals and 4 assists last season where he struggled to get game-time, which is very encouraging.

I think that the style of play at Palace is perfectly suited to Benteke – He has pacy wingers surrounding him who will be looking to cross the ball into the box aplenty. If you take a look at the game-stats from their Gameweek 3 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth, you’ll see that whilst the Belgian had 3 shots on goal, none were on target. However, you will see that Punchon and Townsend both had several attempts on goal and provided plenty of crosses and corners, so, I think it’s safe to say that the goals are coming…

With the news of Sergio Aguero’s 3 match ban, many managers will be looking to get a replacement striker. I think the best approach is to downgrade Aguero to a cheaper striker like Benteke and use the funds to get a premium midfielder like Sanchez, Ozil, or Payet.

At only £7.4m, Benteke offers the flexibility to make these moves with cash to spare.

Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB

  • Wayne Rooney – Manchester United [£9.0m, 6.1% owned]
  • Salomon Rondon – West Brom [£6.5m, 3.9% owned]
  • Olivier Giroud  – Arsenal [£9.0m, 1.4% owned]

Article written by @FPLThunshot – Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for more Fantasy Premier League discussion and opinion.

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