Who are the best FPL Gameweek 8 differentials? @FPLTIPZ scours the FPL market for low-owned players with the potential to help boost you up the rankings.

This week, he uses our OPTA stats tool to pick out three differential options for Gameweek 8. These players are currently under 10% owned from a variety of price points and teams.

Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate FPL Gameweek 8 Guide. This has everything you could ever need to help you make the best decisions ahead of the deadline.

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Tips for Gameweek 8 | The Ultimate Guide | 2021/22

FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differentials by Position

Matt Targett (£4.8m, 2.8% owned) – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differential Defender

At the beginning of the season, Aston Villa assets were very popular. This was because they had the best opening fixtures across the first three Gameweeks.

However, since the Villains have had a difficult run of fixtures since then. As a result, many of their assets have fallen in ownership.

Last season, Villa kept the third most clean sheets (15). This was only behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

Dean Smith’s side have kept three clean sheets in this campaign so far which is joint second and only behind the Premier League champions.

Key Stats – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differentials

Using the OPTA stats tool, Matt Targett could be the best value option from the Villa defence.

With the new five at the back system, both Targett and Matty Cash are getting further forward as the wing back. However, Targett is joint first for expected attacking returns per start.

This is largely driven by Targett completing 29 crosses which is more than any other Villa player. It is also more than every other Villains defender combined.

Aston Villa defenders expected attacking points per start.

The Hub’s Fixture Ticker ranks the upcoming five fixtures for Targett as the joint second best run from a defensive point of view. Only Southampton have a better set of matches during this period.

These fixtures include home matches against Wolves, West Ham and Brighton with away trips to Arsenal and Southampton.

All of these teams, except for West Ham, sit in the bottom half for goals scored. Wolves, Arsenal and Southampton make up three of the four lowest scoring teams thus far.

This results in Targett having the potential to combine attacking returns with some clean sheets. With just a £4.8m price tag and 2.8% ownership, he could offer exceptional value over the next five Gameweeks.

Phil Foden (£7.9m, 2.0% owned) – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differential Midfielder

There is no doubt that Phil Foden is one of the best young talents in world football. Despite this, the young English midfielder has struggled for minutes recently at Manchester City.

Whenever Foden has been given the opportunity, he has not failed to impress. This was shown with his joint man of the match award against Liverpool in Gameweek 7.

Foden is joint top for expected attacking returns per appearance, either from the start or as a substitute.

This is a similar trend to last season with Foden scoring more points per start than any other Manchester City player with 6.82 from 17 starts.

If Foden can get a run in the team, there could be a great Fantasy Premier League pick at just 2.0% ownership.

Man City players Expected Attacking Points per Appearance (low sample)

Key Stats – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differentials

The Hub’s Fixture Ticker ranks the Citizens’ fixtures third for attacking potential over the next five Gameweeks. This is only behind Southampton and Chelsea.

However, the fixture ticker also predicts Man City to score 12.2 goals over this period which is 1.5 more than Liverpool (10.7) in second place.

These fixtures include three favourable home games against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Everton. The away matches are against Brighton and Manchester United.

Hee-chan Hwang (£5.6m, 4.2% owned) – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differential Forward

The South Korean was the joint second highest scorer in Gameweek 7 as he was the only player to score twice.

This has driven Hee-chan Hwang to be one of the most talked about potential transfers ahead of the Gameweek 8. The Red Bull Leipzig loanee is the third most transferred in player but remains at 4.2% ownership.

Previously, it had been Wolves team mate Raul Jimenez who was the main goal threat. However, Hwang’s introduction has seen Jimenez drop deeper and pick up a more creative role in the team.

This was evidenced in Gameweek 7 with Jimenez assisting Hwang twice.

Key Stats – FPL Gameweek 8 Best Differentials

Hwang has returned 24 points compared to 26 for Jimenez but he has played less than half the minutes that the Mexican has.

Over this time, Hwang has returned six points per appearance compared to four for Jimenez. He also has three goals in four appearances compared to Jimenez with one goal and two assists in seven matches.

Moreover, Wolves will have no European commitments. With the potential rotation of other assets in our FPL teams, it can be a significant advantage to select players with less fixture congestion like Hee-chan.

Player comparison per appearance – Hwang vs Jimenez

Wolves started the season slowly due to a difficult run of fixtures. However, since Gameweek 5 Bruno Lage’s men have experienced an easier run with Hwang helping to turn Wolves’ fortunes.

The upcoming run of games also looks strong and could allow the South-Korean forward to carry on from where he left off.

This run of matches includes Aston Villa, Leeds United and Crystal Palace away with Everton and West Ham being hosted at the Molineux.

All of these teams have conceded over a goal per game on average so given the goal involvement rate of 67% for Hwang, there is a solid chance of returns over this run.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading my article each and every week. I hope you have enjoyed, and profited, from these picks.

Feel free to message me any questions on Twitter – @FPLTIPZ

 

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