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FPL Gameweek 8 – Best Differentials

FPL GW8 comes off the back of the international break, where players have had a lot of time to mull over their teams.

If you can relate then maybe you need a differential to add some variance to your lineup, which for this gameweek includes assets from clubs very high up in the table. Here are the best differentials to consider for GW8.

Best Differentials for FPL GW8

The differentials to consider this week are Sadio Mane, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte.

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Player Team Position Price Pick % GW7 Score Total Points
Sadio Mane Liverpool Midfielder £11.9m 3% 7 41
Phil Foden Man City Midfielder £7.9m 3% 7 11
Adam Armstrong Southampton Forward £6.0m 3% 2 21
Hee-Chan Hwang Wolves Forward £5.6m 5% 13 24
Aymeric Laporte Man City Defender £5.5m 4% 1 31
Matty Cash Aston Villa Defender £5.1m 4% 1 30
Aaron Ramsdale Arsenal Goalkeeper £4.6m 5% 6 24

Sadio Mane

  • Picked by: 3%
  • Price: £11.9m
  • Fixtures: Watford (a), Man Utd (a), Brighton (H)

Mane has impressed this season, scoring four times and creating one. His goal threat is highlighted by his non-penalty xG, which is the highest in the league (5), taking the most shots as well (27).

Alongside his goalscoring he’s also creative for others, producing 12 passes and 11 carries into the penalty area.

In GW8 he faces Watford, who’ve recently appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager.

The Hornets have been allowing 15 shots per game, whilst Liverpool are taking 21, the league’s most.

Phil Foden

  • Picked by: 3%
  • Price: £7.9m
  • Fixtures: Burnley (H), Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (H)

Coming back from injury, Phil Foden has performed well in his two starts since. Against Liverpool he scored the equaliser and has hit the target with all his shots so far.

Burnley are his next opponents, in a fixture which usually brings goals for City, scoring 19 goals in the last 5 fixtures between the sides. Foden himself has two goals against Burnley in 5 appearances against the Clarets, so if he starts in GW8 he could be on for some points.

With any City asset, rotation is the issue. In midweek after GW8, the Champions League resumes which could see Foden rested in the league. Last season he started 12 out of 13 matches in the competition.

He can play anywhere in midfield or across the front line, making him more likely to start than other City assets. Be prepared for Pep roulette to burn you though.

Adam Armstrong

  • Picked by: 3%
  • Price: £6.0m
  • Fixtures: Leeds (H), Burnley (H), Watford (a)

With three very appealing fixtures coming up, Adam Armstrong is a viable option for GW8 and beyond. He’s taken 21 shots this season (7th highest), 3.08 per 90, and has the highest npxG in the Southampton team (1.7).

Leeds are his opponents for GW8, who are conceding the most shots per game (16.7) and have only kept one clean sheet.

Armstrong has started every game this season and with captain James Ward-Prowse suspended he’ll be looked upon to provide goals.

Hee-Chan Hwang

  • Picked by: 5%
  • Price: £5.6m
  • Fixtures: Aston Villa (a), Leeds (a), Everton (H)

Wolves were struggling for goals until Hwang made his debut, scoring versus Watford in GW4. Overall he has three goals, averaging 1.08 per 90, the second highest rate.

His efforts on goal have been high quality, scoring 60% of his shots and having the second highest npxG per shot (0.28).

A derby against Villa awaits him next, which should be a match played at a high tempo, suiting Wolves who, with pace in the team, look threatening on the counter.

Aymeric Laporte

  • Picked by: 4%
  • Price: £5.5m
  • Fixtures: Burnley (H), Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (H)

Laporte has been a regular in the City backline this season, starting 5 of their 7 matches, making him their cheapest starting defender. City have kept clean sheets in all but two of their matches so far.

They face Burnley at home next, who have only scored 5 and haven’t scored against City in their last four meetings. Additionally, they haven’t conceded a goal at home this season, which looks promising for GW8.

The Spanish international also has one goal this campaign and is constantly getting the ball into the final third, making 46 passes into the final third (8th most).

Matty Cash

  • Picked by: 4%
  • Price: £5.1m
  • Fixtures: Wolves (H), Arsenal (a), West Ham (H)

Cash has been in form, scoring the most points in the last three gameweeks out of players under 5% ownership (21). On a similar note, he also has the third most points per million for players less than 5% owned (5.88 ppm).

Playing as a wing-back he’s been very involved with attacking moves, hitting 26 crosses (5th most) and scoring once. The game against Wolves could be positive for him as Wolves have only scored 5 so far, the second least.

Aaron Ramsdale

  • Picked by: 5%
  • Price: £4.6m
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (a)

Ramsdale has made a solid start to his Arsenal career, keeping three clean sheets in his first four matches, giving him the highest clean sheet percentage (75%).

It’s not like has hasn’t been tested either, saving 90% of shots faced, which is the second highest percentage amongst ‘keepers. Plus, he has the least goals against per 90 (0.25).

More clean sheets could be on the cards too, as Arsenal play Palace in GW8, who have taken 11 shots per game, the 6th lowest.