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FPL Gameweek 9 – Best Differentials

The best FPL GW9 differentials list includes some big names this week.

Differentials that play for teams that score a lot of goals and keep a lot of clean sheets yet are somehow still under 5% owned are worth their weight in gold.

Best Differentials for FPL GW9

The best differentials this week are Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bryan Mbeumo.

Player Team Position Price Pick % GW8 Score Total Points
Kevin De Bruyne Man City Midfielder £12.0m 4% 11 24
Phil Foden Man City Midfielder £8.0m 5% 6 17
Callum Wilson Newcastle Forward £7.3m 1% 8 24
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester Forward £7.0m 3% 5 23
Jarrod Bowen West Ham Midfielder £6.3m 1% 6 32
Bryan Mbeumo Brentford Midfielder £5.6m 4% 2 29
Armando Broja Southampton Forward £5.0m 1% 8 12
Trevoh Chalobah Chelsea Defender £4.8m 3% 6 38

These are just some highlighted options. We also have a live data table showing all the best differential players in FPL for every Gameweek.

Kevin De Bruyne

  • Picked by: 4%
  • Price: £12.0m
  • Fixtures: Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (H), Man United (a)

Since his recovery from injury, De Bruyne has scored twice in his last two, averaging 0.62 non-penalty goals per 90. He’s also taken 3.71 shots per 90 and has collected 22 points over the last three gameweeks.

As we all know Guardiola likes to rotate, so there’s always a risk KDB will miss out, but he has started the last 5 games in all competitions. Considering that fact, he could be nailed to start, as he was also brought off after 65 minutes against Club Brugge in the Champions League.

Phil Foden

  • Picked by: 5%
  • Price: £8.0m
  • Fixtures: Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (H), Man United (a)

Foden got assists in midweek and against Burnley last weekend and has two fixtures coming up that are reasonable to expect returns from. He’s taken 1.58 shots on target per 90, hitting the target from 83% of his 6 attempts (second highest percentage).

In City’s last 5 meetings with Brighton, they’ve scored 16 times, so we can expect goals again despite Brighton’s solid defence this term.

As previously mentioned, he is at risk of rotation due to the squad depth City possess, but seems to be a big game player, starting against Liverpool and Chelsea this season.

Callum Wilson

  • Picked by: 1%
  • Price: £7.3m
  • Fixtures: Crystal Palace (a), Chelsea (H), Brighton (a)

Despite missing four games in a row, Wilson is still Newcastle’s top scorer, with three goals. He is averaging 0.85 non-penalty goals per 90 (third most), scoring from 27% of his shots.

Also, he has a non-penalty xG per 90 of 0.55, which ranks him 10th in the league. With the buzz of Newcastle’s takeover and Wilson returning to the side, their performances could improve, leading to more goals for the striker.

His ownership has decreased to 1%, which for a proven Premier League goalscorer is very low, making him a great differential.

Kelechi Iheanacho

  • Picked by: 3%
  • Price: £7.0m
  • Fixtures: Brentford (a), Arsenal (H), Leeds (a)

It’s one goal and two assists for the Nigerian this season, despite only playing 256 minutes so far, making his numbers even more impressive. He’s averaging 1.03 returns per 90 and has started the last two matches for Leicester, so now’s the best time to bring him in.

Also, he has an xA per 90 of 0.42 (second highest) along with 4.81 shot-creating actions per 90 and 1.37 goal-creating actions per 90, the most.

Brentford have been formidable at the back this season, but Arsenal and Leeds have been very open. Arsenal are conceding 15.4 shots per game and Leeds are conceding 17, which is more than any team.

It should be noted Iheanacho played 90 minutes in the Europa League this week, presumably decreasing his chances of starting against Brentford.

Him, and Vardy, may also face competition from Patson Daka following his four goals in the Europa League.

Jarrod Bowen

  • Picked by: 1%
  • Price: £6.3m
  • Fixtures: Spurs (H), Aston Villa (a), Liverpool (H)

Bowen has two assists and a goal this season and has been very influential in his teams good start. He’s provided 31 shot-creating actions (8th most) and 5 goal-creating actions (7th most).

Also, he’s taken 9 shots on target, just one behind the club top scorer Antonio.

West Ham are a threat from set pieces with the height in their squad, scoring three from set pieces (third most). Bowen has taken 24 corners for the Hammers, meaning potential for more assists.

He seems to be in better form than his teammates Benrahma and Antonio, and is cheaper too, so is worth a punt. However, his fixtures could be better in the short-term.

Bryan Mbeumo

  • Picked by: 4%
  • Price: £5.5m
  • Fixtures: Leicester (H), Burnley (a), Norwich (H)

Many thought Ivan Toney would be the Brentford asset to own this season, but his strike partner has been the more threatening. Mbeumo has a very high npxG of 3.7, which is the 5th highest.

He’s also received 56 progressive passes, showing he’s getting into advanced areas and is often the furthest forward in the team. In GW9 he faces Leicester, who are allowing 16.5 shots per game, the second most.

At £5.5m, he is a great budget option and his next few fixtures look very enticing.

Armando Broja

  • Picked by: 1%
  • Price: £5.0m
  • Fixtures: Burnley (H), Watford (a), Aston Villa (H)

On his first Premier League start he grabbed his first goal against Leeds. Last weekend the Albanian international took 5 shots inside the box, the joint highest in GW8, highlighting his poachers instincts.

He has good fixtures too, facing Burnley and Watford next, who are both loitering around the relegation zone. However, Southampton have struggled for goals this season, only scoring 6, the third least.

But that could change if Broja gets given a run of games to prove himself and, at just £5.0m, is a very cheap starting forward.

Adam Armstrong had started every game this season, so a quick return to the side can’t be ruled out.

Trevoh Chalobah

  • Picked by: 3%
  • Price: £4.8m
  • Fixtures: Norwich (H), Newcastle (a), Burnley (H)

Perhaps one of the surprise performers of the season, Chalobah has been impressive for Chelsea, scoring twice and keeping three clean sheets. He’s scored from every shot on target so far and started three of Chelsea’s last four home league matches.

In GW9 his opponents are Norwich, who’ve not scored away from home and only twice overall. Additionally, out of players with less than 5% ownership, he’s got the most points per million (7.92), showing how valuable he could be for your team.

At £4.8m, he is the cheapest way into the usually rigid Chelsea defence. Again though, he is far from guaranteed to start.