The Best FPL Differentials for GW34-38

With just five gameweeks of the season left, FPL managers across the globe will be looking for those ripe differential picks who will boost their rank come the end of GW38. For those chasing down mini-league rivals, a powerful differential option could make all the difference in the run-in.

This week, we'll be looking at some of the best lowly-owned players on the game. Here we'll examine five options – all of whom have an ownership below 5% across all managers.


Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) – 2.6% ownership

Since Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Chelsea, no Premier League defender has had more shots, more shots in the box or a higher xGI per start than FPL favourite Marcos Alonso. Indeed, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only defender with a higher xA rating per start than the Spaniard in that time.

Alonso's attacking prowess is legendary across FPL managers. The wing-back has scored 20 goals and assisted 20 more in the Premier League since his arrival at Chelsea in 2016. The ex-Sunderland man is certainly capable of monster hauls and it would be no surprise to see him score a 15-pointer by season's end.

The major stumbling block with Alonso is his lack of gametime. Tuchel seems to favour him in matches against weaker opposition, where his attacking ability can be utilised most effectively. With games against Fulham and Aston Villa still to come, Alonso may be worth a punt should you have the money. Just make sure you have a reliable backup option on the bench should he not play.

 

Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) – 3.3% ownership

Sticking with Chelsea, their own Captain America has showed signs of returning to his best of late under Thomas Tuchel, who was his manager when he turned out in the yellow and black of Dortmund. A brilliantly taken goal against Real Madrid in midweek further reaffirmed his credentials as Chelsea's most wily attacker.

Pulisic has started four of Chelsea's last five in the Premier League, although he did start against Real Madrid in Spain so he may be due a rest in GW34. Regardless though, with just a 3.3% ownership the £8.3m priced midfielder could prove to be a shrewd FPL pick. 

With three goals in the last four gameweeks, Pulisic is showing the kind of form that made him a template option by the end of last season. If you have a strong bench, it may well be worth a punt on Chelsea's mazy winger for the closing stages of this campaign.

 

Jarrod Bowen (£6.0m) – 3.2% ownership

With nine goals and four assists in 11 games since his arrival at West Ham, the magnifying glass has justifiably been on Jesse Lingard of late. However, the form of his teammate Jarrod Bowen seems to have slipped under the radar for the majority of FPL managers. 

Playing in a central position due to the absence of the injured Michail Antonio, Bowen has begun to add the numbers to his impressive all-round game of late. The ex-Hull man has blanked just once in the last five gameweeks and four of West Ham's remaining fixtures are against teams currently 14th or below in the league table. 

Lingard probably remains the superior option, but a potential double-up with Bowen could be an intriguing option for the next five gameweeks. West Ham are still fighting for a place in next season's Champions League so their motivation should remain high in the coming weeks. Should Antonio remain sidelined, then Bowen could prove the difference for those chasing down mini-league rivals.

 

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) – 2.7% ownership

Allan Saint-Maximin was a regular sight in FPL teams at the start of the season as managers hunted for that prized cheap fifth midfielder. Since then, the likes of Bukayo Saka and Tomas Soucek have proven their worth while Saint-Maximin has spent large swathes of the season in the treatment room, or else in bed recovering from Covid.

But the mazy winger is now back in action and he has even begun to start in a central position instead of the previously undroppable Callum Wilson. He has two goals and three assists in his last eight appearances, in which he's only completed 90 minutes once as he continues to build up his fitness levels.

Newcastle are not quite guaranteed safety yet so Saint-Maximin should sustain his current performance levels in the coming weeks. With fixtures against Sheffield United and Fulham in GW37-38, the Frenchman could be a brilliant option for the last fortnight of the season. 

 

Chris Wood (£6.3m) – 2.7% ownership

Chris Wood is a player I was strongly considering on my wildcard in GW31. After his fantastic hat-trick against Wolves last time out, I now firmly regret not going for the New Zealand forward. It's not too late to jump on the Wood bandwagon though, with some plush fixtures coming up for Burnley in the next five gameweeks.

Fulham, Leeds and Sheffield United are still to come for Sean Dyche's men by the end of the season. With six goals and three assists in the last six gameweeks, it is becoming impossible to ignore Wood. The striker is four goals away from matching last season's tally, which must surely be a target for the in-form man.

If you're looking for a third forward at a reasonable price, then Wood should be your man. The likes of Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford also remain good options, but Wood is on fire at present and it would be no surprise to see the goals continue to flow between now and the end of the season.

 

Best of luck for GW34 FPL managers! 

@mitch_fpl

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