Spot The Difference – Gameweek 5

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first in a weekly series where we attempt to highlight players that are performing well, and have a lower ownership than their performances deserve, hopefully bringing them in can give you the edge to gain an advantage with your fantasy football teams.

 

1- Gomes

The Watford goalkeeper is found in just 2.0% of teams meaning reserve keepers Federici and Myhill boast more ownership, admittedly at a the cheaper 4 million price tag.

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Gomes is priced at just £4.5 million and has provided 21 points from the opening 4 games to his owners, placing him fourth overall on the goalkeeper points list. This is largely down to the fact Watford have kept 3 clean sheets in a row in those games.

Next up is a difficult match against the all-stars of Manchester City, but he then has games against Swansea and West Brom. With Watford looking like a team in good form, at time of writing placed fourth in the premier league: Gomes could prove to be a good acquisition, particularly if used in rotation with another, cheaper goalkeeping option.


2-Mendy

Mendy joined as one of three wing backs signed by Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola, in the summer, and arrives with a big reputation, after a successful season in 2016/17 with Monaco. Initially unavailable, he missed the first two games of the season, but once fit immediately made his way into the first team.

A debut against Bournemouth in game week 3 saw Mendy score just the one point, however he made 11 crosses in that game, showcasing his attacking threat. This week saw him make good on that threat, playing high up the front in a manner we’ve come to see Alonso play for Chelsea. Mendy completed a further 6 crosses- with one being converted (a further one was ruled offside) giving assist points, and a bonus point for a total of 11.

Manchester City have just 3 games in the next 11 that have a fixture difficulty rating of 3 or higher.

Found in just 0.9% of teams I fully expect that ownership number to rise, so now may be the time to bring him in before his price rises.



3- Koscielny

The Arsenal club captain is found in only o.8% of teams, though this may well be down to the fact that he was unavailable before the season began.

A somewhat less than welcome return against the dangerous Liverpool attack saw Koscielny, and Arsenal’s defence torn apart, with 4 goals conceded. That was soon turned around this week, with a much-improved performance against Bournemouth.

Koscielny offers regular starts at the heart of the Arsenal defence, and with overall scores in the previous four years of 121, 153, 120 and 150 can be a steady, reliable source of points in defence, with both clean sheets and a goal threat from set pieces (in those previous 4 seasons he has never had less than 10 clean sheets and has scored at least two goals per season.)

Next up is a difficult derby with Chelsea but afterwards, Arsenal then have easier looking fixtures against West Brom, Brighton and Watford.



4- Knockaert

Voted Championship player of the season in 2016/17, Knockaert is Brighton’s key player and star-man, yet is in only 1.3% of fantasy managers teams.

Not quite match fit at the beginning of the season, only coming on as a late sub in the first two games, he has since started the previous two; and has looked very much at home in the Premier league, taking on defenders and creating chances for his teammates.

Taking on the responsibility of set-pieces,in the two games Knockaert has started he has managed 3 crosses and 4 shots (2 on target) against Watford and 2 shots and 3 crosses in the victory over West Brom.

With 7 of the next ten games scoring just 2 on the fixture difficulty ratings, he could soon return a big point score and provide a useful addition in that £6 million midfield area.


5- Welbeck

You at the back, stop sniggering! This isn’t a joke! Welbeck doesn’t come with the best reputation in fantasy football. His highest overall score coming way back in 2011/12 and then managing only 112. Last year’s total of 37 doesn’t add to his appeal when looking for attacking options either. But, stay with me…

This weekend saw Welbeck grab two goals, and he was very close to a third- from 3 attempts- as well as providing an assist. That brings his total points to 25 in four games,and three goals in four games.

This is due largely to Wenger changing the formation Arsenal play, and while last season’s highest Fantasy points scorer Sanchez, and this year’s big signing Lacazette are being alternated for game time, it is Welbeck that manager Wenger has trusted to start all 4 games so far. Welbeck could be set for a big season.

At £7.5million and found in just 1.8% of teams Welbeck could soon become a differential to many fantasy managers teams.

 

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