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FPL 2020/21 Differentials: Rashford an overlooked gem

The Scout 3 Sep 2020

The Scout reveals five top Fantasy players who are being largely ignored heading into the new season

The Scout pinpoints a number of major differentials for the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League season.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) £9.5m, 6.3 per cent ownership

The Manchester United attacker enjoyed his best-ever season in 2019/20 FPL.

Playing on the left, Rashford scored 17 goals and supplied eight assists to total 177 points.

Reclassified from a forward to a midfielder in FPL this term, he will now get an extra point for each goal and also whenever his side keep a clean sheet.

A blank Gameweek 1 means Rashford sits in less than seven per cent of squads.

Yet he is still far less popular than team-mates Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) and Anthony Martial (£9.0m), who are owned by 25.0 per cent and 18.1 per cent respectively.

Rashford carried Man Utd's main goal threat last term, with his 95 shots and 44 shots on target both team-leading totals.

That makes him an enticing captaincy differential when the Red Devils have a favourable fixture.

Willy Boly (WOL) £5.5m, 2.1 per cent ownership

His presence in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ line-up was vital to their defensive prospects last season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side claimed 12 of their 13 clean sheets in the 22 matches that Boly started.

The Frenchman managed 97 points over those fixtures, averaging 4.4 points per match (ppm).

And his opening schedule could quickly boost Boly’s low ownership.

Five of their opening seven matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Christian Pulisic (CHE) £8.5m, 5.1 per cent ownership

The Chelsea attacker enjoyed a strong end to the previous campaign.

Pulisic produced attacking returns in seven of their final nine fixtures after the season resumed.

Limited to 25 appearances due to injury, he still averaged an impressive 5.1 ppm in his debut FPL campaign in 2019/20.

Yet he has mainly been overlooked as managers have instead focused on Chelsea’s new arrivals, Timo Werner (£9.5m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m).

A favourable opening run of opponents could quickly lift Pulisic’s popularity.

Three of the Blues’ first four fixtures score only two in the FDR.

Eddie Nketiah (ARS) £6.0m, 1.5 per cent ownership

At a cost of only £6.0m, he could provide outstanding value this term if he secures a role as Arsenal’s central striker.

Nketiah’s prospects look promising, with the youngster preferred to Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) up front in the Gunners’ two summer matches.

And he has been quick to impress, scoring in a 4-1 friendly win over Milton Keynes Dons.

Opening matches against Fulham and West Ham United give him the chance to establish himself as a major bargain in FPL this season.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) £11.5m, 4.6 per cent ownership

Manchester City’s wide man is owned by fewer than five per cent of managers ahead of their blank Gameweek 1.

But that has not deterred investment in his team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m), who can be found in 35.8 per cent of squads.

Sterling’s end-of-season form hints at his huge potential. He produced nine goals and four assists in nine matches following the 2019/20 resumption.

This goal threat could be huge for those seeking a differential route into Pep Guardiola’s attack.

Sterling’s 33 big chances were more than any other FPL midfielder last season. He also produced 83 shots in the penalty area, more than double the 41 of De Bruyne. 

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL 2020/21 Differentials: Experts back Calvert-Lewin
Part 3: FPL Must-haves: Experts look to Man City duo
Part 4: FPL Value: Who will offer the most points per million?
Part 5: FPL Summer Signings: Werner the standout for experts

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