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FPL experts: The best differentials

The Scout 31 Jul 2021
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The Scout’s panel of experts reveal the best differentials to consider for opening Fantasy Premier League squads.

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What the experts say - Best differentials
Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

Liverpool have an outstanding opening run of fixtures and I'm expecting a much better season from Sadio Mane (£12.0m). I'm also predicting Riyad Mahrez to get more consistent game time under Pep Guardiola and he could be great value at £9.0m.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Reece James (£5.5m), Phil Foden (£8.0m) and Callum Wilson (£7.5m) could all see their ownership explode once the season is under way.

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

I'm going to go with Nicolas Pepe (£7.5m). He showed signs at the end of last season and has the potential to make a mockery of his price tag.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)

In defence, I like the look of Everton's Michael Keane (£5.0m). The Toffees ended the last campaign with 12 clean sheets and Keane's always in with a shout of offensive returns, which there could be a high chance of given his kind opening schedule.

I don't have any Manchester City players in my latest draft but Ilkay Gundogan (£7.5m) could be the one who makes it. He has increased in price but could still be undervalued if he goes on another hot streak.


Kai Havertz (£8.5m) at Chelsea starts with a kind-looking fixture against Crystal Palace, having aced the underlying metrics at the tail end of last season. Elsewhere, Leandro Trossard (£6.5m) could be well placed to benefit from a kind opening set of fixtures for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Dele Alli (£6.5m) is a player who has really caught my eye. He has made a fantastic start to pre-season under Nuno Espirito Santo and looks like he has potential to be back to his best.

Dele had the third-best minutes-per-goal total at Tottenham Hotspur last season, bettered only by Son Heung-min (£10.0m) and Harry Kane (£12.5m). When you look at his underlying numbers across 2018/19 and 2019/20, you won't find better a differential pick based on shots and chances created combined.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL experts: The best goalkeepers
Part 2: FPL experts: The best budget defenders
Part 3: FPL experts: The best premium defenders
Part 4: FPL experts: The best budget midfielders
Part 5: FPL experts: The best premium midfielders
Part 6: FPL experts: The best budget forwards
Part 7: FPL experts: The best premium forwards

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