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Differentials could be key in tightest FPL title race

The Scout 21 May 2022
Richarlison, Evertpn, Reece James, Chelsea

The Scout assesses the intense battle for Fantasy glory ahead of the final Gameweek of 2021/22

Just a single point separates the top two managers in the world ahead of the final Fantasy Premier League Gameweek of 2021/22.

US manager Jamie Pigott is the new No 1 for now after his outstanding use of chips in the previous two rounds of matches. 

The Tottenham Hotspur fan produced 201 points in Double Gameweek 36 on his Bench Boost chip and followed that up with a 110-point haul on his Free Hit chip in Double Gameweek 37.

Top 10 managers overall
  Team name Country Points
1 Futbol is life :) USA 2,772
2 Concrete Boys India 2,771
3 Bino Baby USA 2,763
4 Dteam Ireland 2,760
5 I Love Lamp!tey Australia 2,751
6 Captain Blank XI Bangladesh 2,751
7 Gamcholia Hong Kong 2,750
8 WeareallIdrissa Qatar 2,747
9 ‘Insert pun here’ FC Isle of Man 2,740
10 Varanda Varane England 2,739

He has amassed 2,772 points, just ahead of Suvansh Singh, from India.

Singh held on to second place despite not having any chips left to play in DGW37, his decision to captain Richarlison (£7.6m) helping his team to 79 points.

Despite their successful seasons, the top two only have six of the same players in their 15-man squads: Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m), Ben Foster (£4.2m), Joao Cancelo (£7.2m), Son Heung-min (£11.2m) Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) and Eddie Nketiah (£5.7m).

Pigott will be hoping his Liverpool and Chelsea assets prove decisive on Sunday afternoon.

He has Reds' trio Sadio Mane (£11.8m), Luis Diaz (£8.1m) and Joel Matip (£5.2m) at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers

He also owns both Chelsea wing-backs Reece James (£6.4m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) for the visit of relegated Watford.

By contrast, Suvansh owns only one player from those two sides, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m).

Instead, he has Richarlison, Ryan Sessegnon (£4.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.7m) as key final-day differentials.

Low backing for Salah and Kane

Elsewhere in the top five, both Tai Lung and Damien Ruigrok are the only ones to own Mohamed Salah (£13.1m), who is a doubt to face Wolves.

Their decision to either replace the Liverpool attacker or take a big risk by keeping Salah and relying on him to start may well be season-defining.

Meanwhile, fifth-placed manager Brett Taylor will hope Harry Kane (£12.5m) can steer him to glory on Sunday afternoon.

The Australian is the only manager in the top five to own the England star for Spurs' visit to Norwich City.

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