FPL 2022/23: Gameweek 4 – Differential Picks

Alric Fernandes
By Alric Fernandes
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Following a testing gameweek 3, we move our attention to the upcoming weekend as FPL managers look to alter the make-up of their squad moving forward. With the differentials having outscored numerous premiums over the weekend, Fantasy Premier League managers will be keen on making the best use of their transfers, with several mid-budget assets likely to deliver favourable returns over the immediate future.

With the likes of Jack Harrison (£6.0m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), and Ivan Toney (£7.2m), among other differential picks, having provided consecutive returns, FPL managers will be looking to continue delivering notable returns moving forward. Hence, in this article, we take a look at differential assets most capable of registering consistent returns over the coming game weeks whilst also listing players capable of improving their returns moving forward.

BEN WHITE [DEF, £4.5m, FUL (H)]

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An overlooked budget option in defence, White continues to deliver consistent performances, having registered two clean sheets in three games, hitherto. With Arsenal awaiting two home games over the immediate future, White emerges as a promising option moving forward.

Although yet to deliver an attacking return, White registers the highest number of passes completed into the final third (13) amongst teammates hitherto. Moreover, with Arsenal having conceded only two goals across three games, the versatile defender is likely to deliver clean sheet points over a favourable run of fixtures.

With the Gunners having had a promising start to the season, White emerges amongst the viable picks within his price bracket. Expected to remain a starter for the foreseeable future, the defender is likely to deliver decent returns against Fulham this weekend.

EMERSON ROYAL [DEF, £5.0m, NFO (A)]

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An understated pick within his price bracket, Royal is likely to deliver favourable returns over the upcoming fixtures. Having registered two assists alongside a clean sheet hitherto, the Brazilian emerges as a viable pick for FPL managers looking to find a cheaper way in Spurs’ defence for game-week four.

Besides having cemented his place in the starting line-up, Emerson Royal ranks fourth for passes completed into the 18-yard-box (3) whilst also standing fifth for shot-creating actions (7) amongst teammates, hitherto. Additionally, the full-back also ranks second for carries into the final third of the pitch (6) and the 18-yard-box (3) across three games, at the club, ahead of the upcoming weekend.

Facing a Nottingham Forest side having scored only two goals across the three games played, Spurs will be hoping to keep a clean sheet having kept only one hitherto. With Antonio Conte expected to prioritise three points, Royal emerges as a promising defensive asset for FPL managers looking to secure clean sheet points this weekend.

MATHIAS JENSEN [MID, £5.1m, EVE (H)]

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Amongst the surprising performers across the three gameweeks, Brentford’s Mathias Jensen emerges as a tempting pick ahead of the Bees’ tie against Everton at the weekend. Having contributed with a goal and two assists in consecutive game weeks, the midfielder is expected to remain a viable pick for FPL managers looking to find alternatives for the underperforming midfield assets ahead of the game-week four.

Alongside having delivered promising returns, Jensen tops the chart for goal-creating actions (4) alongside ranking second for shot-creating actions (8) amongst teammates hitherto. Moreover, with Brentford having scored the third-highest number of goals (8) in the league hitherto, Jensen boasts promising potential provided the Bees continue to build on their winning momentum facing Everton at the weekend.

JACK HARRISON [MID, £6.0m, BHA (A)]

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Having been amongst Leeds United’s most promising assets across the three games, Harrison is expected to continue delivering notable returns moving into a favourable set of fixtures. Registering a goal and three assists hitherto, the winger emerges as a tempting option for FPL managers looking to capitalise on Leeds’ exciting form moving into the game-week four.

Amongst the team’s most prolific attacker across the three game-weeks, Harrison ranks second for expected assists (0.36xA) per game alongside topping the charts for passes completed into the 18-yard-box (5) amongst teammates, hitherto. Additionally, the winger ranks first for shot-creating actions (13) alongside standing the same for carries into the final third (4) of the pitch, at the club, amongst teammates across the three game-weeks.

Facing a defensively sound Brighton & Hove Albion side at the weekend, Leeds will be keen on securing a positive result. With Harrison having been vital to the team’s goal-scoring opportunities in recent outings, the winger is likely to deliver a return provided Leeds succeed in breaking down a resolute Brighton side in game-week four.

CALLUM WILSON [FWD, £7.4m, WOL (A)]

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Having netted twice despite Newcastle’s testing run of fixtures, Wilson emerges as a promising asset for FPL managers looking to improve on their number of forward assets moving into the season. With Newcastle having shown immense potential in their draw against Manchester City on Sunday, Callum Wilson is likely to improve on his tally of goal contributions provided the Magpies build on their unbeaten momentum moving forward.

Registering the highest number of expected goals (0.27xG) per 90 across the three games hitherto, Wilson is expected to remain the manager’s first-choice striker over the coming weeks. Moreover, with the team expected to create goal-scoring opportunities regardless of the opposition, Wilson establishes himself as a striker capable of delivering decent returns over the immediate run of fixtures.

JAMES MADDISON [MID, £8.0m, CHE (A)]

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Leicester City’s most potent attacker despite their poor start to the season, James Maddison continues to deliver notable returns. Having registered two goals and an assist across three games hitherto, the midfielder is likely to remain a promising asset over the immediate run of fixtures.

Registering the third-highest number of expected goals (0.17xG) amongst teammates, Maddison remains a lively midfield asset. Besides his potential to deliver favourable returns, the attacking midfielder tops the charts for passes completed into the 18-yard-box (6) alongside accounting for the highest number of shot-creating actions (10) amongst teammates across the three games played, hitherto.

Facing a Chelsea side struggling to keep clean sheets, Maddison emerges amongst the Leicester assets most capable of delivering returns at the weekend. Having shown promising potential, the midfielder is likely to remain a tempting prospect over the coming weeks.

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