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Player Differentials – Gameweek 18

Darsh Differentials, Fantasy Football Tips

Fantasy Premier League returns on an action packed Boxing day as ATFPL highlights a pair of overlooked options from both Manchester clubs ahead of the midweek deadline.

Yaya Toure

With news that Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after tearing the cruciate ligaments in his right knee, Yaya Toure is afforded his chance to cement a starting role in Pep Guardiola’s side. Yaya Toure was kept out of the first team by Guardiola over personal reasons but the Ivorian international returned to Premier League action in the only way he knew how to with a brace against Crystal Palace back in Gameweek 12 as he reminded Fantasy Managers of what they had been missing.

If Yaya Toure can continue to nail down a starting role in midfield the 33-year-old could offer an enticing route into a free scoring City side. Toure is a Fantasy Premier League titan in his own right after an incredible return of 20 goals back  in the 2013/14 season meant the Ivorian etched his name permanently into FPL history. And if Sergio Aguero continues to have a stop-start season, Toure could benefit as he did all those years ago from penalty and some set-piece duties.

Yaya Toure is available at a price of 7.4 million and is selected by just 1.1% of teams compared to his teammate Kevin De Bruyne (10.7 mill) with the extra funds saved useful in drafting in further ammunition upfront or in defence. Toure and City face a mixed run of fixtures as they travel to a struggling Hull City this weekend before games against liv. BUR, eve and TOT over the course of the next five Gameweeks..

Antonio Valencia

Two clean sheets in their last three league fixtures suggests Jose Mourinho has finally settled upon an organised defence amongst whom Antonio Valenica looks the standout option worthy of investment. Valencia has nailed down his role as Mourinho’s preferred right-back whilst the other positions in defence aren’t a given with Chris Smalling returning from injury and Daley Blind lurking for his opportunity. Valencia is also a threat going forward with his raiding runs down the right-flank posing a threat especially as he overlaps the likes of Juan Mata and when fit Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Valenica is priced at 5.4 million and whilst he is currently the most expensive Manchester United defender who is starting, his surety of starts and attacking potential sets him apart from his defensive teammates. The Ecuadorian international is currently owned by 6.4% of Fantasy Managers and looks set to return points at either ends of the field ahead of his sides kind run of fixtures against SUN, MID, whu, LIV and stk in the next five Gameweeks.

*All selected by percentages were accurate as of the posting of the article*

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