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FPL 2023-24 – Differential XI For Gameweek 2

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For those managers looking to go against the grain with their transfer moves ahead of Gameweek 2, we’ve put together a ‘differential XI’ featuring some low-owned, but potentially high-impact assets.

All selected players have an ownership below 15% at the time of publication:

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GOALKEEPER: Emiliano Martinez – £5.0m – Aston Villa
Fixture: vs Everton (H)

Has reached double figures for clean sheets in each of the past three seasons, and has a home fixture against Everton this weekend.

DEFENDER: Raphael Varane – £5.0m – Man Utd
Fixture: vs Spurs (a)

Thanks to his goal and clean sheet against Wolves on Monday, he was the highest FPL point-scorer in Gameweek 1. Faces off against Harry Kane-less Spurs next.

DEFENDER: Matty Cash – £4.5m – Aston Villa
Fixture: vs Everton (H)

Missed a glorious chance against Newcastle, but is likely to get in similarly attacking positions on a regular occasion this season.

DEFENDER: Ben White – £5.5m – Arsenal
Fixture: vs Crystal Palace (a)

Two goals and five assists last season, and his versatility – coupled with the injury and fitness issues plaguing other Gunners defenders – surely makes him one of the first names on Mikel Arteta’s team sheet.

MIDFIELDER: Jarrod Bowen – £7.0m – West Ham
Fixture: vs Chelsea (H)

Scored a superb goal in Gameweek 1 and also has assists in his locker. Is capable of improving significantly on his 15 goal involvements last season.

MIDFIELDER: James Maddison – £7.5m – Spurs
Fixture: vs Man Utd (H)

Excellent debut at this new club with two assists against Brentford. May not be long before he’s in the template.

MIDFIELDER: Luis Diaz – £7.5m – Liverpool
Fixture: vs Bournemouth (H)

Favourable fixture for the Colombian, who opened his account with a goal against Chelsea last weekend.

MIDFIELDER: Bryan Mbeumo – £6.5m – Brentford
Fixture: vs Fulham (a)

Has assumed penalty duty in the absence of the suspended Ivan Toney, and promptly dispatched from the spot in Gameweek 1. Faces a Fulham side who conceded numerous chances last weekend.

FORWARD: Julian Alvarez – £6.5m – Man City
Fixture: vs Newcastle (H)

Kevin De Bruyne’s injury could open the door for a sustained spell in the team for the World Cup winner, who has a keen eye for goal.

FORWARD: Joane Wissa – £6.0m – Brentford
Fixture: vs Fulham (a)

Like Mbeumo, also found the net in the opening weekend and could be among the points again should Brentford put in a similar performance at Craven Cottage.

FORWARD: Cody Gakpo – £7.5m – Liverpool
Fixture: vs Bournemouth (H)

Potentially a slight minutes risk with Darwin Nunez waiting in the wings, but with high risk comes high reward and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Gakpo haul against Bournemouth.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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