35 gameweeks down, 3 more to go before the season comes to a close. With managers looking for ways to ensure they finish as high as they could, one of the best ways to do so is to gamble on differentials. However, picking the right player is far from an easy task and to help you select the best ones from the lot, we have chosen 3 differentials for gameweek 36 that have the potential to boost you up the rankings ladder provided they work out well.
Fixture: Stoke City(H)
With Liverpool certain to prioritise their all-important Champions League semi-final clash at Rome, Klopp is expected to rest some of his key assets who also happens to be a part of a huge chunk of FPL squads. This situation may once again prove helpful for Danny Ings’ cause, who ended his 930-day long wait for a league goal against West Bromwich Albion last gameweek.
Liverpool welcome Stoke City this Saturday who holds the ignominious record of shipping the highest amount of goals of all the clubs in the top-flight this season. To compound their misery, Paul Lambert’s men are without a cleansheet for six consecutive league matches now and they face a team with the second-best attacking record in the division. Taking all these factors into consideration, a punt on Ings looks well worth it if you remain keen on having a player from the red half of the Merseyside for this gameweek.
931 days… Danny Ings is back on the scoresheet. 👍
Fixture: Huddersfield Town(A)
Moving across Stanley Park, we now turn our attention onto Liverpool’s local rivals Everton who have had an underwhelming campaign this season. With no imminent threat to their Premier League status but no chances of them making the cut for the European spots either, there’s barely anything to play for the Toffees except pride. However, a few of their players have a point to prove and one of them is Theo Walcott. The Englishman left Arsenal to join Everton in January and made an instant impact upon his arrival. Unfortunately, his good start fizzled out even more quickly. Theo’s winner against Newcastle United was, in fact, his first goal for the Toffees in 10 gameweeks.
The winger will aim to continue with his rediscovered goalscoring touch when Everton plays away at Huddersfield. The Terriers are still very much in the relegation fray mainly down to their poor showing in the second-half of the season – a claim testified by the fact that only the current bottom three are faring worse than them in 2018. Huddersfield are joint-fifth (alongside Everton) for teams that have leaked most amount of goals this term with 54. Everton have been quite awful on the road themselves this season but with their opponents struggling to get their act together at either end of the pitch, this game offers Walcott a great chance to continue with his newly-found momentum.
Fixture: AFC Bournemouth (H)
It’s no surprise to see why Southampton’s declining fortunes have coincided with that of their creator-in-chief Tadic. The Serbian has endured a mediocre season with him failing to make any significant impact this term. However, he still has a chance of redeeming his season provided he can propel his side to a ‘great escape’ in the remaining four games. That could begin this gameweek when the Saints host AFC Bournemouth in a South Coast derby this gameweek.
The Cherries have the fourth-worst defensive record in the division with 58 goals conceded. To make matters worse, Bournemouth are without a league shutout for 10 matches now and alongwith relegated West Bromwich Albion, they have shipped a league-high 26 goals this calendar year. Tadic has started each of the four league games under Mark Hughes since he took over the reigns at St. Mary’s and was on the scoresheet recently against Chelsea. Considering he still has a double gameweek to play in, it’s probably the right moment to draft him into your squad.