The Fantasy Premier League has passed the halfway point and we are now at Gameweek 20. This is the biggest double game-week so far this season, where there are four teams all playing twice: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace. Double gameweeks are always good opportunities to close gaps between mini-league opponents and climb up the ranks and this gameweek is no different. There are quite a few good picks for this week and in this FPL Gameweek 20 Differentials 2022/23 guide, we will be looking at 5 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run.
FPL Gameweek 20 Differentials 2022/23
1. Christian Eriksen (Midfielder) – 6.3 million
Eriksen has been an important creative force for Manchester United this season, scoring 2 goals and providing a team-leading 8 assists in all competitions. He has been in good form recently, with 37 points in his last 6 Premier League appearances, averaging 6.2 points per game.
Despite playing a bit of a deeper role for United, Eriksen has still been able to impact the game offensively, ranking 2nd at the club for chances created and big chances created, only behind Bruno Fernandes. He also tops the charts for the most passes into the final third out of his teammates, and takes corner kicks and free kicks for the team.
In the upcoming GW20, Manchester United plays a tough fixture against Manchester City at home but also plays Crystal Palace away. Crystal Palace rank in the bottom half of the league for expected goals conceded per match, goals conceded per match, and clean sheets. With good form and a low ownership of 3.5% this season, Eriksen could be a good differential pick ahead of this double game-week
2. Michael Olise (Midfielder) – 5.4 million
Crystal Palace‘s Michael Olise has been a key player for the team in recent games, starting 9 out of the last 10 games and contributing a goal and 4 assists, which is the most goal contributions out of any of his teammates in that period. He also ranks second in the league for assists during that period. His performances have been rewarded with two double-digit hauls, earning 44 points in total and averaging 4.4 points per game.
In the upcoming gameweeks, Crystal Palace plays a double gameweek against Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea has only kept two clean sheets at home and Manchester United only has one clean sheet when playing away. With strong attacking potential, good value for money at 5.4 million, and ownership of only 0.3%, Olise could be a valuable differential pick for Fantasy Premier League managers for GW20.
3. Riyad Mahrez (Midfielder) – 7.5 million
Riyad Mahrez has 8 goals and 2 assists to his name for Manchester City so far this season. His best form has come recently though, as he has started 4 out of City’s last 5 matches in all competitions and has contributed 4 goals and both of his assists in that period. In the Premier League, he has made an appearance in City’s last 3 games and has scored 20 FPL points, averaging an impressive 6.7 points per game.
In the upcoming GW20, Manchester City plays a double gameweek against Manchester United and Tottenham, both of which are tough fixtures on paper. However, City has the quality and depth to take them on and Mahrez could be a valuable pick for Fantasy Premier League managers. Pep Guardiola‘s tendency to rotate his team is off-putting. However, the low ownership of 2.2% coupled with good form recently could make Mahrez a promising differential this week.
4. Heung-Min Son (Midfielder) – 11.6 million
Son was a prolific goal scorer last season, winning the Golden Boot alongside Mo Salah with 23 goals. Although his form hasn’t been as impressive this season, he has still managed to score 4 goals and contribute 2 assists in 16 appearances.
He did score in GW19 which could be a boost in confidence for him going forward. Out of all Spurs players, Son ranks 2nd for shots on target per 90 (1.6) and chances created (30), beaten only by Harry Kane.
Tottenham plays Arsenal (H) and Manchester City (A) in GW20, both fixtures against which Son has been productive in the past. He managed 2 goals and 1 assist in both fixtures against Arsenal and 1 goal and 2 assists in both fixtures against City last season. Son is quite expensive at 11.6 million but his explosiveness and attacking potential have helped justify his price tag before, and it could do again. His ownership is currently at 6.2% as well, which could make him a very high-value differential.
5. Bryan Mbeumo (Forward) – 5.8 million
For those that have already covered the key players for the double gameweek, Bryan Mbeumo is a good way to start planning ahead for what is to come later. With his striker partner, Ivan Toney, being injured in GW19, Mbeumo had to step up. He demonstrated his potential very well when he scored 1 goal and 1 assist against tough opposition in Liverpool, earning 12 points in total.
Mbeumo has been particularly effective at home, ranking second for shots on target (9), big chances (6), and top for chances created (11) for Brentford. In GW20, Brentford plays against Bournemouth at home, a fixture that suits Mbeumo well. Bournemouth has a weak defense, ranking bottom in the league for goals conceded per match (2.2), and also has the 3rd worst record for expected goals conceded.
Following that, Brentford’s next 2 fixtures will be Leeds (A) and Southampton (H), with both teams ranking in the bottom 6 of the PL table. Mbeumo is fairly priced at 5.8 million and has a low ownership of just 2.9%, making him a good differential pick for the next few weeks.
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