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Fantasy Premier League tips: Three must-have differential picks for FPL Gameweek 23

By Holly Shand

Published: 16:53, 2 February 2024

After Holly’s picks Eberechi Eze and Ivan Toney delivered double-digit hauls in Gameweek 22, it’s little surprise you’re back to see who she’s tipping to star this weekend.

That’s right, our FPL expert has been digging through the Squawka Comparison Matrix to unearth the differential picks, or sleepers, she expects to star in the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Fancy Fabian Schar to build on his two-goal display at Villa Park, or Gabriel Jesus to  rattle the league-leaders at Emirates Stadium? Let Holly do the hard work for you.

Fabian Schar vs Luton Town (H), £5.2m
6.5% ownership

Newcastle United have the best clean sheet chances of the FPL Gameweek 23 fixtures as they entertain Luton Town, with their defensive assets very popular in the game. The Magpies have kept a leading tally of six home clean sheets in this campaign.

Centre-back Fabian Schar was among the star performers of the midweek games, scoring a brace against Aston Villa to chalk up 17 fantasy points. The centre-back ranks fourth among defenders for shots on goal this season, with 22.

James Maddison vs Everton (A), £7.9m
9.7% ownership

Spurs playmaker James Maddison has returned from a lengthy ankle injury which has seen his ownership drop significantly to differential territory, in just 9.7% of sides at the time of writing.

He was a popular fantasy midfielder in the opening ten gameweeks of the season, where he registered an impressive nine goal involvements, which placed him second behind Mohamed Salah among midfielders for output in this period.

Gabriel Jesus vs Liverpool (H), £8.0m
4.3% ownership

Gabriel Jesus has been one of the star performers in January, returning three attacking returns for Arsenal. That has coincided with an upturn in form for the Gunners, with consecutive wins where they’ve scored seven goals.

Jesus has now started three of Arsenal’s last four games, but remains in only 4.3% of sides, with eight attacking returns in 13 starts this campaign. The reverse of this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, while Jesus returned home and away against Liverpool last season.

Remember you can compare all players on the Squawka Comparison Matrix to find the best FPL differential picks and climb your mini-league. Use our FPL template here, or edit the stats and create your own.