Brighton FPL Preview – Fantasy Football Tips

Brighton nearly imploded at the end of last season, it was as if they wanted relegation, but they lived to fight another season in the Premier League. That was at the expense of FPL managers in a woeful 0-8 combined double gameweek 34 scoreline, and of their popular manager Chris Houghton.

Graham Potter has taken over the reins at The Seagulls, and will be looking to deploy a more attacking setup to rejuvenate the squad for the coming Premier League season. This could bode well for Brighton’s attacking assets, but spell more trouble for their struggling defence: they’ve lost their captain Bruno to retirement and key centre-back Lewis Dunk is rumoured to be moving away from the club. They have signed Matt Clarke though as another central defensive option and winger Leandro Trossard to provide much needed creativity.

Pre-Season Form

To date, Brighton have won 3 of their 4 pre-season friendlies, against FC Liefering, Crawley Town and Birmingham. However, they did stutter in a 2-1 defeat to relegated Fulham which is a worry. They are scoring goals though, with notable contributions from Locadia, Trossard, Murray and Groß who’ve all got on the scoresheet!

Star Man – Glenn Murray (£6.0m)

Murray finished last season as the highest scoring Brighton player in FPL, 13 goals and 1 assist taking him to a dependable 129 points. Despite his age, he’s still a reliable fantasy choice and certainly worth a try during the opening few gameweeks. Brighton have a great run of fixtures in their opening six games, plus he’s on penalties so he could benefit in an early spike of spot kicks being awarded due to VAR. He’s never going to set your gameweek team alight, but he’s always consistent and reliable, which is not bad thing at the start of another long fantasy season.

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Hidden Gem – Pascal Groß (£6.5m)

Pascal Groß was the star man at Brighton two seasons ago, but after being hampered by injury he’s almost been forgotten by FPL managers. Back in 17/18 he was the go-to budget midfielder, a bit like Ryan Fraser in the season just past. He amassed 7 goals, 8 assists and 24 bonus points (including 3 bonus points in a game where he didn’t make any attacking contributions!) to finish the season on 164 points. He’s the set piece specialist for Brighton and should take penalties whenever the ageing Glenn Murray isn’t on the pitch. He’s one to look out for in that opening run of tasty fixtures.

Gamble Pick – Jürgen Locadia (£5.5m)

There’s very little choice among forwards under 6 million but Locadia could provide an enticing differential. He’s been involved in a very attacking front three during pre-season and could potentially challenge Murray for the central role as the season progresses. So far in pre-season he’s the top returner for Albion, with two goals and two assists in convincing performances against Liefering and Birmingham. Managers will be reassured to see his wealth of minutes during pre-season too. Can he replicate his PSV form of 45 goals in 127 appearances? It could be worth a punt!

Predicted Line Up

Bernardo – Dunk – Duffy – Montoya
Stephens – Pröpper
Locadia – Groß – March

Written by Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_)

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