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Trossard secures Brighton win as toothless Norwich bench Pukki and Cantwell

Norwich 0-1 Brighton

  • Goals: Leandro Trossard (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Aaron Mooy (£4.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Trossard x3, Lewis Dunk x2 (£4.7m), Mat Ryan x1 (£4.7m)

A first half goal from Leandro Trossard secured all three points for Brighton in a 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday lunch-time.

That took the Seagulls to a 36-point tally, which should ensure their Premier League survival and further dent Norwich’s hopes of the same.

On a day where pubs re-opened their doors nationwide, the poor opening game did not live up to the billing of ‘Super Saturday’.

Having rested him for Tuesday’s defeat to Manchester United, Graham Potter restored Neal Maupay (£5.7m) to the side here, joining Aaron Connolly (£4.2m) up front in a 4-4-2 system.

That saw Trossard and Aaron Mooy (£4.7m) out wide and it was these two players who combined for the only goal of the game after 25 minutes. Mooy’s low cross met the Belgian at the near post, who guided his shot to the right of goalkeeper Tim Krul (£4.6m).

With such a toothless Norwich attack, Brighton did not need to play particularly well to hold onto their win. The Canaries have not scored since the Premier League resumed and only have one goal from their last nine league outings.

Inexplicably, Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) and Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) were again rotated by head coach Daniel Farke, a repeat of the recent 1-0 home defeat to Everton, as he desperately seeks a winning formula.

“It was a tough game as we expected and a bit scrappy at times, but a moment of quality won the match. The resilience impressed me the most. The ability to stick at it, to fight for each other. I think that has been evident for us since the lockdown especially.”

Graham Potter

In fact, Pukki has just two goals from 13 starts – both penalties – and Cantwell has not added to his six goals and two assists since New Year’s Day. Josip Drmic (£5.3m) and Onel Hernández (£5.3m) started in their places, with the Cuban producing a few half-chances in the opening period.

13 minutes in, Hernández cut inside but saw his shot blocked and six minutes later found himself lively on the opposite flank, taking on Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) before blazing a shot wide.

Just before half time, Emiliano Buendía’s (£6.0m) edge-of-box roulette turn set up another Hernández shot, this time blocked before looping safely into Mat Ryan’s (£4.7m) hands.

Cantwell and Pukki did make cameos, introduced by Farke in a triple substitution with Adam Idah (£4.4m), but produced almost nothing apart from a late Cantwell booking for fouling Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m).

Of the three, it was Idah who had the one golden chance in stoppage time, who got across Dan Burn (£4.5m) and saw his header agonisingly hit the post. Interestingly, it has been the budget forward who has looked the most dangerous when Norwich have made changes in their last two games.

“We didn’t have the quality to anticipate or smell to reward our performance. We were unlucky in the end with Adam Idah who hit the outside of the post. Even the ball can’t explain how it came out.”

Daniel Farke

That was the only main threat to the Brighton defence, calmly gathering their eighth clean sheet of the season and a third successive away shut-out. Goalkeeper Ryan collected a rare bonus point and, facing so little, only tallied one save. For anyone chasing Seagulls defensive investment after their matches against Liverpool and Manchester City, perhaps the best one to consider is Dunk. He has three goals and three assists on top of the clean sheets this season, with 15 bonus points partially gained from making the most defensive recoveries in the league.

However, as already mentioned, Brighton’s upcoming fixtures lack appeal. Back-to-back home meetings with Liverpool and Man City are followed by trips to Southampton and Burnley, hosting Newcastle in between. Perhaps those planning a Wildcard should look at the cheap right-back Lamptey.

Signed from Chelsea on January transfer deadline day, the pacey 19-year-old has started Brighton’s last three matches and often finds himself in the opponent’s box. Shown a late yellow card, a five-point return is still value for money considering the small outlay.

Trossard has now scored in both meetings with Norwich, taking him to four goals and five assists for the season. Those figures are impressive considering he has only played 1,680 minutes – the equivalent of almost 19 matches. He generally delivers points when he plays but is rotated too often to be a stable Fantasy option. That is true for most of Brighton’s non-defensive assets, as only Connolly and defensive midfielder Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) have started each of their last three games.

Most chances came through Mooy, setting up a couple of chances early in the second half. He fed the ball to Connolly on the left hand side, with the Irishman cutting inside only to see a shot blocked by Norwich’s returning Timm Klose (£4.3m). Soon after, Mooy’s free kick was met by the back of Burn’s head, as the ball dropped just wide of the far post.

Up front, Maupay has had a busy few games after injuring Bernd Leno (£4.7m), scoring a late winner against Arsenal and missing a penalty against Leicester but didn’t offer much goal threat this time.

Having seen the way Norwich gifted two goals to Arsenal through defensive errors, Maupay will be disappointed not to add to his goal tally. Norwich have only kept five clean sheets all season and their defence entered Gameweek 33+ having conceded 47 shots since the restart – only worsened by teams who played an extra fourth game.

“We have to say we are disappointed because, we are not relegated, but realistically this was our last chance to get back in the mix with a good result. After a few losses in a row, we don’t say that we have a right to win the last five games. It will be naïve and unrealistic.”

Daniel Farke

Max Aarons (£4.3m), Ben Godfrey (£4.4m) and Jamal Lewis (£4.4m) look promising talents but they play in a very young backline that has only produced one goal and two assists. From a Fantasy perspective, Norwich defenders should be avoided at all costs.

They travel to Watford in mid-week, then host West Ham. To stand a realistic chance of survival, Farke’s men need to win both.

Norwich XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis; Tettey (Vrancic 78’), McLean, Buendia, Duda (Idah 67’), Hernandez (Cantwell 67’), Drmic (Pukki ’67)

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-4-2): Ryan; Lamptey (Duffy 90+4′), Dunk, Webster, Burn; Bissouma (Mac Allister 79′), Mooy (Bernardo 72′), Propper, Trossard (Stephens 79′); Maupay, Connolly (Gross ’72′).

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425 Comments Post a Comment
  1. footballdog
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Of course Vardy scores after selling him 2 gameweek back for Jimi ...

    1. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      Hilariously I sold him for Greenwood this week. For 76 minutes I was feeling really smart 🙂

  2. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Have lost too many points when having DDG to be my 3rd ManU assets. Especially when everyone else have Martial except me.

    Would you do DDG > Alisson and DCL > Greenwood for -4?

    1. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      Yep. Maybe Ederson instead?

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 6 hours ago

        Already have 3 City.

    2. Disturbed
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      Thinking the same. Ddg Connolly > ederson greenwood for a hit.

  3. MadFinCha
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Any thoughts on what I could do to improve here. I have 0.0m in the bank and 2 free transfers??

    Pope Button
    TAA Doherty Maguire Lascelles Kiko
    KDB Salah Fernandes Hayden Guendouzi
    Rashford Jiminez DCL..

    1. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      Rashford to Greenwood and upgrade Hayden or Guendouzi?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      Rash + Guen > Greenwood + Mahrez seems sound.

      1. RamaJama
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 6 hours ago

        Good move

  4. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Is Solanke the worst player in the league?

    1. One Wheels Enough
        29 days, 6 hours ago

        Lerma...

    2. Dubores
        29 days, 6 hours ago

        Ings, Lascelles -> Greenwood, Digne (-4)
        Enabling Sarr -> Willian next week?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          29 days, 6 hours ago

          I wouldn't sell Ings now. Only 2 somewhat tough games left before 3 amazing ones. And he could come good away at Everton this week.

          Who are your other forwards? Sell one of them. Any of them.

          1. Dubores
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Other forwards are Jimenez and Rashford

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                Sell Jimi easy.

        2. Bring back Rafa
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            With the 2 FA Cup S/Fs sandwiched in between GW36 & GW37 with very little rest time, how do we see the 4 teams dealing with this.
            I think City will go hard in the Cup and have a very weakened team (by their standards) in both GWs.
            However, the other 3 teams have European Football to play for. Do you think these teams play a weakened team in a FA Cup S/F?

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Core problem on my WC is this:

            Martial + Ings OR Mahrez + Rashford.

            1. Easy Cheesy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Does ings need to llaybthe next two? If not, I’d go A

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                No he doesn't. I have Foden.

          • pingissimus
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Completely blew my off template 30+ side by ignoring Grealish to Martial for free this week. Not learning I’m looking at another punty hit.

            Mahrez to Foden
            Tammy to Kane

            To give

            Ederson
            Maguire Boly Egan
            KdB C Mo Bruno Son Foden
            Kane Greenwood

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Nice
              Mine is
              Ederson
              Taa Doherty AWB
              Mane Bruno KDB Mahrez Pulisic
              Kane Greenwood
              3.9 Nketiah Taylor Lascelles

              1. pingissimus
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                How much is that costing you? Is it just a minus 4.

                Need a Mo haul and Mahrez haul too today to come close to breaking even.

                Those Vardy goals!

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  Vardy is past now
                  I'm going to ignore him.
                  Rashford DCL >> Kane Greenwood (-4) it is

                  1. pingissimus
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 6 hours ago

                    Cool move for you - I’d defo go for it. My one is much less clear cut - Jim is benched!

                    All wrong of course.

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Hmm new draft options.

            A

            Pope Martinez
            Digne Holgate Aurier Garcia Taylor
            Salah KdB Mahrez Martial Fernandes
            Kane Ings Greenwood

            B

            Pope Martinez
            Digne Holgate TAA Garcia Taylor
            Salah KdB Foden Fernandes Martial
            Kane Rashford Connolly

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Slightly worried about digne now just lookibg back at the mins. Looks like baines got a game or two when fixtures came thick and fast earlier on

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                Nah not worried. If he doesn't play I have bench cover. I don't think he'll be rotated either. He's one of their best players.

            2. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Like A better due to Mahrez instead of Foden, and 8 good attackers. But uncertain if Kane is worth it, fixtures not great after BOU and neighter Spurs or Kane seems to deliver something over others to defend the price tag

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                There are literally no other good strikers though. He's the best one in terms of importance to the team, fixtures and form. And I have the money too.

            3. pingissimus
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              The Ings variant for me.

              Would Mahrez mean a City triple up in midfield? Mighty tempting of course

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                It is tempting but ultimately, a bit imbalanced. Don't love using all 3 slots on City.

                1. pingissimus
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  Agreed I think

                  Martial is too hot to ignore and is tied on in a way Mahrez isn’t. Ings is unbelievably close to Golden Boot given Southampton and has a glorious run in

                  1. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    29 days, 6 hours ago

                    I wouldn't all playing Everton and Man U Away and Sheff U at Home in your final 5 matches a "glorious run in"

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 6 hours ago

                      I would call: BHA bou SHU pretty glorious.

                      SHU defense are much worse since restart. BOU are dire and BHA are poor away.

            4. Karan14
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Salah, Foden & Kane to Sterling, Mahrez & Ings

              Just an idea.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                Full City.

                I don't love it. Not convinced so much of my midfield should be occupied by them with heavy rotation coming.

                1. Karan14
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  You're not stuck with them though. Can get back Salah. A Sterling rest today might change your mind.
                  Also I think a rested City attacker is probably a better cap option than Kane this week.

          • Karan14
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Seeing lots of people selling Rash. It's going to backfire IMO. He's going to share pens with Bruno. He's created one less big chance than KDB and has the highest xgi amongst forwards in the league atm.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Swapped out for Greenwood. Gave me money to get Kane for DCL

              1. RamaJama
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                If you didn’t need the money, would you still swap him for Greenwood?

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  Yes
                  Greenwood is better finisher.
                  If continue to get minutes he will score goals !
                  Him being subbed early has made me even confidente that he's first 11 boy now

              2. Karan14
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                I'm not confident about Spurs at all.

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  If Greenwood cont to score similar to Rashford, Kane has to outscore DCL for profit. I am pretty sure it's a good deal bro

            2. Hy liverpool
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              I wonder if that 2nd goal was allowed what people would do in this case..

              1. Karan14
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                He'd be essential.

              2. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                Hed still end up with less points than martial and bruno

            3. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              -Bruno will take the next penalty and we dont know if utd will get another ine after that

              -greenwood martial bruno all better value atm

              - i wouldnt trust xg if thats putting rashford on top becuase he seems like the least threatening of the 4 on the eye

            4. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Yeah I'm wary.

              But the problem is, there are only 3 United slots and going with Rash means no Martial... Greenwood is too good value now not to have when he's outperforming Rash for so much cheaper.

              1. Karan14
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                I've gone triple United attack to solve that problem. But I can understand that problem if you get an United defender.

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  Who do u not have then..martial?

                  1. Karan14
                    • 4 Years
                    29 days, 6 hours ago

                    I have Bruno, Martial & Rash.

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  It doesn't solve the problem...

                  There are 4. Rashford, Martial, Fernandes and Greenwood.

                  Fernandes is the best option so he's in. That leaves Greenwood, Martial and Rashford. Martial is on the best form and gets more points for scoring as a mid.

                  Greenwood is currently outperforming Rash for significantly less money.

                  Logically, the triple here is Fernandes, Martial and Greenwood then which means Rashford misses out despite being arguably the 2nd best striker option in the game...

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 6 hours ago

                    Who's 1st ?

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 6 hours ago

                      Greenwood. He's 4.5m. He's outscoring Rashford on the other wing, taking more shots etc.

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 6 hours ago

                        Yeah
                        You're right

                  2. Karan14
                    • 4 Years
                    29 days, 6 hours ago

                    I guess that's happening because you want Kane. I would have to sell Rashford for Greenwood too if I wanted him. But I'm just not confident about Spurs atm. It would be very typical of them to lose or draw against Bou. I could be wrong though or even tempted to bring him in after Monday night but not right now.

                    Currently I think Rashford & Ings/DCL/Jimenez could outscore Kane & Greenwood.

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 6 hours ago

                      It's not about wanting Kane. More about Greenwood being so much better value than Rashford on current form.

                      1. Karan14
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 6 hours ago

                        I find it hard to believe that he'll keep outscoring Rashford like this.

                        1. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          29 days, 5 hours ago

                          Mmm true. I'm starting to lean towards keeping Rash too. The stats are good.

                          He's crushing Greenwood on overall stats like xG and xA. And he's less likely to be rotated than Greenwood too.

          • thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Need a blank from Salah today, and a big score from Mane.

            My mini-league is extremely tight, with me about 9 points behind my rival. And, we have almost the same team with only a few variations.

            We are basically:

            Mane v Salah
            Son v Rashford (I play 3-5-2)

            Going to be an interesting finish to the season to see how we diverge. Captaincy will of course be key, and I'm hoping that my FH chip will propel me past him on the last day of the season if I haven't already passed him by then.

            Anyone else having a ding-dong battle in their ML?

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Amen to that

            2. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Hoping Salah smashes it.

          • RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Get Foden or Mahrez?

            1. FPL Kakarot
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              if money is no object definetely Mahrez

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Foden. I don't think Mahrez is worth 3.3m more than Foden. That's a significant difference in money.

            3. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Can get Foden this week, Mahrez would require waiting another week and play DCL home to Sou.

              Guess Mahrez will get more minutes for the run in?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                What makes you say that? I think Foden will get more minutes if anything. Nice chance to blood him for the first team next year.

                1. RamaJama
                  • 7 Years
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  Sounds great, doesn’t seem like the extra spend for Mahrez is worth it then

          • FPL Kakarot
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Seriously can't wait for the final gameweek when City play Norwich at home. They will want some revenge for the reverse fixture.

            If we do get early line up news then I am defo captaining one of their players!

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Partly the reason for holding back FH
              Alongside United fixture

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            I’m hearing rumours...

            1. FPL Kakarot
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              players sitting on a bench?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                No, that Salah hauls today!!!

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 6 hours ago

                  It's a rumour yeah ....

          • dshv
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            What to change 1ft 1.2 itb

            Patricio
            Doherty awb aurier . Holgate lascelles
            Mane kdb foden bruno son
            Rashford jimenez nketiah

          • Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            It's got to be Kane for the captaincy next week, surely?

            1. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Looks good ATM. But Spurs attacking form is not like United attacking form right now

            2. Amey
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 6 hours ago

              Rested Kevin

              1. Karan14
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 5 hours ago

                Yes him or Sterling rested would nail my captaincy.

          • Oggle22
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 6 hours ago

            Rashford and Jota to Greenwood and Ings to match my ML rival
            Him:
            Patricio
            Saiss TAA Digne
            KDB Martial Bruno Salah
            Ings Greenwood Jiminez

            Button Cantwell Baldock Kelly

            Me:
            Henderson
            TAA Saiss Aurier
            Salah KDB Martial Bruno Salah
            Rashford Jota

            Button Egan Connolly Lundstarm

            Cheers

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              29 days, 5 hours ago

              I want 2 Salah's!

              1. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 5 hours ago

                Doh my bad second Salah is pulisic but having taken the time to comment on that error any advice?

          • Silecro
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 5 hours ago

            As a Sterling and KDB owner, chances of both starting today are pretty slim, right?

            1. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 5 hours ago

              Think at least one of them starts, so you’re still in a good position

          • Babelcopter
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 5 hours ago

            “Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Running down the wing.

            “Mo Salah la-la-la la-ahh, The Egyptian King!”