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Can FPL managers still trust Brighton defence after derby debacle?

Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Joël Veltman (£4.3m) | Jean Philippe-Mateta (£5.8m), Christian Benteke (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Jordan Ayew (£5.6m), Andros Townsend (£5.5m)
  • Bonus points: Benteke x3, Mateta x2, Veltman x1

DERBY DISASTER

Brighton failed to deliver on their recent defensive promise as they lost the A23 derby to Crystal Palace in a dramatic fashion.

After dominating proceedings with their 25 shots, Graham Potter’s men fell to a stoppage-time winner from substitute Christian Benteke (£5.5m).

Such a disastrous end to the game was frustrating for the growing number of Fantasy Premier League managers invested in Brighton’s defence.

They had kept five clean sheets in the previous six Gameweeks, 62.5% of their shutouts for the whole campaign occurring during a period which pitted them against Spurs, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Furthermore, Crystal Palace had not scored a single Premier League goal in five matches without Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) this season… until they netted twice on Monday night.

Can Brighton’s defence still be trusted then?

A Double Gameweek 26 meeting with West Bromwich Albion still holds clean sheet promise based on Brighton’s mid-term form and the fact that Sam Allardyce’s men have blanked in two of their last three.

They also face Southampton (away) and Newcastle (home) between now and Blank Gameweek 29.

BACK TO BASICS

While Crystal Palace have hardly been a team worth relying on for defensive returns this season but they showed a glimmer of potential on Monday night.

They weathered Brighton’s storm of 25 shots impressively, producing a total of 56 on the Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions (CBI) metric.

Gary Cahill (£4.5m) said at full-time that the Eagles’ recent form had triggered a ‘back-to-basics’ approach from them in the A23 derby.

For a team like Palace, that means a focus on defence. If they are able to lay down another deep (and effective) block in Double Gameweek 26, it is possible that Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) could be a worthy starter or someone to Bench Boost.

A more defensive approach makes it more likely the left-back will start ahead of the more adventurous Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) while Fulham have the second-worst shot accuracy in the Premier League over their last four matches.

“I think that was an important factor because we had to accept we weren’t able to do enough ourselves with the ball, when we were able to win it back. We were put under pressure immediately and as a result quite often the ball was more around our area and final third than we were able to get into theirs. But I thought the resilience, the determination and the sheer guts really that the players showed both in terms of the shape of the team in those areas, but also in terms of their desire to block and not concede clear-cut goal chances.” – Roy Hodgson

WHAT A WONDERFUL PHRASE

Jean-Philippe Mateta (£5.8m) will be pleased with his first Crystal Palace goal but it could be Benteke who answers the Eagles’ questions about playing without Zaha.

Over the last three Gameweeks since making his Premier League debut, Mateta has registered just two efforts on goal.

By contrast, in just 105 minutes over the same period, Benteke has unleashed seven efforts on goal.

Five of those have been inside the penalty area and five were on target.

That makes for an impressive minutes-per-chance figure of 15 while James Maddison (£7.3m) is the only Premier League player to register more shots on target than Benteke since Gameweek 23. His total of five is level with Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m), Phil Foden (£6.1m), Jesse Lingard (£5.9m) and Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m)

“(Benteke’s goal) should make a big difference. This is what all coaches expect of their players. You can only pick XI. There are always going to be people left out of the team that makes people think the coach doesn’t know what he is doing. The only thing players can do is take their chance. All too often, I find, players would prefer to feel sorry for themselves than do what Christian did tonight. Come on for the last 15 minutes and prove the manager wrong for not picking him.” – Roy Hodgson

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-1-2): R Sánchez; Burn, Dunk, White; Alzate (Welbeck 46′), Bissouma, Groß (Jahanbakhsh 81′), Veltman; Mac Allister (Lallana 68′); Maupay, Trossard.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Mitchell, Cahill, Kouyaté, J Ward; Eze (J McCarthy 90+1′), Milivojevic, Riedewald; A Townsend, Mateta (Benteke 75′), Ayew.

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611 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Heads up, I’m probably the only one who who hadn’t noticed that tonight’s game is 6pm ko, not 8pm.

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yeah can't wait. Hopefully it'll be a cracker with a Leeds victory .

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Oh, cheers.

    3. Im New Here
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Leeds followed by Atleti v Chelsea, nice evening lined up

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Another night when I will sleep at 0400! Looking forward to it though.

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Scheduling gods. I can watch FPL disappointment AND Champions League disappointment tonight!

      • bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Was sure it was too, but CL i think is the reason

    4. tabby98
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pope, Johnstone
      Cancelo, Stones, Digne, Lowton, Dallas
      Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha, Soucek
      Antonio, Bamford, Ings

      1FT £0.1m ITB

      What should I do here guys?

      A) Antonio ---> Watkins
      B) Salah + Antonio ---> Gundogan/Barnes + Kane (-4)
      C) Ings + Soucek ---> DCL + Gundo (-4)
      D) Salah + Antonio + Soucek ---> Gundo + Kane + Barnes (-8)
      E) WC

      Or suggest something else please??

    5. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who will score more:

      A. Konsa/Target
      B. Rudiger

      1. marcos11
          1 month, 20 days ago

          A short term, better fixtures

      2. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Dream - Bamford blank with a Raphinha haul

        1. tommo-uk-
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Opposite for me

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Two hauls would be perfect.

        3. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Both haul would be ideal.

      3. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Fellow Liverpool fans. Has anyone seen Firmino liking a photo on Instagram posted by Richarlison celebrating the win at Anfield. Friend or not it’s just plain embarrassing

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I dont mind it all

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yeah some wont mind. It irks me, i hate everton always have, it just annoys me

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Tbh a part of me even wanted everton to win at Anfield its been so long

            2. Lev Yashin
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              It annoys you that they're friends?

              1. DAZZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Not friends no obviously not. Just the fact that he’s liking a post by an Everton player celebrating the win after being humiliated at home. add the form in and it just feels like a kick in the teeth to fans

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              No wonder it irks you so much
              More than most if you hate Everton. I for example quite like them so it doesn’t matter to me in any way.

      4. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Safest Spurs defender to bring in? If there is one...

        1. tommo-uk-
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Dier probably, spurs have a terrible CS record though.

        2. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Difficult to know who plays in a given week, and they’re not good enough to be worth the risk.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            DGW and gw29 fixture is hard to pass up though

            1. Lord.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I did have Dier, but after Jose dropped him for Spurs’ only clean sheet in recent weeks I shifted him for Shaw.

        3. BaltimoreCity
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Reguillon. He didn’t look good in return, but if healthy he will play. Chance for offense too.

        4. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Who is the must have City DGW 26 mid?

          A. KDB
          B. Sterling
          C. Gundogan
          D. Foden

          1. JollyGoodYellows
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Form says Gundo.

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Mahrez probably

          3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            C

        5. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Afternoon all. Worth doing this?

          Pope + Dallas + Raphinha > Johnstone + Targett + Barnes(-4)

          To leave this team which I'd then BB:

          Martinez Johnstone
          Dias Stones Digne AWB Targett
          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Barnes
          Watkins DCL Bamford

          1. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            If you're FHing in 29 then those moves sound great

            1. JollyGoodYellows
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Unfortunately I've used my FH. But I can still get 8 players in 29 with those moves. Just worried about lack of Kane this week.

        6. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Despite playing, Mitchell still a major rotation risk? Would help with another DGW player if nailed?

          1. Lord.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Probably a risk, but there is also a good chance that Woy will stick with a winning team.

          2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Worth a shot.

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Major risk.
            Used to just be Sergeant risk but got promoted in game week 21.

        7. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Is there a nailed on Spurs defender?

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Not really . Dier I suppose but they were awful at the back on Sunday.

          2. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Just checked. They're all over the place with potential for even more changes given their crap form. Would've loved a nailed Spurs def

            1. Tcheco
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              If you must, Lloris is your best bet

            2. Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Really? Because of fix and gw29?
              They always concede..

          3. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Cheers, too bad :/

        8. RealSocialDads
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Guys,

          Pope -> Martinez

          Is it worth a hit?

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Don't think so to be honest.

        9. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Martinez Forster
          Stones Shaw Mee Dallas Coufal
          Son Grealish Bruno Raphinha Gundogan
          Kane Ings Bamford

          Thinking Grealish Ings and Coufal to Barnes Dcl and Dias for a minus 8 to give me 11 doublers and triple captain Bruno/Kane
          Or
          Could just do the first two for a 4 and play Bamford or Raphinha.
          Any advice welcome.

          1. Boly Would
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I'm looking at pretty similar moves for -4 to leave me with 10 doublers and Raphinha playing...

          2. BeWater
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Just do the -4 and play Mee and Bamford/Raphinha.

          3. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I have wc, bb and tc left.. I just took - 4 to get this team:

            Martinez
            Cancelo, Stones, tarkowski,
            Salah, Bruno, son, Barnes, gundogan
            Dcl, bamford

            Bench: steer, ings, Dallas, coufal,

            10 dgw players, could play tc son or dcl here..

            A) good to go
            B) take another hitt, could do dallas>shaw and bench bamford
            C) bamford >watkins (-4)
            D)play wc, get 11 dgw and enaugh players for gw29.

            1. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A

          4. GE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Which transfers looks best? 🙂

            1) Cavani and Son -> Kane and Barnes
            2) Cavani, Ings and Soucek -> Kane, Watkins and Reed (-4)
            3) Cavani, Ings and Bamford -> Kane, DCL and Vydra (-4)

            1. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A for me

            2. Im New Here
                1 month, 20 days ago

                A

            3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Those going Kane TC I advice you instead give it to DCL. Thank me later.

              1. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Ok I will but will put the blame on you if it goes bad

                1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Check the defensive stats for Fulham and Burnley. You realize both have three cleanies in four. Then check DCL's form and opponents.

              2. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Dear oh dear, you do realise you'll get hammered by those who follow your advice and blank?

                1. Geriatric Unathletic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  I'll go the other way. Put your triple C on Kane, like me. Happy for the flack or plaudits ;).

            4. marcos11
                1 month, 20 days ago

                BB this?

                McCarthy Bamford | Raph | 5.4m DEF

              • Leeds-Utd
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                So I have 10 dwg players next week.(no hits).
                Do I Play
                A) Bamford
                B) Raphina
                ???

                1. marcos11
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    A but not much between them

                  • Boly Would
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Raph

                2. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Anyone here been blocked on Twitter by Joe? Yikes...

                3. De Gea is GOAT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Please help guys. On WC.

                  Diop > Struijk
                  To afford Bamford > Watkins

                  I do have a lot of value tied up in Bam but getting Watkins means i have 11 DGWers. Just unsure if hes worth getting if Grealish is injured.

                  1. marcos11
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      I also have value in Bamford and I’m on the fence about it, Watkins has better fixtures and a potential dgw28 but I’m unsure if that will translate to more points

                      1. De Gea is GOAT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Agreed. If Grealish is declared fit there is no doubt im getting Watkins in.

                  2. Breezyy
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Think I’m gonna captain Gundo over Kane Mo Bruno and DCL is that crazy?

                    1. BeWater
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Not crazy at all. There is a case to be made for multiple players. As long as you are happy with your rationale go for it.

                      • Holmes
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        no

                    2. Gharvey
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      The more I play this game the more I think a good single game week player trumps an ever age double game week. Can’t see de De bruyner, Sterling, Gundo, Foden or Bernardo starting both games? Captain kane or Son then eh:)

                      1. Im New Here
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          I think we get carried away with the DGW. The flip side is that if a player does well in two games you can get BIG points if captained

                      2. DanL18
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Best DGW26 defender worth £4.6m or below?

                        1. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Tough, maybe Konsa

                        2. Lord.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Charlie Taylor. Bad DGW fixtures though.

                          1. DanL18
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Thanks guys. I've already got Konsa, thinking of Aina from Fulham for a one week punt

                        3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          White (Brighton)

                          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Sorry - SGW

                        4. Bob.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Konsa

                      3. Rbyrne95
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Transfer in Sanchez or Areola? Using bench boost then probably only going to play again in DGW 29?

                        1. Tcheco
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          The one with the double gw

                      4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Am on Wildcard.

                        Is it wise to have this goalkeeper Combo?

                        Edersen/Sanchez.

                        I have an eye on GW 29 but looks expensive af.

                        1. Ohh1454
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Areola over sanchez

                      5. Ohh1454
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Which is better it’ll be for a -4 ?
                        A. Raphina > Barnes
                        B. Bamford > Watkins

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          A

                        2. Rbyrne95
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Mhmm, I mean, the form Barnes is in just now it's pretty hard to ignore. Bamford is on pens too.

                      6. Inazuma X1
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Hoping for a 0-0, 1-0 SOU win or 1-0 LEE win (no Bam involvement) today!

                        1. Mr. O'Connell
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Southampton must be due another 9-0 mauling soon...

                          1. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Not with their change in system

                        2. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Odds against you

                        3. No Professionals
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          can't see both sides not scoring. Both teams poor defensively with decent attackers.

                          1. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Tbh I don't mind even a 1-1 with no Bam involvement.

                        4. Bob.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Hoping for a goalfest! 4-4

                      7. The Assassin-Faced BabyDave
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Is Nat Phillips worth it over Stuijk just to complete my DGW bench boost?

                      8. Oggle22
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Scenes when Bamford and Ings are benched!

                        1. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Why will Bamford be benched

                      9. Gazwaz80
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        How’s this starting 11 for G/Week 26 chaps?
                        Martinez
                        Cancelo Shaw Stones
                        Fernandes Gundo Barnes Son
                        Vardy DCL kane
                        Cheers fellas in advance 🙂

                        1. Bob.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Looks alright

                          1. Gazwaz80
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 20 days ago

                            Cheers Bob 🙂

                      10. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Which moves do you prefer?

                        A Bamford and harrison to kane and Barnes for free

                        B Bamford Harrison and pope to vardy son and a 3.9 keeper for a hit

                        Thanks

                        1. Bob.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Definitely a. How are you set for gw 29?