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FPL team guides: Brighton – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

After weighing up what ArsenalAston Villa and Brentford players have to offer, we continue our team-by-team guides with Brighton and Hove Albion.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series, articles that will be refreshed before the big kick-off.

FPL pre-season lessons:

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored4215th=
Shots4897th
Shots in the box29810th=
Shots on target14614th
Big chances6311th
Expected goals (xG)54.459th

Underdelivering on some decent underlying stats has become a feature of Brighton seasons.

In each of their five years as a Premier League club, they have scored with fewer than 10% of their shots – ranking them in the bottom six in all five campaigns.

Only relegated Norwich City ‘underachieved’ more than the Seagulls last season when it came to actual goals scored versus expected goals (xG):

It’s a chronic issue and not one that Albion seem to have really addressed in the summer, with the jury still out on returning loanee Denis Undav (£5.5m) and the promising-but-raw Julio Enciso (£5.0m).

As a footnote, the underlying numbers were even better after the switch to a 3-5-2 in the run-in – despite Graham Potter’s side facing four ‘big six’ sides in that time. Albion were ranked sixth for minutes per big chance and xG in the final eight Gameweeks.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded446th
Clean sheets117th=
Shots conceded4766th
Shots in the box conceded2916th
Shots on target conceded1466th
Big chances conceded587th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)50.746th

Brighton’s clean sheet count and goals conceded tally was more in keeping with the rest of their underlying defensive numbers.

Albion did ‘overachieve’ based on xGC – but then so too did 14 other clubs, in Opta’s eyes.

These strong figures you see above aren’t a fluke, either, as a Potter-led Brighton posted even better underlying numbers in 2020/21, finishing third for lowest xGC.


OPENING FIXTURES

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Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) kept clean sheets in nine of his 27 appearances against sides outside of the top five last season, a relevant stat as Brighton don’t meet Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Spurs or Arsenal this side of the September international break.

Such a strong opening schedule sees the Seagulls placed second on our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 1-8, when clubs are ranked by fixture difficulty.

The two-week hiatus will be a good time to hop off any Brighton players, as all of last season’s top four follow in Gameweeks 9-14.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

 

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  1. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    This is my No Salah draft- what are views? Is Bailey plus the bench just too weak?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Dias Robertson Cancelo
    Son L Díaz Martinelli Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    Ward Andreas Neco Archer

    1. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      if Diaz can replace most of Salah's points then this could be a winner - like your idea

    2. EugeMurts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 12 hours ago

      I would strengthen mid by downgrading a def

  2. Malacoi
    • 5 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    G.Jesus selected by 65% of fpl

    one or two rounds blanked and his price will drop a lot, he doesnt inspire me much confidence, but not having him may be a problem such his % in teams

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      I wouldn't get rid after 2 games; he's got a good run of fixtures.

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      My original plan was CWilson GWs 1+2 than bring Jesus. I think he will outscore Jesus in the first 2. Ive chickened out though and followed the masses.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        17 days, 13 hours ago

        I've toyed with that too . . . just know he'll get injured the day before the Forest game.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      Literally the standout performer in preseason in the standout team who's a bargain. Week 1 is really the only concern.

  3. Subzero (-4)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    Anyone fancy rating my draft? Only 2nd post all summer on this. Thanks guys.

    Ederson
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James Zinch

    Salah (c) Maddison Mahrez Rashford

    Jesus

    Neto 1st sub fodder fodder

    Going for one premium initially.

    1. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      No Son/Kane in GW1 could hurt... Mahrez might start on the bench...

    2. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      Looks decent although inflexible: less of a worry this year with the need to wildcard early though. James to 4.5 plus 6.0 midfielder would give you a deeper bench but play your own game

    3. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      no kane or haaland or son could hurt

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 12 hours ago

      So back heavy for me . . . no Son, Kane hurts, no Haaland KDB . . . . deffo not for me.

    5. Old and Slow
      • 2 Years
      17 days, 12 hours ago

      For a single premium team, your ok. Mahrez could be a risk, but who knows.... If you like him over Saka or Diaz, so be it. I guess the only thing is be concerned about is not having a sub if fraud gets a cold or whatever... But it could be a winner. Definitely a lot of high potential guys....

      1. Subzero (-4)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        17 days, 11 hours ago

        Yeah could easily swap mahrez once I get a better idea of expected line ups

  4. Prinzhorn
    • 1 Year
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    Draft #4 , slowly getting there. Not too keen on having Salah as you can see.

    Currently mostly uncertain about my GK. Also think Jesus is overhyped.

    Ramsdale - Klaesson

    TAA - Robertson - Cancelo - Dalot - Neco
    KDB - Diaz - Rashford - Martinelli - Andreas
    Kane - Jesus - Plange

    Thoughts ?

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      I do like it, but it has no Salah. I simply don't have the cojones to go without him!

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      Man City sign the most elite finisher in world football with the best fixtures to start the season and you think, nah I'd rather not thanks

      1. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 6 Years
        17 days, 13 hours ago

        Haaland gw 2 for me. Not confident he starts gw1

      2. Prinzhorn
        • 1 Year
        17 days, 13 hours ago

        Ofcourse. Can still do Kane to Haaland in GW2.

        You prefer Son and Haaland over KDB and Kane?

  5. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    How many 'punts' are people going with?

    I have Mahrez, who should start but is a bit of a rotation risk, and Zaha, who I feel will be awesome this season.

    1. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      Mahrez Bailey Martinelli for me subject to final pre-season games.

    2. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      Err, that's hard to say, before the season starts :o)

      Currently got Grealish, which I'll put in 'punt' category (2nd season, Sterling has left), but I've also got Sancho and Maddison as MIDs, which other people would class as punts... And Nunez... Oh, lets say 2.3 :o)

      1. sumatera
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 13 hours ago

        Maddi not a punt - he's nailed and since coming back from injury last year he's been prolific - that's my view anyway

    3. Kingy109
      • 1 Year
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      I have the same punts as Croaker and may end up palying safe with Saka and Bruno G with just a punt on Bailey

    4. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      17 days, 14 hours ago

      Kulu, Martinelli, Aaronson
      Currently

    5. Indpush
      • 4 Years
      17 days, 4 hours ago

      I'm starting Palmer and Baily with Andreas and Neco 1 and 2 on the bench.

    6. DARWIN'S DINOSAURS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      17 days, 4 hours ago

      I worry about Bernardo taking Mahrez minutes. All seem to have forgotten this threat.

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        17 days, 3 hours ago

        One major punt. I mean, Robbo is only 10% owned but he's not a punt.
        It's Jesse.

  6. JayKay1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    Would Taveres going on loan Marseille dent the appeal of Zinc as OoP? Tierney doesn't have the best of injury records...

    1. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
      • 6 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      Zinc has more appeal as LB

    2. Stranger Mings
      • 1 Year
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      Still keen on him

  7. D.r.a.c.o
    • 4 Years
    17 days, 14 hours ago

    Are the chances of a 6-7m asset to be worth 8-9m more than a 8m asset to be worth 10m?

  8. Bam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    17 days, 13 hours ago

    Hello,

    Any thoughts on this team, decided to try a Salah less one and spread the money about a bit more 0.5ITB

    Meslier Pickford
    TAA James Perisic Cancello N.Williams
    Kulusevski Diaz Martinelli Neto Andreas
    Haaland Darwin Jesus

    Cheers

    1. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      17 days, 13 hours ago

      a bit top heavy

      1. Bam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        17 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks. Yeah first time in years I have gone this way. Was thinking about Johnson and upgrading one of the mids but Darwin or Jesus!
        First time without Salah also

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          17 days, 11 hours ago

          Salah > Darwin . . you have to . . .especially if Bobby stays.

  9. Stranger Mings
    • 1 Year
    17 days, 13 hours ago

    A) Walker & Neto or b) 4.5m def & martnelli? Thanks

  10. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    17 days, 8 hours ago

    James and Neto or Madds and Doherty (or other Spurs def.)?

  11. ratatat
    • 6 Years
    17 days, 1 hour ago

    Hey managers! How’s this 4-4-2 for my 1st draft?
    Ramsdale
    TAA, Cancelo, Zinc,Trippier.
    Salah, Maddy, Diaz, Bailey.
    Kane, Jesus.

    Personally satisfied on this team, though 0 ITB. Yeah likely will change after charity shield/gameweek1 assessments ie Kane (Haaland), Salah (Son/KdB), Lots of choice to tinker on mids: Maddy/Diaz (Kulu/Sancho/Mount/Greal).

    Suggestions for best bench fodders? Currently only have 2 probables in N.Williams & Andreas. Which are the best probable starters in GK & FWD? Gazzaniga Archer

  12. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 23 hours ago

    A Ederson Trippier Zinchenko
    B Meslier Robertson Williams
    C Ramsdale Trippier Perisic

    XXX Ward
    TAA Cancelo Dalot XXX XXX
    Salah Mount Rashford Neto Andreas
    Kane Jesus Greenwood

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