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Fantasy Premier League: Knockaert, Murray and other Brighton FPL prospects

Glenn Murray celebrates

The Seagulls secured promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1983. Home form was vital to their success last season, with 17 of their 28 wins coming at the Amex Stadium. Brighton have been given an easier run at the beginning of the Premier League. Apart from hosting Manchester City on the opening day, Brighton face none of last season’s top 8 teams in their first 6 games.

Here we look at some of the players which could prove to be bargain buys for FPL managers-

Mat Ryan (GK, Price- 4.5)

The new goalkeeper and club record signing from Valencia, Mat Ryan is expected to be the first choice for the Seagulls’ debut Premier League campaign after the departure of last season’s regular No 1 David Stockdale.

Goalkeepers from promoted clubs have historically been major Fantasy assets.

In 2016/17, Burnley’s Tom Heaton ranked top across all positions for points per million. With Hull City’s Eldin Jakupovic, the pair combined for a 40.5% ownership across FPL squads.

 

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Lewis Dunk (DEF, Price- 4.5)

Clean sheets mean a lot to Brighton and their manager Chris Hughton. Their total of 21 shutouts was the most in the Championship last season. They are particularly strong at the Amex Stadium. Brighton did not concede a single goal in 12 of their 17 home victories. At the heart of their defence was Lewis Dunk. Tall, aggressive, dominant in the air, and comfortable in possession, Dunk also chipped in with 2 goals and an assist during the season.

At just 4.5, Dunk offers an excellent choice for rotation in defence for FPL managers.

Also Read: Arsenal Season Review: From dismantling Chelsea to succumbing to Palace

 

Anthony Knockaert (MID, Price- 6.0)

The Seagulls wide man was the 2016/17 Championship Player of the Year thanks to 15 goals and eight assists. Only six Championship players topped his 1.8 successful crosses per match last season.

With a powerful left foot, Knockaert could well be this seasons Riyad Mahrez and can provide a good option as the 4th or 5th choice midfielder.

 

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Pascal Gross (MID, Price- 5.5)

Brighton’s first signing of the season, Gross, a set-piece specialist, is likely to take the number 10 role and could even challenge Knockaert for Fantasy managers’ attention. He recorded 95 chances, more than any other Bundesliga player, and supplied a key pass every 27.5 minutes.

Over his 32 appearances in Germany’s top flight, Gross scored four goals and assisted a further four times.

 

Glenn Murray (FWD, Price- 6.0)

33-year-old Glenn Murray was key to Brighton’s promotion from the Championship last season, featuring in 45 league games, including 39 times from the start.

The forward ended the 2016/17 campaign as Brighton’s top scorer, providing a total of 23 league goals, to match Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle.

The Seagulls’ top scorer has plenty of Premier League experience and could appeal as a cheap striker for those considering a 3-5-2 formation.

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