It was one of the most anticipated matches of the season, and Brighton & Hove Albion’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night will live long in supporters’ memories, not only because of the result, but surely because of all the FPL points it produced.
Palace’s consolation penalty meant there was no clean sheet for the Albion players, but Mathew Ryan (£4.6m) was back amongst the save points and the goal-scoring exploits of the Seagulls’ centre-backs continued.
Leon Balogun (£4.2m) was only on the pitch a matter of seconds before he extended Albion's lead with his first touch of the match. He finished on seven points, and the strike also means that no other team in the Premier League this season has had their defenders score more goals than Albion’s six.
The opening goal for Chris Hughton’s side came from the penalty spot after Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) was brought down. The Colombian received the assist for the goal, and in a surprising turn of events, Glenn Murray (£6.7m) was on hand to score at the Amex once again. Despite going off injured in the 35th minute, Murray also claimed seven points thanks to his goal and two bonus points.
After scoring his first Premier League goal at the weekend, Florin Andone (£5.0m) made it two in two with a superb solo run and finish. An extra bonus point was the striker’s reward, as well as helping Albion become the first team ever in Premier League history to have two substitutes score in the first half.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast for the Seagulls as they head into the busy festive period. A trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Saturday awaits as Hughton’s team look to make it three wins in a row.
The Clarets are eight league games without a win after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night. They have only kept three clean sheets all campaign, and as a result Andone could be a budget striker option to turn to.
With Shane Duffy now suspended for the next few matches, his replacement in the win over Palace, Balogun, could also be his replacement in your FPL team. Sean Dyche’s side have only scored four goals in their last seven games.
Brighton Fan League
While some may falter with midweek rotation, Atte Kinnunen and his team ‘Tractor Boys’ have suffered no such fate, and Atte has maintained his position at the top of the Brighton Fan League.
Gameweek 15 saw his team register 68 points, with the biggest contributions coming from Richarlison, Ryan Fraser and captain Harry Kane.
Nemanja Dragic has also kept his place in second, but the battle for third seems interesting with George Cox now leading the chasing pack.