Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Friday night was much welcomed, and ensured plenty of FPL points to be shared across Chris Hughton’s side.
Glenn Murray’s first-half strike and a battling defensive display produced Albion’s biggest FPL point haul of the season so far. Two of this article’s regular inclusions, Murray (£6.5m) and Mathew Ryan (£4.5m), both scored nine points each. The striker’s goal and 3 bonus points contributed to his tally, while Ryan achieved a clean sheet, a save point and two bonus points.
The back four in front of Ryan were also beneficiaries of the Seagulls’ first clean sheet of the season, and Bruno (£4.4m), thanks to his bonus point, returned seven points. Beram Kayal (£4.4m) marked his second consecutive start by assisting Murray’s goal, and gained five points as a result.
In terms of which Brighton players have now produced the most points this season, there is little change at the top of the leaderboard. Murray has extended his lead over Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert, but Ryan has jumped up to fourth on 24 points in total.
The second international break of the season must pass before Albion play their next Premier League fixture. The trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United will be another good chance for Brighton to pick up points.
Albeit against difficult opponents, Rafa Benitez’s side have conceded twice in all of their home matches this campaign and scored only three goals. Therefore, the weekly backing of Murray and Ryan is again made here, but wingers Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.8m) and José Izquierdo (£5.9m) could also be avenues to explore.
FPL players looking for a minimum price midfielder who is now starting matches could turn their attentions to Kayal, while the likes of Duffy, Lewis Dunk (£4.4m) and Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) offer clean sheet potential and a regular starting place.
Brighton Fan League
Bertil Wennerberg and his team ‘Ingscels’ has moved up into first place in the Brighton Fan League.
Bertil’s 82-point gameweek included Matt Doherty’s 15 points, two goals and three bonus points from Joshua King and a big 28-point contribution from his captain Eden Hazard.
Jon Clays moves down to second spot, 13 points behind the leader, while Harry Geerts now occupies third after 72 points this gameweek.