It was a tale of two halves for Brighton & Hove Albion as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Fulham on Tuesday night. FPL points for defenders were scarce but an Albion striker did return to the scoresheet with a brace.
Pascal Gross (£6.7m) was on hand to assist Murray’s second goal and claimed five points, and the German now has three goal contributions in the last four gameweeks.
It was a Fulham fightback in the second half that saw the Cottagers take all three points and result in Albion’s defence and goalkeeper taking -2-point hits. Maty Ryan (£4.4m), playing in his first game since returning from the Asian Cup, at least managed a save point to boost his score up, while Martin Montoya (£4.3m) produced his first assist of the campaign.
Watford are the visitors to the Amex in the next match for Chris Hughton’s side, and the Hornets go into the game on the back of a 2-1 midweek defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hertfordshire-based club have managed only two clean sheets on the road this season while the Seagulls have only failed to score once at the Amex this term, hence the pair of Gross and Murray will be hopeful of carrying their form into Saturday’s encounter.
Jurgen Locadia (£5.3m) has struck in two of his last three games at home, though the possible return of Alireza Jahanbakhsh will increase competition for places in attack.
Chelsea reaching the Carabao Cup final also affects the plans of FPL players looking at Brighton options, as the Seagulls now have no fixture in Gameweek 27, but as a result will have a double gameweek somewhere down the line.
Brighton Fan League
The top three of the Brighton Fan League remains unchanged, though come the weekend it could look a very different picture as leads were shortened in Gameweek 24.
Ulan Apsatar and his team ‘Fenerbahce’ remain in first place, but a 28-point return would have been disappointing. Paul Pogba and Diogo Jota were the only real contributors for Ulan.
Peter Carey took advantage of Ulan’s low score and closed the gap down to 14 after registering 52 points, while Atte Kinnunen is only three points above fourth place.