A West Ham United fightback denied Brighton & Hove Albion their second win in succession on Wednesday night, though there were some familiar and unfamiliar FPL point scores.
In a match that came to life in the second half, Dale Stephens (£4.4m) netted his first goal of the season to give Albion the lead. He also received two bonus points as the midfielder finished the game on nine points – the Seagulls’ highest of the evening.
Just two minutes after their opener, Brighton doubled their advantage when a corner from Pascal Gross (£6.7m) was finished superbly at the back post by Shane Duffy (£4.6m). The pair ended up with five and eight points respectively, with Duffy also claiming a bonus point for the fourth time this season.
Despite conceding two goals, David Button (£4.0m) was at least able to add a save point to his tally.
Plans to transfer in any of the Brighton players should probably be put on hold until after the weekend’s FA Cup clash with Bournemouth.
In terms of what those plans might involve ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the Amex Stadium, having either Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) or Duffy as one of your five defenders is looking a sensible option at the moment, especially given the pair’s goalscoring threat and price.
Any FPL players utilising their wildcard chip will surely be looking at Stephens as a budget midfield option, while Gross’ assist combined with his regular starting place could be something to consider.
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There is yet another new leader in the Brighton Lan League, with Ulan Apsatar and his team ‘Fenerbahce’ now leading the pack after a fantastic 84-point gameweek.
A couple of clean sheets in defence combined with big returns in attack from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Heung-Min Son and captain Harry Kane saw Ulan move eight points ahead of Peter Carey who fell to second.