Brighton & Hove Albion ended their scoring-drought in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United on Saturday. The goal saw a return to points for Albion’s highest FPL point-scorer last season.
The draw could well provide the Seagulls with the point that allows them to secure Premier League survival this coming weekend. In the match against Newcastle, Ayoze Perez’s first-half strike meant there was no clean sheet points for the Albion players, while Mathew Ryan (£4.4m) was unable to claim any save points.
Albion’s equaliser did arrive after the break though, with Pascal Gross (£6.7m) heading home after an assist from Glenn Murray (£6.2m).
Murray’s first assist of the season saw him finish with five points, while Gross received three bonus points alongside his goal to reach a tally of ten points. The German becomes the first Brighton player to record three double-figure scores this campaign.
Murray moves one point ahead of Shane Duffy (£4.8m) as the pair battle it out to be Albion’s highest overall point-scorer.
This Sunday Chris Hughton’s side travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal, knowing that a draw will be enough to secure Premier League safety if Cardiff City secure a point against Crystal Palace the day before. Defeat for the Bluebirds and Hughton’s side will be safe.
The Gunners’ league form has dropped of late, with four defeats in their last five matches. Their last home game saw them lose 3-2 to Crystal Palace.
Two of Palace’s goals came from set-pieces, so the likes of Murray, Duffy and Lewis Dunk (£4.4m) could be potential point outlets. Gross’s goal signifies his return as an attacking threat and therefore could be considered for a midfield signing.
Brighton Fan League
Many FPL players have saved some of their chips until these final gameweeks, and David Williams and his team ‘Montreal Albion’ are an example of how to do this to perfection as he returns to the top of the Brighton Fan League.
David played his Triple Captain chip on Mohamed Salah, and the Egyptian’s brace, assist and three bonus points proved David’s decision to be an excellent one. Big contributions from the likes of Callum Wilson, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota helped David reach a total gameweek score of 140.
Dino Papadopoulos has moved up into second place, while last week’s leader Dillon Fiolet drops down to third.