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FPL watchlist: Potter arrival can revive Gross

The Scout 8 Jul 2019
Pascal Gross, Brighton

The Scout on why new head coach and fine early fixtures could help transform Brighton playmaker

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Pascal Gross (BHA) £6.5m

The appointment of Graham Potter as head coach could be good news for Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls managed only 35 goals under Chris Hughton last season, a total better only than the three relegated sides.

But Potter favours an attacking 4-3-3 formation and that can raise the potential of their key players this season.

Gross endured a disappointing, injury-hit 2018/19.

He managed only 24 starts, returning three goals and three assists.

Potential revival

But the playmaker's impact in the previous campaign highlights his FPL potential.

Gross produced seven goals and eight assists in 2017/18, amassing an impressive 164 Fantasy points.

Brighton's chances of a strong start to the new season are boosted by a kind run of early opponents.

Brighton's first six Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 WAT (A) 3 4 MCI (A) 5
2 WHU (H) 2 5 BUR (H) 2
3 SOU (H) 2 6 NEW (A) 3

In the opening six Gameweeks, the Seagulls face only one of last season's top nine teams.

That match takes place in Gameweek 4 when they travel to Manchester City.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), Brighton's other five opponents in that period score three or fewer.

If Potter's men can take advantage of that schedule, Gross is likely to be a main influence.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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