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FPL watchlist: Sanchez has attractive price and fixtures

29 Jun 2021
Robert Sanchez, Brighton

The Scout on why Brighton's No 1 has the schedule to thrive as a budget pick in Fantasy

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

Robert Sanchez (BHA) £4.5m

Brighton & Hove Albion’s early run of opponents hands Sanchez the chance to establish himself as a major source of value in Fantasy.

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Only two of their opening eight matches score more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Indeed, Brighton play all three of the promoted teams during that period. 

Brighton’s first eight Gameweeks 
GW Opponent FDR
1 BUR (A) 2
2 WAT (H) 2
3 EVE (H)  4
4 BRE (A) 2
5 LEI (H) 4
6 CRY (A) 3
7 ARS (H) 3
8 NOR (A) 2

Sanchez secured the No 1 spot for Brighton early last season, going on to produce 10 clean sheets and eight bonus points in his 27 outings.

His price of just £4.5m has already made a big impression on Fantasy managers.

The Spaniard is the second most-owned goalkeeper in the game, sitting in over 29 per cent of squads.

Brighton’s impressive finish to the last campaign highlights the potential of their regulars in defence.  

Their total of eight clean sheets in the final 19 Gameweeks put them among the top three sides.

They conceded only 17 goals during that period, second only to the 13 of Manchester City.

Sanchez's best 2020/21 saves

Although Lewis Dunk offers a strong goal threat among the Seagulls defenders, he is more expensive at £5.0m.

Indeed, although he scored five goals last term, Dunk's average of 3.9 points per match (ppm) was only marginally better than the 3.7ppm of Sanchez. 

When his low cost is combined with Brighton’s early schedule, Sanchez can immediately make his mark as a the go-to budget ‘keeper in 2021/22.

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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