Fantasy Premier League

Double Gameweeks make Brighton worthy of triple-up

By The Scout 25 Mar 2023
Mac Allister, Mitoma and Estupinan

The Scout explains why the Seagulls hold the key to a strong finish in Fantasy for managers

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Managers in Fantasy Premier League should be planning to triple up on Brighton & Hove Albion players for the run-in.

The Seagulls have played just 25 matches in the opening 28 Gameweeks, fewer than any other side.

Teams' fixtures played
Matches played Club
25 BHA

They now have two Double Gameweeks, playing twice in both Double Gameweek 29 and Double Gameweek 34.

See: Six clubs given DGW34 in FPL

Although they also have a Blank Gameweek 32, Brighton still have two matches to be rescheduled, a home meeting with Manchester City, and a trip to Newcastle United.

As a result, they could be handed up to a further two Double Gameweeks over the remainder of the campaign.

Brighton's upcoming Gameweeks
29 BRE (H) 3
BOU (A) 2
30 TOT (A) 4
31 CHE (A) 4
32 - -
33 NFO (A) 2
34 WOL (H) 2
MUN (H) 3

Kaoru Mitoma (£5.5m) is by far the most-owned Brighton player in Fantasy, found in over 22 per cent of squads.

His performances back up that popularity, with the Japanese blanking in only three of his 13 starts.

Since making his first start of the campaign in GW14, Mitoma has amassed a team-leading 86 points, averaging 6.6 points per match.

See: FPL experts: Best Brighton players to own

Brighton’s displays under Roberto De Zerbi indicate a double-up in attack is the best tactic for Fantasy managers.

They have scored 35 goals since the Italian’s arrival in GW9, the third-best total in the league.

Solly March (£5.1m) has also been a huge success under the new head coach, scoring six goals and providing four assists.

However, a recent change of position has lifted the appeal of Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) as an alternative in midfield. 

The Argentinian, who is also Brighton’s first-choice penalty-taker, has been moved to a No 10 role.

His 15 shots, 10 shots in the box and six shots on target are all team-leading totals in the Seagulls’ last four matches. 

Bargain in goal

At the back, Jason Steele (£3.9m) has emerged as a huge source of value between the posts after replacing Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) in Gameweek 26.

Steele has amassed 17 points in three outings, combining two clean sheets with one save point and three bonus. 

Both Pervis Estupinan (£4.8m) and Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) boast strong options for managers willing to pay a little extra.

Estupinan has only a single blank in his last eight matches, while his five assists rank joint-third among defenders.

Although he has failed to score in 2022/23, Dunk has averaged three goals per season over the last three Fantasy campaigns.

He has produced 13 shots in the box, more than double the six of Estupinan.

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