Premier League Fantasy Football Tips for Brighton by @CoysFPL.
In this team preview series, Dan previews all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the 2021/22 season. This includes season expectations, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems, and players to avoid.
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Brighton 2020/21 Season Summary – Fantasy Football Tips
Brighton’s season was marked by underachievement. They managed to find a balance between playing attractive football whilst staying solid defensively, and were very unlucky not to finish higher up in the table.
The Seagulls‘ infamous expected goal tally was eleven more than their goals scored. This was the third biggest difference in the league.
Should they have buried those chances, their season would’ve turned a lot differently.
As well as that, they conceded over four more than they were expected to based on the quality of their oppositions chances. This also made them the third biggest underachiever in that aspect.
Despite that, Brighton’s defence is still a good one. In the final twenty games of the season, only Chelsea conceded fewer than their 17.
Based on the chances they gave away, Brighton should’ve conceded the third fewest goals across the whole season to keep the third most clean sheets.
But overall, it was their lack of clinical edge that cost them.
One game that stands out was their 1-0 loss to West Brom. The Seagulls missed two penalties and had a controversial goal disallowed.
Brighton 2021/22 Season Expectations – Fantasy Football Tips
The loss of Ben White is likely to weaken their defense, but it is difficult to tell to which extent.
If Brighton fail to sign a quality attacking player, I can’t see anything more than a mid-table finish.
It is no surprise they miss so many chances when they lack quality in that area of the pitch. I don’t see that aspect of their game being improved substantially on the training pitch, as I think it comes down to sheer ability.
That being said, they should address their finishing woes, even if there’s only a minimal change.
Graham Potter also managed to get Danny Welbeck into some form at the end of last season, and he is by far the best finisher in the team.
I’m expecting them to miss out on a top half finish, but comfortably avoid a relegation battle.
Brighton Expected Lineup
Robert Sánchez should continue as the first team goalkeeper despite the arrival of Kjell Scherpen.
Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster will undoubtedly make up the back three. Joel Veltman will likely be deployed on the right hand side of the back three rather than as a wing-back.
The lengthy injury of Tariq Lamptey means he will miss the start of the season. He will come into the starting lineup when fit, but newcomer Enock Mwepu should deputise there. Solly March will be the first choice left wing-back when fit.
Yves Bissouma will be partnered in midfield by either Mwepu, Pascal Groß or Adam Lallana. It seems most likely that it’ll be Groß, but he can also play wing-back, with Mwepu in the midfield two.
Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay will be joined by Danny Welbeck when he is fit, but he’s expected to miss at least the first couple of games through injury.
Aaron Connolly seems the obvious replacement given that Alexis Mac Allister played in the Argentinian Olympic side.
Brighton Best Players – Fantasy Football Tips
Skipper Lewis Dunk is one of the biggest aerial threats in the league from set-pieces, playing in one of the best defensive sides.
He scored five league goals last season, and had the second most shots in the box. Dunk also recorded the highest xG and most shots on target among Premier League defenders, despite missing five games.
The Brighton centreback even offered a bit of assist threat. No centre half registered a higher expected assist tally across the whole campaign.
Dunk even took the occasional free-kick.
Welbeck is the stand-out attacking pick. He broke into the line-up late last season, starting nine of the final eleven matches.
Furthermore, he had the most big chances (0.50) and shots on target (0.70) per start in the squad.
The Englishman also notched the highest expected goal tally (0.40) and expected assist tally (0.21) per start.
As well as that, for the games in which he started, Welbeck was involved in 47% of Brighton’s goals. This includes matches where he already was substituted off the pitch.
Unfortunately, he is expected to miss the start of the season due to an injury. Yet the Premier League winner will return to the starting line up soon.
Brighton Under the Radar Players – Fantasy Football Tips
The second best Brighton defensive option to start with if you can’t afford Dunk.
Webster only averaged 0.11 less shots and 0.10 less shots in the box per game than Dunk. He also scored three goals the season before last, and is nailed on to play every game.
Trossard is the stand-out midfield pick for Brighton because of his direct goal threat.
The Belgian had the second highest shots record (1.83). He also registered the third most shots in the box (1.00), and the third highest goal contribution (31%) per start.
He is also one of the best creative players in the squad. Trossard completed the second most key passes (1.53) and the fourth most big chances (0.20).
The French striker only scored eight goals last season, despite racking up an expected goal total of approximately 12.
As well as that, three of those eight goals were from penalties, but he has now lost his penalty duties.
Maupay recorded the most shots (2.54), shots on target (0.93) and shots in the box (2.03).
His expected goal record was also the highest (0.42) per 90 minutes in the Brighton squad. Yet he only scored the second most goals per 90 (0.29) and had the joint third highest goal contribution (29%).
He created a fair few chances for his teammates, creating the second most big chances (0.18). Maupay also racked up the joint highest expected assist record (0.17) per game.
It was a season of ‘what ifs’ for Maupay, whose finishing needs to improve in order to become a good Fantasy option.
Set-piece specialist and penalty taker Pascal Groß offered little goal threat from open play. However, Groß accumulated eight assists alongside his three penalty goals.
The German made 2.54 key passes per game which was by far the most in the squad. He also made the most assists per 90 in the squad (0.29).
Groß didn’t offer much goal threat besides his penalty duties. He only had the eighth most shots in the box in the Brighton ranks (0.59), and the 10th best non-penalty expected goal tally (0.05) per start.
Comes in as a newcomer from RB Salzburg. He is likely to play as right-wing back whilst Lamptey is out.
It was at right midfield where he thrived the most from an attacking point of view. Eight of his ten goals in all competitions last season came from that position, as well as all six of his assists.
However, he played the vast majority of games there, with five goals and four assists coming from his cup appearances which were against weak opposition.
Salzburg won the cup, scoring 28 in only six ties. Mwepu is quite a dangerous aerial threat from set-pieces.
Brighton Players to Avoid – Fantasy Football Tips
The Belgian simply doesn’t offer enough goal threat to be a viable option, so it’s best to avoid him.
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