FPL Rotation Pairings: Brighton and Chelsea

FPL Rotation Pairings: Brighton and Chelsea

The Scout is looking for clubs that can be combined effectively to help Fantasy Premier League managers get off to a strong start in 2024/25.

Brighton and Chelsea

It’s fair to say that Brighton & Hove Albion struggled in their final season under Roberto De Zerbi. The Seagulls kept just six clean sheets in 2023/24, with three of those coming at home and the other three away.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were more reliable when playing at Stamford Bridge in their only campaign under Mauricio Pochettino, keeping six of their eight home games clean sheets.

But both clubs appointed a new head coach over the summer, so FPL bosses are unlikely to be too quick to jettison their defenders and goalkeepers.

Chelsea’s favourable run of early opponents certainly looks promising for their new manager Enzo Maresca.

In fact, according to Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of their first seven games have seen them score just two. The only exception is in Gameweek 1, when they face Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season.

Conveniently, Brighton’s first game under Fabian Hurzeler offers an alternative, with Everton’s opening-day visit seeing them score just three goals at FDR.

The Seagulls also offer an alternative to Chelsea in Gameweeks 4-5. They host Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest when Chelsea are away to AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United.

Essentially, by picking a player from Chelsea and Brighton and then rotating between them, FPL managers would have a sequence of five home games in rounds 3-7, with just two goals each in the FDR.

How to rotate from GW1-7
GW Team Against. FDR
1 Brighton Everton (A) 3
two Chelsea Wolves (A) two
3 Chelsea Crystal Palace (H) two
4 Brighton Ipswich (H) two
5 Brighton Nott’m Forest (H) two
6 Chelsea Brighton (H) two
7 Chelsea Nott’m Forest (H) two

*1 = easiest possible fixation, 5 = hardest possible fixation

Brighton’s poor defensive displays last season suggest there would be no real surprise if Lewis Buried It is Pervis Estupinan suffered a slight drop in cost from £5.0 million to £4.5 million this time around.

Centre-back Dunk still boasts a decent attacking threat in 2023/24. He produced three goals and an assist, while his 27 shots in the box ranked third among all defenders in Fantasy.

Although left back Estupinan missed more than half of last season due to injury, his three goals and 10 assists in 46 starts over the past two seasons are testament to his well-rounded attacking prowess.

For Chelsea, full-backs Reece James It is Well Chilwell will certainly remain too expensive to be considered as rotation options.

But James is suspended for the first three Gameweeks, which should give Bad Taste the chance to impress. The Frenchman provided six assists in just 19 appearances in his debut Fantasy campaign last season.

The Blues’ new defender Tosin Adarabioyo could also remain below £5.0m after managing just 66 points at Fulham in 2023/24.

He could now offer some value at Chelsea, having scored twice in his 18 appearances last season and was a major threat from set pieces. Despite his limited shooting time, his 10 headed efforts ranked third for the Cottagers.

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