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FPL best midfielder picks: Key Brighton differential identified

By Andrew Francis

Published: 11:55, 6 October 2023

Is the right midfield selection the basis for FPL success? We’ve crunched the numbers to identify the best picks ahead of Gameweek 8. 

Among the higher point-scorers in FPL are the players who pull the strings from the middle of the park, whether they excel in making or scoring goals.

Our FPL rating system — Squawka Score — has been engineered to identify the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, judging a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of specifically selected stats.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here

If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.

Best FPL midfielders
Top midfielder pick for Gameweek 8
Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 8
Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Man City dominate top midfielders list

Here are the top 10 Premier League midfielders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Bukayo Saka 86% Arsenal 8.6
Mo Salah 82% Liverpool 12.6
James Maddison 81% Spurs 8.0
Martin Ødegaard 75% Arsenal 8.5
Bruno Fernandes 72% Man United 8.4
Phil Foden 71% Man City 7.6
Son Heung-Min 71% Spurs 9.3
Jack Grealish 69% Man City 7.3
Eberechi Eze 66% Crystal Palace 6.2
Bernardo Silva 65% Man City 6.3

Gordon to step up for Rashford’s crown

Every week, we will bring you a Differential Duel to highlight a player who both ranks well according to our Squawka Score system and isn’t being picked by the vast majority of FPL managers.

We will then crunch the numbers and pit the chosen differential against a comparable asset who is proving popular — it is then on you to choose your fighter.

This week, we’ll be comparing Brighton teammates, Kaoru Mitoma (42.6%) and Solly March (6.6%).

Brighton have certainly brought the entertainment this season, scoring more than any other team, but also conceding more than any side outside of the bottom three. Much of their attacking intent has come through Mitoma and March, who have been operating in wide areas for the Seagulls.

March has been outperforming his colleague, though, both in terms of the comparison matrix and in FPL, where March has been averaging 6.2 points per match, compared to Mitoma’s 5.7 points per match.

The added benefit of a move from Mitoma to March, would be an extra 0.2m in your pocket.

Here’s how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix


Plenty of cheap options to mull over

We all want to load up on premium picks, but your £100million budget must always be in the back of your mind.

This is where bargains come in handy to balance out your squad. Using our Squawka super computer, we have picked out some budget midfielders for consideration who fare best according to the key fantasy football metrics.

The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Anthony Elanga, Nottingham Forest (64%)
  2. David Brooks, Bournemouth (64%)
  3. Pablo Sarabia, Wolves (64%)

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Fabio Vieira, Arsenal (63%)
  2. Manor Solomon, Spurs (63%)
  3. Leon Bailey, Aston Villa (61%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Pedro Neto, Wolves (58%)
  2. Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest (48%)
  3. Dwight McNeil, Everton (48%)

 Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Is your midfield almost set and ready to go? Hold fire for a moment — we have only more factor for you to consider before submitting your team.

Below, using our Squawka Score system and the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR), we have the identified the top selections from each of the Premier League clubs deemed to have an ‘easy’ fixture in Gameweek 8.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Aston Villa Leon Bailey 61% 5.5
Bournemouth David Brooks 64% 4.9
Chelsea Mykhailo Mudryk 62% 6.3
Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze 66% 6.2
Everton Dwight McNeil 48% 5.4
Fulham Alex Iwobi 44% 5.4
Nottingham Forest Anthony Elanga 64% 5.0
Sheffield United Gustavo Hamer 33% 5.0
Spurs James Maddison 81% 8.0