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Zaha leads Singapore manager to 2018/19 FPL Cup triumph

The Scout 13 May 2019
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

Manager Ricky Mansukhani has Crystal Palace striker to thank for win in final

Double-digit hauls from two key players won Singapore-based manager Ricky Mansukhani the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League Cup.

His FC Rickochet team saw off Mithun Majithia's Meefs Majic side 78-60 in the final.

Mithun, from England, took a four-point transfer hit for Gameweek 38.

But his signings, Jamie Vardy and Ryan Fraser, both blanked.

Enterprising Eagle

Ricky resisted the temptation to tinker, using his one free transfer on Vardy.

The four points he saved certainly helped but it was fine performances from two assets that only he owned which made all the difference.

Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha scored 10 points after providing three assists in the Eagles' 5-3 win over AFC Bournemouth.

And Southampton winger Nathan Redmond brought in another 10 with a goal and maximum bonus points from Saints' 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.

Same captain

The two finalists had a handful of similar players for their Gameweek 38 showdown.

Ricky and Mithun both handed the armband to Sergio Aguero, and the Manchester City striker rewarded their faith by scoring at Brighton & Hove Albion to return a 12-point captaincy haul.

They also enjoyed 15-point returns from Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

Final-day blank

But Mithun's key differential, Mohamed Salah, was a big disappointment.

The Liverpool attacker earned only three points at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mithun did win one major battle, however, as he finished with an overall ranking of 1,784 to Ricky's 2,783.

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