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FPL Lessons: Crystal Palace can provide great value

The Scout 19 May 2019
Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace

The Scout explains why Crystal Palace duo Milivojevic and Zaha can kick on next season

The Scout takes a club-by-club look at the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League season.

Crystal Palace

The Eagles' counter-attacking style of play suggests their key performers can succeed once again next season.

Palace’s top five FPL performers
Player Position Points
Milivojevic  MID  166 
Zaha  FWD  143 
Van Aanholt  DEF  140 
Townsend  MID  135 
McArthur  MID  121 

Away from home, Palace's tactics got the best out of Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivory Coast international scored an impressive nine away goals in 2018/19.

That tally was the third best in the league, along with big hitters such as Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Zaha produced 10 goals and 11 assists over the campaign, the first time in his career he has returned double-figures for both statistics.

However, his total of only one home goal suggests he still has room to improve in FPL.

Zaha was overshadowed by Luka Milivojevic as Palace’s top performer.

Midfield maestro

The Serb continues to benefit from spot-kick duties. Milivojevic scored 12 goals this season, with 10 of them coming from penalties.

Put into perspective, only Paul Pogba, with seven converted penalties, managed more than half that total.

Indeed, Milivojevic has scored 17 penalties in the last two seasons.

Solid at the back

Palace’s tactics under Roy Hodgson also raise the potential of their defence for 2019/20.

The Eagles produced 12 clean sheets, a total bettered only by the top four teams and Everton.

Having started the season at £4.0m, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was their most popular FPL player.

However, it was Patrick van Aanholt who continued to offer the greatest attacking threat from their backline.

His 45 shots and 12 on target both placed among the top three defenders.

Guaita potential

After securing his first start in Gameweek 17, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita could be Palace’s go-to option at the back next term.

The Spaniard’s 4.0 points per match were more than any defensive team-mate.

Should he remain in the cut-price bracket, Guaita could rival Zaha and Milivojevic as a great source of FPL value in 2019/20.

See: The Scout's 2018/19 club-by-club FPL lessons

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