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FPL Saturday review: Zaha shines as Man Utd stars blank

By The Scout 20 Sep 2020
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

The Scout analyses the first four matches of GW2 as Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford disappoint their new owners

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More than a million managers hoping for big points from their new Manchester United picks were left disappointed after the opening Gameweek 1 matches.

Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), Anthony Martial (£9.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) had been made big targets ahead of Man Utd's first match of the season at home to Crystal Palace.

But they all blanked for the combined 1.1 million managers who brought them in as they were overshadowed by Palace's Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m).

The winger scored twice to claim 15 points in the Eagles' 3-1 victory at Old Trafford. 

Zaha's new role up front has boosted his prospects in FPL.

The Ivory Coast international has three goals to his name already this season, one short of his total in the whole of 2019/20.

And Zaha's upcoming fixtures can help him thrive further. Palace face only one of last term's top five between now and Gameweek 13.

Leeds value continues

Patrick Bamford (£5.6m) also continued his excellent start to 2020/21 with a 14-point haul at home to Fulham.

The Leeds United forward scored once and set up another two goals in his side's 4-3 victory.

Leeds players in general are proving to be a cost-effective source of points.

All four of their Fantasy midfielders who started at the weekend have delivered at least one attacking return already.

Helder Costa (£5.5m) matched Bamford's Gameweek 2 score with a brace against the Cottagers, while Mateusz Klich (£5.6m) has registered nine FPL points in successive matches.

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m) was another player who enjoyed a successful outing at Elland Road.

The Serbia striker scored twice to claim 12 points and next faces a home match against Aston Villa.

Calvert-Lewin top of the charts

Everton trio Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.2m), Richarlison (£8.0m) and James Rodriguez (£7.5m) all delivered double-digit hauls in a 5-2 home win over West Bromwich Albion.

Calvert-Lewin is currently the top-scoring player in FPL, with his hat-trick against the Baggies taking his total to 25 points in the first two Gameweeks.

Richarlison supplied three assists, while Rodriguez scored once and provided an assist on his home debut. 

The Toffees’ schedule looks promising for more returns for their in-form attackers, with three of their next four matches scoring just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Also in this series 

Part 1: GW2 FPL stats: De Bruyne repays faith with big haul
Part 2: GW2 Bonus points: Everton trio score extra

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