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FPL managers rush for in-form Zaha

The Scout 12 Dec 2016
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace winger has been transferred in by more than 50,000 after his 16-point haul at Hull

The Bonus Points

A stunning performance from Wilfried Zaha (£5.5m) helped the winger claim three Fantasy Premier League bonus points in a thrilling 3-3 draw between Crystal Palace and Hull City.

Zaha's goal and two assists earned a score of 48 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), with the Eagles winger also contributing eight recoveries and completing three dribbles.

Jake Livermore (£4.8m), who scored Hull City's third goal, collected two bonus points with a BPS score of 31. The midfielder completed 81% of his 52 passes, two of which set up chances for team-mates.

Fellow Tigers midfielder Robert Snodgrass (£5.6m) was awarded the final bonus point on offer, primarily due to his goal and assist.

The Scot completed 85% of 47 passes to earn 30 in the BPS, but was penalised having committed four fouls and receiving a yellow card. 

Hull City v Crystal Palace
Robert Snodgrass provided goal and assist returns having blanked in his previous three Gameweeks

The ICT Index

Zaha registered the highest ICT Index score, with 15.5.

He recorded 43 for Creativity and 47 for Threat, having supplied three chances and fired a trio of goal attempts, two of which were from inside the box.

Adama Diomande (£4.5m), who scored Hull City's second goal, ranked next in the Index with a tally of 12.6.

He registered an eye-catching Threat score of 81, courtesy of nine touches and five shots from inside the box.

Snodgrass was the most inventive player on show, boasting the highest Creativity tally of 50.

The playmaker completed 25 passes in the final third, supplied 10 crosses and created three chances.  

Hull City v Crystal Palace
Adama Diomande scored his first goal since the Gameweek 1 defeat of Leicester City

The Scout Notes

Zaha’s 16-point haul means that he has registered a goal or an assist in six of the previous seven Gameweeks.

With three goals and eight assists, only Watford's Etienne Capoue (£5.1m) can better Zaha's points-per-million value among midfielders.

FPL managers have been quick to recognise his potential; more than 56,000 have swooped for Zaha's services ahead of the Gameweek 16 meeting with Manchester United.

Palace also face both Chelsea and Arsenal in the next four Gameweeks, fixtures that will test Zaha's flourishing form. 

Hull City v Crystal Palace
More than 56,000 FPL managers have transferred in Wilfried Zaha for Gameweek 16

Team-mate Christian Benteke (£7.6m) scored from the penalty spot to claim his fifth goal in as many Gameweeks.

For Hull City, head coach Mike Phelan opted to use Snodgrass alongside Diomande up front for the Tigers in a 3-5-2 formation.

The midfielder registered his first attacking returns since the 2-1 win over Southampton in Gameweek 11 and the positional swap is something for FPL managers to take note of.

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