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FDR Analysis: Palace offer value differentials

The Scout 18 Oct 2021
Zaha and Gallagher, Crystal Palace

The Scout on why kind upcoming schedule can reward investment in Patrick Vieira’s side

A favourable run of opponents can bring Crystal Palace’s budget-friendly players to the attention of managers in Fantasy Premier League.

The Eagles have mainly been overlooked in the first eight Gameweeks of 2021/22, with only three of their players owned by more than five per cent of managers.

But according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), three of their four matches following Monday's trip to Arsenal score only two.

Indeed, after that London derby, only one out of six fixtures scores more than three. 

Palace's next six Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
9 NEW (H) 2 12 BUR (A) 2
10 MCI (A) 5 13 AVL (H) 2
11 WOL (H) 2 14 LEE (A) 3

At the back, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) has outperformed all of Palace’s defenders in the first seven Gameweeks.

The Spaniard has combined two clean sheets with six save points and two bonus, totalling 26 points. 

Midfield pair Conor Gallagher (£5.7m) and Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) are Palace’s top-scoring players overall, with 34 and 31 points respectively.

Gallagher has scored twice and supplied three assists in six appearances. When selected, he has been involved in 71 per cent of their goals.

His 15 shots, 11 shots in the penalty area and five shots on target are all team-leading totals.

Gallagher's goal v West Ham

Zaha, meanwhile, has produced two goals and an assist over his seven outings.

The Ivory Coast international is also the club’s first-choice penalty taker under new manager Patrick Vieira.

Up front, Odsonne Edouard (£6.5m) has started each of the last two matches as the lone striker.

His two goals and 12 points on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 4 underline his explosive potential.

Remember, the Gameweek 9 deadline is at 18:30 BST on Friday 22 October.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW8 FPL stats: Salah rewards record 3.5m backers
Part 3: GW8 Bonus points: Aubameyang on song for Arsenal
Part 4: GW8 Saturday review: Vardy the go-to premium forward?
Part 5: GW8 Lessons: Is it time to sell Ronaldo?
Part 6: FPL experts: Who are the must-have premium players?

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