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GW27 Ones to watch: Wilfried Zaha

8 Mar 2023
Wilfried Zaha

The Scout says fit-again Palace talisman can get back among the points in Fantasy

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 27 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Wilfried Zaha (CRY) £7.2m

After a short spell on the sidelines, Crystal Palace's talisman made a timely return from injury last weekend.

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Zaha is a tempting option for Double Gameweek 27, when Palace are one of only four sides to play twice, hosting Manchester City before visiting their rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Ivory Coast international enjoyed the most productive season of his Fantasy career in 2021/22, earning 150 points thanks to 14 goals and two assists.

He has struggled to reach those heights this season and his 79 points rank third among Palace’s outfield players, behind fellow midfielders Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise (both £5.4m).

Palace's top outfield players in FPL
Player Points Goals Assists
Eze 89 4 3
Olise 81 2 5
Zaha 79 6 2

However, the new Expected Goal Involvement (xGI) statistics help to show Zaha’s potential.

Zaha has an xGI score of of 7.23, which shows the number of combined goals and assists he is expected to have by now, based on his performances.

That is the highest score of any Palace player, while his average of 242.2 minutes per xGI is over 80 minutes quicker than both Eze and Olise.

Palace's xGI analysis
Player xGI FPL goals & assists Mins/xGI
Zaha 7.23 8 242.2
Eze 5.10 7 327.1
Olise 4.49 7 356.4

Palace’s encounter with Brighton looks particularly encouraging for Zaha’s prospects.

He averages 6.4 points per match against the Seagulls, having scored five goals in eight outings.

In addition, the Eagles have a reasonable record against Man City under Patrick Vieira, scoring twice in two of their three meetings since the Frenchman took charge.

As underlined by the xGI numbers, the fit-again Zaha is the most likely Palace player to profit from the club's two Gameweek 27 fixtures. 

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