He scored three times from 10 shots in those two matches. Six of those shots were on target. He also created four chances.
At AFC Bournemouth, for example, Zaha touched the ball 20 times in the final 18 yards of the pitch, including 11 inside the box.
Palace have yet to pick up a point without Zaha in the starting line-up this season, so he is indispensable to Roy Hodgson.
Zaha has only scored seven goals, but when you analyse his impact, Palace clearly perform better with him up top.
He is comfortable partnering Christian Benteke, but his ultra-mobile combination with Townsend generates more goals and points.
So expect Hodgson to stick with that pairing for the trip to Watford on Saturday.
|Zaha + Townsend||1.44||1.55|
|Zaha + Benteke||1.37||1.37|
*includes 45min appearance v Chelsea with Benteke
Zaha’s record as a forward is markedly improved when he plays alongside Townsend.
Although he is well suited to playing off Benteke, the speed, athleticism and unpredictable movement of the Zaha-Townsend axis is more difficult for opponents to contain.
This means he enjoys more opportunities to shoot at goal.
|With Townsend||With Benteke||Wide|
|Shots on target||13||5||4|
The return to fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another bonus for Palace's trip to Vicarage Road.
Most of Zaha’s appearances as a striker have come when Loftus-Cheek has been available to start in midfield.
Loftus-Cheek is comfortable operating on the left, which frees up Zaha to play in attack.
They combine down that side of the pitch, a relationship that is reflected in results.
Palace have lost only three of 13 matches when Zaha and Loftus-Cheek are in the same starting XI, earning 1.46 points per match.
If that were their season’s average Palace would be eighth in the table and not 16th.
With Hodgson blessed with a full complement of attackers, Watford’s defence will have their hands full in Saturday’s 15:00 BST kick-off.