Scout Notes

Differential options emerging at Crystal Palace

Fantasy Premier League managers should consider the differential options in attack at Crystal Palace after they largely dominated their 1-1 draw with West Ham.

The Eagles registered 25 shots against the Hammers in a match they really should have won, but their recent increased activity in front of goal, boosted by new signings bodes well.

We have assessed the best options looking to burst into the Fantasy template for future Gameweeks in this latest Scout Notes article – as well as assessing the problems at West Ham.

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

Goals: Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) | Mark Noble (£4.8m)

Assists: James McArthur (£4.8m) | Michail Antonio (£6.8m)

Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) continues to offer serious potential as a differential option after finding the net once again. The Crystal Palace forward has now scored in both of his last two appearances and has four attacking returns since Gameweek 21. Largely operating on the left of a front-three these days, the Ivorian international has been posting some impressive underlying statistics of late, seventh for penalty box touches in the last four Gameweeks and joint-fourth for chances created in that time – despite missing Gameweek 25 through suspension.

At Selhurst Park on Saturday, no player managed more than Zaha’s six shots in the box, the mid-price forward proving a constant menace. With Leicester (away), Burnley (away) and Brighton (home) three of Crystal Palace’s next four matches, it is certainly worth considering their talismanic attacker.

However, the aforementioned suspension does threaten to come back and haunt him as he was handed an additional one-match ban by the FA following his sending off against Southampton. As it was a suspended suspension, Zaha was able to play against West Ham while he and his club wait for the results of his appeal. The FA Cup match against Doncaster looks the most likely fixture that he would miss although the Gameweek 27 trip to Leicester still looks a little under threat.

“I thought we were a bit unlucky to lose this one, it wasn’t a cut and dried case. We think that gave us a reason for appeal and we’re hoping that, on appeal, they will decide that of course, he did wrong, he shouldn’t have applauded the referee as he did but he accepts that and has apologised for that. We believe that is sufficient punishment. The reason we have appealed is a very simple reason. We thought that we had a very good case that he would not be subject to a further ban and we were a bit disappointed when it was decided that he is subject to a further ban, one match. But we thought we were entitled to appeal that because we thought we had a very good case. I trust in the appeal committee and the FA to listen to our appeal and make the decision they want to make.” – Roy Hodgson

Zaha’s return to the side facilitated Roy Hodgson reverting back to the 4-3-3 he has proved so fond of recently, after playing 4-4-2 against Fulham. That meant there was room for just one centre-forward on Saturday afternoon, who on this occasion was Christian Benteke (£6.3m) for the first hour. This was his second start in a row since returning from injury but he was not quite as influential as he was against Fulham in Gameweek 25. Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) replaced him and managed a whopping five shots in his 30 minutes on the pitch, one every six minutes, only Zaha managed more in the whole game. Four of those were in the penalty box although none of them were on target. While Batshuayi could have done better for accuracy, the purpose he brought to the Crystal Palace side was a big part of their domination of the game in the second half. It doesn’t seem long until the Belgian gets his first start for his new side.

“(Asked what Batshuayi needs to do to get a start): Just keep doing what he’s doing, I thought his performance was good. He was looking to get shots away, I think in his brief period on the field he probably had as many as five or six shots. He was certainly working hard to get behind the defenders which is what we want from him. We want him getting into goalscoring positions, we want him being confident enough to take on those shots and opportunities from crosses that come his way and I thought the introduction of Michy and later Max (Meyer) were good additions because they were obviously replacing – in the case of James McArthur – someone who worked very hard for 70-75 minutes. It was nice to get the fresh legs and put on somebody who not only had the fresh legs but also showed a lot of skill when he was on.” – Roy Hodgson

There was another start for Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.4m) on Saturday afternoon, which came after his goal-scoring performance against Fulham. Hodgson had admitted that the former Leicester City man had been unfortunate not to get more game-time this season, and responded by including him on the left of the midfield trio in Gameweek 26.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.6m) owners were disappointed not to get a clean sheet. Many started their Crystal Palace defensive assets considering West Ham’s recent problems in front of goal, but saw their clean sheets wiped out by a first-half Mark Noble (£4.8m) penalty. There was a change made to the Palace back-line as James Tomkins (£4.3m) missed the game through a calf injury, replaced by Martin Kelly (£3.9m).

Despite finding the net at Selhurst Park, West Ham’s attack continues to largely underwhelm. Over the four matches prior to Gameweek 26, the Hammers averaged 9.25 shots on goal, 4.5 in the box and 1.5 on target. Against Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini’s men managed just six goal attempts, of which four were in the box. There was some improvement as they were accurate with four efforts, but the Hammers still look like a side that has lost its way going forward.

Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) may be back from injury and committed to the club but it is clear the recent saga regarding his future has affected the club in some way. The Austrian was actually named among the substitutes at Selhurst Park, featuring only as a second-half substitute for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (£6.1m). Michail Antonio (£6.8m) has impressed in the last two matches for West Ham, coming away with a goal and assist from them, but his underlying numbers will need to improve before he can command serious Fantasy interest.

“(The Arnautovic saga) affected us because of results. Only really when you think about January, when you think of players being unsettled, but I am proud of the lads with the two performances we have just put in. I will never blame a player. I won’t because they have got families and you have got to understand where they are coming from. But you have to have a big enough squad to cope with it and with 11 injuries it is pretty tough.” – Mark Noble

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; van Aanholt, Sakho, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka; Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur (Meyer 79′); Zaha, Benteke (Batshuayi 60′), Townsend.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1): Fabiański; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks (Zabaleta 84′); Rice; Anderson, Snodgrass, Noble, Antonio (Obiang 73′); Chicharito (Arnautović 68′).

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  1. mojoindojo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Play Foster or Patricio ?

    Foster
    Robertson AWB Boly Diop
    Salah Pogba Son Moutinho
    Auba Rash

    Patricio Bednarek Kun Kante

    1. Amey
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Foster

      • Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        foster

      • Kiwivillan
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        I only play Patricio now because I have no choice

      • Kopkloppers
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        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Foster IMO

      • TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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        • 10 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Foster

      • mojoindojo
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        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks. Benching foster this week didn't go too well...

      • Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
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        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        FFoste, raking in pts

    2. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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      • 10 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Last Man Standing Overall Ranks (534 teams)

      2 in the top 10 overall

      8th and 10th 😯

      5 in top 100
      31 in top 1K
      115 in top 5K
      183 in top 10K
      396 in top 50K
      457 in top 100K
      Everyone in top 500K

      1. Bow Locks
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        One of the 115

        1. Bow Locks
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 9 days ago

          But taking a 4 point hit

          1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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            • 10 Years
            5 months, 9 days ago

            Well done, plenty likely to take a hit.

            1. Bow Locks
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 9 days ago

              I think a lot of people sell Richarlison and Aguero this week.
              One of them is easy to replace the other is much more difficult.

      2. THFC4LIFE
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        • 2 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        In the 396.

        How many teams to be eliminated in gw27?

        1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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          • 10 Years
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Nice work, 14% or minimum 75.

          1. THFC4LIFE
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            • 2 Years
            5 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers TM

      3. Kopkloppers
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        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        I am out due to taking a 12 point hit. I suppose it is the name of the game.

      4. Jam0sh
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        • 7 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Still standing 😎

        1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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          • 10 Years
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Back 2 back possibly 🙂

      5. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Still standing too 🙂

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Alisson
      Doherty Kiko
      Salah Son Pogba Gunnarson
      Rashford King Jimenez

      Guaita (Hazard, Alonso, Danilo, Digne)

      Better option?

      A) Hazard to Antonio this week,
      King to Aguero next.

      B) Danilo to TAA this week, Hazard to Sterling next.

      1. yuva247
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

        A

    4. balint84
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      F.Anderson or Antonio next week?
      Or buy Pogba? (have Rash)

      1. mike09
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Pogba!

      2. YEAH PITCH!
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Play....
          Foster (A) to Cardiff.
          Fabianksi (H) to Fulham.

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 9 days ago

            Fab

            1. YEAH PITCH!
                5 months, 9 days ago

                Thanks mate.

            2. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 9 days ago

              Fab

              1. YEAH PITCH!
                  5 months, 9 days ago

                  Thanks.

            3. g40steve
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              • 1 Year
              5 months, 9 days ago

              Flappy

              Pereira, Doherty, Kola

              Salah, Pogba, Son, Mane, Jota

              Jiménez, Rashford,

              Boruc, TAA, AWB, Kun

              Good to go?

              Any changes?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 9 days ago

                GTG G

            4. mike09
                5 months, 9 days ago

                Jota or Fraser?

                1. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
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                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 9 days ago

                  Jota

                2. Legomané
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                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 9 days ago

                  Jota > GW29
                  GW30 > Fraser

                  1. Amey
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      This

                3. Legomané
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                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 9 days ago

                  Morning DZ...transfer Q (just Pereira or Schär in this wk)

                  Lovren + Digne >

                  A. Robertson + Schär
                  B. TAA + Pereira
                  C. Something else? 1FT 1.4 ITB
                  _
                  Schär - HUD BUR whu EVE bou
                  Pereira - CPL BHA wat FUL bur
                  _
                  Fabianski
                  Doherty Lovren AWB
                  Salah Son Pogba Mané
                  Auba Rashford Jiménez

                  (Steele Camarasa Chambers Digne)

                  1. Legomané
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                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 9 days ago

                    B is +£0.9m

                  2. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
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                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 9 days ago

                    I'd just get Pereira and then see news on TAA def starting

                  3. Amey
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      Only Digne to Pereira this week.

                  4. balint84
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 9 days ago

                    A) Shaw
                    B) Pereira
                    C) Cathcart

                  5. mlm
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      Boruc (Ederson)
                      Robertson VVD Kolasinac AWB (Digne)
                      Salah Son(c) Pogba Fraser (Sterling)
                      Rashford Jimenez (Sinclair)

                      1FT 2.4ITB

                      A) Sinclair => Rondon
                      B) Digne => Pereira
                      C) Sterling+Sinclair => Auba+6.8mf (currently i prefer kante, aiming to play on the dgw)

                    • pakornk
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      Would you get Pereira or Kolasinac,?

                      1. Fantasy Gold
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        Pereira

                    • Fantasy Gold
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      How are these moves for -8 to get 11 men out next week?

                      Button, Alonso, Siggy > Dubravka, Monreal, Anderson

                      1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
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                        • 10 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        More lottery tickets. Arsenal 2 games in Europe.

                    • balint84
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      under 4.8 defender

                      A) Dunk
                      B) Bamba

                      1. Fantasy Gold
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        B

                      2. Loyal Subject
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        Bamba

                    • adam28193
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 9 days ago

                      Nobody taking the plunge on maddison?

                      1. Kiwivillan
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        Too expensive for a 4th mid not delivering. I have Sterling Salah Pogba Son. Not getting rid of them

                      2. mlm
                          5 months, 9 days ago

                          Pereira would be a better option with cheaper price

                      3. bitm2007
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        You can get a Now TV Sky Sports Mobile Pass for £1 a month at the moment, which includes live coverage of all of Sky's Premier League games.

                        https://www.nowtv.com/promo/mobilemonth

                        If you need an example of how big a thorn BT is in Sky's side the next 10 days is great example however

                        BT have 15 live games feature English or Scottish Premier League sides in that period, Sky have just one.

                        BT's live games are

                        Manchester United v PSG
                        Spurs v Dortmund
                        Celtic v Valencia
                        BATE v Arsenal
                        Malmo v Chelsea
                        QPR v Watford
                        Brighton v Derby
                        Newport v Manchester City
                        Bristol City v Wolves
                        Motherwell v Hearts
                        Liverpool v Bayern Munich
                        Schalke v Manchester City
                        Arsenal v Bate
                        Valencia v Celtic
                        Chelsea v Malmo

                        Sky only have

                        Celtic v Kilmarnock

                      4. juho
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                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        Feel embarrassed by the realisation that I might never finish in the top 10k despite being a FFS member and relying on fplstatistics

                        1. bigbudgie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 9 days ago

                          how many seasons have you been trying?

                          1. juho
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 9 days ago

                            3rd season playing FPL. 1st season relying on data in the members' section.

                      5. We ain't got no histor…
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 9 days ago

                        Early thoughts lads

                        2FT, 0.5 ITB

                        Ederson Hamer
                        VVD TAA Lindelof AWB Benett
                        Salah Pogba Richarlison Son Puncheon
                        Auba Jimenez Rashford