Scout Notes

‘Out of position’ Zaha scores as £4.0m defender Mitchell helps Palace to clean sheet

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

  • Goal: Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m)
  • Assist: Andros Townsend (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) x3, Townsend x2, Scott Dann (£4.5m) x1

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) bagged the winning goal, but none of the bonus points, as Crystal Palace returned to their roots to grind out a win over Southampton.

The Eagles managed just one win in nine as they lost their way post-lockdown; a fact that must have irked boss Roy Hodgson. After years spent perfecting his kindly owl image, he was clearly busy this summer rebooting his touchline persona.

And for much of the match, his new scowling sunburnt tourist look suited the quality, or lack thereof, on the pitch as play was broken, passes went astray and chances were scarce.

An early burst of Southampton attacking intent culminated in a Jack Stephens (£5.0m) header forcing a routine save from Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) – the first of five stops from the Palace keeper that earned him the maximum bonus award for his 1.8% Fantasy Premier League (FPL) ownership.

At 24.4%, his opposite number, Alex McCarthy (£4.5m), came into the match as FPL’s most popular stopper, but hopes of a clean sheet were dashed after just 13 minutes when Zaha volleyed sweetly home from Andros Townsend‘s (£6.0m) pin-point cross.

The problem for managers who have a keeper playing against Palace is that if they don’t get the shut-out, then save points are unlikely to soften the blow. Hodgson’s side managed just 118 shots on target last year – only Sheffield United (110) had fewer – and they seemed content to live on attacking scraps once they were ahead yesterday.

By the time the game was up and the three points tucked away in Hodgson’s back pocket, his team had worked McCarthy just twice.

The story was markedly different at the other end.

A dour first half clearly led to some pointed dressing room comments from Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl because his players came out swinging after the restart.

Che Adams (£6.0m) set up Nathan Redmond (£6.5m), whose weak shot from inside the area went straight at Guaita. The 13%-owned Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) then put in a low ball that eluded everyone as Southampton’s high tempo start to the second half threatened to pay immediate dividends.

That tempo, ultimately, proved to be unsustainable – perhaps a sign of early-season fatigue – but not before Adams forced a truly brilliant save from Guaita, who reacted instinctively to beat out the striker’s well-hit volley.

It was the closest Adams got to a goal from a generally underwhelming performance. Some 4.8% of FPL managers had hoped he would offer the same sort of attacking threat as his Southampton strike partner Danny Ings (£8.5m) for considerably less money.

Neither, as it turned out, could find a way past Guaita, with the (then) 25.7%-owned Ings denied three times, most notably in stoppage time when his header, from a Walker-Peters cross, was well saved by the Palace keeper.

That capped an eventful day for the Southampton right-back, who had earlier been dismissed by referee John Moss for a high tackle, only for VAR to suggest the official might want to review his decision on the pitch-side monitor. That he did, red became yellow – rightly – and Walker-Peters’ ownership had to be grateful for one point from a match that could have seen him walk off with a negative score.

Hasenhuttl’s side still have a solid early-season schedule to come – one of the reasons Ings is so popular – but the knee-jerkers are already busy and the striker is currently the second-most sold player heading into Gameweek 2.

The opposite is not entirely true for Zaha, however.

The midfielder, who played the match out of position as a second striker, should have walked away with more than an eight-point haul from the match.

Twice he was sent clean through on the counter as Southampton chased the game. He scored from one of the breaks, only to be denied by a marginal, if correct, offside call, and could only find the side netting from the other.

That profligacy hurt his bonus point standing and a tough immediate schedule – Manchester United and Chelsea away over the next three Gameweeks – is not helping his popularity in the transfer market either.

That could all change from Gameweek 5 onwards, when Palace’s fixtures improve markedly. But only if he’s at the club at all.

Hodgson remained unconvinced post-match.

Let’s see what transpires. For me, hopefully nothing. The fact is that every transfer window I’ve been involved in, Wilf has made noises that he would like to play for a club that plays in the Champions League.

But for anything to happen, a club has got to come along and pay the market price. We’re expecting him to accept the situation for what it is and keep playing his best football.

A lot of Palace’s best football was reserved for their defence who, despite numerous injury concerns, kept Southampton at arms length for much of the encounter.

Bargain basement left-back Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m and 13.7%) looked solid, although he offered little in an attacking sense, while veteran defender Scott Dann (£4.5m) helped makeshift centre-half Cheikou Kouyate (£5.0m) look the part while the likes of Mamadou Sakho (£4.5m) edge closer to a return.

Patience will no doubt inform Hodgson’s game. That is a luxury Hasenhuttl knows he can ill afford.

We had a difficult pre-season with players not with us and we couldn’t work for two weeks on what we wanted to do. You can see it will be a tough season and we must step up immediately.

Based on yesterday’s evidence, that step up will have to be a fairly big one – the Saints entertain Tottenham next.


Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Dann, Kouyaté, J Ward; Schlupp (Eze 81′), McCarthy (Milivojevic 74′), McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek (Vestergaard 45′), J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Smallbone (Djenepo 77′), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Adams (Long 85′), Ings.

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2,367 Comments Post a Comment
  1. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 14 hours ago

    Too gung ho?

    GW2 Ings,Alli > Martial,Jrod(-4)

    GW3 Aub ASM > KDB, Foden (-4)?

    Mcarthy
    TAA Justin Dallas
    Salah Aub Alli ASM
    Werner Ings Mitro

    Steer, KWP, Mitchell, Bissouma

    1. Azathoth
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 14 hours ago

      Better save FT this GW.

    2. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Go for it. I’d have shipped Alli out yesterday.

  2. Numbuster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 14 hours ago

    Would you consider Salah as long term investment?
    Would you take Bruno as Salah replacement once at GW2?

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      We have a potential 57 free transfers, including the WCs, and an infinite amount of transfers we can buy. I wouldn't call anyone long term.

      You could bring in Bruno now and then bring Salah back in when you need him. Salah won't play an aggressive high line like Leeds' every game.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 13 hours ago

        67*

  3. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 14 hours ago

    Vardy is gonna be great value. Will match Auba for 2 mill less.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Funny how all the talk pre season was past it & over priced?

    2. Right In The Stanchion
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Depends how many penalties Leicester get. Also Auba gets CS points

    3. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      😎

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 14 hours ago

    Need the Vardy kneejerkers to raise his price

  5. unlethal
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 14 hours ago

    Bottomed repost

    Had 2.5m in the bank for Alli > Bruno but I'm still thinking of holding to see how United do. Alli had a solid shot at goal and could've scored for Spurs anyway, Southampton should be easier than Everton were theoretically.

    A. Hold
    B. Alli > Bruno

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 14 hours ago

      B

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Holding unless lo celso is back because in that case I can see Alli dropped. Not making any early moves that's for sure

      1. unlethal
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 13 hours ago

        I've gone ahead and made the move, couldn't resist

    3. stat sifter 888888
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      I don't have the funds to trade Alli up rn so have to hold but trading up is a pretty decent option atm. I do have some hope as Spurs played worse and lost the game after Alli was taken off but Lo Celso waiting in the wings has been my fear of picking him all the time. Am seriously considering Barnes though.

      1. unlethal
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Could be beneficial to hold Alli for another week and bank the transfer to move him up to another mid by making another transfer elsewhere

  6. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    A) taa and Bruno
    B) Salah and digne

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Rest of team is

      McCarthy
      James Justin ayling (Buur)
      Auba Kai soucek (biss)
      Werner martial dcl

    2. Bantha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      B

    3. Lord Tyrion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      B

  7. Right In The Stanchion
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Who’s going to win the penalty lottery GW2? I guess Man Utd and Arsenal

    FFS should write articles on referee fixtures and stats

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      I know you're joking but I'm sure they actually used to have a ref section

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        12 days, 13 hours ago

        Salah only hauled due to penalties. Can’t afford to go without him with the amount being given these days

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 13 hours ago

          Salah had 21 touches in the box. Leeds were turned inside out every time Liverpool got in behind them. This makes for an environment rife for penalties. Lots of last ditch challenges.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      The key is referees actually calling penalties instead of blatantly ignoring them. Let's see if this continues.

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Kane & Son
    To
    Bruno & Martial is so tempting for a -4...

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Makes sense for the next few, you might want to reverse wks5-8

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Kane Vs Southampton though

    3. stat sifter 888888
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Did you watch United lose to Aston Villa?

  9. Right In The Stanchion
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Just wildcarded to this team

    Leno Ryan
    Tierny Ayling Wan bissaka Mitchel Justin
    Aubameyang (c) Salah Rodriguez Bruno St Maximan
    Wilson DCL Bamford

    Ryan will become Martinez if he signs for Villa this week.

    Will get rid of Bruno if he’s not available. Wan Bissaka could be Digne but don’t want 3 Everton

    St Maximan will rotate with Bamford.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      The wild cards have started ......

    2. Bantha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      That would have been me 4 seasons ago

    3. stat sifter 888888
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      The Arsenal defence is as ropey as ever, their playing out from the back and general lack of agressiveness will be apparent soon enough. Too early to double up on Newcastle and Wan Bissaka is not the United defender I would go for.

  10. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 10 hours ago

    Is having Salah, KDB, Bruno and Werner too unbalanced if it means I only have one premium def and no mids between 10 and 5.5?

    1. stat sifter 888888
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Depends which defenders you pick and your formation.

  11. stat sifter 888888
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Please wait until at least after this week's fixtures have finished before wildcarding.

  12. SackWenger
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Still looking for pound coins on the pitch pre-kick off I see