Scout Notes

Palace assets limited by Zaha’s isolation as Pope outscores fellow defenders

Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Chris Wood (£6.2m)
  • Assists: Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m)
  • Bonus points: Nick Pope x3 (£5.4m), Wood x2, Charlie Taylor x1 (£4.4m)

WHERE THERE’S A WILF

Crystal Palace’s reliance on Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) was exposed once again as his enforced absence coincided with a 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Monday night.

Ahead of kick-off, Roy Hodgson revealed that the out-of-position Fantasy Premier League midfielder had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and was now self-isolating.

While there has been no official line from the club to say he will play no part in Friday night’s Gameweek 10 opener against Newcastle, the unusually quick turnaround for Palace makes it very unlikely that Zaha will feature.

“[Zaha] has tested positive unfortunately for coronavirus so is self-isolating, and is awaiting the results of the next test. He is not feeling particularly ill, but unfortunately, the test proved [positive], and he is following the procedures.” – Roy Hodgson

Unsurprisingly, Palace were unable to get a positive result on the pitch without Zaha in the side. Since 2014/15, when he rejoined the club, the Eagles have lost 20 of a possible 28 Premier League games without him, including each of the last seven on the road.

Zaha’s absence was certainly frustrating considering his increasing ownership among the top 10,000 FPL managers (48.1%) and the fact that 32.7% of these took him into Gameweek 9 alongside Jack Grealish (£7.6m), who mustered only a solitary point in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

That said, Zaha’s absence on Monday night did allow some fortuitous auto-subs and the nature of his flag does make it easier to sell him in light of movement in the midfield bracket.

WHILE MY GUAITA GENTLY WEEPS

The stock of Crystal Palace defenders continues to fall this season as they failed to even contain the Premier League’s lowest scorers in Gameweek 9, who were comfortably the better team.

In fact, the Eagles have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 league games, conceding in eight consecutive matches since the 1-0 win over Southampton in Gameweek 1.

Against Burnley, Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m), still filling in at centre-back, was at fault for the goal, his wayward header allowing Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) to play Chris Wood (£6.2m) in.

Considering he is naturally a central midfielder, the fact that Gary Cahill (£4.5m) and Mamadou Sakho (£4.5m) were on the bench could spell the end for his time in defence, if Hodgson is looking for a way to freshen things up at the back.

Meanwhile, the 20% still invested in Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) are sure to be considering his place in their squad, provided they have the funds and/or transfer to move him on.

It is now three matches since he featured for Palace, return from his injury in Gameweek 9, having firmly lost his left-back place to Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m), who ranks best for minutes per shot on goal among Palace players with at least two starts in the last four matches.

While the left-back could be the penalty taker in Gameweek 10, with Zaha likely absent through isolation and Luka Milivojevic (£5.6m) suspended, the lack of clean sheets does make it hard to justify his price right now.

HAPPY PLACE

Nick Pope (£5.4m) continues to highlight his impressive points potential, this time coming away from Gameweek 9 with a 10-point haul.

It was his second double-digit score in the last five matches, which has yielded three clean sheets, two at home.

Pope was a key reason for the latest shut-out rushing out to deny Michy Batshuayi (£5.8m) after a sloppy Dwight McNeil (£5.8m) back-pass before a brave, sprawling save stopped Christian Benteke (£5.5m) at close range in the dying moments.

Since the start of last season, no goalkeeper has registered clean sheets than Pope who has averaged 4.9 points per game in 2020/21.

And it is still worth noting that, despite his dearer price, no Burnley player can match him for value this year, offering 7.2 points per million spent.

During the Clarets’ most profitable period of the season in terms of defensive returns, between Gameweeks 3 and 9, Pope and Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) have both been present five times, but the goalkeeper has outscored the left-back by 35 points to 23. That margin of 12 is largely comprised of saves and bonus.

However, whether Burnley’s recent clean sheet pedigree will count for much moving forward is another matter.

It is clear they are more solid at home and three of their next four take them away from their happy place.

Furthermore, recent meetings with Manchester City, who they face in Gameweek 10 have proved too much for them. Across Burnley’s last five trips to the Etihad Stadium (in all competitions) they have lost by a combined score of 22-1 and the last three have all been 5-0 defeats.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Gudmundsson (Brady 67′ | Pieters 84′); Rodriguez, Wood.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne; Eze, McArthur, Riedewald (Schlupp 67′), Townsend; Ayew (Benteke 77′), Batshuayi.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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339 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Any rough idea when Zaha will return?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      from manager's comments it seems he may return this GW

      1. Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Fingers crossed, that'd be amazing

      2. Who are all Lukakus
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which comment please?

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          “[Zaha] has tested positive unfortunately for coronavirus so is self-isolating, and is awaiting the results of the next test. He is not feeling particularly ill, but unfortunately, the test proved [positive], and he is following the procedures.” – Roy Hodgson

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Sorry this comment
            "We've known about it for a few days," said Hodgson. "We didn't want to go out and broadcast it to the world because we rather hoped a second test would free him to play.

  2. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Lads, do you think I can save my ft?

    Martínez
    Chilwell / Cancelo / Cresswell
    KDB / Bruno / Ziyech / Grealish
    Vardy / DCL / Bamford

    Steer / Soucek / Kilman / Lamptey

    1. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes for sure

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      great team, save

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thank you, friends! Cheers!

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Exactly the same as mine. Only difference is I have Watkins you have Bamford. Save ft for sure..

  3. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    When does the scoutcast start?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cheers

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is the all time rank on FPL based on average finish per season?
    Or it's something else?
    cause I started my first season on December and as a result I finished on 2mil rank in 2014-15 🙁

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      They take a lesser percentage the earlier the season

    2. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Where do you get that?

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Premier Fantasy Tools

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Says my all time rank is 688, not sure that can be right.

        2. DK_13
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks

  5. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Oh thanks a lot that's fair imo

  6. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Why is Timo still playing. Cmon Frank he does not have energy to finish any big chance this gw either.

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      4 changes and still playing.

    2. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He is rested for the weekend. Lone striker strategy.

    3. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      will get his rest against leeds

  7. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Would you consider Bruno in for Jrod for -4 this gw?

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I would not.

  8. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Mendy having a blinder

  9. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Is it too optimistic for expecting Zaha to return this GW?

    They know test result after press conference and Palace will play on Friday.

    1. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I fear so

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anything worth a hit?

    Martinez
    Robertson, Coufal, Chilwell
    Jota, Grealish, Ziyech, Bruno, Son
    Kane, DCL

    Subs: Forster, Brewster, Mitchell, Dunne

    2.5 ITB

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      kane > Vardy or son>KDB maybe

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kane to vardy is the move I'd make

  11. 2OLEgend
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Would like some more input here.

      Martinez
      Zouma, Ayling, Taylor
      KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Son
      DCL, Kane, Bamford
      (Steer - Mitchell, Bissouma, Saiss)

      Aiming at Kane & Biss -> Salah, Brewster next week.
      Would you do Saiss -> Coufal this week? (can't afford Cancelo if I want to do the Salah move next) or save?

      1. Ings_is_the_king
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Maybe consider Lewis to give some money itb?

      2. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Abraham or Jota?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Jota

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Rennes goal

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Guirassy

      4. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Can this team go on without Kane or Vardy?

        Martinez

        Chillwell Bellerin Lampty Mitchell Kilman

        Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Son

        DCL Bamford Brewster

        1. Ings_is_the_king
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It's fine without them

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          chilwell cleanie gone

        3. Ings_is_the_king
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Should I transfer in Vardy for Kane this gw, then bring Salah in for Sterling in 2gws?

            1. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'm thinking of doing it I will be more upset if I do nothing then Vardy tares it up

            2. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes good moves

          • Babelcopter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Camavinga any good today? Should he stay Rennes or leave in summer?

          • FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            How do I find out my accumulative captain points for the season?

              1. FantasyHero
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Thank you so much

          • FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Giroudddd

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              BEAUTIFUL MAN

          • Sam (Team Sam)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Which midfield scores more until the new year?

            A) Salah, KDB, Mane, Jota, Grealish

            B) Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son, Grealish

            C) Salah, KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Grealish

            Essentially, I have 31.6m for a midfield trio alongside Salah and Grealish. KDB seems pretty essential too.

            Would love some advice!

            1. Ings_is_the_king
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I think B

              • Troll hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                The one with Salah, KdB and Grealish, easy!

              • _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                B

              • Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Most of those are either my current midfield or ones I want in.
                I think A.
                I will be A but Sterling instead of Mane. 3 pool attacker is too much even for me. That will save you about a mil too.

              • El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                B assuming no Kane

                1. Sam (Team Sam)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  No Kane. DCL and Watkins up front

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Ziyech Werner come as a packet but they won't bring you points until Werner learns how to finish chances

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Pulisic is coming

              2. janowsc
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Ziyech is gonna create chances for everybody

                1. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Yeah I planned losing him this week due to fixtures but his delivery is so good I keep describing him as KDBesque and at that price is it foolish to help him go fixtures or not?

                  1. Albrightondknight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Let not help - sorry

            3. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              That’s poor from Werner he should let it go to his left foot and tap it in. Giroud got him out of jail.

              1. DaniCT
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Had a few chances in the weekend too. Today another two. Big haul incoming. Can't miss sitters forever.

                1. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  It’s weird cause he can be such a clinical finisher as we all know.

            4. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              werner misses alot

              1. Troll hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Soon he misses also minutes.

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yeah he’s incredibly wasteful

              3. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Will he start the weekend?

            5. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A)Bruno Ziyech
              or
              B)KDB Jota

              If it's A then this means no Man City but I like it more

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                All of them except KDB

                1. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  When did KDB die and become a bad player?

              2. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                B but that’s just because I trust than City can’t continue to be this poor and fixtures should bring form. Also Jesus and Kun back will make a big difference.

            6. Who are all Lukakus
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              A. Maupay to Vardy(c) and Zaha to 5.7m playing mid

              B. Zaha to Salah(c) and 1. Kane to Bamford or 2. Robbo to Kilman

            7. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Damn I have to sell Robbo & Kane/Son if I want Salah back and keep Bruno..

              1. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                That’s harsh but you probably do need Salah back.

                I want triple City and Pool. Robertson is the only one I can’t find the cash for.
                I could do if I get Jesus with KDB in attack but Kun is on the way back so that does not seem wise.

            8. Tony Martial
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              2.2 ITB
              Bowen and Saiss ➡️ Foden ( IMO he will start next 2).(.1 off Jota) and Robertson -4.

              Martinez Foster
              Chillwell Saiss Mitchell Targett Lamptey
              Son Burke Bowen Bruno Grealish
              Kane DCL Vardy.

              Thanks!

            9. Erez Avni
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              2 FT 0.4 Itb and one dream - bringing Vardy! but I don’t know who should I sacrifice for him in addition to Jimenez... any advice?

              Martinez
              Robo Chilwel Justin (KWP Mitchell)
              Son Bruno Grealish Ziech (poveda)
              DCL Timo Jimenez

              Cheers!

              1. Troll hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Grealish, Timo or Z. Not certain about Timo starting next match.

            10. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              where is that manager quote about zaha?

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                "We've known about it for a few days," said Hodgson. "We didn't want to go out and broadcast it to the world because we rather hoped a second test would free him to play.

            11. Erez Avni
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              If you need to ditch one of Werner and Ziyech who should it be?

              A. Werner
              B. Ziyech

              1. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                A