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Can FPL managers trust Crystal Palace defenders with appealing fixtures?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have long been able to turn to Crystal Palace’s defensive assets for cheap returns.

The Eagles, marshalled by veteran Roy Hodgson, have hit double-figures for clean sheets in the last two seasons, and also carried set piece potential.

But this season, the well appeared to have run dry, with Palace only recording three clean sheets thus far.

More worryingly, the Selhurst Park outfit were also on the end of two Christmas stuffings, losing 7-0 to Liverpool and being outplayed by 10 men in their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

But since the Villa defeat, Palace’s defence has shown signs of recovery, with encouraging performances against Leicester and Arsenal.

We are taking a deep dive into the stats to see if Palace can once again be relied upon for cheap defensive returns.

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1,028 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    If there's one thing I regret not spending on, it's Wilson > Antonio. Ah well. Will hopefully make do with Coufal and Soucek. COYI!

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wilson still has his other game to go, and Antonio could easily be taken off early tonight given his injuries. Have faith!

      1. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Wilson will not start as he is a flop lol

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Most of the damage has been done though. And it’s Wilson.

      3. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Newcastle are USELESS>

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days ago

      as a hammers fan the decision to move from adams>antonio is already one of my favorites all year.
      have cress and soucek too...may as well wave the ride of winning games until it inevitably crashes

    3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I bought Wilson with the same hopes Steve Bruce has of Newcastle. Maybe we can nick a penalty somehow.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah. Glad I stumped up myself. But I really regret not coming on here and asking about Fabianskis injury. He was my target keeper and actually one of 3 most important players for my team this week. Saw Moyes said he wasn’t sure so got in Cresswell and filled the last spot.

    5. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A lot of the cheaper strikers haven't been great, but first Maupay for several weeks and then Wilson seem to have that spot cursed.

      1. Mreidfelt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Turmoil in Newcastle made me sell Wilson 2 weeks ago...I can't see any positives in Newcastle even how hard I try at this moment...

  2. Echoes
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Got in Antonio this week for the first time this season.
      The last time I got him was before the Norwich game last season.

      Here's hoping. Let's go!

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Need Antonio to avoid an injury in the warmup to get double figures from him this week.

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Let's go Soucek and Coufal!!!

    • Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      West Ham triple up and Johnstone... love it

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        same, expecting 8 points.

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      BTW, 6PM kick off feels like such an alien kick off time to me.

      Not that I had any other plans...

      1. richarlison2348
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Most games for me are at 4 am haha

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            If you were fully committed to FPL you'd move to a better time zone.

            Not impressed.

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A West Brom goal would be carnage

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          carnal*

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What should be my priority here?

        Johnstone
        Dias Stones Dallas
        Salah KDB Fernandes Soucek
        Kane Bamford Antonio

        Steer Coufal Mitchell Alzate
        1ft 1.4m

        a) Johnstone to Martinez
        B) Dallas to Shaw
        C) Alzate to Smith Rowe

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 23 days ago

          seems like johnstone is over covid, so unless the change is about long term you can sit on that.
          i like the alzate move.

      4. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ok let's go!

        Any chance of a big green arrow is gone with so many blanks and benchings, but 11 still to play and it can all be turned around.

        3-3 Chelsea v Leicester
        Vardy an Zouma hatrick please, though i'll accept a zouma no show and Hoden off the bench

        1. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          No don't go, still too early.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Work done, beer open

      5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I hope the players I own do well and the ones I don't do badly.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          less of that toxicity!

        2. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Your mom.

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Totally agree.

      6. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin
        Ndidi, Tielemanz
        Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes
        Vardy

        https://twitter.com/seanfromenderby/status/1351577589282959366?s=19

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Interesting to see how Leicester do without a goalkeeper tonight. Shouldn't affect Werner too much mind

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            oi

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Schmeichel RWB should be interesting

        3. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          My word, Peter must have a smashing right foot