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FPL team guides: Crystal Palace – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

We continue our team-by-team guides with Crystal Palace, seeing what their players have to offer.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series (articles that will be refreshed before the big kick-off).

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored5010th
Shots41216th
Shots in the box3019th
Shots on target147=11th
Big chances6112th
Expected goals (xG)54.628th

The mid-table finish of Patrick Vieira’s debut campaign as head coach matches the general rank for attacking statistics.

15 teams pulled off more shots but that’s only because the Eagles attempted the fewest from outside the box (111), with Vieira seemingly pushing his side to be patient and less wasteful. As a result, they come ninth for shots inside the box and eighth for expected goals (xG).

Palace finished just one point short of their highest ever 38-game Premier League total, while Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) had his best top-flight campaign for goals scored (14) and FPL points (150).

Vieira’s biggest task over the summer was to replace the excellent loanee Conor Gallagher (£6.0m), whose fantastic first half of the season encouraged parent club Chelsea to keep him around this time.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded467th
Clean sheets126th
Shots conceded4435th
Shots in the box conceded2675th
Shots on target conceded1445th
Big chances conceded452nd
Expected goals conceded (xGC)46.735th

Palace’s underlying defensive numbers were outstanding in 2021/22.

For the Eagles to rank fifth over the whole season for conceding attempts, shots on target and shots in the box – whilst having the second-best record for allowing big chances – is both surprising and a great indication of Vieira’s impact at Selhurst Park.

Defensive solidity allowed some big wins to take place against the league’s best, with 3-0 home wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal bettered by a 2-0 victory away to champions Manchester City. In fact, the Eagles have the honour of being the only team that Pep Guardiola’s side failed to score past in either meeting.

Palace’s back four also provided 12 attacking returns, thanks to the four assists of Joachim Andersen and two goals of Marc Guehi. Of all defenders priced at £4.5m, these two are the highest points scorers from last season.


OPENING FIXTURES

The nasty run of opening fixtures will likely prevent FPL managers from investing in Zaha and such a strong defence.

Trips to Liverpool and Man City take place in the first four matches, placing Palace bottom of our Season Ticker for the first six Gameweeks and they continue to be until Gameweek 13.

One plan might be to wait until the fifth outing, as the ticker ranks Palace as third-best between then and the World Cup break that follows Gameweek 16.

Palace’s run from Gameweeks 10-18 sees them face all three newly promoted clubs plus Leeds, Wolves, Southampton and Everton.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

 

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1,652 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Someone pls explain the bigger love for TAA over Robbo?
    There was like 22 pts difference between the 2 last season.
    Robbo 3Gs 11 assists
    TAA 2Gs 12 assists
    Robbo was injured for a few matches and therefore played less minutes.

    1. EugeMurts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Better underlying stats and better player

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Good Morning
    Which is better ?
    A- Martinelli & Bailey & Haaland

    B- Grealish Sancho Jeues

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      A

  3. Thinkering like a Boss
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Latest draft. Thoughts? 0.5M ITB

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Cancelo, Robertson, Dalot
    Salah, Sancho, Martinelli, Neto
    Kane, Jesus

    Ward | Neco, Andreas, Plange

    Gw3 - Sancho > 8.0m mid?, Dalot > Andreas/ Neco play.

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      It's good.

      Would personally upgrade Sancho to a 8.0 tho

      1. Thinkering like a Boss
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 21 hours ago

        planning on gw3 btw, 0.5m left ITB

  4. Coldplay
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Who's the cheapest striker likely to start?

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      6.0m - 2 Forest boys and Solanke

      1. Coldplay
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 21 hours ago

        How about Palace? They have 5.5 strikers. Who's likely to start over there? Eduoard or Mateta?

        1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 21 hours ago

          That's the problem - at this point we don't know which are 'likely to start'.

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Johnson?

    3. 15men1cup
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Undav is the one to watch at 5.5 imho
      Johnson is the best for 6.0

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 21 hours ago

        Undav is not certain to start GW1. He's as you say, one to watch, but the OP wants to fill his squad for GW1.

        1. 15men1cup
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 21 hours ago

          So Johnson as I said

          1. SonnyPikey
              16 days, 21 hours ago

              this

      2. MyNameIsBigManRedro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        16 days, 21 hours ago

        I’d throw Mbuemo in there as well as those mentioned above

    4. Taegugk Warrior
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      possibility we get another wc or fh (just like last season) after WC...?

    5. Woyofthewovers66
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Hi all, thoughts on this?

      Robbo, Maddison, Kulu, Martial (442)

      Or

      VVD, Grealish, Son, fodder 4.5 (541/451 with neco and pereira rotating)

      Salah will be perma captain for most GWs.

      Thought of rotating Son and KDB for fixtures

    6. southernpacific
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Thoughts?

      Henderson 4.0

      TAA Cancelo Trippier Justin Jonny

      Salah Kdb Bailey 4.5 4.5

      Kane Jesus 4.5

      1. HangWire
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Nice, maybe only Mahrez or Grealish over Kdb so you can upgrade midfield a bit.

    7. a2002
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 19 hours ago

      a) Robbo, Grealish
      b) James + 8m mid (which one?)

      No city attack (Kane to Harland wk 2 possibly)

      Have Trent

    8. Faxof
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 19 hours ago

      i think i've tried something different here.
      my thoughts are there is more "value" in defence than other positions...

      Raya (4.0)
      James TAA Cancelo Dias (4.0)
      Bailey Salah Sancho Neto (5.0)
      Jesus Haaland (5.5)

    9. FPL_Spartans
        16 days, 18 hours ago

        Hi, how can i get the ffscout league code?
        Thank you

        1. RedLightning
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          Centre column of the FFS Home Page.
          trz3n7

      • klopptimusprime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        RMT 0.5m ITB

        Ramsdale
        TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - RAN
        Salah - Madders - Martinelli - Bailey
        Kane - Jesus

        4 - Neco - Andreas - 4.5