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FPL 2022/23 team reviews: Crystal Palace

Our team-by-team Fantasy Premier League (FPL) analysis of the 2022/23 season continues with a Crystal Palace review.

Chelsea and Everton will follow on Monday.

Here, we take an in-depth look at each top-flight side’s campaign, analysing them from an attacking and defensive perspective. We’ll also explore their biggest goal threats and most potent creators.

We’ll return to do a preview of each club closer to the big 2023/24 kick-off, factoring in new transfers, pre-season results and fans’ expectations.

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2022/23 CRYSTAL PALACE REVIEW: ATTACK

TotalRank v other clubs
Goals scored4014th
Shots42614th
Shots in the box27015th
Shots on target13517th
Big chances5216th=
Expected goals (xG)39.9416th
Non-penalty expected goals (NPxG)37.5717th

The late-March return of manager Roy Hodgson helped the Eagles resurrect some awful form and escape relegation, ensuring next season will be their 11th consecutive top-flight campaign.

Winless in 11 matches, Palace had dropped to three points above the drop zone when Patrick Vieira was dismissed on St Patrick’s Day. They’d recently gone three games without a shot on target, the only team to do so since Opta started recording the data in 2003/04.

By Gameweek 28, just before Hodgson’s arrival, they were on joint-fewest goals (22) and second-worst for xG (25.15).

Hodgson’s arrival brought three successive victories and comfortable survival, with a 6.4 minutes per chance bettered only by Manchester United, Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Eagles also shot up to tenth for minutes per xG in the run-in.

A big improvement, then, but it’s important to acknowledge the very favourable run of games that awaited Hodgson when he made his return to the Palace hotseat:

The veteran head coach is the bookies’ favourite to be named the permanent manager for 2023/24 but, at the time of writing, nothing has been confirmed.

Above: Palace’s underlying attacking numbers at home (left) v away (right)

Venue barely seemed to matter to the Eagles, with the goal count (21 v 19) and xG tallies (20.61 v 19.33) very similar.

The ‘big chances’ totals, indeed, were identical (26).

2022/23 CRYSTAL PALACE REVIEW: DEFENCE

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39 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KDB4PREZ
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    All hail the knight

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

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        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 4 days ago

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  2. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    I would like to see a new section introduced to these Team articles:

    "Who are the top 3 FPL picks?"

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Wouldn't that just encourage more hive mind thinking?

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Uh, what was website are you on right now?

      2. Dunster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        FPL Virgin is an FPL communist revolutionary. Hive mind thinking is not a dirty concept, it’s the goal.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Better to just think for yourself, "What would Munday do?"

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        I don't like Mundays is easily Bob Geldof's best song.

        1. Dunster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          There’s an old version of that song Bon Jovi do at a concert when BG comes on stage as a guest - epic

    3. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      "Who are the top 3 FPL picks?"

      Sacrilegious I know but if you go to the official site their Scout already does this in their "Clubs to target in FPL" articles.
      They've already covered Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton, Chelsea, Liverpool and, hold your breath, Luton are next.

  3. Our Tiny Windows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    So avoid palace for now.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Their opening fixtures suggest taking a few GWs to assess their assets before committing, at least to me.

    2. CONNERS
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Eze is probably the only one worth considering, but he'll likely come in at a similar price to Mbuemo and Mitoma.

      Of those three, I prefer Mbuemo, especially if he's reclassified as a midfielder.

  4. diesel001
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    So Koulibaly the latest player to join a Saudi club. Looking at current club ownership:

    Arsenal - Kroenke (American) - he doesn't care that much about winning the league, just wants the CL money
    Liverpool - FSG (American) - another owner whose ambitions have become more limited since they won the title / covid pandemic and are interested in CL money
    Spurs - ENIC (Bahamas / English?) - another owner who is more interested in making sure the club is a viable business that pays its way
    Man Utd - Glazers (American) - another American owner who is interested in sweating the assets and in this case, has used debt to do so
    Newcastle - PIF (Saudi Arabia) - these guys are interested in winning the league at whatever cost
    Chelsea - Clearlake Capital (American) - rumoured that PIF has the economic interests in Chelsea, so these guys would also be interested in winning the league
    Man City - Sheikh Mansour (Abu Dhabi) - these guys are interested in winning the league at whatever cost

    So what are Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Saudi relations like at the moment?

    No point pretending the owners don't talk to each other. We saw with the European Super League discussions that they do.

    1. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 5 days ago

      You really have been posting some utter nonsense recently.

      1. Piggs Boson
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Nonsense is better than constant negativity. You should try it.

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          It's a fair point. Saudi and UAE are actually close allies, bombing Yemen together and trying to bring down Qatar.

  5. OverTinker
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Jamie Carragher has expressed his concerns on Saudi Arabia's involvement in football and their recent transfer activity.
    How can someone be so silly?

    1. Epic Fail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      People were happy when it's the Premier League flashing the cash, then when someone else does it all of a sudden the game's gone.

      1. DGW blindness is for Kinnea…
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        If things continue as they are the PL is going to become the Super League. No other league can compete financially

  6. FPL Blow-In
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    United in for Rabiot now it seems once his contract expires at the end of this month.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Wasn't Rangnik ridiculed when he tried to sign Rabiot?

      1. I Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 4 days ago

        It was Ten Hag who wanted to sign Rabiot last summer.

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 4 days ago

          Right, even weirder.

  7. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    With the widely reported news that KDB will miss the start of the season with a grade three hamstring injury, and Gundo gone, is there now a City attacking mid worth taking a punt on to pair with Haaland for their opening fixtures?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Possibly Foden

    2. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      I should state that I'm not excluding Álvarez and Rodri from the list despite them not being 'attacking mids'.

    3. I Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      If KDB is out I would be very tempted to start with Alvarez or Foden.

    4. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Didnt Grelish play behind the striker some for Villa?

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Foden - Haaland - Mahrez
        -----------Grealish------------
        ----Rodri--------Stones-----
        -------------Rice--------------
        Gavardiol-----Diaz-----Ake

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          I thought Mahrez signed for a Saudi Superleague club?

          1. Andy_Social
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 5 days ago

            He's been approached but nothing's happened (yet).
            I thought Alvarez was usually first choice to relieve KDB.

    5. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Foden has never let anybody down.

      1. Tomerick
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 4 days ago

        He’s like Rick Astley that way.

    6. JohnnyMarrsGuitar
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 4 days ago

      Bernardo Silva - strangely missing from the above XI

      Always seems to step up when taking up the creative responsibility in KDB's absence

      Edersen
      Akanji | Dias | Gvardiol
      Stones | Rodri
      Mahrez | Bernardo | Foden | Grealish
      Haaland