Zaha’s all-around appeal hard to ignore in FPL’s best start to season


Crystal palais Fulham 1-2

  • Buts: Tom Cairney (5,3 M £) | Jairo Riedewald (4,4 M £), Wilfried Zaha (7,2 M £)
  • Aide: Harrison Reed (£ 4.5m) | Zaha, Michy Batshuayi (£ 5.8million)
  • Red cards: Aboubakar Kamara (5,0 m)
  • Points bonus: Zaha x3, Cairney x2, Riedewald x1

Za-hard to ignore

Wilfried ZahaThe Premier League’s best start to the campaign (£ 7.2million) makes it difficult for non-owner fantasy managers to ignore it.

The FPL midfielder’s double-digit shot out of position in a 2-1 victory at Fulham on Saturday took him to six offensive returns for 2020/21 and a total of 48 points. At the time of writing, it was the highest score of any midfielder priced below £ 9.4million, which is perhaps not surprising given that he continues to line up as a striker for Crystal Palace.

Zaha’s previous best start to the season was in 2018/19, when he achieved five offensive returns in the first 10 match weeks, averaging 0.5 per game. This time, the palace man averages double that. Having scored five goals in his last six Premier League games, Zaha has managed as many as in his last 41 games.

“(Wilfried was) excellent. He’s a great player, isn’t he? That’s what Wilf is capable of and we all know it. He just reminds us that when he’s in good shape, on top of his game and playing with that kind of determination, he’s a very difficult player to stop. – Roy Hodgson

Of course, two penalties taken in the absence of Luka Milivojevic (£ 5.7million) may have helped inflate Zaha’s long-term credentials slightly and it’s certainly worth noting that the Serbia international made his first Premier League start to the season in Gameweek 6.

However, Zaha has shown that he doesn’t necessarily need kicks to register a double-digit shot, score, assist, and remove Craven Cottage’s three bonuses.

Apparently not suffering from the ill effects of a collision with the post in the second half, Zaha is sure to attract new owners in the coming days.

21.2% own the Eagles man in the world, while 29.3% of the top 10k were in his possession by the end of Gameweek 6, making Zaha the fifth most popular midfielder at this level .

Those worried about not owning it may feel comfortable waiting another week before making a switch, given that Palace has to surrender to Wolves in Gameweek 7, who have recorded three clean sheets in their five. first games of the season.

Once this game is over, Roy Hodgson’s men will face Leeds (home), Newcastle (home) and West Bromwich Albion (home).


Fantasy managers in possession of a (guilty) Crystal Palace defender struggled to contain their frustration in the later stages of the 2-1 victory at Fulham.

The Eagles had expertly handled Saturday’s game, allowing a rather straightforward Cottagers side to claim the lion’s share by defending their mostly modest efforts behind an organized 4-4-2 formation.

“There were definitely some tempo issues. We play a game against a team where there are often nine or 10 players in front of you. I have to try to move it, break between the lines. You have to be clinical at these times. – Scott Parker

However, just as it was against Brighton last weekend, Palace conceded in the finals. It is starting to become a worrying event for the Eagles.

“Obviously we conceded another goal in added time, but throughout the 90 minutes I thought we defended really well. – Roy Hodgson

That said, the Eagles matches remain positive in this regard. Wolves have only scored five times this season, while Palace will also face Burnley and West Brom from here to Gameweek 11.

Tom CairneyThe impressive late strike of (£ 5.3million) ensured that the only defender to leave Crave Cottage with a clean sheet was Nathaniel Clyne (£ 4.5million), making his right-back debut.

Which brings us to the most positive update for Mitchell owners, in light of Patrick van AanholtReturn to physical form of (£ 5.4million).

When the Dutchman came on in the second half, rather than replacing his understudy, Hodgson took off debutant Clyne. This allowed van Aanholt to play in his preferred position on the left, but also saw Mitchell’s run in the team continue, occupying the right-back for the final 18 minutes.

While that’s far from confirming Mitchell’s chances of leaving for Gameweek 7, it’s certainly something his owners need to hang on to when planning ahead.

During this time, they can also receive encouragement for its increased forward movement. In the second half, Mitchell circled Fulham’s defense and unleashed a low, powerful shot at goal, which Alphonse Areola (£ 4.5million) saved with his feet.

On the lookout

Right after a name check in the Scout Squad and Spot the Differential articles, Ademola Lookman (£ 5.0million) was once again one of Fulham’s most dynamic players.

As already mentioned, the Cottagers didn’t offer a lot of attacking threats on top of their possession in Gameweek 6, but Lookman arguably went closer.

After scoring and making three key passes in his full debut, the former Everton man hit the post twice against Crystal Palace.

“Ade brings us (good performances). When it comes to our offensive impetus, Ade can be crucial. Lookman will play a big role in this regard. He hit the post twice today. – Scott Parker

Meanwhile, Fulham’s defense continues to look very vulnerable. Despite having largely controlled possession on Saturday afternoon, Palace didn’t have to do much on the clock to get both goals. Good news for West Brom, West Ham and Everton forwards, the Cottagers’ next three opponents.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Aréole; A Robinson, Ream, Adarabioyo, Aina; Lemina (Reed 79 ′), Zambo Anguissa (Caméra 66 ′); Lookman, Loftus-Cheek (Decordova-Reid ′ 74), Cairney; Mitrovic.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne (van Aanholt 72 ′); Schlupp (Eze 76 ′), Riedewald (Sakho 85 ′), Milivojevic, Townsend; Zaha, Batshuayi.


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