FPL Team Guide: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace had, as ever, a turbulent 18/19 season.

Despite being the only team to beat Manchester City at the Etihad, they spent a large part of the season flirting with the edge of the relegation zone.

Even as a team you would firmly expect to find in the bottom half of the table, there are still a few gems worth considering for your FPL team here.

Expected Line-Up and Formation

The inclusion of Sakho is subject to his injury status, having suffered a lot in recent times.

It is likely however, that if he is available to the Eagles, then he will be used in a first team capacity.

Similarly, the selection of Ward as a replacement right back for Wan-Bissaka is up for debate and depends heavily on any potential signings palace make over the summer.

At this early stage of pre-season it is difficult to say for certain what route Roy Hodgson will decide to go down, but this is a good educated guess at a potential starting 11.

Set Piece Takers

As we will discuss in detail further below, Palace’s options for set piece takers are fairly limited, with one player having taken all of their penalties last season as well as most of their free kicks and corners (Luka Milivojevic).

There is definitely a lack of depth for set-piece takers in this squad, which is in part why options of who to include in your FPL teams are limited.

Palace’s Star Player

Their captain, their penalty taker, their top goal scorer for last season. This man will currently set you back £7.0 million if you decide to add him to your team.

He played in all 38 games for Palace last season, scoring 12 goals and creating 2 assists – this puts him above even Zaha for goals scored.

Palace were awarded the second most amount of penalties last season and Luka took all 11, scoring all but 1.

He is also usually their first choice for taking free kicks and often corners too, meaning the club heavily rely on him for set-pieces.

If this is a statistic which carries over into the next season then this is a player that should definitely be on your radar.

Other Palace Options

Although they are some doubts over his future, it is my belief that Wilfried Zaha will be a Palace player next season.

He is absolutely key to Palace’s attack, able to dance around even the best defenders on his day.

Setting you back £7.0 million, Zaha is a creative genius who scored 10 goals and created 5 assists last year.

Many would say that he and the club as a whole were not at their best, and that the potential is there for many more goals than that in the 19/20 season.

The final player I believe to be definitely worth considering is Palace’s now 1st goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita.

He played in 20 games last season, conceding only 27 goals.

Whilst this may not sound hugely impressive he also managed to keep 7 clean sheets and pulled off many fantastic saves.

At £5.0 million I firmly believe Guaita is a great choice of second keeper for your FPL teams.

Opening 10 Games

Lastly, lets take a look at how the start of the season looks for Palace, and how well we can expect them to do out of their fixtures. Here are the first ten fixtures for palace in the 18/19 season:

Everton(H), Sheffield Utd(A), Man Utd(A), Aston Villa(H), Spurs(A), Wolves(H), Norwich(H), West Ham(A), Man City(H), Chelsea(A)

This is very much a mixed bag for palace, but taking on 2 of the 3 newly promoted teams at home should provide an opportunity for goals and points.

That being said, there are also some very tricky away match-ups against some of the top 6.

It cannot be understated however, just how well Palace can perform against some of the bigger teams (we only have to remember their performance against City at the Etihad last year).

In conclusion, I believe the players mentioned above are all worth strongly considering for your FPL teams. Palace have an ability to play well against the big teams as well as to win penalties off their opponents that should see a steady haul of points GW to GW.

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