We continue our FPL stats series by looking at the essential Crystal Palace FPL stats from last season. Our article on the best Crystal Palace FPL players 2021/22 is a great accompaniment to this article.

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Essential Crystal Palace FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers

Brace yourselves for this one. Crystal Palace were one of the bleakest teams in the division by last season’s end. I struggled to find positives for them.

Crystal Palace conceded more big chances (86) than Southampton. They also have a vulnerability on the left side of defence from where they conceded the 2nd most chances (145).

To add to the left side concerns, Patrick Vieira‘s new side also conceded the 2nd most crosses from the left (450), and the most headed goal attempts (114).

Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) is known for making saves, but he had the worst xGP (expected goals allowed minus actual goals conceded) last season (12.5) and has the second most saves parried to the opposition (28).

These are some serious defensive frailties Vieira will have to address immediately if he wants to survive in the top flight. This team could be decimated when playing teams with a strong right sided attack that can convert big chances.

Kai Havertz (£8.5m) and Reece James (£5.5m) could feast in Gameweek 1.

The Best Crystal Palace FPL Players 2021/22

Essential Crystal Palace FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers

From an attacking perspective, I am afraid things are only marginally better.

Crystal Palace had an expected goals (xG) of 59.4 over the 20/21 season, but their expected goals on target (xGoT) was a mere 52.5. In other words, their chances of scoring went down when the shot was on target.

They also had the fewest passing through balls (8), indicating an inability to penetrate lines of pressure to create opportunities behind defenders.

Lastly, Crystal Palace had almost no attack from their right side, making them extremely predictable. They had the fewest chances created from that side (68), which equates to less than 2 chances created from the right per match.

Vieira will look to establish well defined roles for players and begin the transformation to a total football inspired approach. This will be a long process however as the side is not currently built for this style of play. He could be good for creative players as he encourages self-expression within his very well-defined vision.

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I was always told to find something positive in everything, so I guess the positive for Palace is that they were one of only two teams with no own goals last season.

Counts for something, right?

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