Fantasy Premier League

Penalty saves make Guaita an FPL target

The Scout 11 Jun 2018
Vicente Guaita

Crystal Palace's new goalkeeper demands attention thanks to his spot-kick record, reckons The Scout

Vicente Guaita can be a big value signing for Fantasy Premier League managers next season.

He arrives at Selhurst Park from Spanish side Getafe to compete with Wayne Hennessey for the No 1 jersey at Crystal Palace.

Guaita made 86 saves in the season just gone and claimed 12 clean sheets in LaLiga.

His new team-mate Hennessey produced 91 saves and returned seven clean sheets.

And Guaita saved 76.6 per cent of the shots he faced, compared with Hennessey's 68.2.

Guiata v Hennessey in 2017/18

  Hennessey Guaita
Mins/goal conceded 59.3 114.2
Mins/clean sheet 347.1 247.5
Mins/save 26.7 34.9
Spot-kick specialist

Significantly, Guaita boasts an impressive penalty-saving record.

He stopped two of the three spot-kicks he faced in the season just gone. Only Lukasz Fabianski, with three, bettered that among FPL goalkeepers.

Over the last four seasons, Guaita has saved five penalties in LaLiga.

This can provide a significant boost to his points potential in Fantasy.

Goalkeepers earn five points for every penalty save.

Penalty bonus

They also pick up 12 points in the Bonus Points System, which determines how the bonus points are awarded in each match.

Palace were revived upon the arrival of manager Roy Hodgson from Gameweek 5.

They produced nine clean sheets from that point; a total bettered only by teams finishing in the top seven places.

Patrick van Aanholt was the big draw in their defence by the end of the season, with three goals in the final three Gameweeks.

That form means that the left-back could retain this season's initial price tag of £5.5m.

But Guaita is expected to be cheaper.

Should he be handed a price of £4.5m, the new signing has the potential to become one of the top value picks in Fantasy for 2018/19.

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