GW12 Ones to watch: Julian Speroni

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Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace

The Scout’s latest series begins with a Crystal Palace goalkeeper set to be the new No 1 bargain for Fantasy managers

The Scout starts a series on five players tipped for big points in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12.

Crystal Palace look set to give FPL managers at least two key bargains this season.

While Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£4.5m) may not have delivered big points as yet, he continues to impress as an option in midfield.

And he has been joined by team-mate Speroni as another cut-price acquisition.

The goalkeeper has started the past four matches to emerge as manager Roy Hodgson’s first choice.

And that has coincided with an improvement in defence. 

Over the last four Gameweeks, no team have allowed fewer than Palace’s three big chances – defined as a chance where the shooting player is expected to score.

And only Manchester City and Liverpool have conceded fewer shots in the penalty area (19).

The forthcoming fixtures provide the platform to turn those impressive numbers into clean sheets and FPL points. 

Their next six opponents all score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Up next is a home encounter against Everton.

Only Crystal Palace themselves have scored fewer away goals than the Toffees (two).

And only three clubs have created fewer big chances on the road than Everton’s four.

GW Opponent FDR
12 EVE (H) 2
13 STK (H) 2
14 BHA (A) 2
15 WBA (A) 2
16 BOU (H) 2
17 WAT (H) 2

Speroni now surpasses Rob Elliot (£4.2m) as the cheapest active option in goal.

And along with the Newcastle United player he presents a potential pairing of starting goalkeepers for a mere £8.2m.

That is a very appealing option for managers yet to play the first Wildcard chip, or even those in need of extra funds for investment elsewhere.

Speroni’s ownership has increased by 47,000 in the last three Gameweeks. He has so far attracted more than 10,000 new owners ahead of the Everton match.

With a run of favourable fixtures ahead, this looks the ideal time to turn to Speroni for a crucial saving in goal.

Tomorrow: GW12 Ones to watch: Alberto Moreno 

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