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FA Cup Stat Attack - Palace's Best Performers

19 May 2016


While you know that Palace have made it to the FA Cup final by beating five other teams, do you know who has been the star performers during the cup run?

We've delved into the stats to see which of the 20 Eagles Alan Pardew has selected to play in the competition this year come out on top statistically for a series of different criteria. 

Shooting

Wilfried Zaha is Palace’s top scorer in the competition with two goals, with six other players all getting on the scoresheet once.

Despite being injured for the first two games and coming on as a late substitute against Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round, Yannick Bolasie has managed to take the most shots at goal with 10. Zaha, Fraizer Campbell and Scott Dann sit behind the winger on seven.

However it is a different name who has had the most on target, with Yohan Cabaye seeing five of his six attempts hit the target, including his penalty against Reading.

Passing

Five players have been credited with an assist on the run to the final – Cabaye, Zaha, Damien Delaney, Jason Puncheon and Pape Souare.

Cabaye again leads the way when it comes to total passes made. The Frenchman – who has played in every FA Cup game this term – has made 170, with Delaney next up with 156. However in terms of key passes he is matched by Jason Puncheon with the pair tied on seven.

The player who boasts the best passing accuracy rate is Chung-yong Lee, however his record of 89.1% was made in his single appearance against Stoke in round four. Jordon Mutch meanwhile played three times and registered 82.8%, whereas in regards to the ever-presents Cabaye comes out on top with 79.7%.

The French international also put in the most crosses (38) and enjoyed the most touches (284, but just four ahead of Zaha).

Challenges

When it comes to duelling, no Palace player has come close to Zaha during the five cup ties. The winger has been involved in 112 of them, which is over double of his next rival - Cabaye on 53. 

In regards to aerial duels though it is a different story, with Mile Jedinak contesting 32 headers, just edging out Delaney and Dann who are two behind their skipper.

Unsurprisingly, Zaha has been the most fouled Eagle, winning 17 free-kicks for his side.

Defending

In terms of most tackles made, Cabaye once again heads the list with a total 15, although Puncheon attempted 11 in just three games compared to his teammate’s five.

The centre-back partnership of Delaney and Dann meanwhile cannot be separated when it comes to clearances, having registered 27 apiece. Their fellow defender Souare though has managed to intercept the opposition on 15 occasions from the left-back position.

But it’s an attacking player who has actually won the ball back on more occasions for Palace than anyone. Step forward Zaha, who has turned the ball over in a positive fashion 36 times, with an honourable mention going to Joel Ward who is just one behind.

Delaney has characteristically put his body on the line eight times to block shots, which is three more than Dann and two more than Jedinak, and when the ball has managed to get past the backline Wayne Hennessey has made a total of 16 saves from his five outings.

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