With the new version of the game being launched yesterday, a lot of FPL managers are busy assembling their squads. Some managers prefer to pick a few top players and make up the rest of the squad with the cheapest available players while the others look for a balance in their squad and not just bank upon a few top players. This four part series will be looking at a few cheaper options for each position- goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker. A dilemma that is often faced by managers is whether to spend big on a top 4 goalkeeper and purchase a cheap second choice keeper or to have two cheap keepers and save the extra budget for other positions. In the first installment, we enlist a few goalkeepers who could be potential differentials in the game.
1. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)
First five fixtures: West Brom (A), Watford (H), Man City (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton (H)
Asmir Begovic finally left Chelsea and joined Bournemouth after being second choice to Thibaut Courtois for the last two seasons. The 30 year old would look to replicate his Stoke City form at Bournemouth where he would be getting a lot of game-time. Bournemouth face Man City and Arsenal in the first five fixtures and even though that reduces the chances of him keeping a clean sheet, he could be getting a lot of save points for FPL bosses. A trip to West Brom and home games against Watford and newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion could result in Begovic keeping a clean sheet as well. With Begovic being Bournemouth’s new first choice and being fairly priced at £4.5m, he could prove to be a very goood option to have in your side.
2. Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
First five fixtures: Bournemouth (H), Burnley (A), Stoke (H), Brighton (A), West Ham (H)
West Bromwich Albion are a side that are known to be tight at the back and conceded the ninth least goals last season. Ben Foster is the cheapest first team keeper of the nine clubs and he also made the joint fifth most saves in the league last season with 115 saves. With his first five fixtures including Bournemouth, Stoke, West Ham, Burnley and Brighton, Foster could be in with a good chance to keep a few clean sheets and also accumulate a few save points.
3. Mathew Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion)
First five fixtures: Man City (H), Leicester (A), Watford (A), West Brom (H), Bournemouth (A)
Mathew Ryan who recently joined Brighton from Valencia for a club record fee of around £6million will replace David Stockdale and become Brighton’s first choice goalkeeper. A side that let in only 40 goals in the EFL Championship last season will have their work cut out in the Premier League. Fixtures against Manchester City and Leicester City could mean a lot of saves for Ryan to make and that could give the Australian a lot of save points in the game.
In the next installment of this series, we’ll be looking at a few cheap defenders who you could have in your side.
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