Every team must start at the back with a man between the sticks; a man who whose sole aim is to stop the other team from scoring. This is the goalkeeper and luckily we get to pick two of them. Depending on how you wish to distribute your funds, and the strategy you want to proceed with, you can either go with an expensive goalie with a budget one or apply a rotation policy with two mid-ranged goalkeepers. Following on from our fantasy football team rotation article, we have analysed the first 7 fixtures that lead up to the second international break. With this in mind we’ve drawn up a list of combinations that you may want to consider.
When going for this combination, to match your top team keeper, you will need a starting budget keeper who can step in only if necessary.
Man City will be expected to collect more than their fair share of clean sheets over the course of the season, which is why Hart is the most expensive keeper in the game and currently has a fantasy ownership of 18.5%. Norwich’s fixtures rotate to provide a decent consecutive home run, which will always leave open the option of swapping a difficult away game for a more favourable home game.
Not to be outdone by their rivals, Man United will also look to keep it tight at the back in their pursuit of the title. After a shaky start, De Gea has grown into his role and his potential is starting to show, throw in the return of Vidic and United could be collecting a good amount of defensive returns. West Ham’s fixtures happen to pair up well with United’s and they have been busy over the summer building their reinforcements in the form of Jaaskelainen, Collins and Diarra. These three should add some much needed solidity at the back for the Hammers, if they are to stay up.
Vorm had an excellent season with Swansea, making save after save to draw many admirers. Laudrup has done well to fend off competition to keep the Dutch stopper and luckily his fixtures match up well with Schwarzer’s. This combination definitely has the potential for clean sheets, especially if both teams are able to hit the ground running at home in front of their fans.
Krul is another Dutch keeper who did a lot last season to show that Holland are currently spoilt for choice between the sticks. The third highest scoring goalie in the game is expected to do well again this season but it remains to be seen if Newcastle can repeat such an excellent defensive performance. However, matching up their fixtures with that of Villa’s will give you the option of switching to former-Newcastle legend Shay Given. Villa have not been known for their defensive solidity since O’Neill left but in Given, they still have a dependable stopper.
Choosing the right goalkeeper combination for your squad will depend largely on your defensive choices to avoid doubling up, which is generally advised against to lower risk and increase the potential for bonus points. To help with your squad choices, tomorrow we will be running an article offering fantasy football tips on which defenders you should keep an eye on and what sort of strategies can be deployed. The countdown has begun; 5 DAYS TO GO!!
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