Goalkeepers can make or break good Fantasy teams. Like in FPL, we typically prefer not to ever spend more than 10.0 on goalkeepers. The concept is simple – goalkeepers score big with clean sheets but that is sometimes a little bit of a gamble. It is always harder to predict a clean sheet than to predict goals, hence we prefer freeing up cash for other departments.
In Fantasy World Cup, David de Gea is the only GK priced a 6.5 and the cheapest GKs are priced at 4.0. With this in mind, we will look at 5 GKs that have caught our eyes.
Alisson (BRA / 6.0)
Brazil will almost definitely make it past the Group Stages and Alisson is their first choice. The Roma custodian is safe and steady and has done enough to ward off the challenge of Manchester City’s Ederson. The catch is of course his price at 6.0. If you were to pick Alisson, you will need another GK at 4.0 but no GK at 4.0 are likely to start.
Jordan Pickford (ENG / 5.5)
England is lucky to be in a relatively easy Group. England can always falter but on paper, they look good to win their opening two Group games before facing Belgium on the last game. Pickford is the number one going in and looks set to start all three games. His price also allows you to pick a second GK at 4.5 and at that price, there a plenty of starting GKs to choose from.
Willy Caballero (ARG / 5.0)
Argentina is one of the favourites to win the World Cup and at 5.0 Caballero is the cheapest starting GK from the top teams. Caballero is of course Chelsea’s number two in the Premier League but with Sergio Romero out, he is slated to be Argentina’s number one. Argentina is in a tricky group and is not known for their defending but you can fancy perhaps 1 clean sheet from 3 Group games.
Igor Akinfeev (RUS / 5.0)
Russia’s run-up to the tournament has been downright awful and no one is pinning much hopes on the hosts. However, the hosts are in a relatively easy Group (thanks to being seeded in the draw) and statistically only one World Cup host has ever failed to make it past the Group stages (South Africa in 2010). Russia starts their campaign against Saudi Arabia and looks odds on for a clean sheet. Akinfeev himself is a veteran of the national team and look set to carry his team from the back. In my opinion, he is a must-have as a GK in the Group Stages.
Matthew Ryan (AUS / 4.5)
At 4,5, there are not many goalkeepers who are number one for their country but Ryan is one of them. He is familiar to FPL managers with his exploits with Brighton this season. Australia starts their campaign with a tough game against France then Denmark before playing a winnable game against Peru. The good thing is Australia plays their games earlier in the gameweek so if you have Ryan, there is the opportunity to play him first then substitute him out should he have a disastrous game.
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