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FPL watchlist: Fixtures point to Pickford

The Scout 2 Jul 2019
Jordan Pickford

The Scout says Everton 'keeper can pick up where he left off with a string of early clean sheets

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Jordan Pickford (EVE) £5.5m

The Everton goalkeeper has a very favourable run of opponents at the start of 2019/20.

Everton's first 14 Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR* GW Opp FDR*
1 CRY (A) 2 8 BUR (A) 2
2 WAT (H) 3 9 WHU (H) 2
3 AVL (A) 2 10 BHA (A) 2
4 WOL (H) 3 11 TOT (H) 4
5 BOU (A) 3 12 SOU (A) 2
6 SHU (H) 2 13 NOR (H) 2
7 MCI (H) 4 14 LEI (A) 3

*Fixture Difficulty Rankings 

In the opening 14 Gameweeks, Pickford will face only two of last season's top-six sides.

And on both occasions, those matches are at home.

Manchester City are the visitors in Gameweek 7 and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Merseyside in Gameweek 11.

Hard to beat

Pickford finished as the third top-scoring goalkeeper in FPL last season on 161 points.

The England international's shot-stopping played a big part in his success.

He made three penalty saves, joint-top with Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City, and totalled 94 saves.

Staunch defence

Everton's form in the latter stages of last season highlights their improving defence.

From Gameweek 28 onwards, the Toffees' total of eight clean sheets was joint top with champions Man City.

Indeed, Marco Silva's men conceded only seven goals in the final 11 Gameweeks.

That total matched their Merseyside rivals Liverpool and was second only to the three of Man City.

Two Toffees?

The attacking potential of left-back Lucas Digne (£6.0m) makes him Everton's standout candidate at the back this season.

But Pickford can also appeal for opening squads.

Owned by 11.5 per cent of managers, he can provide a strong double-up option alongside the Frenchman for those early months.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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