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FPL watchlist: Ederson can justify premium

The Scout 3 Jul 2019
Ederson

The Scout says ever-present Man City goalkeeper has favourable opening to 2019/20 in FPL

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

Ederson (MCI) £6.0m

The Brazilian goalkeeper offers a secure route into Manchester City's resilient defence.

Ederson was the only player to start all 38 Gameweeks for the champions last season.

That helped him finish as the second top-scoring goalkeeper in FPL, with 169 points, thanks also to 20 clean sheets.

Ederson has an excellent opening set of matches that can reward early investment for 2019/20.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of the champions' first 11 Gameweeks score more than three.

Man City's first 11 Gameweeks 
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 WHU (A) 3 7 EVE (A) 4
2 TOT (H) 4 8 WOL (H) 3
3 BOU (A) 3 9 CRY (A) 2
4 BHA (H) 2 10 AVL (H) 2
5 NOR (A) 2 11 SOU (H) 2
6 WAT (H)  3  

Those matches occur in Gameweek 2, when Man City host Tottenham Hotspur, and Gameweek 7, when they visit Everton.

It is worth noting that Pep Guardiola’s team kept a clean sheet in both corresponding fixtures in 2018/19.

Coveted 'keeper 

At £6.0m, Ederson is the joint-most expensive goalkeeper in FPL this season, along with Alisson, of Liverpool.

But despite that hefty price tag, he has been a popular pick since the game launched last week.

He is the fourth most-owned goalkeeper in FPL, sitting in 17.7 per cent of squads.

Ederson's favourable opening schedule and potential for clean sheets can make him the go-to pick for those who like to spend big on their goalkeepers.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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