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Fabianski owners should consider Schmeichel

The Scout 1 Oct 2019
Kasper Schmeichel

The Scout says Leicester’s fixtures make Dane an ideal Fantasy replacement for injured West Ham goalkeeper

Three clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks have made West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski (£5.1m) the joint top-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy Premier League.

But there are concerns over his fitness after he limped off during the first half of Saturday's 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth.

While West Ham are yet to confirm details of the injury, Fantasy managers are already reacting, with over 45,000 selling the Poland international ahead of Gameweek 8. 

Best replacements

Sheffield United's Dean Henderson (£4.5m) has emerged as the top early target, with 21,000+ new owners.

And Fabianski's misfortune could also boost interest in Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) as a possible replacement.

The Leicester City goalkeeper kept his second shutout of 2019/20 against Newcastle United on Sunday and is approaching a run of kind fixtures.

Leicester face a tough test at Liverpool this weekend, but after that eight of their next nine opponents score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Leicester's next 10 fixtures
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
8 LIV (A) 5 13 BHA (A) 2
9 BUR (H) 2 14 EVE (H) 2
10 SOU (A) 2 15 WAT (H) 2
11 CRY (A) 2 16 AVL (A) 2
12 ARS (H) 4 17 NOR (H) 2

Rui Patricio (£5.1m), of Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Arsenal's Bernd Leno (£5.0m) also offer affordable options in the same price bracket as Fabianski, with similarly favourable fixtures.

But Fabianski’s deputy at West Ham, Roberto (£4.4m), could be a more cost-effective pick.

Nick Pope (£4.6m), is proving a popular pick in the £5.0m and under price range.

The Burnley No 1 is ranked fourth for ownership among goalkeepers, sitting in 14.6 per cent of squads.

That number could increase ahead of Saturday's home match against an Everton side who have failed to score in three of their seven Premier League matches this season.

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