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FPL watchlist: Early schedule key to Bachmann appeal

The Scout 30 Jun 2021
Daniel Bachmann, Watford

The Scout reckons Watford’s No 1 can be a big success over a kind run of opening opponents

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

Daniel Bachmann (WAT) £4.5m

Watford’s opening schedule suggests their key players can emerge as standout sources of value in Fantasy.

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According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of their first seven matches scores more than three.

Watford’s first seven Gameweeks 
GW Opponent FDR
1 AVL (H) 2
2 BHA (A) 3
3 TOT (A) 4
4 WOL (H) 2
5 NOR (A) 2
6 NEW (H) 2
7 LEE (A) 3

Watford return to the Premier League on the back of a series of strong defensive displays.

Their totals of 23 clean sheets and 30 goals conceded were both the best records in the Championship last season.

Bachmann was a key figure in their successful campaign. 

Bachmann's best 2020/21 saves

Having started 2020/21 as back-up to Ben Foster (£4.0m), the Austrian was installed as the No 1 after Xisco Munoz arrived as head coach midway through the campaign.

Bachmann was named in the first XI for all but three of the Spaniard’s matches in charge, making 23 starts.

Target promoted goalkeepers?

At a cost of just £4.5m, Bachmann could mirror the performances of the promoted goalkeepers from last season.

In terms of points per million (ppm) spent, three of the top four goalkeepers in 2020/21 were from sides who had come up from the Championship.

Despite his budget price tag, Bachmann can be found in only 2.2 per cent of squads.

If Watford can take advantage of their opening run of matches, his popularity in Fantasy could rise quickly.

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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