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FPL Watchlist: Fixtures point to Pickford

The Scout 11 Jul 2018
Jordan Pickford, Everton

The Scout on why England's FIFA World Cup star is one of the most popular goalkeepers since the game's launch

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 (£5.0m) EVE

Everton’s early fixtures can make the England international a big target in goal.

In the opening nine Gameweeks the Toffees face only one of last season's top eight.

That comes when they travel to Arsenal in Gameweek 6.

Six of their matches during that period score two or less in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Everton's first nine Gameweeks
GW Opponent Venue FDR
1 Wolves A 2
2 Southampton H 2
3 AFC Bournemouth A 3
4 Huddersfield H 2
5 West Ham H 2
6 Arsenal A 4
7 Fulham H 2
8 Leicester A 3
9 Crystal Palace H 2
Top-five saver

Pickford is one of only two goalkeepers who rank among the top five for saves in each of the previous two campaigns.

Last season he earned at least one save point in 24 of his 38 appearances, claiming 28 points from saves alone.


FPL managers will be tempted by attacking right-back Seamus Coleman in the Everton defence.

But Coleman is more expensive at £5.5m and so Pickford can establish himself as a cut-price favourite.

Managers making moves

The early signs suggest Pickford will be in a lot of initial squads. 

Since FPL was launched last week, the goalkeeper starring for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been hot property.

He has been included in 20.6 per cent of managers' teams, making him the third-most owned player in his position.

See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Watchlist

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