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FPL Watchlist: Begovic a budget contender

The Scout 12 Jul 2018
Asmir Begovic, AFC Bournemouth

Save points and a kind set of opening fixtures favour the AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper

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

Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) BOU

The early fixtures can make Begovic one of the best cut-price options in opening squads.

Only one of the goalkeeper's first 10 matches scores more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

That takes place in Gameweek 4, when AFC Bournemouth travel to Chelsea.

AFC Bournemouth's first 10 GWs
GW Opponent Venue FDR
1 Cardiff H 2
2 West Ham  A
3 Everton H
4 Chelsea  A
5 Leicester H
6 Burnley A
7 Crystal Palace H
8 Watford A
9 Southampton H
10 Fulham A
Save points appeal

Begovic's ability to supply save points boosts his appeal.

He earned 25 additional points from saves last season, the equivalent of six extra clean sheets.


Only six goalkeepers in the game bettered his total of 110 saves.

Those save points helped him to 112 points in FPL. That was more than any AFC Bournemouth defender.

Rotation player

Managers who pick Begovic in their opening squads should also select Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) of Crystal Palace as their second goalkeeper.

By having both players, managers are guaranteed a home fixture from one of them in every Gameweek. 

See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Watchlist

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