Having the best option possible in between the sticks could make all the difference. We’ve got all the info you need ahead of Gameweek 4.
One of the underrated assets of a successful fantasy football team is a safe pair of hands behind your defence churning out consistent points hauls.
Using our brand new rating system, the Squawka Score, we look at the best goalkeeping options for Gameweek 4. Our tool judges a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of selected stats and spits out a percentage based on their potential to score FPL points.
What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here.
If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.
Here are the top 10 Premier League goalkeepers based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.
|Player||FPL Squawka Score||23/24 Team||23/24 FPL Price|
|Alphonse Areola||57%||West Ham||4.1|
|Sam Johnstone||56%||Crystal Palace||4.5|
|Emiliano Martinez||56%||Aston Villa||5.0|
As part of our FPL coverage, we are going to pick out a Differential Duel ahead of every Gameweek.
The idea is to pit two comparable assets against each other — one who isn’t necessarily being selected by most FPL managers, and one who is proving popular.
We will then give you the stats and it is your call as to who gets the final nod.
This week, we compare Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario (3.5% ownership) with Man City’s Ederson (20%).
Vicario has got off to a great start to life at Tottenham, securing 19 points so far — the highest of any goalkeeper this season. When this is compared to Ederson, it’s easy to see that Vicario could be a key differential this week. Ederson has won five points fewer than his counterpart from North London, but he costs 0.6m more.
Spurs take on Burnley and Sheffield United in the next two weeks, giving you even more reason to consider picking up the Spurs ‘keeper ahead of Gameweek 4.
Here is a closer look at how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix.
It is fair to say that goalkeepers at the bottom end of the price scale might not start you many games, but that does not mean they should be completely ruled out when it comes to FPL.
For genuine starters, you might want to focus on our 4.5 picks, although Alphonse Areola and Matt Turner also look like keeping the gloves for their respective sides as things stand. The below selections have been produced after running this year’s numbers through our Squawka Score super computer ahead of Gameweek 4.
The best 4.0 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest (N/A)
- Fraser Forster, Tottenham (47%)
- Robin Olsen, Aston Villa (N/A)
The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Bernd Leno, Fulham (60%)
- Alphonse Areola, West Ham (57%)
- Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace (56%)
Giving you further food for thought, we have crunched the numbers using both the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) and our Squawka Score tool to determine the best player to pick from each club facing an ‘easy’ fixture this weekend.
|Team||Top pick||FPL Squawka Score||23/24 FPL Price|
|Crystal Palace||Sam Johnstone||56%||4.5|
|Sheffield United||Wes Foderingham*||—||4.5|
|West Ham||Alphonse Areola||57%||4.1|
*Expected to start, but does not qualify for a Squawka Score until GW6 as he did not feature in the Premier League last season.