A good goalkeeper can be a key and consistent source of points for an FPL manager, but finding one that can score points and also not break the bank can be a challenge. In my opinion two of the more exciting options this season are the two Brazilian internationals: Ederson of Manchester City, and world record signing Alisson of Liverpool, and with both teams having relatively straightforward opening fixtures, managers may look towards the pair for early clean sheets. Both of these keepers will cost £5.5m, but which is the better option for your team?
Ederson (£5.5m, Manchester City)
After City’s previous goalkeeping issues with Joe Hart and Claudio Bravo, Ederson made a name for himself in Pep’s XI with many strong performances last season. In particular, his ability to play from the back made him stand out from other keepers in the league.
Ederson scored 158 points last season, the second highest total in the league behind £6.0m De Gea. Manchester City’s Ederson kept 16 clean sheets in the premier league last season, starting 36 of their 38 matches. He conceded 26 goals in the league last season and picked up only 1 yellow card.
This season he will hope to continue this fine form, with City’s defence being potentially strengthened by a now fit Benjamin Mendy, and a wealth of high level defenders competing against one another for a place in the starting XI.
Alisson (£5.5m, Liverpool)
Alisson became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper this summer with his transfer from Roma to Liverpool, which makes his £5.5m price tag very appealing.
At a glance, Alisson’s stats are very comparable to Ederson’s, keeping 17 league clean sheets last season from 37 starts and conceding 28 goals, however this doesn’t tell the whole story about Alisson’s ability. Alisson boasted a save percentage of 80.1% last season – inferior to only Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak (85.8%), and beating David De Gea (79.9%). Alisson also made 0 errors leading to goals in the Serie A last season, as opposed to Ederson’s 2 (and significantly better than Mignolet and Karius who made 3 and 2 errors respectively).
Alisson will hope to make a mark on the premier league next season, continuing his impressive form and strengthening Liverpool’s defensive capabilities as an inevitably guaranteed starter in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
On the whole, Alisson seems like the stronger option for FPL managers this season. Although some may want to go for the safety that Ederson provides, having proven himself already as a strong goalkeeper in the premier league, Alisson’s ability seems impressive enough to secure any team’s defence and his ability to consistently make saves could well provide him with a lot of points in FPL which to me just makes Alisson the more appetising choice.
Written by FPL Havenaar (@FPLHavenaar)