Joel Robles (EVE) – v Leicester City (a) – £5.5m
With Martin Stekelenberg set to miss out through injury this week, Robles becomes by far the cheapest and probably most popular option in goal for GW18 and is most definitely our keeper of choice. With most of the expensive elite players at home to ‘lesser’ teams this week, funds are going to be tight and so Robles allows us to save our budget being at least £1.5m cheaper than all the other keepers.
If you’re not sure he’s good enough value and concerned at Everton’s inability to keep clean sheets on the road, well the only other time Robles has played this season was the GW10 win at home to West Ham, where a clean sheet and 3 saves led to a 20pts total. That’s 3.6points per million which is great value from any player, let alone a keeper.
Darren Randolph (WHU) – v Swansea (a) – £7m
Randolph earns our recognition thanks to his great recent form with two 20+point weeks in a row thanks to 2 clean sheets and 6 saves. While Swansea might seem like another ‘easy’ game on paper, at home they are a different proposition and tend to score at least one so another clean sheet might be harder to come by. That said Randolph averages nearly 4 saves per game so even without a clean sheet could still score well.
Petr Cech (ARS) v West Brom (h) – £7.1m
Surprisingly Cech is the next cheapest option in goal this week. Although Arsenal and Cech are often known for their strong defensive performances, they actually have no clean sheets in 8 games now. As a result Cech’s FanDuel value has fallen. However at home to WBA this week, who aren’t as strong on their travels could be the perfect opportunity to break the run and finally get the elusive clean sheet and 10 points.
Tom Heaton (BUR) – v Middlesbrough (h) – £8m
On paper, Heaton is the most likely of all goalkeepers this week to score best and break the important 20+points mark. Unfortunately, he’s also quite expensive.
Although Middlesbrough put three past Swansea last week, they still have one of the worst records away from home for chances created and with Burnley strong at home and Heaton averaging at least 5 saves per game, more than any other keeper, expect another good performance from the young shotstopper this week. If you can somehow afford him, without having to compromise elsewhere in your team, he should offer a good return of points once again and be worth the punt.