Best FPL Goalkeepers to pick in Gameweek 25

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In this article, we will look at the best goalkeepers to pick for your Fantasy Premier League team in Gameweek 25.

Let’s dive in

Best goalkeepers for FPL GW25

We will look at goalkeepers from every price point: budget enablersmidpriced picks and premium options.

Budget enablers for Gameweek 25

Forster (3.9m, Tottenham)

  • with Lloris out until April, we have a starting 3.9m goalkeeper in FPL
  • however it would be just a short-term pick – once Lloris is back, you would have to use your transfers on a goalkeeper, so it may even cost you a hit if you had some pressing issues elsewhere in your squad

Ward (4.0m, Leicester)

  • Who would said after the first 8 gameweeks (and 8 blanks), that Ward would be among our considerations again
  • Two clusters of points for Ward, 7 blanks in GW1-GW8, 6 clean sheets in GW9 – GW16 – and now from GW17 onwards, it looks like cluster of blanks again
  • averaging almost 3 saves per match
  • Definitely solid backup goalkeeper for that price, in case your first-choice goalkeeper does not play
  • But not the starting goalkeeper, there are other, better options to pick

Pickford (4.4m, Everton)

  • the potential backup goalkeeper that you would play in blank gameweek 25, where Everton has a double gameweek
  • he is third for saves among goalkeepers, so there is a potential to get few extra points in Gameweek 25
  • Only good pick for double gameweek 25 and perhaps for blank gameweek 28 where Everton has fixture

Mid-priced FPL goalkeepers for GW25

Kepa (4.7m, Chelsea)

  • good at saves and bonus points
  • Kepa is currently third for bonus points among goalkeepers, and he played way fewer matches than other goalkeepers
  • top for points per match among goalkeepers who played at least twice this season
  • good pick, with solid fixtures, and when Chelsea keep a clean sheet, he is likely to get few bonus points as well
  • have a fixture in blank gameweeks 25 and 28

Ramsdale (4.9m, Arsenal)

  • Arsenal with a double gameweek in GW25
  • Arsenal is second for clean sheets (9) after Newcastle (12)
  • But it is not the same Ramsdale as we saw in previous season
  • Arsenal is not allowing so many shots on target as in the last season, so Ramsdale is not getting many save points and bonus points
  • So you would have to rely on points from clean sheets, rather than saves and BPS
  • but still great bargain at 4.9m, based on Arsenal defensive display
  • Arsenal second best for xG conceded and goals conceded this season

Sa (5.0m, Wolves)

  • double gameweek in GW25
  • But Wolves are not guaranteed a fixture in GW28, which makes Pickford a slightly better pick for GW25 and GW28

Premium FPL goalkeepers for Gameweek 25

Ederson (5.4m, Manchester City)

  • Manchester City are usually great defensively, however, they do not keep as many clean sheets this season as we expected
  • With Ederson, you are relying solely on points for Clean Sheets (and perhaps on a rare assist – Ederson has 2 assists in last 5 seasons)
  • Manchester City are not allowing many shots against, so he can get many points for saves and bonuses – that’s why he is unlikely to end up as the top-scoring keeper even if Manchester City keeps the most clean sheets of all EPL teams
  • Currently, Ederson is likely the only nailed Man City defensive player
  • Hopefully, they can finally keep a clean sheet in GW25, against Bournemouth

Our preferred goalkeepers’ duo for blank/double gameweek 25

Our current preferred duo is Raya (DGW in 27) + Pickford (DGW in 25, fixture in GW28) – and spread the rest of funds elsewhere

Goalkeepers beyond double gameweek 25

Raya (4.7m, Brentford)

  • cannot be overlooked as he is top for saves and top for bonus points
  • so you do not have to rely solely on points from Clean Sheets
  • the disadvantage is a blank gameweek in GW25 so you would need to have a backup
  • Double Gameweek in GW27, so time to bring him in is after GW25
  • Brentford (alongside Chelsea, Fulham and Man City) is 4th for clean sheets (8), behind Newcastle, Manchester United and Arsenal

Pope (5.5m, Newcastle)

  • suspended for Crabao Cup final, so should be back in GW26
  • If you have a backup for him, just bench him in blank GW25
  • the top scoring goalkeeper in the game
  • Newcastle solid defensively – only 15 goals conceded, the least of all teams
  • However, Newcastle is defensively overperforming

Tips for picking the best goalkeepers for your FPL team

  • With goalkeepers, you always want a keeper that has a very high chance of a clean sheet. You can use our Premier League Clean Sheets Odds to find goalkeepers, who are most likely to keep a clean sheet in the next gameweek of FPL.
  • Also, when considering a goalkeeper for your fantasy team, you always have to take a look at fixtures and asses whether a certain goalkeeper has the potential for a clean sheet. Does he have a tough or easy fixture? And as we mentioned, our clean sheet odds will help you with that.
  • Check FDR to find goalkeepers with a great fixture run that could be good for clean sheets
  • Also, asses the save potential of a goalkeeper you would like to pick. Make sure you check which goalkeepers have the most saves and bonus points.
  • Goalkeepers that are bonus points magnets can get double-digit haul, when they keep a clean sheet. So when they keep a clean sheet in every 5th or 6th match, it is ok, as they deliver a big amount of points on those occasions.
  • Do not forget to pick a playing goalkeeper to your bench, in case your first choice GK gets injured. But you bench goalkeeper does not have to be an expensive one, as you will likely will not need him many times. Choose goalkeeper from 4-4.5m price bracket as your backup

Strategies for picking a goalkeeper in FPL

King and the heir

You pick starting 4.5 million goalkeeper and 4.0 million backup goalkeeper from the same team. So, when the 4.5m number one gets injured, you will automatically have his replacement on your bench.

That way you will have coverage for 38 gameweeks for just 8.5 million in total. The disadvantage is, that 4.5m goalkeepers might not deliver so many points as you would need.

  • Total costs = 4.5 + 4 = 8.5m
  • Expected points output during the season = 120 – 130 points

Rotating goalkeepers

In this strategy, you pick two 4.5m, or 5.0m goalkeepers that rotates very well. So, when the first one has home fixture, the other one has an away fixture. And the other way around.

Or when the first one has an easy fixture, the other one has a tough fixture. The idea is, that you will exploit this rotation (of H/A, or fixtures), to maximize the point output from your goalkeepers, as you will always play the one with the better fixture.

This strategy looks great on paper. But when put in practice, you will leave many point son the bench too many times. It is hard to predict, when the points come from – sometimes, you bench goalkeepers with tough fixture, but that could be the fixture with a surprising clean sheet, 6 saves and 3 bonus points.

The expected output of this strategy varies. You could score even 180+ points through the season with this strategy, if your goalkeepers score points in fixtures when you want them to score. But if not, you might be actually losing points, as you might bench the big hauls.

  • Total costs = 4.5 + 4.5 = 9m
  • Expected points output during the season = 100 – 190 points

Premium set and forget

You pick one premium goalkeeper (like Ederson or Alisson), and do not worry about them the whole season. Premium goalkeepers has high clean sheet potential, although they rarely collects points for save points.

You would pick 4.0 million goalkeeper to the bench – either a starting goalkeeper or non-starting.

  • Total costs = 4.0 + 5.5 = 9.5m
  • Expected points output during the season = 135 – 160 points

Switching goalkeepers based on fixtures

The most common strategy in FPL. You pick one goalkeeper with a very good fixture run and when his fixtures turn red, you transfer him out for another goalkeeper whose fixtures improve.

  • Total costs = 4.0 + 4.5/5.5m = 9.5m – 10.5m + transfers made
  • Expected points output during the season = 110 – 190 points

FPL Goalkeepers with stable points output in previous 4 seasons

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Best FPL goalkeepers in last 4 seasons (2018/19-2021/22)

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How many points should you expect from your goalkeeper in Fantasy Premier League?

Do not have unrealistic expectations from your FPL goalkeepers.

  • At the best, the top teams can keep around 14-20 clean sheets per season. So, when you select a premium goalkeeper, expect you will get a clean sheet in every second match at the best.
  • Mid-table teams tend to keep around 8-13 clean sheets per season. So, with mid-priced goalkeepers, expect a clean sheet in every fourth match
  • Bottom table teams usually keep around 0-7 clean sheets per season. So when picking budget enablers from bottom-table teams, do not really expect more than a clean sheet in every 6th match.
  • So, usually, a top scoring goalkeepers can get around 140-160 points per season. On some occasions, the top-scoring goalkeeper can get even 170 points or more in a season – but it is hard to predict who it is going to be.
  • So, 140-160 points is the amount of points you should aim to get from you goalkeeper during the whole FPL season

Of course, you will never get a distribution of a clean sheet that is so symmetric – CS in every 2nd match, CS in every 4th match, etc…

Because of the Law of Large Numbers (when we are stretched too far from the mean, the values tend to return to the mean over time, and regression happens) and Theory of Clusters (extreme values tend to be concentrated in the clusters), you will likely see a concentration of clean sheets in few matches, then a large strike of blanks, etc.

That’s why you should look at average clean sheet count when selecting a goalkeeper, and not just at his “form” – how many clean sheets he kept in the last few matches – as this can be just a cluster of extreme values (either cluster of returns, or a cluster of blanks).

How are goalkeepers awarded points in FPL?

The majority of FPL points for goalkeepers go through clean sheets – that’s their main source of points.

Then, saves can earn them a few extra points as well. And usually, when a goalkeeper keeps a clean sheet and gets 3 or more saves there is a potential that he will get awarded a few bonus points.

Penalty saves, assists and goals are rare points sources as well.

ActionPoints for goalkeepers
Playing up to 60 minutes1
Playing 60+ minutes2
Clean Sheet4
Every 2 goals conceded -1
Every 3 saves1
Penalty save5
Goal scored6 (rare, but sometimes happen)
Assist3 (rare, but sometimes happen)
Bonus points1-3
Yellow card -1
Red card-3
Own goal-2
Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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