EPL: Fixtures Favor De Gea

Manchester United’s defense has been called into question after conceding in each of their last three games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, and Newcastle United, with the early promise under Ralf Rangnick giving way to some all-too-familiar concerns.

Nonetheless, a Double Gameweek featuring trips to Aston Villa and Brentford provides David de Gea (£5.2m) with the opportunity to add to his clean sheet tally.

David De Gea (MUN) £5.2 million

Despite the club’s poor results, the Spaniard has been excellent for United this season, recapturing his best form.

De Gea has averaged 5.2 points per game since Rangnick arrived in Gameweek 15, and his +3.10 expected goals (xG) prevented total is higher than any other keeper. Notably, his 87.5 percent save percentage is only surpassed by Wolves’ Jose Sa (£5.1 million), with his seven saves against Newcastle demonstrating just how important he is to the Red Devils.

With Manchester United visiting Aston Villa and Brentford in Double Gameweek 22, De Gea has an appealing Double Gameweek 22 schedule as stated on the Asian sportsbook Vwin99. He has two clean sheets; four save points, and four bonus points. The upcoming matches for Manchester United increase De Gea’s appeal to managers using their Wildcard.

From Gameweek 23 onwards, four of their next five matches have a Fixture Difficulty Rating of only two (FDR). Let us look at other goalkeepers and see how The fixtures favor de Gea:

Robert Sanchez (BHA) 

Brighton & Hove Albion are the only two teams to play two games at home in Gameweek 22, where they will welcome Crystal Palace and Chelsea to Amex Stadium.

On the downside, due to Brighton’s blank Gameweek 24, Sanchez‘s 18.3 percent owners will require another goalkeeper as a backup.

Importantly, Brighton has a kind schedule after that. From Gameweek 25 onwards, they have an FDR of two in three of their next four matches.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) £5.4m

Tottenham Hotspur’s No. 1 has flourished under a new manager, averaging 5.1 points per game since Antonio Conte arrived in north London. Lloris has a mixed Double Gameweek 22 schedule, with games against Arsenal and Leicester City.

However, his schedule after that suggests that the Frenchman could be a solid long-term pick. Spurs will also play Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next four Gameweeks, allowing Lloris to continue his excellent form.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (CHE) £4.7m

Chelsea’s backup goalkeeper is a viable short-term option for managers using their Free Hit chip in Double Gameweek 22. With Edouard Mendy (£6.2m) representing Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, Kepa is expected to start against Manchester City and Brighton.

At just £4.7m, he could be good value as a way into one of the league’s best defenses, especially against the Seagulls in his second Gameweek 22 match.

Daniel Bachmann (WAT) £4.3 million

With Watford’s Ben Foster (£4.1m) still a significant injury doubt, Bachmann could be a helpful budget option for managers using their Bench Boost chip. The Hornets have the kindest Double Gameweek 22 schedules, facing Newcastle United and Burnley.

Even though Watford has yet to keep a clean sheet, Bachmann is likely to provide managers with many save opportunities. In his last four appearances, the Austrian made nine saves and thus earned three save points against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

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