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The best goalkeepers for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2023/24

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) begins next Tuesday – and so does the competition’s official Fantasy game.

We’ll have plenty of coverage on UCL Fantasy over the next week in preparation for the big kick-off, as well as articles throughout the season.

If you’re new to the game or just need a reminder of the rules, check out our ‘how to play’ guide below.

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Our series of preview articles continues by looking at the best UCL Fantasy goalkeepers on offer.

With a squad of 15 players and substitutions possible between the evenings of a Matchday, having a playing goalkeeper from each half of the group draw is a great way to maximise points. This way, you know that there’ll be an option on both days.

It should be said that many defenders offer more routes to points thanks to potential attacking returns and recovery points. It’s for this reason that many UCL Fantasy managers stick to a combined price of €8.5m-€10m for their two goalkeepers.

With that caveat ringing in your ears, here’s a guide to who’s who.

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Ederson (€6m) – Manchester City

Manchester City’s fixture against Crvena Zvezda is one of the most appealing of Matchday 1 and many UCL Fantasy managers will be wanting to triple up on the reigning champions. With “Pep Roulette” always a risk, Ederson is probably the safest bet to start the season with as he comes with less risk of being rotated. He’s a six-pointer just waiting to happen.

Marc-André ter Stegen (€6m) – Barcelona

The La Liga champions have a very easy group from a defensive point of view. That, and the fact they were by far the team with the fewest goals conceded in the top five leagues last season, make the German international a solid premium option for the entire group stage phase.

Diogo Costa (€5.5m) – Porto

All the UCL Fantasy managers who owned Diogo Costa last season are probably considering him for this campaign, too. Despite Porto being knocked out during the round of 16, he ended up finishing as the second-highest-scoring goalkeeper only behind finalist Andre Onana. Porto are a competent defensive side as it is but the Portuguese can add to his points tally with an occasional penalty save or even an assist. The fixture against Barcelona in Matchday 2 can also be avoided with the very common strategy of an early Limitless chip.

Janis Blaswich (€4.5m) – RB Lepizig

The best budget option from this side of the draw. Leipzig are not known for their defensive proficiency but Young Boys and Crvena Zvezda are easy enough fixtures, and the clash against Manchester City (it’s best not to remember what happened last season against the Citizens…) falls in Matchday 2 – which again furthers the case for a Limitless chip in that round.

Ivan Provedel (€5.0m) – Lazio

Group E is an interesting one, for sure, and the match-ups between Lazio, Atletico Madrid and Feyenoord could go either way. With Jan Oblak (€6.0m) arguably outclassed by ter Stegen and Ederson as a premium option, Lazio’s shot-stopper gets the nod here. Provedel kept the most clean sheets in Serie A last season and scooped the division’s “best goalkeeper” award at the end of the campaign.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga (€5.0m) – Real Madrid

Kepa was supposed to compete with Robert Sanchez at Chelsea when he was priced at only €5.0m in UCL Fantasy but an unlucky injury to Thibaut Courtois has landed him a move to the Spanish capital. Real’s backline is not as strong with the Belgian and Eder Militao both injured, but it’s extremely rare to have such a nailed cheap option from a team expected to go all the way into the final stages of the competition.

Yann Sommer (€4.5m) – Inter

Another player who was criminally underpriced because he was expected to be a backup option before moving to another team. Sommer has started his Inter career very well, and he’s yet to concede a single goal in Serie A this season. Inter also proved to be an extremely solid side in 2022/23, going all the way to the final while registering the most clean sheets in the tournament.

Samuel Soares (€4.0m) – Benfica

Odysseas Vlachodimos moved from Benfica to Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day, leaving the Portuguese giants with Soares as their main goalkeeper. Benfica share their group with Inter, RB Salzburg and Real Sociedad. With Soares being so cheap, he’s a viable option as an enabler to facilitate a move for the premium UCL Fantasy forwards. He’s also capable of scoring six points in at least a couple of games.

Marko Dmitrovic (€4.5m) – Sevilla

Dmitrovic is another option who could rival Sommer and Soares as the go-to budget goalkeeper from this side of the draw. Sevilla are always a very decent team in UEFA competitions, and although their defence doesn’t look as strong as Inter’s or Benfica’s, the Serbian goalie is a viable option for those Fantasy managers not playing a Limitless in Matchday 2 – as his tough match-ups occur in Matchdays 3-4.


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  1. FOO FIGHTER
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Won't go double Newcastle defence and probably wait 2 GW's to see how Newcastle defence does anwith funds not being an issue this season, is Trippier worth the extra £'s over Botman or Schar?

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I got him on WC but I'm still not entirely sure if its the right play tbh. Think we'll mostly see managed mins initially rather than full rests despite the UCL draw and I'm fine with 60-70 subbings for better CS potential. Also with Newcastle defence generally looking not quite as solid as early last season I do want that attacking threat over a CB. He hasn't looked quite as dangerous this season so far but still ranks highly (joint 2nd of defenders I think) for chances created, and if Tonali is out he might have a bit more threat with Longstaff to cover, we'll see

      1. John Colby (Capt)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Do we think that Isak will be nailed to start PL games lads or will Wilson likely start in PL games? Which Newcastle attackers are worth considering therefore?

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          I expect the front 3 will see a lot more full rotation than defence/midfield. I've had a bit of a flip-flop on Isak already tbh where I bought him before Liverpool then WCed him out after the UCL draw. I think Wilson could certainly start shu and/or BUR. Probably a similar situation for Barnes/Gordon. I think I'd wait & see on all their attackers really

          1. John Colby (Capt)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Thanks for the advice Mentaculus. I entirely agree that the UCL games could impact on Newcastle’s starting 11 each week and one think I’ve learned over the years in this game is the importance of having players in our squads who are nailed. Right now I doubt any of their forwards are and that game against Brentford isn’t a gimme either by any stretch of the imagination.

    2. Wobbles
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      We see on here every week people making comments about chasing last weeks points.
      It seems to me that there is a lot of people (30.3%) chasing last years points with regard to Trippier. He has done nothing really since the turn of the year.

      In his last 25 league matches (all of 2023):
      CS - 5 (3 of which were in the first 3 games of January) = 2CS in 22 games
      A - 4
      G - 0
      OG -1

      Would you spend 6.5 on any other defender with this kind of form?

  2. Jack Burton
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Hi all on a WC shall I keep Chilwell or get him out for Trippier thanks in advance

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would say Keep Chilwell till GW8.

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers mate yeah prob the right move good luck

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          You too!

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I don't think I would. Chilwell is likely a transfer out in GW9 so booking a transfer there.

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Ok cheers mate gw 9 a few weeks away yet, I'd be gutted if he hauled against Bournemouth as well

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Fixtures are fine short term. Just depends on the rest of your WC team, how many long term players you have vs short term and booking transfers

          1. Jack Burton
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            All long term hopefully chasing the fixtures

  3. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Should I use my six demon bag or hold?

    1. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      That depends good Knight is a certain Mr Lo Pan going to start on Saturday or not

  4. Tonyawesome69
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Not surprised by this when Forest signed Benfica #1 & champions league level GK. I'm glad I've got Pickford as my back up...

    "The feeling at Nottingham Forest is that Odysseas Vlachodimos will be the club’s first choice goalkeeper, ahead of Matt Turner."
    https://twitter.com/ForestWatch_/status/1701888649279815745?t=wE7Y5L1gp8NkNsQI0GMG8g&s=19

    1. G-Whizz
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      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      This is not good news and a bit harsh on Turner if this becomes true, considering his recent performances...

      My backup is Turner *doh*

      1. Skonto Rigga
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        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I sense it will become the case too but I'm hoping Turner has enough credit in the bank in the short term (a clean sheet at Chelsea) to see him through to a GW5 start at least!

        Hopefully he's not still on paternity leave... https://www.goal.com/en/lists/explained-why-matt-turner-leaving-usmnt-camp-early-boss-calls-him-back-international-duty/bltabfc77df75c41636#csb0c201aeddea45b0

        1. G-Whizz
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          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          My backup is Johnstone *doh*

          First I'd heard about his paternity leave 🙁

          Thinking worse case scenario, just move him out once I see he's actually lost his place...

          Not ideal but it is what it is...

  5. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Best wc please

    wc1

    areola (turner)
    chilwell estu odigie (henry bell)
    salah saka son maddison (nakamba)
    haaland alvarez morris

    or

    wc2

    ederson (areola)
    estu cash udogie(henry bell)
    salah saka mbeumo diavy maddison
    haaland alvarez (archer)

    thank you very much 🙂

    1. CRAZY TRAIN
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Prefer 2

      1. DCSpurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Amen

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      2. Diaby over Morris is clear for me. Defence could go either way but be wary of Turner (see Tony's post above)

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      cheers all 🙂

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would avoid Turner on a WC...

  6. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Best option here?

    A) Save FT
    B) Bruno -> Son
    C) Odegaard -> Son
    D) Jackson -> Isak

    Onana
    Chilwell, Gabriel, Gvardiol
    Saka, Foden, Sterling, Odegaard, Bruno
    Haaland, Jackson

    Turner, Estupinan, Usola, Baldock
    Bank 0.7m, 1FT

    1. Tcheco
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      C

      Jackson to Hojlund would be cheeky though

  7. DCSpurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    WC Opinions

    Johnstone (Areola)
    Udogie Cash Schar (AWB, Kabore)
    Saka Son Bruno Maddison (Diaby)
    Alvarez Darwin Haaland

    Plan is to go Maddison to a city asset (Foden if he looks likely to start gw6)

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Johnstone might keep his place for a while yet but with Henderson lurking I would prefer to look at other options on WC rather than waiting to see if/when it becomes a problem

      1. DCSpurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Thought this myself but history suggest Roy is likely to keep him unless a huge drop off.

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah maybe. The impression I've got from Palace fans (like Crunchie here) is that Johnstone could well remain 1st choice so if you have a really strong preference for him it might be ok to go with it, especially with strong playing backup GK. I switched to Flekken/Leno on WC though for the extra security long-term

  8. Gizzachance
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts, 2ft, 1.7 itb. Turner,,Chill estu Dias
    Saka rash madds mitoma Mbuemo
    Haaland Watkins

    Onana botman* baldock* mbumba

    Upgrade baldock To udogie? Play over estu?
    Will keep botman
    Cheers

  9. FantasyFooty01
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Pickford

    Udogie Chilwell Saliba

    Richarlison Mbuemo Rashford Foden Saka

    Haaland Watkins

    Subs: Turner Joao Pedro Estupian Botman

    0.5 ITB
    1 FT

    What changes should I make?

    1. Gizzachance
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Rich out
      Diaby, mitoma eze etc, not sure if funds gets you madds

  10. Roysgotnoboys
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    2 FTs 0.3 ITB … any ideas on what to do here? Maybe Rashford to Son? Feels like Rashy could be coming into better form tho .. still not sold Gabriel but he played last game too. Thx

    Onana
    Chilwell, Estupian, Burn
    Bruno, Rashford, Saka, Foden, Mitoma
    Haaland, Watkins

    (Areola, Gabriel, Baldock, Osula)

    1. Lollabear
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would keep rashy now. He’ll play on the left side now, and he’ll have hojlund beside him. Question is if Bruno will be pushed out to the right side. That might make stuff a bit weird all around (but I don’t think he’ll be pushed out to the right)

  11. Eze Really?
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Let me pick out some content creators over the last week. As usual there is a lot of repetitive rubbish, which is expected, due to the lack of games and little to talk about,
    But I would like to give a shout out to:
    Fireside chat involving FML FPL and Pras: An entertaining watch with basic insight into the upcoming gameweeks and variable WC strategies. I can be a little biased as the protagonists are the guys I like the most. Recommended watch or listen.
    Planet FPL: Suj not being around, takes a little way from their content. James found a new guy who I enjoy. An Arsenal supporter but tries not to talk to much rubbish. He balances James "know all" approach. James, to be fair, knows his stuff but does get carried away with too far in the future events that have little chance in materializing. Money in Football is usually quite interesting.
    Andy on Let's Talk FPL: Sorry mate, but my appreciation is starting to wane. It comes out too much now on you trying to make money and content is limited in new ideas.
    FPL Wire: Usually informative pods with Lateriser offering interesting thought processes. A definite improvement when Pras is part hosting.
    FPL Mate; If you missed his pods you missed nothing. Nothing original whatsoever.
    FPL Focal and FPL Harry: Short and sweet pods with nothing unusual but they tended not to waste listeners time.
    I have not listened to Black Box and Raptor has had a break.
    I advise to stay away from the United Stand with a man who is rude and derisory even to the sheep who subscribe. He has so many followers so I must presume United supporters enjoy listening to the same old "Glazers out and Maguire hate.

    1. Lollabear
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Dude, I really can’t stand the United stand guy. Watch his earlier videos, and watch the videos he’s making today. He’s so rude, nauseating and full of himself. Feels like he’s gotten a taste of the good life, and now he’s just so much better than everybody else.. Just 3 years ago he was much more likable.

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Horrible man IMO

    2. Scalper
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Used to listen to him a lot when I was younger lol.

      That pencil neck talks about manipulation in every video, acting like he doesn’t do the same.

      Pure entertainment though, and that’s why he gets views.

      Generally I find, the more entertaining an individual is, the less reliable their information.

  12. Lollabear
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    My team is:
    Turner
    Saliba, udogie, chilwell
    Foden, saka, maddison, mbuemo
    Haaland, Jackson, alvarez

    Onana, Estu, kabore & Chukwumeka

    I’m wondering if I should get Estu in there against United’s leaky defence? And I saw some people prefer Onana, saying that they thought he’d make a lot of saves this round.

    I wanted to do a wc, but everyone has been telling me to wait. I really want Son in there, amongst others

  13. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Best upgrade?
    A) Baldock -> Schar
    B) Baldock -> Cash
    C) Pedro -> Morris
    D) Pedro -> Alvarez
    E) Pedro -> Isak

    I'm tempted by E to have some sort of differential.. but I guess probably A/B is best.