Who are the best Fantasy Premier League defenders to own for Gameweek 7? 4-time top 1k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best FPL budget and premium defenders for our FPL teams.
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I am really hoping Gameweek 7 is a bit more predictable and eventful than the one just past. Although we saw six clean sheets, Tottenham were the only team in the top 10 according to the bookies odds to keep one. Gameweek 7 again sees some favourable fixtures for a few of top six teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Spurs. As always, I will have a look at the fixtures and pick out the best defenders for the current Gameweek according to fixtures and form.
Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) – Liverpool
Fixture: West Ham United (H)
For the second week in a row, I am going with the Scotsman. Having only conceded last week to Sheffield United through a contentious penalty decision I do believe their defence is still one of the best in the league even without Virgil Van Dijk. With Alisson (£5.9m) back from injury, this should mean more clean sheets.
With there being so much variance in clean sheets this season I think we need to pick defenders who also have good attacking threat. Andrew Robertson has been providing that attacking threat all season. As I mentioned in last week’s article he has had better stats than his more popular teammate Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.4m). In Gameweek 6, Robertson again created two chances and had a shot in the box bringing his total for the season to five Shots in the Box which is the most for all defenders and 10 Chances Created (4th).
Liverpool are again in the top three for most likely to keep a clean sheet (39%) and also second-favorites according to our Points Prediction Tool. Although they face West Ham who have exceeded all expectation so far this season it does look like they will be without their main attacking threat Michail Antonio (£6.3m). With back up striker Sébastien Haller (£6.2m) as their only other fit striker, it is a big blow for the Hammers and their goal-scoring chances.
Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Burnley (a)
Ben Chilwell has already managed one goal and two assists in his first three starts for Chelsea. Despite playing only half as many games as most other defenders he is still in the top 10 amongst defenders for attacking threat. He has three Shots, two Shots on Target, and two Shots in the Box. In addition to this, he has created 9 Chances (5th). These are very impressive stats considering he has played only three games. Watching him play you can clearly see he likes to get forward down that left side time and time again and whip in crosses. Of his 22 crosses, 9 have been successful which is an impressive 41% success rate. The fact he is on some corners heightens his appeal also.
In addition to his attacking stats, he is a nailed starter so is Chelsea’s best defender FPL wise. In Gameweek 7 the Blues face Burnley at Turf Moor who sit joint bottom of the league on only one point. They have scored the least goals in the league (3) and looking at their underlying stats it's clear to see why as the Clarets have only managed 18 Shots on Target (18th), 31 Shots in the Box (18th) and created only five Big Chances (19th). Although they have played one less game than 16 other teams these numbers are still rather damning and cause for concern for Sean Dyche’s men. They seem totally devoid of confidence as do their strikers who have only managed one goal between them. I really can't see them scoring against this Chelsea defence and think there is a fair chance the the left-back gets some attacking returns too.
Max Kilman (£4.1m) – Wolves
Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)
It looks like Max Kilman has arrived as the £4.0m defender us FPL managers yearn for every season. He has played the full 90 minutes in the last three games picking up two clean sheets, one assist and the three maximum bonus points in games against Fulham (H) and Leeds (a) whilst Wolves were a tad unlucky to concede last Gameweek against Newcastle. It was a really dry game with limited chances and the free-kick scored by the Toon should really have been saved. The left centre-back spot seems his to lose now as he has played very well and been receiving praise from both fellow teammates and his manager.
In addition to his cheap price and playing for a strong defensive side he also has some attacking threat. In fact, in only three games he has created the most chances (3) out of all Wolves defenders and created one Big Chance. He is clearly getting forward a lot and also is the only defender in his team to have an assist to his name. He has a favourable tie against Crystal Palace up next and they are favourite amongst the bookmakers (43%) to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 7 and also according to our Points Prediction Tool (42%).
Palace don’t seem to be the best attacking side either looking at their underlying numbers. They have had 46 Shots (20th), 20 Shots on Target (15th), 33 Shots in the Box (16th).
Ruben Dias (£5.5m) – Manchester City
Fixture: Sheffield United (a)
Ruben Dias seems to be a nailed starter having played the full 90 minutes in his three games since he arrived at Manchester City. The Blues come up against the Blades away from who have only scored three goals this season, which is the lowest in the league along with Burnley and they sit joint bottom of the league along with the Clarets and Fulham. They are a far cry from the team they were last season and seem to be in big trouble this campaign; they just don’t look like a side who can score many goals and are devoid of confidence. They have only managed 17 Shots on Target (19th) and 36 Shots in the Box (15th). They have created 9 Big Chances but they don’t have any recognised goal scorers in their side and their forwards seem to share the minutes. Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) looks their best bet to scoring goals but since arriving has only managed a 26 minute bench cameo and was hauled off after 56 minutes when he started in Gameweek 6 against his old side Liverpool.
Manchester City on the other hand have one of the best defensive underlying statistics in the league. They have only conceded 46 Shots (2nd), 30 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 20 Shots on Target (2nd). It’s really difficult to see how Sheffield United will score against them bar another penalty as they got against Liverpool. They are also the most likely to keep a clean sheet along with Wolves according to the bookies (43%)
Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Southampton (H)
Aston Villa suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Leeds United last gameweek and it was a very impressive and convincing win for the Whites. They totally played Villa off the park with 60% possession, 27 Shots and 9 Shots on Target. However, I do believe this was a bit of an anomaly as Leeds are so good under Marcelo Bielsa that they even outplayed Manchester City for most of the match when they met in Gameweek 4. The Villains have dramatically improved defensively since Gameweek 30 last season and have improved their defence further this season with the signings of Emi Martinez (£4.7m) and Matthew Cash (£5.0m).
Konsa currently seems to be their best value defender. He has one goal with three Shots, two Shots on Target and three Shots in the box, exactly the same as his teammate Tyrone Mings (£5.2m) who costs £0.5m more. They come up against Southampton who have just come off an impressive win against Everton last Gameweek however I do feel we will see a reaction from Villa here and can see this being a very tight game.
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