Who are the best FPL defenders for Gameweek 10?
Four-time top 1k and 5-time top 5k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to identify the best Fantasy Premier League budget and premium defenders for our Gameweek 10 FPL teams.
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Who are the Best FPL Defenders For Gameweek 10?
Joao Cancelo (£6.3m) – Manchester City
Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester City have six clean sheets (1st) in nine league games. The Citizens have only conceded four goals (2nd) and have been the best defensive side in the league.
Joao Cancelo has played in every league game so far, registering two assists. He has created 9 Chances with an xA of 1.08 and 4 Shots in the Box with an xG of 1.57 (2nd amongst defenders).
The Portuguese also has the most final third passes (251) from all players which shows just how advanced he plays.
City play Crystal Palace at home in Gameweek 10 and this is surely another clean sheet on the cards for the Citizens.
They have only conceded 39 Shots in the Box (1st), 16 Shots on Target (1st) and an xGC of 6.3 (1st).
Palace haven't been great going forward either. They have scored 11 goals (16th) with an xG of 11.2 (14th). I don’t see them causing City any problems this week.
The Citizens are favourites to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 10 (56%) according to the bookmakers and to score 2.5+ goals (51%).
Therefore. Cancelo can profit from both ends of the pitch with defensive and attacking returns. Our Points Prediction Tool ranks him at a very healthy 75% for anytime returns (1st among all players).
Nélson Semedo (£4.9m) – Wolves
Fixture: Everton (H)
Wolves have kept two clean sheets so far this season but their defensive stats show they should have kept more.
They have only conceded 9 goals (4th), 64 Shots in the Box (4th), 36 Shots on Target (6th), 11 Big Chances (2nd) and an xGC of 10.9 (5th).
Bruno Lage’s men come up against Everton (H) in Gameweek 10. The Toffees haven't been bad in the final third.
They have scored 15 goals (5th) with an xG of 13.7 (6th) despite missing their main goalscorers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison for most of the season.
However, I feel Everton will have a tough time breaking down the Wolves defence. With home advantage in their favour, the West Midlands club will be the favoruites.
The bookmakers also have them as fourth favourites to keep a clean sheet (38%) this week.
Nelson Semedo is an attacking right-back and poses both goal and assist threat. He has 5 Shots in the Box, 2 Big Chances and an xG of 1.01 and has also created 5 Chances with an xA of 0.38 (1st among Wolves defenders).
His positional heat map also shows that he spends plenty of time in the opposition half. The Portuguese international has completed 119 passes in the final third (8th amongst defenders).
He has a good attacking record also with 11 goals and 33 assists over his career.
Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Newcastle United (a)
Ben Chilwell has been in fantastic form. The left-back has scored in each of his last three league games and kept a clean sheet in two of them.
He only got his first start of the season in Gameweek 7 and it looks like he has been making up for lost time!
In the last three, he has recorded 6 Shots in the Box (1st among defenders), with an xG of 1.14 (1st).
Chilwell also has registered an xA of 0.39. He looks great value at £5.8m playing in a resolute defence with bags of attacking threat.
Another advantage to owning Chilwell is that when he is benched, he doesn’t seem to get substituted on.
In the 13 times he has been on the bench for Chelsea in the league, he has not come on once.
Their opponents sit second bottom with 11 goals scored (15th), 30 Shots on Target (18th), 60 Shots in the Box (18th) and an xG of only 9.5 (19th).
With Newcastle also being one of the worst offensive and defensive teams in the division, Chilwell will again fancy his chances of more returns at both ends of the pitch.
The Tyneside club have conceded 20 goals (19th) with an xGC of 18.4 (19th).
Furthermore, Chelsea are the third favourites to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 10 (52%). They're also the third favourites to score 2.5+ goals (39%).
Ben is ranked at 58% to return anytime according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.6m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Brighton (H)
The Liverpool right-back is the highest scoring defender in the league despite missing two games.
Alexander-Arnold has five clean sheets and three assists so far. He has created 25 Chances (2nd), 5 Big Chances (2nd) with an xA of 3.00 (4th). Considering he is a defender, these numbers tell us he is a must-have in our teams.
Liverpool host Brighton in Gameweek 10. The Reds are the second favourites to keep a clean sheet this week at 54% and also to score 2.5+ goals (42%).
This will be music to the ears of Trent owners as we all know just how much attacking threat he has. He also happens to play for one of the best defences in the league.
Moreover, the Seagulls have struggled in the final third and I struggle to see them causing Liverpool problems at the back.
Graham Potter's men have scored 9 goals (17th), with 69 Shots in the Box (12th), and an xG of 10.8 (16th).
Trent looks back to his best this season. His underlying numbers show that plenty more attacking returns are on their way.
With him being on corners and direct free-kicks, it doesn’t get much better FPL-wise.
Our Points Prediction Tool ranks him at 68% for anytime returns (2nd) for Gameweek 10. It's also worth noting that he has only blanked once this season when starting.
Pontus Jansson (£4.7m) – Brentford
Fixture: Burnley (a)
Brentford have been a joy to watch this season. They have been a breath of fresh air and have been especially good in defence.
They have conceded 9 goals (4th), 55 Shots in the Box (2nd), 31 Shots on Target (3rd) and an xGC of 9.3 (2nd).
It’s quite unbelievable that a promoted side is putting up this level of defensive resilience and only Manchester City have been superior in this department.
The Bees travel to Turf Moor in Gameweek 10 to take on Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side have endured a poor start to the season as they reside in the relegation places after nine games.
They have scored 7 goals (19th) with an xG of 10.2 (18th). The Clarets have never been known for their goal-scoring prowess and also scored the third least goals (33) last season.
Pontus Jansson has been a fantastic option so far. He is currently the highest scoring £4.5m defender and has amassed three clean sheets and also three assists (1st among defenders).
The Swedish centre-back has also been unfortunate not to have scored as he has had 4 Shots in the Box, 3 Big Chances and an xG of 1.26.
Jansson is nailed and has started every game this season. He is also the most attacking Brentford defender.
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