Who are the best FPL defenders for Gameweek 7? 4-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 7 FPL teams.
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Who are the Best FPL Defenders For Gameweek 7?
Nélson Semedo (£4.9m) – Wolves
Fixture: Newcastle United (H)
Wolves kept their second clean sheet of the season last Gameweek. They have been good defensively and have only conceded 36 Shots in the Box (4th), 6 Big Chances (2nd) and an xGC of 7.1 (5th).
They come up against Newcastle United in Gameweek 7 who haven’t had the best start to the season. They haven’t been the worst team attack wise though. They have scored 7 goals with 47 Shots in the Box (13th), 25 Shots on Target (8th) and an xG of 7.5 (10th). However, Wolves’s defensive numbers have been solid and they are third favourites (43%) to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek 7 according to the bookmakers.
Nelson Semedo is a very attacking right-back and has both goal and assist threat. In only five games he has 5 Shots in the Box, 2 Big Chances and an xG of 1, while also created 3 Chances with an xA of 0.30 (1st among Wolves defenders). He has the most passes in the final third among his fellow defenders also.
He has a good attacking record too with 11 goals and 33 assists in 291 games over his career. Plus our Fixture Ticker ranks Wolves in the top four also four for defence and Nelson Semedo is also at 45% for anytime returns.
Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Southampton (H)
Chelsea have kept four clean sheets (2nd) after six games and only conceded two goals (2nd). They have been solid at the back as expected and the only teams they have conceded against were Liverpool and Manchester City.
Thomas Tuchel’s men play Southampton at home in Gameweek 7. The Saints have scored four goals (18th) with 44 Shots in the Box (14th), 23 Shots on Target (15th) and also an xG of 7 (14th). The Blues have their most favourable fixture since Gameweek 1 (Crystal Palace) and they are also the favourites to keep a clean sheet this week at 50%.
Marcos Alonso has emerged this season as the first choice left-back which most were probably not expecting. He is a fantastic FPL asset when he starts with bags of attacking threat. This season he already has a goal and an assist with 6 Shots in the Box, 4 Shots on Target and an xG of 1.06. He has also created 12 Chances with an xA 0f 0.71.
The Spanish left-back has started every game in the league so far and has played well for the most part and I don’t see him being dropped for a kind fixture like Southampton where he will also offer Chelsea plenty of offensive threat. They are also favourites to score 2.5+ goals (39%) which means Alonso has a very good chance of both defensive and attacking returns this week.
Furthermore, he is first for predicted points (6.1) amongst defenders for Gameweek 7 and also for anytime returns (72%) according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) – Manchester United
Fixture: Everton (H)
Manchester United play Everton in Gameweek 7 and the Red Devils are the second favourites to keep a clean this week (48%). United have only kept one clean sheet this season with an xGC of 7.5 (7th). They have conceded 21 Shots in the Box (2nd) and 22 Shots on Target (5th).
They come up against an Everton team who are likely to be without their first choice forwards in Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Richarlison (£7.4m). The Toffees attacking numbers have been good so far as they have 51 Shots in the Box (6th) and an xG of 10.5 (5th). However, they have had a very kind run of fixtures up until now – playing Southampton (H), Leeds (a), Burnley (H) and Norwich (H) during their first six games.
Without their main two forwards, they could struggle to break United down here as they face their first real test of the season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks the best bet in the United defence this week. With Harry Maguire ruled out and Luke Shaw a doubt he is the most attacking defender for them and is nailed on to play. He scored two goals and five assists last season while also keeping 13 clean sheets.
Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 48% for anytime returns also.
Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m) – West Ham United
Fixture: Brentford (H)
West Ham United have a home fixture against Brentford this week. The Hammers are the fourth favourites to keep a clean sheet (40%) for Gameweek 7. So far they have conceded 47 Shots in the Box (8th), 24 Shots on Target (6th) and an xGC of 7.7 (8th).
Their opponents for Gameweek 7 – Brentford, have scored 8 goals with an xG of 7.8 (8th) with 43 Shots in the Box (15th) and 16 Shots on Target (18th).
So far the Bee's have proven to be an unpredictable side when it comes to the attack as five of their eight goals have come in the last two games in arguably their toughest two fixtures – Wolves (a) and Liverpool (H).
Aaron Cresswell is another one who has a chance of returns at both ends of the pitch. He has one goal and one assist so far with an xG of 0.34 and an xA of 0.37 which makes him the most attacking West Ham defender. He is also on free-kicks and corners.
This is one of those hard-to-call games where David Moyes's men could win easily with a clean or it could be a high-scoring affair. With Cresswell points potential at both ends of the pitch, he is a good pick for Gameweek 7 in my opinion.
The London club also rank third according to our Fixture Ticker when filtered on defence and Aaron is also ranked 51% to return anytime.
Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) – Burnley
Fixture: Norwich (H)
Burnley haven’t had the best start to this season at all and sit 19th in the league. They have conceded 11 goals (18th) with an xGC of 11.0 (18th). However, their opponents for Gameweek 7 are the only team in the league doing worse than them.
The Clarets face Norwich who are rooted to the bottom of the table with no points on the board and have only scored two goals (20th). They have 15 Shots on Target (19th), 31 Shots in the Box (20th) and an xG of 5.3 (20th) which makes them the worst attacking side in the league.
Matthew Lowton and Burnley have their best chance at a clean sheet this week and the bookies even have them as fifth favourites to keep a shut out for Gameweek 7 (38%).
Lowton is nicely priced at £4.4m and provides some attacking threat too. He has created 8 Chances with an xA of 0.68. This is probably Burnley's best fixture of the season when it comes to defence and our Fixture Ticker rates them too as they are top for defence this week.
Our Prediction Tool has him at 49% for anytime returns which is the highest among his defensive teammates.
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