Who are the best Fantasy Premier League defenders to own for Gameweek 11? 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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Gameweek 11 sees some favourable fixtures for the top teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. With the Aston Villa vs Newcastle United game being called off the defence is going to be an important position this week. Many managers will have Emi Martinez and/or a Villa defender so they may be forced to transfer them out or play their backup players. Its a shame for owners as they had a really good fixture for this week. Anyhow as always, I will pick my top five best defenders for the next Gameweek based on fixtures, form, and underlying stats.
Andrew Robertson (£7.2m) – Liverpool
Fixture: Wolves (H)
The Scottish left-back had a bizarre game fantasy wise last Gameweek. He could have potentially had another 12 pointer where his assist for Mane’s goal was ruled offside and then the late penalty which saw him lose his clean sheet. The good news for owners is he is still a threat going forward and is still a good option despite Liverpool’s depleted defence.
Robertson has 7 Shots, 2 Shots on Target, and 6 Shots in the Box. He created 5 Big Chances which is the most among all defenders and also 15 Chances (3rd). With him still on some free-kicks and corners, he is always going to be within a chance of some attacking returns.
Liverpool face Wolves in Gameweek 11 who haven’t been the same team this season attacking wise. They have had 39 Shots on Target (13th), 69 Shots in the Box (13th), 16 Big Chances (15th) and only an xG of 12.29 (16th). Moreover, they have only created 9 Big chances (17th). Now with Raul Jimenez (£8.3m) looking to be out for a while with that unfortunate head injury, they don’t really have a like for like replacement and I can see them struggling even further in the goals department.
Despite the Reds conceding 17 goals (18th), their defensive stats are still not too bad. They have conceded 90 Shots (3rd), 60 Shots in the Box (4th), and 39 Shots on Target (6th). They have however conceded 24 Big Chances (18th) which shows how many individual mistakes they are making and maybe also lapses in concentration.
I just don’t see Wolves causing Liverpool any problems with Jimenez out, Robertson is getting involved in the Liverpool attacks as much as ever and the Reds are still by far the most attacking team in the league.
Ruben Dias (£5.6m) – Manchester City
Fixture: Fulham (H)
Ruben Dias has started every single game since Gameweek 4 and is the most nailed Manchester City defender. He also looks to be the one with the highest goal threat, with 3 Shots, 2 Shots on Target and 3 Shots in the Box. In Gameweek 11 he faces Fulham at home who aren’t the most free scoring.
The Cottagers have only scored 11 goals (17th), 42 Shots on Target (11th), 71 Shots in the Box (10th), and 18 Big Chances (14th). Although not the worst attacking stats in the league not the best either and it seems from their chances to conversion ratio they miss a lot of chances.
Looking at the defensive numbers Manchester City have the best stats by far. They have only conceded 72 Shots (1st), 42 Shots in the Box (1st), 27 Shots on Target (1st) and 15 Big Chances (4th). They also have the second best xGC (10.75). It's really hard to see Fulham getting anything from this match and will probably be a case of damage limitation. With Pep Roulette in full force last Gameweek its safe to say that going with the most nailed option in the City defence is the smart move especially over the good run of fixtures they have.
Manchester City have a 54% chance of a clean sheet according to the bookmakers which makes them the most likely for Gameweek 11. Like last week against Burnley, this seems a banker for a clean sheet and Dias does have some goal threat too especially at corners.
Ben Chilwell (£6.2m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Leeds United (H)
Chelsea come up against Marco Bielsa's men in Gameweek 11 and this looks like it will be a really exciting game. Not just because of the attacking prowess of both sides but there is a bit of history there with Frank Lampard and the Leeds boss.
Despite only playing seven games Chilwell has been one of the most attacking defenders in the league and looks like getting attacking returns in every game. Amongst defenders, he has 8 Shots (5th), 5 Shots on Target (2nd), 7 Shots in the Box (3rd) and 12 Chances Created (5th). This has seen him notch two goals and two assists so far.
Also looking at the Blues defensive numbers they are amongst the best in the league. They have only conceded 51 Shots (3rd), 27 Shots on Target (1st), and 10 Big Chances (1st). They also top for xGC (8.47). They are really well balanced team with one of the best attacks and defences in the league.
Although they face Leeds United who haven’t been shot-shy this season with one of the best attacking stats in the league, I feel this will be one of their toughest fixtures to date. The Whites have 54 Shots on Target (2nd), 108 Shots in the Box (1st) and 23 Big Chances (5th). They play a very expansive and open style of football which does leave them exposed at the back a lot and I can see the Chelsea attackers and full-backs exploit that. They are good enough to keep Leeds United out and will create a lot of chances in this match I feel. Chilwell has a good goal and assist threat and with him being on some corners and free kicks too I would not be surprised at all to see some more attacking returns for him.
Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) – Crystal Palace
Fixture: West Brom (a)
Patrick Van Aanholt has both goals and assists in his locker and after being injured for the start of the season is now getting consistent starts again with him playing 90 minutes in his last four league games.
The left-back already has 8 Shots, 3 Shots on Target, 4 Shots in the Box and 1 Big Chance, with 5 Chances created too so is clearly still his attacking self.
Crystal Palace haven’t been the best team defensively so far. They have conceded 82 Shots in the Box (16th), 45 Shots on Target (13th), and 21 Big Chances (16th). However, they come against West Brom in Gameweek 11 who have the worst attacking stats in the league with 30 Shots on Target (18th), 52 Shots in the box (18th) and a measly 5 Big Chances (20th). Burnley who have the second least Big Chances this season have 10 and they have played a game less. The Baggies also have the lowest xG at 7.11 and they have scored seven goals (19th).
Even with Palace’s poor defensive metrics I still think they have a decent chance of a clean sheet here and the Dutchman is by far their most attacking defender. I feel this could be a good game for him on both ends of the pitch. He already has one assist to his name and his attacking numbers are pretty good so far.
Not only does he have a good chance of a clean sheet against one of the worst sides in the league, but he can also pick up attacking returns too. Our Points Prediction Tool has him at 42% for anytime returns.
Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m) – Brighton
Fixture: Southampton (H)
Brighton have been a peculiar team this season when it comes to their defence. Despite conceding 16 goals (17th) they have one of the best defensive stats in the league. They have only conceded 78 Shots (2nd), 45 Shots in the Box (2nd), 28 Shots on Target (2nd) and have the third best xGC in the league of 11.18. So it does look like they are underperforming and should start to pick up more clean sheets as the season goes on.
Tariq Lamptey has been their best player this season and despite playing at right-back is also one of their most attacking. He has one goal and three assists so far and will definitely get more attacking returns this season. He is pretty much playing as a right-sided midfielder and his attacking numbers show that with 6 Shots, 2 Shots on Target, 6 Shots in the Box and 1 Big Chance. He has also created 8 Chances and 1 Big Chance.
The Seagulls face Southampton in Gameweek 11 who have conceded 75 Shots in the Box (14th), 47 Shots on Target (15th) and 21 Big Chances (16th) so they do give up a fair amount of chances. Attacking wise they had 51 Shots on Target (4th), 69 Shots in the Box (13th) and 12 Big Chances (18th).
This looks like a fixture which will be hard to call as both are quite evenly matched but what we do know is that Brighton will keep most of the possession and attack at will. It seems Lamptey has been given the freedom to bomb forward as he gets in scoring and attacking positions in all his games and with Graham Potter's team being at home they have a higher chance of clean at 30% according to bookmakers. With the 20-year-old's attacking threat he always has chances of scoring or assisting but in this fixture has a decent chance of defensive returns too. He is ranked at 39% chance of anytime returns according to our Points Prediction Tool.
In conclusion, I will rank these Gameweek 11 defenders in accordance to our Power Rankings for Hub members!
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