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We pick out the best options for a clean sheet to be found in a Premier League defence with potentially low ownership, as well as players who look set to start for a top 6 side on a given gameweek. Pick up a free agent from one of these sides to give your team a better chance of victory!
The Team: The Eagles gained a somewhat unlikely clean sheet last time around, as they held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in GW13. Based on this solid defensive display, we think they will be able to also keep out struggling Burnley, as they face them in front of their own fans in GW14.
The Players: The standard Crystal Palace backline of Wan Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, and Van Aanholt will remain for GW14. The best outlets here are Van Aanholt (53% ownership Draft Fantasy Football / 76% Fantrax) and Wan Bissaka (25% DFF / 83% FT), as they offer plenty of attacking potential, as ever. All four of these Chaps are decent shouts for this weekend. You can’t go wrong with any of them, so even if it’s Sakho (17% DFF / 21% FT) or Tomkins (8% DFF / 43% FT) that is the free agent in your Draft League, snap him up! Hennessey (39% DFF / 47% FT) is also a good shout if you need a goalkeeper and hes a free agent.
The Opposition: Burnley have been extremely poor so far this season. They lost to Newcastle at home in GW13, and we think they will go lose out again this weekend as they face Crystal Palace. Sean Dyche looks lost for ideas, with “route one” being pretty much the only tactic during the game with Newcastle. Vokes bagged the goal for The Clarets, but he and Wood both look short of confidence. Gudmundsson (if fit) and Brady do offer some creativity, but Palace should be able to keep them out.
Previous Gameweek (GW13) Lineup:
The Prospects: It might be worth keeping hold of a Palace defender for the coming weeks, as they face Brighton, West Ham, and Leicester over the three games following this one. Perhaps Van Aanholt or Wan Bissaka would be good additions for this period – they offer creative outputs, even if the clean sheets do not materialise.
The Team: Yep. We’re going for it. We’re officially backing the Cardiff back line. The Bluebirds have been improving in recent weeks, and Warnock has stated that he’s happy with the defensive displays of the side. The only conceded once away to Everton in GW13, and have a decent chance of keeping out Wolves this Friday night. Wolves failed to find the back of the net at home to Huddersfield last weekend.
The Players: It’s unlikely that any Cardiff defenders will be taken in your Draft League, unless you’re in a Togga scoring league. Therefore, we’re going to focus on the two central defenders; Sol Bamba (7% DFF / 83% FT) and Sean Morrison (7% DFF / 77% FT). These two Chaps have been outstanding for the Blues so far this season, as they hold the team together, as well as offer attacking threat from set pieces. Snapping up either of these two would be a good shout for GW14. Elsewhere, if you are playing in a Togga scoring league, you 100% need to acquire Callum Paterson (0.2% DFF / 83% FT). He’s classified as a defender on Fantrax, and is scoring huge amounts of points even if he doesn’t score or assist. Paterson is a player that all Fantrax managers should be looking to bring into their sides!
The Opposition: As mentioned above, Wolves failed to score against Huddersfield in GW13, which is mainly why we’re backing Cardiff for the clean sheet this week. Confidence is surely low at wolves after such a poor display. Jimenez has been a shining light so far this season, but he’s surrounded by players who have good technical ability, but just aren’t cutting it in front of goal. Costa, Jota, Cavaleiro, and Traore have all tried, and mostly failed in front of goal so far this season.
Previous Gameweek (GW13) Lineup:
The Prospects: After GW14 comes a trip to West Ham, followed by a home tie with Southampton in GW16. Looks like it would be worth keeping hold of Bamba or Morrison ahead of the game against Southampton!
The Team: The Leicester defence has been in good form in recent weeks, as they have coped pretty well despite missing their star man Harry Maguire. Clean sheets against Cardiff and Burnley were followed by conceding just one goal away to Brighton, where they were down to 10 men for most of the game. A mid-week clean sheet was also gained in the League Cup tie with Southampton. This weekend The Foxes face a Watford side who have scored just once in their last three games.
The Players: The defence should remain as it has done the last couple of games, unless Maguire is fit enough to return to the side; Pereira (40% DFF / 99% FT), Morgan (1% DFF / 7% FT), Evans (5% DFF / 18% FT), and Chilwell (23% DFF / 86% FT). Based on the ownership statistics, Morgan and Evans are the two most likely to be free agents in Draft Leagues. Both are decent options as they will gain any clean sheet points, but they don’t offer any attacking potential. Chilwell is therefore the one that you need to be picking up if you can. He’s been on our Hot List for a very long time, and performs especially well on Togga scoring! Pick him up if you can. In goal Schmeichel (61% DFF / 70% FT) also offers a good route to a potential clean sheet.
The Opposition: As mentioned above, Watford have only scored one goal in the last three games! Deeney returned to the side for GW13, as he replaced Success up front. Deulofeu performed very well after returning from injury, but his influence has been reducing as the games go by… he could lose his place in the starting eleven very soon. Elsewhere, Pereyra has been struggling the last couple of games, and Hughes has been pretty anonymous. A Leicester clean sheet looks like a decent shout!
Previous Gameweek (GW13) Lineup:
The Prospects: Not great to be honest. After GW14, Leicester face Fulham and Palace away, as well as Tottenham and Man City at home. Hold on to Chilwell, Pereira or Maguire for this period, but Morgan and Evans are 100% dropable.
Looking Elsewhere: Phil Jones
There’s a fair amount of uncertainty at the back for Manchester United, with injuries and poor form taking its toll. However, United have kept two clean sheets in a row – against Crystal Palace in GW13, and against Young Boys in the Champions League. Obviously these sides don’t have the most potent of attacks, but a clean sheet is a clean sheet! GW14 takes Manchester United to Southampton, who have struggled in front of goal all season. It’s likely that their main attacking threat, Danny Ings, will be missing through injury, so a clean sheet may be on the cards for The Reds once again.
In terms of personnel, the full backs are likely to be Shaw and Young, but Valencia could potentially come into the Premier League starting eleven after playing in the mid-week Champions League tie. In central defence, Smalling is likely to be partnered by Phil Jones (25% ownership Draft Fantasy Football / 8% Fantrax), after Lindelof suffered an injury in GW13. The big Englishman featured in the Champions League, and should be the one to take advantage of Lindelof’s injury. The only other option is Bailly, but he’s been shocking this season when called upon. Jones showed very good form last season, so its been a little surprising that he’s hardly featured so far this term. If he can put in some good performances over the coming weeks, he could be nailed on in the United defence for the remainder of the season!
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