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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 19: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Our Gameweek 19 goalkeepers and defenders tips cast an eye apiece at Sunderland and Chelsea.

Phil Bardsley, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 19
Bardsley… Yours for just £4.4m (Image: Rach)

Come and bear witness to our super double-deluxe Fantasy Football tips Gameweek 19 goalkeepers and defenders round-up bonanza!

Obviously we can’t know for certain what will go down in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, so there is a possibility – just a minute one, mind – that our Fantasy Football tips might not work out for you.

Rest assured, however, that our educated guesses are at least as educated as they are guessed.

Our Fantasy Football tips are based on the official Premier League version of the game, but the principles should apply more or less across the board.

Right? Probably. Dunno, really.

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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 19: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Only three teams kept a clean sheet in Gameweek 18: bottom-of-the-table Sunderland’s shock 1-0 win at Everton contained their third consecutive clean sheet, and it’s conceivable that they could repeat the trick at Cardiff City on Saturday.

Phil Bardsley would seem the obvious choice at just £4.4m, especially given his propensity for smashing one in from long range every now and then.

Recent form backs him up too: he only returned to the first team in late October following a falling-out with crazy ol’ you know who, so his return of two goals, two assists and five clean sheets is quite outstanding.

Phil Bardsley. Outstanding. Weird, isn’t it? Try saying it to yourself.

Of course, it’s not all just about Bardsley: Sunderland’s good recent defensive form also coincides with the arrival as manager of Gus Poyet and the entrusting of goalkeeping to Vito Mannone, another bargain at just £4.3m.

Now, have Chelsea rediscovered their defensive mojo or did Jose Mourinho rediscover his? Either way, a 1-0 win at home to Swansea City made it back-to-back clean sheets for a side which until now had subsisted only by their vast collection of expensive attacking midfielders.

They’re an “expensively assembled” bunch in the Fantasy realm as well: John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Ashley Cole will each set you back £6m or above.

Terry’s two goals, one assist and ever-presence to date place him as the Blues’ chief accumulator of points, his 86 the most, some 25 points ahead of 2nd-placed Ivanovic – however, he’s also the costliest at £6.6m.

If Gary Cahill can nail down a regular spot then he’s the one to get at just £5.7m, a bargain on account also of his knack for scoring down the other end.

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