Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 10 – Goalkeeper and Defence

Southampton, again - and some others, too.

Curtis Davies, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 10
Curtis Davies… Yours for just £4.5m (Image: Dom Fellowes)

Come ye and rejoice – ’tis our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 10!

New around here? In that case, we should clear one or two things up before we proceed.

Firstly, do remember that our Fantasy Football tips aren’t surefire certainties. We can’t predict this weekend’s Premier League scores.

Only Mystic Megson can do that.

Secondly, our Fantasy Football tips are based on the official Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply pretty much across the board.

Furthermore, you should also check out our midfield and strikers Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 10.

Shall we, then? Darn tootin’…

Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 10 – Goalkeeper and Defence

Every week we wonder when Southampton’s back line will finally come a cropper, and they’re still keeping us waiting.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham made it six clean sheets in nine for Mauricio Pochettino’s stingy Saints, with just three conceded overall.

This weekend sees them travel to a Stoke City side that could hardly be described as free-scoring, albeit they managed a couple at Old Trafford last time out.

It’s as likely-looking a clean sheet as you’ll find this weekend, so you might want to avail yourself of Southampton players while their prices are still relatively low.

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc has gone up from £4.7m last week to £4.9m this, Dejan Lovren is up to £5.6m from £5.3m, his centre back partner José Fonte £5.2m from £5.1m.

Young left back Luke Shaw remains a bargain £4.7m, while right back Nathaniel Clyne has curiously dropped from the same price down to £4.6m.

Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur are also reliable sources of clean sheet points, but we’d hesitate to count on either this week.

The Swans travel to Cardiff City for the kind of spicy derby than can throw up all manner of madness, while Spurs go to Goodison Park to take on in-form Everton.

You might fancy Manchester City to keep a clean sheet at home to Norwich City, or indeed West Bromwich Albion at home to Crystal Palace.

We’d also be looking to West Ham United at home to Aston Villa were Christian Benteke not back in action – the Belgian should always be fancied for a goal, even if he saw a penalty saved against Everton.

Hull City are looking strong and could conceivably shut out visiting Sunderland, but we’d be wary of the ‘new manager’ bounce that spurred them to victory in Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

If you’ve got any Arsenal or Liverpool goalkeepers and/or defenders in your team, get them out of there!

The free-scoring teams play each other at the Emirates on Saturday evening, and quite frankly a 3-3 draw is the bare minimum we expect.

Cue 0-0 and lots of complaints.

In conclusion: fill your defence with Southampton, Manchester City and – you know what, sod it – Hull. Yes, Sunderland may have won, but it was hardly convincing.

Hull defenders are dirt cheap too, with Curtis Davies the most expensive at £4.5m.

NOW: check out our midfield and strikers Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 10!