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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 21: Goalkeepers and Defenders

In which we look towards London, and at some impressive Everton deputies.

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Gary Cahill, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 21
Gary Cahill… Yours for just £5.7m (Image: Ben Sutherland)

Gather round and have a butcher’s at our Fantasy Football tips Gameweek 21 goalkeepers and defenders round-up!

We can’t know for sure what will occur in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, so there is a chance – just a sneaky wee 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.

Probably.

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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 21: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Arsenal’s defensive mojo looks to be back up and running, with Monday night’s trip to Aston Villa representing a rather nifty chance to take advantage.

Villa’s home record is decidedly dire – even in the FA Cup, of which they were dumped ceremoniously out by League One side Sheffield United on Saturday.

Per Mertesacker and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny are the Gunners’ highest-scoring defensive players in terms of Fantasy points, but at £6.5m and £5.9m respectively they are also their most expensive.

For our money, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny practically demand inclusion at just £5.5m apiece – ditto £5.4m left-back Kieran Gibbs, at least once he’s returned from injury.

You might even fancy gambling on Gibbs’s £5.1m deputy Nacho Monreal performing well enough to hold down his place – his performance in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City merited a bonus point, so who knows?

Hull City isn’t an easy place to go, but Chelsea’s restored defensive prowess is cause for renewed confidence in Jose Mourinho’s chaps.

John Terry boasts an impressive points haul but this is reflected in his £6.6m valuation – £5.7m Gary Cahill is the one for us, although £5.3m Cesar Azpilicueta should continue getting games with Branislav Ivanovic sidelined through injury.

Neither Everton nor Tottenham Hotspur have been keeping many clean sheets of late, but neither have they been conceding at a drastic rate.

This weekend finds both sides at home against Norwich City and Crystal Palace respectively, so you might want to browse.

The Toffees’ makeshift centre-back duo of John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz have made a great start in tandem, and at £4.2m and £4.3m respectively they look like real bargains.

At least until Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin return from their injuries, anyway.

Spurs also boast affordable centre-backs who are currently first choice, namely £5.2m Michael Dawson and £5.1 Vlad Chiriches – avail of them if you fancy them to keep Palace at bay.

Our 0-0 tip for the weekend is Cardiff City v West Ham United, although we’re not as confident about that as we’d have been a few weeks ago.

Cardiff have a new manager, West Ham might soon have one too, so who knows what madness awaits?

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