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Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 23: Goalkeepers and Defenders

A look at where to get bang for your buck from Tuesday's Premier League fixtures.

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Cesar Azpilicueta, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 23
Azpilicueta… Yours for just £5.3m (Image: thearcticblues)

Gather round, folks – our Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 23 goalkeepers and defenders round-up is here!

We can’t be sure of what will happen in Tuesday’s Premier League fixtures, so there is a chance – just a teeny, weency one – that our Fantasy Football tips might not work out for you.

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

Oh aye, 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.

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Right, come on then…

Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 23: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Chelsea have only conceded twice in their last six league games, so it’s no great stretch of the imagination to back them for another clean sheet at home to struggling West Ham United on Tuesday.

John Terry is a popular pick at £6.7m, but his centre-back partner Gary Cahill is £1m cheaper.

Cahill has an eye for goal and even managed not one but two assists in the 3-1 win over Manchester United last time out, earning him ten points despite Chelsea conceding.

Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta look like being a first-choice pick for Jose Mourinho now, so he’s also good value at just £5.3m.

No goals or assists for him yet, mind, but his place in a solid back four is worth its weight in Fantasy gold.

As the season approaches its latter stages, our advice is to go for the cheaper starting defenders of the top sides – for example, Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna are £1m cheaper than Per Mertesacker at Arsenal, freeing up funds for elsewhere.

Aleksandar Kolarov looks established as Manchester City’s first-choice left-back now, and although City aren’t always a nap for a clean sheet, Kolarov’s attacking threat makes him an absolute bargain at £5.4m. Get on that.

Seamus Coleman picked up an injury in Everton’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion but should be fit to face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

We wouldn’t pick him anyway, mind – if the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park is anything to go by, Liverpool and Everton defenders might not be your best bet for Gameweek 23!

Be wary too of Manchester United at home to Cardiff City, who scored twice at the Etihad last time out.

Crystal Palace at home to Hull City has 0-0, or 1-0 either way, written all over it – take advantage by looking at the various cheap options on offer from both sides, who have each looked solid of late.

Sunderland at home to Stoke City looks like another potential 0-0, but we don’t think it will be – Stoke games have been surprisingly high-scoring affairs this season.

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