Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 36: Goalkeepers and defenders

Wouldn't rule out a Chelsea clean sheet at Anfield, you know...

Nacho Monreal, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 36
Monreal… Yours for just £4.7m (Image: Ronnie Macdonald)

Gather round, folks – our Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 36 goalkeepers and defenders round-up has arrived!

Please note that our Fantasy Football tips are based on the Fantasy Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply more or less across the board.


Onto the good stuff, then…

Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 36: Goalkeepers and Defenders

Looks like it’s time to get your Arsenal defenders back in the team, not least as they play at home to a desperately poor Newcastle United side this weekend.

The Magpies look shorn of all inspiration without the departed Yohan Cabaye and the injured Loïc Rémy, so take your pick of Arsenal’s back line quite frankly.

Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna are good value at £5.4m apiece, Nacho Monreal even more so at £4.7m

Another side looking bereft of ideas is Aston Villa, without the injured Christian Benteke – they go to Swansea City this weekend, who will have to fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet.

The Swans haven’t been as solid as they were last season, mind, so don’t put your house on them.

Villa come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw against Southampton, who are also currently missing their top goal-scorer in Jay Rodgriguez.

The Saints welcome in-form Everton to St Mary’s, and with so much at stake for the top-four-chasing Toffees you might want to back Leighton Baines and Séamus Coleman to repeat their heroics of the 2-0 win over Manchester United, namely respective points hauls of 15 and 11.

They won’t come cheap, so if you’re penny-pinching you could always turn to £4.2m John Stones, or even £4.1m Antolín Alcaraz if neither Phil Jagielka nor Sylvain Distin recover in time.

Sunderland at home to Cardiff City could be an opportune moment to select Vito Mannone, those who still have him, while Manchester United could conceivably keep a clean sheet at home to Norwich City although we certainly wouldn’t bank on it.

Could Chelsea do unto Liverpool as they did unto Manchester City? That is, win 1-0 at theirs to bring to an end an impressive run of form.

Don’t rule it out, kid.