Yes, it’s our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 7! If you’re new here then there are a couple of things we should get out of the way before we proceed.
The first thing you should know about our Fantasy Football tips is that they are not sure-fire certainties – it would be absurd to claim such – but they are the educatedguessiest educated guesses in all of Educatedguessville.
The second thing you should know about our Fantasy Football tips is that they are based on the official Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply across the board.
Oh, and you might also want to check out our midfield and strikers Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 7.
Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 7 – Goalkeeper and Defence
In terms of racking up clean sheets in the season’s opening stages, Southampton are very much this year’s Stoke City.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was their third consecutive ‘shut-out’ (note to self: need more synonyms for ‘clean sheet’), and this weekend sees them welcoming the also-quite-tight-at-the-back-since-you-ask Swansea City to St Mary’s.
Since we predicted Southampton’s recent goalless draw with West Ham, we’re going to flaunt Sod’s Law and go ahead and say it: “If ever a match was destined to finish 0-0…”
Obviously you can’t suddenly pack your defence with Saints and Swans without using up your wildcard – even if you did, you’d be largely stuck with them until January, although you could do a lot worse since they remain such good value.
For Southampton, highly rated young left back Luke Shaw is a popular pick at just £4.7m, but José Fonte (£4.8m) and Dejan Lovren (£5.1m) offer more of a goal threat.
Albeit we only say that because they’ve both scored a goal this season.
Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc is fabulous value at £4.6m, while fellow first-teamer Nathaniel Clyne can be procured for just £4.4m.
Swansea’s Ben Davies, another young left back, gave a reminder of his progress with a fine goal against Arsenal on Saturday – he’s available for £5m, as is centre back Chico Flores and goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
First-choice defenders Ashley Williams (£4.9m) and Àngel Rangel (£5.4m) both missed the Arsenal game through injury, so keep an eye on their progress before roping them hastily in.
Tottenham Hotspur didn’t quite manage a clean sheet against Chelsea – but with eight of ’em from ten games in all competitions this season they’re a good bet, not least Michael Dawson at just £5.1m.
Keep an eye on whether or not Younès Kaboul forces his way back in – he’s available for just £4.7m.