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Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 9 – Goalkeeper and Defence

Our Goalkeeper and Defence Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 9 include a couple of surprise packages who aren't really all that surprising.

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Chico Flores, one of our Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 9
Chico Flores… Yours for just £5m (Image: Benjamin Blackler)

Come one, come all – it’s our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 9!

You might be new around here, in which case there are one or two things we should make clear before we proceed.

First up, we ask you to bear in mind that our Fantasy Football tips aren’t dead certs – we’d have to know this weekend’s scores for them to be so, and only Mystic Megson knows those.

Secondly, our Fantasy Football tips are based on the official Premier League version of the game, although them there principles should apply more or less across the board.

Oh aye, and you should check out our midfield and strikers Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 9.

Ready? Yeah you are…

Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 9 – Goalkeeper and Defence

Southampton didn’t quite manage another clean sheet, but a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford is another glowing testament to their bad-ass defence nonetheless.

As in the Saints’ preceding game, a 2-0 win over Swansea City, goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced a series of stunning saves that stunned and saved in roughly equal measures.

And still the Pole will set you back just £4.7m, the same amount it’ll take to land full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw – if you’ve got, or are able to get, all three then hats off to you.

Remember: your wild card allows you to make as many transfers as you please at one time, but once you’ve played it you don’t get another one until January.

Dejan Lovren is the most expensive Southampton defender at £5.3m, but he carries the extra advantage of being dangerous in the opposition’s area – he scored their winner at Anfield, and looked to have bagged Saturday’s equaliser until replays showed it to have come off Adam Lallana.

His centre back partner José Fonte can be had for £5.1m. Saints are at home to misfiring Fulham this weekend, so you’ve got to fancy their chances of another shut-out – but can they sustain it?

Remember Stoke City last season? They’d kept nine clean sheets by Christmas, then went eleven games without as Fantasy Football teams across the globe haemorrhaged Begović, Shawcross, Huth and, in rare cases, Geoff Cameron.

Anyway, 3-0 win at Spurs aside, West Ham United don’t score many. We mention this because they travel to Swansea this weekend, Michael Laudrup’s men having kept another ‘cleanie’ – look, we need a synonym other than ‘shut-out’ – in a 4-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

You can get goalie Michel ‘Ma Belle’ Vorm, left back Ben ‘may not be fit in time’ Davies and centre back Chico ‘already got a nickname’ Flores for £5m a head, roaming full back Angel ‘Delight’ Rangel for £5.4m, and Jordi ‘I’m just covering for Ashley Williams’ Amat for a price-busting £4.6m.

Tottenham Hotspur got back to clean-sheeting ways with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa, and they’re at home to Hull City – by no means an easy game, but let’s give you the fee jerky anyway.

‘Keeper Hugo Lloris is £6m, Jan Vertonghen £7m, Kyle Walker £6.1m, Michael Dawson £5.2m and debutant Vlad Chiriches £5.2m.

Danny Rose is listed as a midfielder but is out injured anyway, utility chap Kyle Naughton is £4.3m, while Younès Kaboul, if he can force his way back into the side, could turn out to be hella bargain-alicious at £4.7m.

No one else really looks like going 90 minutes without conceding at the moment – even Manchester United, although they are at home this weekend to a Stoke side that’s not scored in three games.

If you back them to get their act together then you could try net guard David de Gea for £5.9m, Patrice Evra for £6.4m, Nemanja Vidić for £6m, Phil Jones for £5.9m, Rio Ferdinand for £5.5m, Jonny Evans for £5m…goodness knows who David Moyes will pick from one week to the next, though.

NOW: check out our midfield and striker Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 9!