Fantasy Premier League tips Gameweek 9: Defenders

Featuring players from Aston Villa, Everton, Southampton, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Séamus Coleman, one of our Fantasy Premier League tips for Gameweek 9 defenders
COLEMAN: Yours for just £7m (Image: Michael Kranewitter)

Our Fantasy Premier League tips Gameweek 9 defenders round-up is here to help fulfil all your fantasy football fantasies!

While our tips are based on FPL player prices, the principles should apply pretty much across the board – so even if you’re playing fantasy football at Sky Sports, the Telegraph, the Mirror or wherever, we still suggest you stick around.


Onwards, then…

Nathaniel Clyne/Ryan Bertrand, Southampton – £5.5m/£5.4m

We can’t imagine Saints will have as easy a time of things against Stoke City as they did in the 8-0 win over Sunderland, but they’re at home again so they look like a good horse to back.

Despite somehow managing not to register a goal or assist between them in the aforementioned rout on Saturday, Clyne and Bertrand have both shown this season that they can be productive going forward as well as defensively.

After Stoke, Saints’ fixtures are away to Hull City, home to Leicester City and away to Aston Villa, so they’ve a relatively favourable run for the time being.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mystic Megson previews Southampton v Stoke

Leighton Baines/Séamus Coleman, Everton – £7.1m/£6.9m

They’re flippin’ irrepressible, these two, earning respective points hauls of 15 and 13 in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Baines has a goal and five assists to his name already this season, while Coleman’s managed to bag three goals in all competitions despite missing several games through injury – so yes, they’re expensive, but these aren’t your regular full-backs.

If the Toffees have sorted their defensive issues out then they could both be in for richly productive Fantasy campaigns. And that’s without mentioning the unexpected goal-scoring form of £5.5m Phil Jagielka.

Anyway, Everton’s next four fixtures are away to Burnley, home to Swansea City, away to Sunderland then home to West Ham United, so you might want to consider splashing that virtual cash.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mystic Megson previews Burnley v Everton

Neil Taylor, Swansea City – £4.7m

With a home game against Leicester City to contend with, Garry Monk’s Swans have got to be one of this week’s best bets to keep a clean sheet.

At just £4.7m Taylor is their cheapest starting defender, although none of them will bust the bank.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mystic Megson previews Swansea v Leicester

Danny Rose, Tottenham Hotspur – £5m

Spurs’ adventurous approach to their away game at Manchester City ended up costing them four goals, but they should nevertheless be confident of shutting out Newcastle United at White Hart Lane this weekend.

Rose has shown some good attacking initiative this season so who knows, he might throw an assist or even a goal into the bargain.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mystic Megson previews Spurs v Newcastle

Alan Hutton, Aston Villa – £4.2m

Villa may be on a wretched run but they’ve had some tough fixtures. With their tendency to do better away from home, we wouldn’t rule out a sneaky 1-0 win at QPR this weekend.

And we also wouldn’t rule out Hutton playing some part in any goal, given that he looked like Villa’s best attacking outlet in the 3-0 defeat at Everton.

SCORE PREDICTION: Mystic Megson previews QPR v Aston Villa

Good luck and happy selecting!