We take a look at a few goalkeepers and defenders who could be key to their club’s fortunes and be useful for users in the Fantasy Premier League.
The new gameweek is upon us and the 30th one is a very compelling one in terms of storylines. There are several even matches and some that are set up to provide entertainment and the potential shock factor. We attempt to provide some possible picks for your Fantasy teams that might end up being beneficial in terms of points made.
Let us start with the goalkeepers and defenders in our list. While there are not many choices, with games likely to have goals in them, we attempt to find some niche and some not so niche options for you to go with this weekend.
David de Gea – Manchester United
Quite a popular name among the Fantasy Premier League users, we are going with David de Gea as our option in goal, just because of the points he is likely to accumulate for saves in a match against a rival like Arsenal. Then again, Manchester United have also kept clean sheets against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham recently. So, de Gea could end up giving you the clean sheet points as well.
In fact, Manchester United have kept a total of three clean sheets in their five league matches – four in their last five away league matches. David de Gea is perhaps, the safest pick. We wanted to go with Kepa Arrizabalaga but were unsure if he would start against Wolves, given the fact that he was in the starting eleven in the 3-0 win in Europa.
Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea
Since we could not go with Kepa, we decided to go with Antonio Rudiger. The German has been good under Maurizio Sarri and etched his name in the starting eleven as far as the league is concerned. Another interesting thing is that, while David Luiz is regarded as the more technically adept of the two, Rudiger has been handed the license to venture forward more often than his Brazilian counterpart.
Given Wolves’ woeful recent record at Stamford Bridge, we are expecting Chelsea to pull out a clean sheet; hence, Rudiger.
Nathan Ake – Bournemouth
Bournemouth are up against strugglers Huddersfield and should lodge a comfortable win. But, what is more important is that Huddersfield have failed to score thrice in their last five matches. Bournemouth haven’t really been setting high standards as far as keeping shutouts are concerned.
Still, we believe they can lap one up against Huddersfield. Nathan Ake is a better choice over his defensive teammates purely because of the danger he possesses in set-pieces.
Ben Chilwell – Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers must have been disappointed at conceding his first defeat so early on in his Leicester stint. But, we believe Rodgers will focus on the defensive aspect of the team a lot in training, with the squad already possessing stars in attack to do the deed against Fulham.
Two 2-1 scorelines so far for the former Liverpool manager, he would be desperate for his first clean sheet. Chances are Leicester can get it against Fulham. Even if they don’t, Chilwell’s attacking poise makes him a decent overall pick for the users.