There is a drought of clean sheets in Fantasy Premier League and the severity is high. After three game weeks, only one team has accumulated two clean sheets and it’s Everton. More critically, the top six sides are struggling to get the clean sheets – United, Arsenal and City have one each; Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool have none. The Reds, of all teams, have already conceded in every game thus far after their defensive superiority last term.
This has profound implications to all FPL managers, especially for those who like to play five at the back and/or rely on premium defenders.
We do not know when this drought will end but we do have some picks to help you avert more disasters over the next few weeks.
Ederson (MCI | GK | 6.1) – The City custodian has played well so far. He had a howler of a game against Spurs and was almost faultless against Bournemouth, conceding an unstoppable freekick. He also raked up an incredible 6 saves against the Cherries, earning another additional two FPL points. Over a longer course, City will keep clean sheets, especially at home against lesser teams when they will totally dominate possession and play.
Joel Matip (LIV | DF | 5.4) – It is quite evident that the problem with Liverpool’s defence now is the absence of Alisson. Adrian is prone to the occasional howler and he is not giving his defenders the comfort they need to play their normal game. It has also been noted that the Reds have been playing a higher line this season, perhaps a tactic after the introducing of VAR.
At this juncture, all other Liverpool defenders (TAA | Robertson | van Djik) are relatively premium and Matip looks unbeatable at this price. He is good value for goals, having already scored twice from set pieces this season. Perhaps when he goes up for corner with his compatriot van Djik a lot more attention is on the Dutchman, allowing himself to sneak into better goal scoring positions.
Çaglar Söyüncü (LEI | DF | 4.5) – If there are not going to be many clean sheets, it makes sense to pick cheaper defenders who are definite to start. Leicester has been playing well so far this season and the Turk is a member of their well-marshaled back line. He looks comfortable on the ball and is an asset when he goes up for set-pieces. More importantly, Leicester only has three recognized center-backs so we can expect Soyuncu to start whenever he is available.
John Lunstram (SHU | DF | 4.1) – Lundstram has already been the centerpiece of several of our features and even though he scored a 0 in GW03, we continue to trust him. He had his chances to score against Leicester and playing in midfield means that he is as likely to get assists and goals as all other players in his price range. In the odd chance that the Blades keep a clean sheet, it is a bonus.
Erik Pieters (BUR | DF | 4.7) – Another team which has quietly impressed is Burnley. They have locked in three very solid performances and probably deserve a little more than the four points they currently have. Their back line is solid and they look like they are back to their 2017/18 best, when they finished 7th and ended the season with 11 clean sheets. They will chalk up wins against the struggling teams, especially at home and Pieters is a good option as he pushes forward much from his left-back spot.
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