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Sneaky Clean Sheets

Pranay Rajiv

As we have seen, the prices of premium defenders have skyrocketed for this season, making the process of picking your defenders an extremely tough task. In this write-up I am going to suggest some under explored means to get hold off those vital cleansheet points.

As we know, certain teams have a greater chance of keeping a cleansheet, with teams like Liverpool and Manchester City being a step ahead of others. So let’s identify a cheaper route into the finding the cleansheet points.

Manchester City

With the right back and center back positions of City either being occupied by a premium defender or under the threat of the Pep rotation policy, there is one position which FPL managers can exploit to get into the fortress guarded by Ederson, the left back slot.

With Mendy under constant injury threat and Delph leaving for Everton, the LB position is up for grabs with Zinchenko (5.5) and the returning Angelino (5), the competors.

Taking the pre season into account, Angelino has looked out of sorts making Zinchenko an easy and cheap pick to get into Pep’s juggernaut.

Zinchenko is neat with the ball at his feet and has a good cross to belt. It wouldn’t be unwise to predict that Zinchenko’s price is gonna ride high in the coming game weeks.

Liverpool

With Van djik, Robertson and Alexander Arnold occupying the upper echelons of defenders, the only realistic way into the best defense of last season is through the 2nd CB.

With all 3 of Matip, Lovren and Gomez being rated at 5.5, it’s a straight up shootout between these 3. In ideal conditions it has to be Gomez who gets the backing of Klopp. Last season Gomez was exceptionally adept in the defense up until he struck down by an untimely injury. So in all probability Gomez is going to be the one to partner Van djik at the heart of Liverpool defense.

Tottenham

With all four of Sanchez, Alderweild, Vertonghen and Ben Davies rated at 5.5, the cheapest route into the Spurs back 4/5 is the RB position. Both Kyle Walker Pieters and Aurier are rated at 5 making this the most difficult guess of this list. Based on stature and experience my pick would have to be Aurier.

Chelsea
With Azpilicueta and Luiz being two of the most expensive defenders out there and Rudiger being injured with an unknown injury return date, this might finally be the season where Christensen (5) get hold off the CB position which slips out of his reach time after time.

Another reasonable punt would be to take a chance with Emerson, but with a new manager in Lampard, Marcos Alonso might just hold on to his spot. So Christensen has to be the safer and cheaper bet.

Manchester United

I know Manchester United had a terrible season, especially in the defense. But with the arrival of an Bisakka and hoping that the real David de Gea turns up Manchester United can keep a clean sheet or two.

With Bailly’s injury in preseason, there are doubts in air about who will partner Lindelof in the center. So in my wildest prediction I am gonna pick Axel Tuanzebe, who is yet to be rated in the FPL, to have a breakthrough season at a potentially cheap price of 4/4.5.

This prediction is also dependant on the arrival of Harry Maguire. If that’s the case it would be safer to stick with Wan Bisakka for a regular source of Bonus points.

Disclaimer : These are mere predictions and may not be accurate always. The writer or FT won’t be responsible for the consequences.

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