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Who are the best defenders for Blank Gameweek 32 in FPL?

By The Scout 17 Apr 2023

The Scout looks at the top candidates to help Fantasy managers negotiate the reduced round of fixtures

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The Scout looks at the best players in each position for Blank Gameweek 32 as Fantasy Premier League managers attempt to negotiate the reduced schedule by making transfers or using the Free Hit chip.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.4m

A recent move into central midfield has helped revive the Liverpool star's prospects in Fantasy ahead of a home encounter with Nottingham Forest.

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Alexander-Arnold has supplied three of his seven assists this season in the last two matches, amassing 14 points against Arsenal and Leeds United.

His totals of six key passes and three big chances in that run both place top among defenders.

Alexander-Arnold's second assist v Leeds

By contrast, his fellow full-back Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) has created just one chance in those two matches.

See: How a change in tactics impacts Liverpool's FPL picks

Gabriel (ARS) £5.3m

Three goals and 12 clean sheets have taken Arsenal’s Brazilian centre-back to third place in the defender standings on 128 points.

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Gabriel can deliver at both ends of the pitch once again when the Gunners entertain Southampton on Friday evening.

His 21 shots in the box and 16 headed shots both put him among the top five defenders in Fantasy this term.

Saints, meanwhile, have struggled to defend aerial situations recently. 

They have conceded 20 headed shots in the last six Gameweeks, a total better than just three other sides.

While Ben White (£4.9m) is also an option in the Arsenal defence, he has managed only four shots in the box all season.

Kieran Trippier (NEW) £6.2m

Newcastle United’s right-back can get back to his best at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

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Trippier has disappointed his 67 per cent ownership in Fantasy with four blanks in his last five matches.

However, all four of those blanks were recorded in away matches. 

In his only home fixture in that run, Trippier delivered a 12-point haul against Manchester United, with a clean sheet, an assist and the maximum three bonus points.

The Magpies’ right-back has also created 14 chances over the last four Gameweeks, a total bettered by only two other players in Fantasy.

Joachim Andersen (CRY) £4.5m

The Crystal Palace centre-back can deliver points at both ends of the pitch at home to Everton.

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Andersen helped the Eagles claim a clean sheet against Southampton last weekend, their first in three matches since Roy Hodgson returned as manager.

He also boasts a major goal threat for the hosts at Selhurst Park. 

Andersen’s 16 shots in the box are more than any other defensive team-mate, with his fellow centre-back Marc Guehi (£4.4m) managing nine by comparison.

Be wary of Villa

Tyrone Mings (£4.6m) and Alex Moreno (£4.5m) are the first and fourth most-bought defenders in the Gameweek on the back of four clean sheets in their last five matches.

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However, the underlying statistics show Aston Villa have been fortunate to concede just a single goal in those outings.

They have conceded 43 shots in the box during that period, the eighth-worst record in the league.

Villa have also allowed their opponents 19 shots from set-pieces, a total better than just five other sides.

Meanwhile, their opponents Brentford have scored 14 goals from set-piece situations, joint-top with Spurs this season.

Also in this series

Part 1: Best BGW32 goalkeepers
Part 3: Best BGW32 midfielders
Part 4: Best BGW32 forwards

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