Here’s our FPL gameweek 27 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW27. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.
FPL gameweek 27 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers
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The schedule uses 20/21 stats only.
The teams are ranked by defensive strength only
You can access the google spreadsheet here
Player values and stats were Tuesday 2 March
See also my GW19 attacking defenders review
Note: there are no clean sheet odds for Man City v Southampton. I suspect it will be around £1.80 for City and £11.00 for Southampton
Possible transfer targets for DGW27
Apart from Man City they all have a fixture in the blank GW29
You may already have 2 defenders. If not the question is 2 defenders or 2 attacking players for their 2 fixtures in DGW27. I personally would get 3 if I didn’t have the full compliment of City players. £6.1m Dias gives you the best gametime security in my view but is expensive for little attacking potential. £6.2m Cancelo gives you attacking potential but is rotatable. £5.2m Stones is great value but rotatable. You make your choice and live with the uncertainty that is Pep.
It may surprise you to see Brighton so high but the stats ranking speak for themselves. Even conceding against WBA you shouldn’t forget they only conceded 6 shots and an xG 0.67. Leicester are a difficult entry point is the negative against them. I prefer the attacking potential of £4.9m Dunk but there is value there in £4.2m Burn who’s started the last 5 and £4.4m White who’s been a near ever present. GK Sanchez is one of the few options around £4.5m
A great entry point fixture at Burnley but who to play? Arteta is his rather desperate attempt to clone himself as Pep looks like he’s going to go on a mad rotation spree in the hope of winning the Europa League. This makes selection tricky. Tierney looks the best attacking option but he is £5.2m. There is great value at CB with Holding and Mari at £4.4m. I’m not sure here how the land lies with the 2 of them and possibly neither does Arteta or even care if he can just fudge it by rotating them. Holding has played since the year dot but was rested if you call it that v Leicester. Mari has started the last 2. Does that mean something? Who knows?
Have been pretty poor defensively although there has been some recent improvement if you look at the last 10 gameweek stats. If you’re going for it then to me I would go for either £5.5m Reguilon or £5.2m Aurier. There’s no price advantage or gametime security even in the CBs. Couldn’t be a better entry point than home to Palace
Martinez has been a 1 man clean sheet postman delivering with amazing regularity. The defence has been pretty ordinary and the last 10 stats are terrible but here we are . The Argentinian continues to bale them out. £4.6m Konsa or £4.9m Targett it’s pretty much of a muchness
Here’s a schedule where the teams are ranked by the easiness of the attacking teams they face over the next 5 gameweeks
The clean sheet schedule
My schedule tries to focus on the stats that will lead to clean sheets rather than clean sheets themselves but I thought it would be worth while getting the clean sheet schedule from the premier league site
Goalkeeper save %
Here’s another schedule which shows you a goalkeeper save %. It’s not a ranking in itself as you can see there is some correlation between % and clean sheets but does give you some idea of GKs who are good shot stoppers. It’s from the free stats site fbref.com
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