The Premier League is back after the international break and the FPL season hots up from here on. April promises to be a blockbuster of a month with a number of heavy-weight clashes. With a few injuries during the break, FPL managers are bound to fiddle with their sides. Ahead of possible double gameweeks, we take a look at how you could shape your defense to reap maximum benefits.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United):
The Ecuadorian has been one of the most consistent performers at the back for the Reds this season. With his steaming bursts down the right flank, Valencia has been heavily involved in attack for his side. He also opened his account for the season recently courtesy a howler from Middlesbrough keeper Victor Valdes.
Alan Shearer on Antonio Valencia: “He has been one of Man Utd’s best players all season. They have a player who is an 8/10 every week.” pic.twitter.com/q2pCIctzXf
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 22, 2017
With two home games coming up, Valencia would be a solid buy as United also have games in hand going forward.
FPL Current Price: £5.8m.
Matches: West Brom(H), Everton(H).
Jack Stephens (Southampton):
Southampton have a favorable run of successive home games against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. Despite not being solid defensively this season, they could keep clean sheets in what could be low scoring affairs. The absence of their main-man Van Dijk has been visible as their solidity has faltered. Young Jack Stephens has since stepped up and shown a lot of promise. Available at a mere price of £4.0m, he could be a cheap but fruitful buy.
FPL Current Price: £4.0m.
Matches: Bournemouth(H), Crystal Palace(H).
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea):
Alonso has been one of the reasons behind Conte’s 3-4-3 system doing wonders. His performances at left wing-back have earned a lot of praise from football fans across the world. The Spaniard has chipped in with goals and his prowess as an attacker is immense. Combining with the charismatic Hazard, Alonso also makes darting runs into the box supporting Costa. Although his price could be a potential barrier, Chelsea’s barren season could further guarantee a healthy sum of points.
Marcos Alonso's Premier League season by numbers:
19 chances created
— 30 (@DavidhoIic) March 22, 2017
FPL Current Price: £6.8m.
Matches: Crystal Palace(H), Manchester City(H).
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City):
One of the stars of Leicester’s dream run last year, Fuchs has faded much like the performances of his side. The Foxes have however gathered momentum since Craig Shakespeare took charge. The new manager has a 100% record thus far and the spirits seem to have risen again. Fuchs has always been a threat from left-back with his delicious crosses. He is also in charge of set pieces and corners which is an added bonus. Leicester would hope the home support take them across as they look to salvage some much-needed points.
FPL Current Price: £5.2m.
Matches: Stoke City(H), Sunderland(H).
Honorable mentions: Alfie Mawson (Swansea), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Holebas (Watford), Martin Olsson (Swansea).
“The best defense is a good offense!” – Anonymous.
Watch out for our upcoming section on the midfielders and strikers to look out for ahead of Gameweek 30 & 31 in the FPL.