Saturday, 4 April 2015

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Defenders for Gameweek 31


Dejan Lovren

It’s been a long time since the former Southampton man has featured in the defending tips, unchanged as he settles under the drop zone once again. If Martin Skrtel’s three match ban was difficult to digest for Liverpool fans, picturing Lovren to start against Arsenal was a heart disease. Social media flooded with comments pleading that Kolo Toure should fill the crucial void rather than the Croatian, who spreads nervy vibes along the defensive line. However, the dice is with Brendan Rodgers, he could scare the fans by placing Lovren in the starting line-up. If he does get the nod, the clutching pace and limitless energy of Arsenal’s attackers will pile him down with ease. 


Seamus Coleman

The Republic of Ireland star is among those defenders who are never shy of bursting upfront and has the ability to score wondrous goals. The Toffees aren’t up-to-mark this campaign, losing grip of the top-four battle and couple of infuriating results. Coleman was a gem for dream team managers in the previous season, those who kept faith on his this time has ended with disappointments. The 26-year old right-back fairly reminded the fans of his talent two weeks back, where Everton secured a narrow 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, Coleman being their hero. He scored a sublime goal to hand the lead for the visiting team, then turned provider for Lennon’s first goal for the Merseyside club. The sure starter will face the attackers of Southampton next, who are deadly on the borders with the skillfulness of Elia as well as Mane. Being a pivotal performer for Roberto Martinez, can the dynamic defender repeat his magic at Goodison Park this weekend?


Chris Smalling

The Englishman, alongside fellow countryman Phil Jones has been on convincing form in the last two key fixtures, where Manchester United sealed maximum points. The Red Devils supporters are relishing they have found their new Nemanja Vidic. The former Fulham defender was a brick-wall against the joint top-scorer of the league, Harry Kane and jostled away Liverpool’s regular rhythmic attack at Anfield with commanding presence and link-up play with Jones. With the brilliance of David De Gea at the posts, United have clinched three clean sheets in their previous four league matches, where Smalling has played every minute of it. There are few reports stating he has picked up illness, yet the 25-year old will be available for this weekend’s clash against the rickety Aston Villa side, who suffered a 1-0 lost at home to Swansea City. Furthermore, Smalling has been rewarding in the opponent’s penalty box too, notching three goals this season. Aston Villa do have some tricky attackers with pace and power, however lashing in with excessive momentum, Smalling and co is expected to have a contended afternoon at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Star Picks

John Terry – The chief organizer at the Blues defense has been rewarded with a contract extension for his top notch performance so far this season.

Jose Fonte – Arguably the most underrated defenders in the Premier League, the Portuguese man has been the star man for Southampton’s splendid defensive record this spell.

Branislav Ivanovic – Four goals and five assists, stats even many wingers and strikers stumble to reach, the Serbian is a rewarding option for the fantasy premier league.

Danny Rose – One of the most improved performers and constantly dominates the flank with boundless energy.

Laurent Koscielny – Strenuous and strong, Frenchman has been Arsenal’s star man at the back.

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