Attacking defenders can win you money in Gameweek 27.
In a season which has seen some of the most reliable FPL players fall from grace and some unexpected prospects spark excitement, there’s one area which always stands strong and continues to yield points; the attack-minded defender.
These are the players who are awarded points for defensive contributions such as clean sheets, while also chipping in with regular goals and assists for an enhanced output on the attacking front.
What we mean by ‘enhanced output’ is the fact that defenders are given more points for attacking actions, predominantly goals and assists, on all Fantasy Football sites compared to midfielders and forwards.
Locating this type of defender is essential for Fantasy Premier League and also in Daily Fantasy formats such as Bet4theBest, where point totals are further bolstered for every two offsides provoked (1pt) and every three corners won (2pts).
Our Daily Fantasy expert NaturalFootyFan is here to preview every fixture, along with his defender of choice.
Best Attacking Defenders For Gameweek 27
Eddie Howe has publicly expressed his concerns for his club’s recent form. They have conceded 15 times in their last four away matches, which is coincidentally the same number of times they have found the net on their league travels all season.
Antonio Valencia will spend the majority of the game in the opposition’s half and will look for Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside the box at every opportunity.
Leicester vs. Hull
The visitors have lost 10 of their last 11 away fixtures, while Leicester have turned round with a huge victory over Liverpool in gameweek 26.
Robert Huth is always a decent goal threat from set-pieces and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet at the weekend.
Stoke vs. Middlesbrough
Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last four home league games against Middlesbrough as a manager, while Karanka’s side are the lowest scorers in the league this season and have failed to convert in 12 matches.
Erik Pieters has improved his attacking exploits this season, contributing with two assists, 63 points on Bet4theBest and a handful of bonus points on FPL.
Swansea vs. Burnley
Swansea have won all three of their previous Premier League meetings with the Clarets, all by a 1-0 scoreline. More of the same would be a pleasant result for Paul Clement.
The majority will turn to Mawson for attacking returns at the back, however, our tip is Martin Olsson. The fullback loves to bomb forward and whip balls towards heading expert Llorente.
Watford vs. Southampton
Watford have failed to score in three of their last four meetings with Southampton. Their minds will be occupied with keeping Gabbiadini quiet to don’t expect much going forward.
Ryan Bertrand has an excellent return for the minutes he has played this season and banked two assists in gameweek 26 vs. Sunderland.
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
West Brom have never lost a home league match against Palace, so Tony Pulis will be confident of shutting them out once again and boost their aim for a best Premier League finish.
Just like the Mawson and Olsson story, Jonny Evans will have a much lower ownership than McAuley coming into this one. He is a great differential and a potent goal-threat.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last three home Premier League games against Arsenal and it’s common knowledge that Arsene struggles against the top sides away from the Emirates.
Joel Matip is regularly popping up in dangerous positions in and around the box, and we feel it’s only a matter of time before he adds to his solitary PL goal.
Tottenham vs. Everton
Pochettino’s first league game was a 0-0 draw against Everton. He has won three, drawn four and lost one of eight meetings with the Toffees since then. In contrast, Ronald Koeman has won only one of his five league games against Spurs.
Kyle Walker basically camps in the final third of the pitch, and has already notched two more assists (6) than any Premier League defenders this season.
Sunderland vs. Man City
Sunderland have lost each of their last five Premier League games against Manchester City and would happily take a draw before kick-off.
Guardiola will have other ideas and our Bet4theBest pick is Nicolas Otamendi. Similar to Matip, he finds himself in very dangerous positions and should have scored a couple more this season.
West Ham vs. Chelsea
Chelsea have lost just two of their last 21 Premier League games against West Ham and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a comfortable victory in this all-London affair.
Marcus Alonso averages more points per minute (0.065) than the likes of Dele Alli, Saido Mane and Gylfi Sigurdsson on Bet4theBest and will most likely be the highest-owned defender across all formats in Gameweek 27.
If you want to try your luck on Bet4theBest this weekend, be sure to check out our clean sheets and potential double gameweeks guide before entering below: