Fantasy Premier League Clean Sheet Tips: Gameweek 13

In preparation for Gameweek 13, we’ve compiled statistical data alongside the bookies odds to forecast which Premier League teams have the best chance of a clean sheet. The table will help FPL managers select their defenders and assist daily fantasy players with their defensive strategy. 

How is the data calculated?

Every team has been rated on a scale of 1st to 20th (1st: best in the league, 20th: worst in the league) based on form, fixture and odds.

Form: Clean Sheets, Goals Conceded & Big Chances Conceded.
Fixture: Failed To Score, Goals Scored & Big Chances.
Odds: Bookies Odds To Keep A Clean Sheet.

We’ve then totalled these findings and colour coded them so you can clearly visualise which clubs have the best clean sheet potential in Gameweek 13.

All statistics have been taken from the last SIX matches, as we feel this provides a fair comparison with the likelihood of each club having three home and three away fixtures.

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Fantasy Premier League Clean Sheet Tips: Gameweek 13

Man City’s defensive exploits have been nothing to rave about this season and they are far from clean sheet regulars, however, their defensive form alongside the bookies backing sees them top our chart for Gameweek 13.

They travel to face a Burnley side who boast a very strong home record. In fact, they would be situated inside the top four based on home results, having already beaten Liverpool and held Man United to a goalless draw at Turf Moor.

Burnley have scored in over 70% of their home matches this season, but this is not to say that you should ignore Man City’s chances of a shutout. We only urge you to be wary of this fixture, as it’s one of the toughest out there for the big clubs.

Scrolling down the Gameweek 13 fixtures and seeing Liverpool hosting Sunderland is enough to make any avid Fantasy Football player lick their lips in anticipation. However, it’s not so easy to jump to conclusions in terms of a clean sheet.

David Moyes is beginning to string things together and with Jermaine Defoe and the man of the moment Victor Anichebe bringing the little and large combination back into fashion; Lovren and Matip have a lot on their plate.

It started off with a handful of individual errors, but now Liverpool have a genuine habit of conceding trivial goals in matches they dominate. Jurgen Klopp’s men have failed to keep a clean sheet in every match they have scored 2+ goals in this season.

With six clean sheets on the bounce you can’t ignore Chelsea, no matter the difficulty of their fixture at hand. Antonio Conte has worked wonders with a revamped 3-5-2 formation and his player’s are growing in confidence every week.

Tottenham are in a dreadful run of form, having won just one of their last nine fixtures in all competitions, but nevertheless, they still provide an awkward obstacle in the way of Chelsea’s seventh consecutive shutout.

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Sneaking into the top three with an appealing mix of form, fixture and odd rankings is Man United. Mourinho will be desperate to make amends for letting a one-nil lead slip, in the latter stages of a match, for the second time this season.

United have kept a clean sheet in three of the last five matches against West Ham at Old Trafford, although conversely their opponents have managed to find the net in eight of their last nine away fixtures in all competitions.

Another club we strongly advise you to consider for this upcoming weekend is West Brom. They are the number one rank in terms of fixture ease as they make the trip to face bottom of the table Hull.

Hull have taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks, scoring just three times in their last five fixtures, as well as failing to find the net in 50% of their home matches this season.

Arsenal’s low ranking (11th) in our table is an interesting topic to discuss. Their head-to-head defensive record against Bournemouth is flawless having won all three of their previous meetings with three clean sheets.

However, it’s not all-good news for the Gunner’s. Hector Bellerin dominates the headlines having put pen to paper on a long-term contract extension, but he remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

This will have a detrimental effect on Arsenal’s clean sheet potential, with the haphazard Carl Jenkinson failing to provide adequate cover, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played a cameo at right-back versus United, is nothing short of a stopgap option in defence.

We feel that Arsenal’s drop in the rankings is justified after conceding twice as many goals at the Emirates this season (8) than away (4) and the fact Bournemouth have scored 10 times and had 90 attempts on target (5th best in the League) over the last six gameweeks.

Article by Clarke Hutchison.
Data supplied by Intekhab Ahmed.

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