Another gameweek, another FPL dilemma for its managers on who to choose for their respective teams. There are a lot of good fixtures this weekend where some of the most popular defenders in FPL can pick up not just clean sheets, but also offensive returns. Players like Luke Shaw, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Shane Duffy, and Aaron Cresswell have fixtures that can easily see them pick up a few points without any hindrances.
Keeping that in mind, let us have a look at some of the must-haves in the defensive pool of players for the upcoming Gameweek:
LUKE SHAW (£5.5M) [AVL, (H)]
In Gameweek 6, Manchester United hosts Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Luke Shaw hasn’t gotten off to the start that many of his owners had anticipated, but he has made significant attacking progress. He has one of the best creative numbers among defenders in FPL. He has produced the second-highest xA (1.63), second-highest big chances (3), and the third-most chances among defenders (14).
Having scored the fifth-most goals in the league (8), Aston Villa’s offensive statistics indicate that they are significantly over-performing. They have an xG of just 5.3, 18 shots on target, 33 shots in the box, and the lowest big chances in the league (3). Man United’s defensive statistics have also been impressive. They’ve surrendered just 27 shots in the box (2nd), 19 shots on target (4th), and an xGC of 6.1. (7th).
Shaw will benefit from this matchup in Gameweek 6 because United are one of the favorites to maintain a clean sheet. He frequents the left side of the field, as well as corners, and free kicks, so he’s always in the mix for attacking contributions.