We have looked at the GKs and we move up the formation to look at defenders to choose from. Naturally, two factors come into play – possibility to keep clean sheets and ability to score / assist.
- Sergio Ramos (ESP | 6.5)
The controversial Real Madrid center-back is priced at 6.5 for a reason – he delivers. He is Spain’s leader from the back and already has 13 international goals to his tally. Other than Portugal, Spain have two very good opportunities to keep clean sheets so if you want to splurge on a defender, Ramos is your man.
- Joshua Kimmich (GER | 6.5)
Kimmich enters the World Cup has one of the most on-form right-back in world football. He is always looking to pour down the right and has already accumulated an impressive 17 assists in all competitions in the season just passed. The Germans have a relatively easy Group so Kimmich could end up as one of the top points scoring defender from the Group Stages.
- Kieran Trippier (ENG | 5.5)
Trippier’s season had not been as glittery as Kimmich but it has been impressive as well. He has 5 assists in all competition in club football and looks like a certain starter at right wing back for England in their 3-5-2 formation. His pace and delivery makes him an asset and looks more likely than any other England defender to chalk up attacking points.
- Sime Vrsaljko (CRO | 5.5)
Atletico Madrid’s Vrsaljko is a certain starter for Croatia and has attacking abilities to match his defensive prowess. He is an occasional midfielder and Croatia will look to him to provide some width. A bit pricey at 5.5 given Croatia’s Group, but can come good if they chalk up enough wins to progress.
- Danilo (BRA | 5.5)
Danilo is no Cafu or Dani Alves but he is the best Brazil has this tournament. Brazil do not rely on clean sheets but this Brazilian side is strong in every department and has the ability to dominate every of their Group Stage opponents. Except Danilo to join the attack as often as he can.
- Kalido Koulibaly (SEN | 5.0)
Koulibaly enjoyed a super season of club football at Napoli, scoring five times and building a solid reputation for himself as one of the top African defender. He is physical and has an eye for goal during set-pieces. The thing about Senegal is you can never be sure if they can string together a good squad with the individual talents they have.
- Trent Sainsbury (AUS | 4.5)
The Australian vice-captain is reasonably priced at 4.5 and makes a good back-up defender to have in your line up. He is likely to start all three games. Even though it may take Herculean efforts to keep clean sheets against the French and the Danes, Sainsbury is worth a gamble.
- Achraf Hakimi (MAR | 4.5)
The Real Madrid youngster may not have much club experience but should feature regularly for Morocco. Another good choice as a fifth defender with his nose for goals (2 goals in 7 La Liga games this term)
- Maya Yoshida (JPN | 4.5)
Another steal at 4.5 is Japanese center-back Yoshida. Not a regular at his club but surely a starter for the Japanese, though they are in a very evenly matched Group.
- Segery Ignashevich (RUS | 4.5)
I fancy a Russian defender because they kick-off the World Cup campaign and Ignashevich is one of the sure starters. Good choice to have form the onset, always the opportunity to substitute him out.
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