FPL Gameweek 18 – clean sheet predictions

Ahead of GW18, we take a look at which teams have the best chance of keeping a clean sheet.

GAMEWEEK 18 FIXTURES

Saturday 21st December

Everton v Arsenal (12:30)

Aston Villa v Southampton (15:00)

Bournemouth v Burnley (15:00)

Brighton v Sheffield Utd (15:00)

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (15:00)

Norwich v Wolves (15:00)

Man City v Leicester (17:30)

Sunday 22nd December

Watford v Man Utd (14:00)

Spurs v Chelsea (16:30)

The Premier League's two Manchester clubs are the top two rated teams in regards to clean sheet potential in Gameweek 18. Whilst Man City host 2nd placed Leicester, Man Utd travel to bottom club Watford. Tapping into Man City's clean sheet potential will require you to beat the infamous "Pep roulette" with the City manager known to rotate his defenders. Centre-back Nicolas Otamendi (£5.0m) has started two of their last three league games and scored off the bench in the other, so he may be the shrewd choice. Also, goalkeeper Ederson (£6.0m) is naturally a safe bet to start between the sticks.

For Man Utd away at Watford, another shrewd option could be right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) after the defender picked up two bonus points in Gameweek 17, despite not keeping a clean sheet in United's 1-1 draw against Everton. Alternately Harry Maguire (£5.3m) will as always pose a threat from set pieces. Behind the two Manchester clubs are Crystal Palace, who face an away trip to Newcastle. The Eagles have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League games with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) gaining a minimum of 8 FPL points from each fixture. Value is also there to be had with defender Martin Kelly (£4.4m) who is not only a bargain price, but nailed on to start due to Palace's recent injury problems at the back.

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