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Who are the best Wolves defenders in FPL for the Gameweek 4 fixture swing?

Having previously focused mostly on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ midfielders and forwards in his first ‘eye test meets stats’ analysis of Bruno Lage’s troops, Stevie of EyeTestFPL switches attention to the club’s defenders in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).


Wolves, in their 3-4-3/back five system seen below, boast one of the meanest defences in the league so far, conceding only 20 shots inside the box (the fifth lowest) despite some tough early fixtures.

With Lage’s outfit about to embark on a long run of great fixtures until Gameweek 14, we will assess some of the best Wolves defensive options in FPL – particularly from an attacking standpoint.

Nelson Semedo (£4.9M)

During offensive phases, Wolves tend to push both of their full-backs, Marcal (£4.5m) and Nelson Semedo (£4.9m), high up the pitch in a 2-3-5 shape.

Such advanced positioning of the full-backs can occasionally lead to offensive turnovers deep in the opposition half as they are expected to press high up the pitch, especially against the weaker teams.

Compared with Marcal, Semedo is arguably the better player on the ball and possesses considerable dribbling ability, which is the reason why he is often tasked with bigger offensive responsibilities.

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Based on his touches over the last two Gameweeks, clearly Semedo (above left) is the player given more freedom to roam forward, making six touches inside the box compared to Marcal’s (above right) one.

There is fluidity in the Wolves frontline. Every time there is a player filling in out wide such as Adama Traore (£6.0m) here, Semedo will use the opportunity to make underlapping runs into the penalty area.

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  1. paulfantham
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ben White or Shane Duffy? Already have Sanchez in goal so some existing Brighton cover, Arsenal with good fixtures but they’re Arsenal

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Duffy. More attacking threat

  2. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any new informations about Raphinha? Will he play?

  3. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best of these two?

    A) Ings -> DCL
    B) Bruno & Ings -> Jota & Ronaldo(c) (-4)

    Sanchez
    Trent, Shaw, White
    Bruno, Greenwood, Benrahma, Barnes
    Kane(c), Antonio, Ings

    Steele, Veltman, Tsimikas, Brownhill
    Bank 0.3m, 1FT

    1. paulfantham
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Wait for the pressers. A is a good move. Jots is a good move. Let's hear what Ole has to say before we sell the farm on Bruno

  4. Zilla
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    If you don't have Ronaldo (yet), who are you going with for captaincy?

    A) Salah
    B) Bruno

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Salah

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Reply fail below.

    3. fricky_
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Salah

      • Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Salah

    4. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    5. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      G2G
      Carson
      Coady White Ayling
      Salah Bruno Jota Gray
      Cr7 Jiminez Antonio

      Sanchez Gilmour Williams Kelly

      Cheers

      1. Spoox777
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I would change that.
        GK poor pick
        DEF too weak
        Rest is fine but i'd downgrade Bruno to upgrade DEF + GK

    6. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who do you prefer for the longer term (4-5 weeks):

      A) DCL
      B) Jota

      I already have Greenwood and bringing another potential problem into my squad is putting me off Jota.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I wouldnt sweat Jota's minutes, he'll play.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I would. No update on Firmino as yet

    7. RWB_1991
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Regulion or Christensen?

      1. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Christensen.

    8. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      WC template is pretty well formed now, with the general idea to be switching out Shaw/Jota/CR7 for James/Mount/Lukaku in a few weeks time. In reality, maybe Jota and/or CR7 at that point are deemed essential, and the thinking changes to 2*def+ or(mount, lukaku).

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If the plan is to get lukaku for gw7 y not people get him in now itself instead of booking a transfer. A captain option this week plus salah covers gw5,6

        1. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          point is we dont know yet. Ronaldo is a big factor - if he ends up putting up Juventus style numbers with the whole team working for his sole benefit he will have an RVP like season

          1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Then people may need both ronny and lukaku. I am only saying if the plan is only to have cr7 for 3 gas then might as well have lukaku to begin with

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              *gws

            2. Dr. Rog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              those 3 might be enough gas for a big turbo boost

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I take your point. I'm sure we'll all be looking at this. It'll be good to have a wc to contend with any changes over the next 3 😉

    9. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thoughts? Was initially going to play WC but might save until GW7/8. 2FT 2.5ITB

      Sanchez
      Trent • Shaw • Livra
      Salah • Bruno • Barnes • Raph • Ben
      Ings • Antonio
      (Steele / Tsimi / Hoever / Obafemi)

      Ings, Bruno and Tsimi to CR7, Jota (If Firmino out for GW4/5) and Semedo(-4)? Next week Ben to Traore, Torres, etc for free

    10. TheYogaDaddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sanchez
      Shaw TAA White (Livramento) (Amartey)
      Fernandes Salah Barnes Greenwood
      Toney Antonio Ings

      2ft, 0.6 itb

      a. Fernandes + Toney to Ronaldo + Benrahma
      b. Fernandes + Ings to Ronaldo + Torres
      c. Fernandes + Ings + Barnes to Ronaldo + Benrahma + Torres

      1. Spoox777
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B
        C ... not worth a -4
        A

    11. Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      just a qn , who usually assists jota in his goals ? robbo or TAA ?

      1. Tomerick
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Last one was Tsimikas wasn’t it?

      2. Mo Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        TAA this week as Robbo may be doubt.
        But usually from midfield and forwards, as he plays to feet rather than a goal hanging striker

    12. Tomerick
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Stick or twist with Son for a -4? I’m playing Gilmour if Son doesn’t play!

    13. PikeyMikey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Are Son and Lukaku defo out of gw4? When is the press conferences on their fitness?

    14. tc93
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best 4.5 currently? For me it’s between sissoko and gilmour