Matchday 7: The defenders

In the final look at Matchday 7, burrows into the back line as managers search for the best defenders from all over the world.

Defensive tips
While many Fantasy managers spend most of their time worrying about forward selection, it's an often forgotten fantasy fact that a defender managing to keep a clean sheet is worth 7 points, while a goal scored by a forward is worth 6 points. Attacking defenders should also form part of any decent selection; a goal scored by a defender is worth double that scored by a forward.

The best at the back
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley was the most formidable defender of Matchday 6. McAuley returned 25 points by netting a goal against San Marino and helping the back line to keep a clean sheet.

Matchday 7 has a more glamorous flavour as coaches worldwide stack their squads with many of the world's greatest defenders. South America and Europe look to be the most promising areas for exceptional performances by defenders as heavyweights such as France, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Argentina get down to business.

Defenders watch list: Philipp Lahm (Germany), Zdenek Pospech (Czech Republic), Patrice Evra (France), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Daniel Agger (Denmark), Daniel Alves (Brazil), Maicon (Brazil), Paulo Da Silva (Paraguay), Javier Zanetti (Argentina), Luis Perea (Colombia), Gilles Binya (Cameroon), Emmanuel Eboue (Côte d'Ivoire).

Choosing a man capable of shutting out some of the World's greatest goal scorers is a tough challenge. The eight points that a clean sheet provides are invaluable and managers would do well to ponder this choice carefully.

Goalkeeper watch list: Julio Cesar (Brazil), Iker Casillas (Spain), Justo Villar (Paraguay), Tim Howard (USA), Ryota Tsuzuki (Japan).

Fantasy managers don't forget! You have less than 48 hours after Matchday 7 to finalise your teams for Matchday 8.