Top 4 EPL Defenders This Season Based On Stats – Two Chelsea players And Two Southampton Players Feature In The List

Premier League

Defensive records chalk out the way to a team’s success in a particular tournament. A team which is looking forward to do well must have a well organized and disciplined defense line.

In our list of top 4 defenders in the Premier League this season, two Chelsea, and two Southampton defenders feature. If we check the records these two teams have the best defensive record in the league this season.

Players Tackles won Blocks Interceptions Clearances Defensive errors
Jose Fonte 44 17 86 157 1
Branislav Ivanovic 59 3 29 126 2
John Terry 33 23 21 162 2
Nathaniel Clyne 59 5 55 82 1

*stats taken from 

Jose Fonte (Southampton)

Jose Fonte has been in his prime form for the Saints this season. The Portuguese center back has been instrumental in the backline of Southampton and is responsible for the team’s exceptional defensive record in the present season. Southampton has conceded the least number of goals in the League, 21, which much lesser than that of league leaders Chelsea. Jose Fonte has won 44 tackles and successfully blocked opponent’s attackers 17 times. He has completed 86 interceptions, while standing still at the defense and made 157 clearances. Also he has just committed one defensive error in 29 games he played. The statistics reveal his excellence in the backline this season and his inspiring performance has kept his team afloat in the hunt for a top four finish.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)


Branislav Ivanovic has become a veteran in Chelsea’s backline. After spending almost seven seasons with the London club, the Serb has cemented his place in the Chelsea defense and has practically become indispensable. In this season Ivanovic has surpassed all his good performance with club and has revealed himself as one of the best full backs in the league. His performance this season has not been limited to quality defending, but occasional participation in attack as well. The right-back has scored some crucial goals for the club and contributed greatly to Chelsea’s best season in the Premier League in the last few years. Ivanovic has won 59 tackles, successfully blocked attacks in 3 instances and implemented 29 interceptions. He has made 126 clearances and just twice he committed defensive errors. Overall it has been one of the best seasons in Branislav Ivanovic’s career.

John Terry (Chelsea)

Just like wine, John Terry gets better with age. The 34-year-old Chelsea and English legend is still delivering tirelessly for his club at the grand stage. Under his leadership, the Chelsea defense has done a commendable job and the team is still at the table top after 29 matches. The Chelsea leader has won 33 tackles, blocked 23 times, intercepted moves 21 times and made a mammoth 162 clearances standing rock solid in the Chelsea defense. He has just made only 2 defensive errors so far. John Terry has still not lost his ground as a defender and is still indispensable to the squad. At this age, he shows energy of a teenager and performs like a 20-year-old defender. John Terry is still present among the top defenders in the league, which is an astonishing fact.

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

nathaniel clyne

Another Southampton defender makes his way into the list of top defenders in the Premier League this season. The 23-year-old right back has done an exceptional job for his club in this season. His performance graph is at par with the best defenders in the country and is surely one for the future for the English national side. His statistics is enviable and along with Jose Fonte and Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Clyne has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league right now.