Cape Town - Sport24 has looked at the best defenders from the five biggest clubs in the EPL to establish which club has the best man in their last line of defence.
Goals are more than likely to win to matches but conceding a soft goal or a careless mistake at the heart of the defence will certainly lose a match in the grueling 38-game battle to win the English Premiership title.
Phil Jones - Manchester United
Vincent Kompany - Manchester City
John Terry - Chelsea
Laurient Koscielny - Arsenal
Martin Skrtel - Liverpool
The areas of focus:
The five candidates were judged on the number of clearances made, tackles won, fouls committed and aerial duels won.
The numbers are simply too hard to ignore, the best defender in the English Premiership is without a doubt Liverpool's hard tackling Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool's commanding centre-back leads two of the four key categories with particularly impressive stats in both the clearances and aerial duels won.
The facts and figures:
(All facts and figures are courtesy of squawka.com)
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