Highest scoring defenders in the Premier League: Gabriel to head Gunners to glory again?

We have analysed the highest scoring defenders in the Premier League so far this season ahead of their upcoming fixtures, and noted the corresponding odds of them getting on the scoresheet once again. It is also worth noting how they score their goals, whether they are headers from set-pieces or are a specialist free-kick or penalty taker.

Highest scoring defenders in the Premier League: Gabriel leads the way…

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Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) – 4 goals

Gabriel is the outright leader in terms of highest scoring defenders in the league with four goals so far this campaign. His most recent came in Arsenal's 6-0 hammering of West Ham United earlier this month, while he has also netted against title rivals Liverpool at Anfield and scored a brace against Crystal Palace.

All four goals were headers from set-piece routines, suggesting the Brazilian is a major aerial threat when he comes up from centre-back. He wins more aerial duels per game (2.4) than anyone else in the squad, and Arsenal have scored a league-high 17 goals from set-pieces. 

Up next in the Premier League for them is Newcastle United at home on Saturday night, where Mikel Arteta's side will fancy winning a sixth consecutive league match to heap the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City. Set-pieces could be decisive again, with Gabriel at the forefront of them for the Gunners.

Gabriel to score anytime vs Newcastle – 67/10

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Cristian Romero (Tottenham) – 3 goals

Romero is one of three defenders just behind Gabriel on three goals in the league this season. However, his last goal was in December, in a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham.

Nonetheless, that is one of two headers the Argentine has scored, and he wins more aerial duels per match (2.1) than anyone else in the Spurs squad. The North Londoners are not in Premier League action this weekend, but welcome Crystal Palace to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 2nd March.

There are currently no odds relating to Romero scoring in that fixture, so we have indicated projected odds with an “*” to note this, taking into account the difficulty of his opponents and his scoring record.

Romero to score anytime vs Crystal Palace – 7/1*

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Fabian Schar (Newcastle) – 3 goals

Incidentally, one of Gabriel's opponents Schar is joint-second on the list with three league goals, as the pair face off at the Emirates Stadium. In sheer contrast, the centre-half has actually scored no goals with his head, and all of them have come from his right foot.

Schar's most recent strike came in Newcastle's 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest earlier this month, while he also netted a brace against Aston Villa in January. The Swiss is known to be a good striker of the ball, as he has scored from penalties and free-kicks in the past.

It will be a tough ask for Newcastle to get anything from Arsenal on their current form, but Schar could be the one to unlock the door should things not go to plan for the Gunners.

Schar to score anytime vs Arsenal – 18/1

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Marcos Senesi (Bournemouth) – 3 goals

Senesi has also netted three times for Bournemouth in the league this season, with his most recent goal coming in their 3-1 defeat at Fulham earlier this month. That was with his right foot, with his previous two goals being headers.

Unfortunately for Senesi, all his goals have come away from home, and Bournemouth's next Premier League fixture is at the Vitality Stadium, against reigning champions Manchester City nonetheless.

The Cherries would do well to get a result, but with City also hosting Brentford in midweek, they could capitalise on some potential fatigue from Pep Guardiola's men, and Senesi will be desperate to open his account in front of his home fans.

Senesi to score anytime vs Manchester City – 18/1

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