With the predictability of the Premier League turning completely unpredictable this year, one thing teams need to be able to rely on is their defence.
Because, should all else fail going forward, you should always be able rely to rely upon resolute men at the back to ensure that at the very least you savour a point.
Over the years, Premier League defenders have earned themselves fearsome reputations and many have formed awe-inspiring partnerships in the process.
The game has long moved on from the days of Tony Adams and Martin Keown striking fear into the hearts of young, speedy attackers.
This season, we have witnessed several surprise package defenders rise to the top of the pecking order.
Not many would have predicted Southampton to currently be sat inside the top four after 11 matches, nor would you have predicted them to have the best defensive record in the league.
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the best performing defenders of the current campaign...
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