- John Stones and AymericLaporte (Manchester City):
AymericLaporte was touted to join the Premier league from quite a few years but a move didn’t materialize until last January when Manchester City successfully managed to get his signature. Laporte wasn’t part of much of the action last season but it seems this season Pep is more keen on starting him. Laporte and John Stones are the future of City for years to come and it seems the partnership is working quite well. Both the players can play the ball from the back and are equally solid which gives Pep Guardiola a lot of stability at the back.
- Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur):
Toby Alderweireld was strongly linked to a move away to Manchester United this summer but surprisingly nothing happened on that front. Toby is arguably one of the best center backs in the league and along with Jan Vertonghen, they have formed a formidable partnership in the heart of defence for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs rely heavily on both these men to make a difference at the back and with their support Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to challenge for the title this season.
- Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz (Chelsea):
Both, Rudiger and Luiz struggled to get regular game time under former manager Antonio Conte. It is under Maurizio Sarri that Luiz has surely found a new life to his Chelsea career. Both the players have looked strong at the back and it will be necessary that they are able to do that consistently if Chelsea are to pose a strong challenge for the title. Luiz’s ball-playing ability will also come in handy given the style with which Chelsea play.
- Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas (Watford):
It is a different pairing compared to the others on the list but it has been a successful one so far. Watford have started the season on a very high note, winning all the four matches so far. Jose Holebas has been very impressive going forward and creating chances and Kabasele has been equally good in helping protecting at the back. Both the players have worked well in tandem and if the same carries on, Watford are definitely in for a solid season.
- Virgil Van Djik and Joe Gomez (Liverpool):
Liverpool are phenomenal going forward and this season they haven’t been bad at the back either. Both Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Djik have given solid performances at the heart of the defence and given the Liverpool attackers the utmost luxury to go full-fledged without worrying about a counter attack. This partnership holds a lot of value for JurgenKlopp as it holds a massive key in fulfilling Liverpool’s ambition of winning the title.