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FDR focus: Schedule offers hope to Southampton

The Scout 16 Nov 2019
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

FPL managers have been put off by Saints' struggles but fixtures point to goals for James Ward-Prowse and others

The Scout looks at teams with strong schedules according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR) and players who can benefit in Fantasy Premier League.

Southampton

Saints have struggled to catch the attention of FPL managers in the opening 12 Gameweeks.

Centre-back Jannik Verstergaard (£5.0m) is their most popular player, sitting in 4.1 per cent of squads. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have struggled defensively and have not recorded a clean sheet since Gameweek 5.

This suggests that, with a favourable run of opponents, investment in their attack should be considered.

According to the FDR, four of the Saints’ next six matches score just two.

That run includes home matches with Watford and Norwich City, who sit either side of Southampton in the bottom three.

Southampton's next six Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
13 ARS (A) 4 16 NEW (A) 2
14 WAT (H) 2 17 WHU (H) 3
15 NOR (H) 2 18 AVL (A)

This sequence of matches hands Hasenhuttl's side an opportunity to improve on their 11 goals this season and climb away from the relegation zone.

While Danny Ings (£6.0m) is Southampton's standout pick, a couple of midfield options could emerge as big differentials for FPL managers to target, too.

James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m)

The playmaker’s creativity is vital for Southampton, with his 17 key passes a team-leading total this term.

Ward-Prowse has also scored twice this season, with both goals coming in the last seven fixtures.

He netted against AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City in Gameweeks 6 and 11 respectively.

Indeed, from Gameweek 6 onwards, only five FPL midfielders have bettered his seven shots on target.

Moussa Djenepo (£5.2m)

Injuries have restricted the summer signing to just five appearances in his debut campaign.

Yet Djenepo has managed two goals, scoring against Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United in Gameweeks 3 and 5 respectively.

The winger completed his first 90 minutes of the campaign in Gameweek 12 and is fully fit for the upcoming period.

Costing just £5.2m, he could provide a handy cut-price pick in midfield.

Danny Ings (£6.0m)

The striker is on form, having scored in four of the last six Gameweeks.

Indeed, Ings is the fifth top forward for value in FPL, returning 8.7 points per million.

His 57 points are thanks to five goals, one assist and nine bonus points.

When selected, he has also been involved in 75 per cent of Southampton's goals.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR focus: Invest in fantastic Foxes
Part 2: FDR focus: Triple up on Liverpool
Part 3: FDR focus: Newcastle can build momentum
Part 5: FDR focus: Sheff Utd defence worth double

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