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GW22 Lessons: Time to consider Southampton

The Scout 13 Jan 2020
Jack Stephens, Southampton

The Scout says players like Jack Stephens can provide big value for FPL managers and also help plans for Double Gameweek 24

Their 2-1 win over Leicester City continued Southampton's fine run of form and Fantasy Premier League managers should be considering investment in the south-coast team's players, not least because it might allow them to add to their Liverpool stock.

Saints have won four times and drawn once in their last five Gameweeks, clinching victories against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during that run.

After netting the decisive goal at King Power Stadium, there is no surprise that Danny Ings (£6.8m) is the most-bought player in the Gameweek.

Over 195,000 managers have transferred in the striker, who has 10 goals in his last 10 Gameweek starts.

But Southampton's upcoming schedule suggests Ings is not their only player to target.

Saints' next eight Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
23 WOL (H) 3 27 AVL (H) 2
24 CRY (A) 2 28 WHU (A) 2
25 LIV (A) 5 29 NEW (H) 2
26 BUR (H) 2 30 NOR (A) 2

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of their next eight matches score just two.

That run of opponents also raises the potential of the Saints' backline.

Alex McCarthy (£4.3m) is the cheapest-starting goalkeeper in the game, yet is owned by only 1.9 per cent of managers. He has 20 points in the last four Gameweeks, conceding just twice.

Centre-back Jack Stephens (£4.3m) has 31 points in the previous five Gameweeks, thanks to a goal, an assist and two clean sheets.

Defensive steel

The underlying statistics further highlight Southampton's improving defence. They have conceded only 31 shots and 18 shots in the box in the last four Gameweeks.

Only Liverpool, with 30 and 16 respectively, have a better record.

Double Gameweek advantage

Crucially, investment in Southampton players can also help managers take advantage of Liverpool's Double Gameweek 24 against Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.

Bringing in Ings, McCarthy or Stephens can help free up budget to spend on midfield big-hitters Sadio Mane (£12.4m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), who provide major captaincy candidates for the Reds' pair of Gameweek 24 matches.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW22 FPL stats: Vardy fails to repeat Saints heroics
Part 2: GW22 bonus points: Doucoure shines for Watford
Part 3: GW22 review: Azpilicueta gets another double-digit haul
Part 4: GW22 Lessons: Aguero provides forward solution

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