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FPL Wildcard targets: Alex McCarthy

By The Scout 10 Feb 2020
Alex McCarthy

The Scout highlights Southampton goalkeeper's clean-sheet potential in a run where he faces the bottom four sides

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For managers who are considering playing their second Wildcard in Fantasy Premier League, The Scout suggests targets to consider.

Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.4m

At a cost of only £4.4m, Southampton's No 1 is the cheapest goalkeeper in FPL who is a regular starter.

McCarthy has been kept busy since being handed his first start of the season in Gameweek 11, earning a save point in nine of his 15 appearances.

The underlying statistics show he has helped improve Saints' defensive performances.

He has saved 67.2 per cent of the shots he has faced this season, compared with the 54.5 per cent of his rival Angus Gunn (£4.3m).

Importantly, McCarthy has been keeping more clean sheets recently.

Southampton achieved three shutouts in six matches between Gameweeks 19-24, against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.

While they lost 4-0 at Liverpool in Gameweek 25, Saints now have a strong run of fixtures.

Southampton's fixtures
27 AVL (H) 2 30 NOR (A) 2
28 WHU (A) 2 31 ARS (H) 4
29 NEW (H) 2 32 WAT (A) 2

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), after hosting Burnley in Gameweek 26, five of Southampton's following six matches score just two.

Indeed, Ralph Hasenhuttl's men face each of the bottom four sides during that period.

It gives McCarthy the chance to bring in more returns and offer major value between the posts.

See: All of The Scout's FPL Wildcard targets

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