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FDR Analysis: Southampton can provide short-term value

The Scout 24 Mar 2021
Ward-Prowse and Vestergaard

The Scout says Saints have fixtures to provide low-cost options in every position in Fantasy

Managers in Fantasy Premier League should consider Southampton’s key players when planning their transfer moves.

Saints’ short-term schedule offers potential for both defensive and attacking returns.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), their next two matches against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion each score only two.

Southampton's next two Gameweeks
GW Opp. FDR
30 BUR (H) 2
31 WBA (A) 2

They could also face Crystal Palace during that period.

Although their Gameweek 32 match against Palace has been postponed due to their progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, it could still remain within the same round of fixtures, once rescheduled.

Southampton do, however, have a blank in Gameweek 33 as their match against Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed due to the latter's involvement in the EFL Cup final.

But once it is rescheduled, this is expected to hand them a Double Gameweek at some point later in the season.

Value in the backline

At the back, Fraser Forster (£4.0m) and Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) are the go-to options.

Forster has started four of Southampton's last five matches in all competitions and is the cheapest starting goalkeeper in FPL.

Vestergaard’s three goals and an assist from centre-back highlight his attacking potential.

Attacking options

Midfielder James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m) is enjoying his best-ever Fantasy campaign.

Seven goals, five assists and 13 bonus have helped him to 126 points, more than any other Southampton player.

Ward-Prowse has produced four double-digit returns this season, claiming 18 points in their recent Double Gameweek 27.

Up front, Che Adams (£5.8m) is in his most prolific form of 2020/21. 

The striker has scored in each of Southampton's last three Premier League matches against Sheffield United, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion

See: How the Fixture Difficulty Ratings can help managers

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