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GW4 Ones to watch: James Ward-Prowse

The Scout 23 Aug 2022
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton

The Scout says Southampton midfielder's set-pieces can trouble Man Utd

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 4 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

James Ward-Prowse (SOU) £6.5m

A home encounter with Manchester United on Saturday gives the Southampton playmaker a chance to continue his fine start to the season.

Ward-Prowse has blanked just once in the opening three Gameweeks, claiming a team-high total of 18 points.

He scored against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 1 and supplied an assist in Saints’ comeback win over Leicester City last weekend.

Ward-Prowse's assist v Leicester

That early all-round impact mirrors Ward-Prowse's performances from the previous campaign.

The midfielder enjoyed his best-ever season in Fantasy in 2021/22, amassing 159 points thanks to 10 goals and five assists.

The underlying statistics from the first three further highlight Ward-Prowse’s influence on the Southampton attack.

He has created eight chances, more than double the total of any team-mate.

Set-piece threat

Crucially, his delivery from free-kicks and corners can exploit Man Utd’s defensive weakness.

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Ward-Prowse was ranked first in each of the last two seasons in Fantasy for chances created from set-pieces.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, have conceded 20 shots from such situations, at least six more than any other side. 

Southampton’s forthcoming schedule also looks encouraging for Ward-Prowse.

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

Starting with Saturday’s contest against Man Utd, Ward-Prowse can reward managers with more attacking returns.

Also in this series

Part 2: Kieran Trippier (NEW)
Part 3: Leandro Trossard (BHA)
Part 4: Ivan Perisic (TOT) 
Part 5: Luis Diaz (LIV)

Don't forget the Gameweek 4 deadline is 11:00 BST on Saturday 27 August.

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