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FPL fixture analysis: Southampton stars can be Fantasy bargains

By The Scout 1 Dec 2022
Che Adams, Southampton

The Scout says a favourable schedule and a new manager should alert FPL managers to Saints assets

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The Scout pinpoints the teams with the most favourable schedules, according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), when the Premier League returns on 26 December, identifying which players Fantasy Premier League managers should consider with their unlimited transfers.


The Saints' kind run of upcoming opponents hands them the chance to make an immediate impact under new first-team manager Nathan Jones.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of their next seven matches score only two.

Southampton's next seven matches
17 BHA (H) 3 21 AVL (H) 2
18 FUL (A) 2 22 BRE (A) 3
19 NFO (H) 2 23 WOL (H) 2
20 EVE (A) 2  

In defence, full-back Romain Perraud (£4.4m) boasts a major attacking threat.

The Frenchman has produced two goals, an assist and 30 points in his last six matches.

Indeed, his total of 20 shots is more than any other defender in 2022/23 Fantasy.

Midfield options

Playmaker James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m) supplied an assist in Jones' first match in charge, a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool in Gameweek 16.

Despite managing only two assists this term, he has been among the standout creators.

See which Saints can improve your squad

Ward-Prowse's 30 key passes and six big chances created are both team-leading totals, with each placing fifth among midfielders. 

Meanwhile, Joe Aribo (£5.2m) could prove a handy budget pick in midfield. The winger has scored twice and leads Ward-Prowse by 12 shots in the box to one.  

Adams the main man

Che Adams (£6.4m) boasts the all-round threat to emerge as a budget-friendly pick up front.

The Scotland forward scored and earned eight points at Anfield last time out.

Adams' goal v AFC Bournemouth

Adams' 29 shots, 24 shots in the box, 10 big chances and 12 shots on target are all more than any team-mate.

Furthermore, his 16 chances created place second for Southampton this season.

Also in this series

Part 2: Back Man Utd at both ends of the pitch
Part 3: Chelsea can provide key differentials
Part 4: Newcastle primed for more success
Part 5: Trossard the standout for Brighton
Part 6: Home in on West Ham
Part 7: Fulham stars lifted by Double Gameweek

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