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FPL Scout Report: Saints 1-1 Sunderland

The Scout 29 Aug 2016
Jermain Defoe, Southampton vs Sunderland

The Scout takes a closer look at the standout performers in Southampton’s home draw against the Black Cats

The Bonus Points

The Fantasy Premier League bonus points fell mainly to the goal scorers in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.

Jermain Defoe (£7.1million) earned the maximum three points.

The Sunderland frontman netted his side’s opener from the penalty spot and also chipped in with two recoveries and three clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to collect a score of 31 in the Bonus Points System.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (£6.4m) and Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) both received two bonus points after registering a BPS score of 19.

Substitute Rodriguez grabbed a late leveller for the hosts, his first Premier League goal since March 2014. Romeu managed 10 CBI, eight recoveries and 60 completed passes in a dominant central midfield display.

The ICT Index

Defoe also clinched top spot in the ICT Index with a score of 8.1.

The striker registered two of his side’s four attempts from inside the box and found the net for the second time in the first three Gameweeks.

So far, Defoe has produced an effort on goal every 45.3 minutes this season. That is slower than an average of 31.7 minutes in 2015/16, when he netted 17 times.

Southampton took up four of the first five positions, having fired 16 shots to the Black Cats’ five.

Nathan Redmond (£6.1m) was the home side’s top ICT Index performer with a score of 7.1.

In a front two, the summer signing from Norwich City managed three attempts on goal – with two on target – and also created a pair of scoring opportunities for his team-mates.

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Nathan Redmond was again a threat in a front two for Southampton

Rodriguez and Steven Davis (£5.5m) were joint-third, with the latter taking top spot for ICT Creativity, with 37.

Davis supplemented two key passes with one successful cross and 14 completed passes in the final third, in addition to nine recoveries.

Rodriquez emerged from the bench to produce two attempts on target and he scored the late equaliser.

The Scout Notes

Defoe has now climbed to fourth spot in the FPL forward standings as a result of his nine-point haul.

Owned by just 8.6% of managers, he has back-to-back home encounters against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion over Gameweek 6-7.

Notably, Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) took three of his side’s five corner kicks. The left-back has already opened his account for the season by netting in last week’s home loss to Middlesbrough.

New signing Javier Manquillo (£4.5m) was fast-tracked into the first XI by Moyes, earning a start at right-back.

In goal, an injury to Vito Mannone (£4.5m) has promoted Jordan Pickford (£4.0m) as an option.

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Jordan Pickford is set to be Sunderland's No 1 for at least three months

Pickford produced six saves on Saturday and just failed to collect bonus points, earning a BPS score of 18. The youngster, whose average of 17.8 minutes per save in 2015/16 was quicker than any goalkeeper, is expected to deputise for the Italian for at least three months.

For Southampton, Matt Targett (£4.5m) retained his starting role for the third successive Gameweek. With first-choice left-back Ryan Bertrand (£5.4m) returning to the bench, though, Targett’s security of starts is now in question.

Up front, Claude Puel’s decision to start with Charlie Austin (£6.3m) alongside Redmond up front saw Shane Long (£6.4m) drop to the bench.

The Republic of Ireland international has now been transferred out by over 22,000 FPL managers since Saturday's deadline. 

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