FPL Team Preview Southampton
Southampton finished 15th last season winning 12 and losing 19 games.
They scored 47 goals and conceded 68 (9 of them coming in just 1 match against Manchester United). Only relegated WBA had shipped in more goals so you would think that defence would be an area to improve for the Saints.
FPL Team Preview – Southampton
2020-21 Premier League Season
Attack – Southampton scored 47 goals with an average xG of 46.2. They took 293 shots in the season with xG/Sh of 0.10. Their attack looked pretty good and will look to improve further.
Defence – They conceded 68 goals with an average xGA of 59.3. Their opponents took 312 shots in the season with xGA/Sh of 0.14.
James Ward-Prowse (6.5 | MID) was one of the best bargain midfielder last season where he scored 8 goals and 7 assists. He took 1.14 Sh/90 minutes and had an average KP/90 of 1.58. He has benefited hugely due to his passing abilities which resulted in him having some good assists.
He is hardy, almost never miss games and also takes key set-pieces. So definitely worth tracking.
Danny Ings (8.0 | FWD) had a good season netting 12 and assisting 4 goals in the season despite all his injury woes.
He took 2.33 Sh/90 and also had an average xG/90 of 0.34 and average xA/90 of 0.09 which keeps him in our set of players to target. He is currently owned by just 3.9% managers and has the potential to become one of the key differentials.
Gone are the days which he is priced at sub-7.0 but at 8.0, he is still worth considering.
Have a look at his heat map of last season. The green circles shows the goals he scored which shows his potential to score goals from outside the circle.
Che Adams (7.0 | FWD) is again one of the best bargain forward who will start most of the games.
He had 9 goals and 7 assists last season. He took 2.17 Shots per game on an average with an xG/90 of 0.41 and xA/90 of 0.18 which are some serious stats.
Here is his heat map of the last season.
Other players to look for
Theo Walcott (6.0 | MID) played for Southampton last season on loan and made his move permanent. He played 21 matches for Southampton last season where he scored 3 goals and assisted 3 with an average xG+A/90 of 0.19.
Perraud (5.0 | DEF) joins from Ligue 1 and is a left-back. He is likely to feature regularly as a direct replacement for Bertrand, who has left for Leicester.
First Five Fixtures
Southampton has got one of the toughest start to the season, playing the two Manchester sides in the first 5 GWs.
Ings’ immediate future at Southampton is still not confirmed, having refused to sign an extended contract. That uncertainty may even affect his mindset and/or his starting position in the team.
Ward-Prowse has attracted strong attention at ~8% TSB, his extended summer holiday may be a positive.
However, with the tough fixtures to begin with, it is probably more worth it to keep track of Saints players instead of starting in your GW01 team straightaway.
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