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Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand had yet another great fantasy week despite Southampton losing 1-0 to Burnley.

Bertrand is now the highest scoring defender in the Yahoo! game. His 11 points this week came without a clean sheet and if you look at his breakdown of points it's easy to see he can contribute without clean sheets. Clean sheets: 42 points. Passes intercepted: 31. Fouls won: 20. Corners won: 18. Tackles won: 18. Continue using him with confidence in any matchup.
Dec 14 - 2:35 PM

Dusan Tadic continued his fantasy scoring slump against Burnley this weekend when he missed a penalty.

The midfielder started the season off well but has averaged a lousy 2.5 points over his last four weeks including a negative 3 point performance this weekend. The missed penalty certainly hurt but Tadic also didn't do much else. He had a shot on target(from the PK which was saved), a corner won, and two fouls committed. With Southampton facing Everton and Crystal Palace next, Tadic will have a chance to rebound but if you can afford to upgrade and lose his discount, don't be afraid to go with someone in better form.
Dec 14 - 2:31 PM

Southampton youngster Jake Hesketh was handed his first senior start on Saturday at Turf Moor as the Saints met Burnley hoping to arrest a three game slide which has seen Ronald Koemans’ men drop from the dizzy heights of second to fifth in recent weeks.

Hesketh followed up his brief 20 minute spell against Manchester United on Monday night with a place in the starting eleven as Shane Long made way. However his delight soon turned to disappointment after failing to recover from a heavy Michael Keane challenge which forced his withdrawal on 32 minutes. His injury though did at least afford the returning James Ward-Prowse an early opportunity to taste first team action for the first time in almost two months having just recovered from a foot injury. Hesketh is the latest in a long line of Southampton graduates having joined the club at the age of 8 and the club's 2013/14 Scholar of the Season certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
Dec 13 - 4:16 PM

Southampton took a blow to their Champions League aspirations as they were defeated by a scrappy Burnley side, 1-0.

When you have your eyes on a prize in the top flight, not dropping points is crucial and unfortunately for Southampton, they did so today. The match was played in lousy weather but it did not stop them from winning the possession battle and creating chances, they just couldn't cash in on any of them. No missed chance will stand out more though than Tadic's from the spot as his shot had the location but not enough pace to beat the Claret keeper. The Saints then made matters worse by letting a poor defensive clearance lead to the Burnley goal. Still, with Toby Alderweireld back, they are a better unit and fullbacks Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne continue to contribute in fantasy whether Southampton concede or not. Tadic has fallen into a slump of late and will be leaving owners wondering whether it may be time to sell.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 12:12 PM

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is healthy enough to return to the bench this weekend.

The winger/midfielder has been out for about two and a half months due to a fractured foot but is finally getting back to full fitness. He will be fit enough to be on the bench this weekend when Southampton face Burnley this weekend. With the Saints suffering a number of injuries in recent weeks, Ward-Prowse could establish a solid spot in the rotation in the next few weeks, in which case he could become a fantasy option. For now, we wouldn't hurry adding him.
Source: DailyEcho
Dec 12 - 12:03 AM

Southampton youngster Jake Hesketh made his Premier League debut against Manchester United on Monday.

Hesketh was playing youth football for the under-18s last season and admits his goal for this season was to establish a first-place spot in the U-21s. He's done that and much more, as he earned a senior-squad call up and debut this past Monday. The 18-year-old replaced Dusan Tadic but was unsuccessful in getting the Saints back against Manchester United. We don't expect to see him on the pitch often this season but he looked great in his limited time on the pitch and could be a star in the future.
Source: DailyEcho
Dec 11 - 12:11 AM

Graziano Pelle has had a quiet past few weeks but will look to rebound against a less-than perfect Manchester United defense.

Southampton have had a tough schedule as of late and have suffered a lot of injuries in the process, leaving themselves vulnerable. Despite that, Graziano Pelle is still looking to create danger and could be an against the grain pick when the Saints face the Red Devils this weekend. It's a very risky move but it can reward the adventurous manager in a nice way.
Dec 4 - 10:18 PM

The loss of Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld to a hamstring injury during the last ten minutes of Wednesday nights’ game at the Emirates proved costly as the Saints finally bowed to Arsenal pressure conceding a late Sanchez goal.

The big Belgium has been pivotal in recent weeks helping Southampton keep five consecutive clean sheets but as we approach a hectic Festive period this latest setback could rule the defender out for up to six games although a scan on Thursday will confirm the severity of the problem. His absence is likely to afford teammate Maya Yoshida a rare starting opportunity partnering Jose Fonte in the heart of defence. A frustrated Ronald Koeman will now look to strengthen within the January window "You have to be prepared [for] every game and you can't play on 70%. You have to be 100% and that's difficult for us, because we need everybody to be fit. We don't have the numbers and players that the big teams have, and that's difficult."
Source: Fox Soccer
Dec 4 - 10:07 AM

Injury problems are beginning to mount for Ronald Koeman as Southampton are beaten by a last-gasp Alexis Sanchez winner at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Having already lost Morgan Schneiderlin to a hip problem on Sunday [for around two weeks] his replacement Jack Cork suffered an ankle injury midway through the first half which forced the youngster off – he was later seen boarding the team bus in a protective cast. Cork will have a scan on Thursday to determine the extent of the problem and he will be joined by fellow Saint Toby Alderweireld who was unable to continue on 84 minutes because of a hamstring strain leaving Southampton with only ten men. And finally to further compound matters Dusan Tadic was withdrawn because of a knock although the problem is only thought to be minor – partly due to fatigue – the extra days rest should mean the midfielder is okay to face Manchester United on Monday.
Dec 4 - 9:52 AM

Fraser Forster lost the match but it certainly wasn't his fault as he produced a number of fine saves for the Saints at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The Southampton keeper was pelted by 19 shots, eight of which were on target and many of which were not easily saved. Through 88 minutes he managed to keep everything out of the back of his net but with his defense down a man after Toby Alderweireld was unable to continue he finally conceded. The goal came only moments after a great one-handed save on a looping Olivier Giroud header that looked bound for the far side netting. The scoreline won't show it but Forster was probably the best player on the field in the match.
Dec 3 - 4:58 PM

Southampton's fantastic start to the season hit a bump today as defending champs Manchester City showed themselves to be a better side in a 0-3 loss for the Saints.

Thanks to a horrific decision by the referee early on, the Saints were given some momentum and though they started slow, looked to be on even terms as the two sides went to halftime 0-0. Morgan Schneiderlin was removed to begin the 2nd frame due to a thigh muscle issue and perhaps his loss made the difference as City began to dominate and went on to score three times and hand Southampton their first home loss of the season. Schneiderlin is crucial to their success, there is a reason he wasn't a part of the summer's massive fire sale, and the Saints will hope it is nothing serious. With a quick midweek turnaround, ROnald Koeman may have decided to protect his key player in the hopes that he will be ready in a few days.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 30 - 10:43 AM

Nathaniel Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.

What a couple of weeks it has been for Clyne, who built on his two England caps during the international break with another fine performance and the equalising goal in the Monday night Premier League match. The right-back smashed home Ryan Bertrand's cross with just nine minutes remaining after Gabriel Agbonlahor had put Villa ahead in the first half after an error from Fraser Forster. The Saints were far from their best but dominated the second half, and their pressure finally told to provide Ronald Koeman's men a deserved point.

Dusan Tadic has shaken off a minor knock picked up over the international break and will be available for selection when Southampton take on Aston Villa Monday night.

There was never much concern over Tadic's status but now we know for certain he is all systems go. He remains a solid play in plus matchups despite a couple of quiet weeks. If you don't already own him though, there is no rush to run out and get him. The knock may see him play less than a full 90 minutes and the fixtures that follow are difficult enough to pass on buying now. If you already have him at a value though, trot him out.
Source: Telegraph
Nov 21 - 1:30 PM

Liverpool are rumored to be interested in Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Liverpool bought half of Southampton's roster last summer but apparently it wasn't enough. The club are now interested in Nathaniel Clyne, who recently made his England debut and has been simply fantastic this whole season. If history is any indication, Southampton will likely be willing to sell Clyne for the right fee. We would assume his value decreases in the case of a transfer as Liverpool's defense doesn't seem anywhere close to Southampton's at the moment.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 20 - 8:13 PM

Jay Rodriguez has suffered a small setback in his recovery from an ACL tear and had to undergo a second operation.

The Southampton forward went through a fairly routine second operation to aid his rehab following ACL reconstruction. He had initially hoped to return in December but the operation now delays his return to the new year, likely sometime in January. This is concerning for Southampton fans but ACL surgeries have gone a long ways and Rodriguez has a great chance of recovery. He has been out since April 5th.
Source: DailyEcho
Nov 20 - 8:05 PM


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