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Southampton brushed aside Europa League opponents Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday but the comfortable 3-nil victory was marred by the news that Jordy Clasie could miss the start of the season because of injury.

New signing Clasie has been touted as the perfect replacement for the recently departed Morgan Schneiderlin but the $13 million summer signing lasted just over an hour before a hamstring strain curtailed his evening. Post-match Ronald Koeman revealed the midfielder had suffered a tear which would require a scan although the likely prognosis is at least 2-weeks ruling the Dutchman out of GW1.
Jul 30 - 6:21 PM

Jordy Clasie has gone down with a hamstring injury and could miss the start of the season.

Clasie was injured in Southampton's Europa League match and may miss the start of the season. He's still to be assessed and will likely undergo a scan soon, but initial reports suggest it's just a hamstring strain. We'll consider him questionable for week one, with Harrison Reed likely to feature if Clasie can't make it.
Jul 30 - 6:14 PM

Sadio Mane looked great today in the Saints' Europa League victory.

Mane assisted on the opening goal with a great pass to Graziano Pelle and was then brought down for a penalty that turned into goal number two. The midfielder played almost the whole match and was a threat from start to finish. Mane was fantastic in fantasy last year and goes into his second Premier League season with huge expectations. Draft him with confidence and keep an eye out for his impressive skills.
Source: Saints FC
Jul 30 - 5:46 PM

Southampton defeated Vitesse Arnhem 3-0 in their Europa League Qualifier.

The Saints played very, very well and deservedly came away with a win. Graziano Pelle opened up the scoring with a fabulous strike after being set up perfectly by Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic made it 2-0 from the penalty spot right before halftime. Substitute Shane Long made it 3-0 in the second half and the Saints will surely be happy with their performance. We like their squad headed into next season and fancy them to be competing for a top seven spot once again.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 30 - 5:17 PM

Dusan Tadic was in Southampton's starting lineup in their Europa League Qualification match against Vitesse Arnhem.

Tadic was struggling with a number of injuries at the end of last season and his form struggled because of it. He lost some of his playing time but it now seems he's primed to resume his starting role. Tadic is too good to be on the bench and him starting in what looks it might be Southampton's week one lineup is encouraging. The Saints' lineup against Vitesse included Stekelenburg; Cédric, Fonte, Yoshida, Targett; Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis, Tadić, Mané; and Pellè.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Maarten Stekelenburg started for Southampton in their Europa League qualification match against Vitesse Arnhem.

It seems Stekelenburg has won the Saints starting goalkeeper job and it's no surprise considering he was signed due to the fact Ronald Koeman didn't feel good about Paulo Gazzaniga and Kelvin Davis. Southampton have had a solid defense for two years in a row now and despite losing two of their starting defenders, we expect them to be at least average this season. Stekelenburg makes for a good fantasy option.
Jul 30 - 3:31 PM

Southampton added to their center back options by acquiring Steven Caulker from Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan.

Once the Saints lost their rights to retain Toby Alderweireld, they looked destined to bring in another center back before the end of the summer window. The question was how prolific a player they would grab. Maya Yoshida looked to be the one to partner Jose Fonte had Southampton stuck with the current options, but Caulker will certainly present a challenge now for Yoshida. Caulker was once lauded as one of the better young English center backs but his reputation took a hit while playing for Rangers. Odds are Ronald Koeman will give the spot to Yoshida in Week 1 but despite the budget fantasy price, he cannot be trusted to hold the position long enough to warrant in investment.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 3:23 PM

Gaston Ramirez is likely headed for a bench role back at Southampton this season.

Ramirez was out on loan at Hull City last season but now back with the Saints, the winger is likely headed for a bench role. He doesn't figure to be earning enough playing time to warrant consideration for even the deepest of fantasy leagues, so he should be avoided.
Jul 28 - 6:58 PM

Ryan Bertrand is hopeful to return before the end of August after undergoing two knee surgeries this summer.

Bertrand was expected to miss five-to-six weeks when the knee surgeries were first announced but he is now hoping to return before the end of August. A return around the 23rd of August, when Southampton face Watford, is possible. He is expected to make a full recovery and be at 100% when he returns. In his absence, Matt Targett will likely get the start.
Jul 27 - 9:12 PM

Florin Gardos is expected to miss six to seven months due to a severe knee injury.

Ronald Koeman has stated that his club is now in the hunt for a new center-back as Florin Gardos will miss months through the injury. Southampton lost Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham and with Gardos out, they are left with just Maya Yoshida and Jose Fonte at center-back. A backup to the duo or an upgrade over Yoshida is the team's biggest hole at the moment and it's only a matter of time until they sign someone.
Source: Daily Echo
Jul 23 - 6:48 PM

Ronald Koeman believes Jordy Clasie is a perfect replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin.

Southampton moved quick to replace Schneiderlin and brought in 24 year old Jordy Clasie. Clasie is a very similar player to Schneiderlin and Koeman compared the two after today's match. In 33 matches last season, Clasie only had two goals and six assists, so we wouldn't rush to add him to any fantasy teams just yet. Similarly to Schneiderlin, he is expected to be better on the pitch than on a fantasy squad.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 6:02 PM

Southampton continued their positive preseason tour of the Netherlands with a win over Feyenoord, 0-3.

It is looking more and more now as we inch closer to Week 1 that Maya Yoshida will be starting alongside Jose Fonte at center back, making him a fantastic budget option in the FPL game and certainly needs to be owned in draft leagues. While keeping the opponent out, he also managed to score with a header between additional goals by Graziano Pelle and Juanmi. There is always a chance before September that another purchase could be made to threaten Yoshida's place, but until then, expect him to be on the team sheet regularly.
Source: Sports Mole
Jul 23 - 4:41 PM

Jay Rodriguez has looked very impressive in pre-season matches, especially considering he is coming off of an ACL injury.

Rodriguez missed the entirety of last season with the injury and had a number of set-backs that put his timetable back a few months. Despite that, he's looked great in his first few matches this season and he topped it off with a hat-trick yesterday in Southampton 10-0 rout of Quick 20. The opposition was well below Southampton's level but Rodriguez looked healthy and fit and it was encouraging to see him play a full match. If you don't believe us, you can see his third goal in the link below. It's also worth noting Rodriguez started next to Graziano Pelle and the duo seemed to be forming some good chemistry. Southampton has the potential for a lethal attack in the upcoming season.
Jul 22 - 2:40 PM

Southampton fielded a strong attacking unit and it showed with a 10 goal barrage against Dutch side KVV Quick '20 in a 0-10 romp.

Too many goals to address individually, but a hat trick for Graziano Pelle and Jay Rodriguez as well as braces for Juanmi and Steven Davis made up the ten goals, most of which came in the opening half. James Ward-Prowse looked the effective provider, racking up the lion's share of assists along the way. The more inexperienced back four had little to worry about, and it gave Cedric a chance to show his forward-minded skill from right back. Jordy Clasie made his first start for the Saints as the only negative from today's result may be the lack of competition.

Maya Yoshida could have a huge opportunity this season with Toby Alderweireld gone.

Yoshida was bound to have a big role last season and then the Saints signed Toby Alderweireld, but with him now gone, Yoshida could have a starting job come August. The Japanese defender has been solid in the past season and has once again looked great in pre-season this year. He has a knack for scoring goals once in a while and if Southampton's defense can be as good as last season, Yoshida will have some fantasy value in the right formats. Keep an eye out for new Southampton signings, but as of right now, Yoshida is probably primed for a starting spot next to Jose Fonte.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 18 - 11:08 AM


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