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Kelvin Davis is faced with a great opportunity to shine at Southampton after Fraser Forster was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Forster underwent knee surgery earlier this week and will miss at least the remainder of the season and quite possibly a big part of next season. Davis is the next in line at Southampton and will be faced with a big challenge ahead of him as the Saints fight for a European spot. Forster leads the league in clean sheet at the moment, partially due to Southampton's great defense, so Davis is certainly in a great situation to succeed. With Everton, Hull City, and Stoke next, Davis is a great investment in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 27 - 10:11 AM

Southampton have confirmed Fraser Forster has undergone knee surgery which will rule the goalkeeper out for the remainder of the season although the club have been reluctant to put a time-frame on his return to action.

Forster slipped and collided with Sam Vokes’ on Saturday while carrying out a routine clearance and after leaving the pitch on a stretcher the Saints stopper was assessed and taken to hospital for further tests. A scan revealed the extent of the damage – believed to be a ruptured patellar tendon – and Forster went under the knife to rectify the problem. Recovery from this type of injury can take up-to a year [typically 9-12 months] but Southampton will assess his progress during the summer. Forster became the second England goalkeeper within a week to have an operation after West Brom confirmed Ben Foster would miss around 6-9 months because of a ruptured ACL. 38 year-old Kelvin Davis will deputise for the Saints during the season run-in.
Source: Daily Record
Mar 25 - 5:30 PM

Grazianno Pelle started Southampton's match against Burnley today but struggled once again and couldn't find the back of the net.

Despite not scoring, Pelle was quite lucky today. He mis-kicked a Nathaniel Clyne cross that ended up right in Shane Long's path, and Long finished with ease. Pelle missed a number of chances once again today and his goal drought spans twelve matches now! Southampton need him to regain his early-season form if they are to make a run at the top four, but we would recommend not using Pelle in fantasy for now.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 21 - 4:42 PM

Kelvin Davis came on to replace Fraser Forster a few minutes into today's match against Burnley and did well to keep a clean sheet.

Davis had a few important saves in the match that kept the score level before Southampton were able to score twice. Forster's injury didn't look good and chances are Davis will be starting next week. Southampton's schedule is very light going forward, so Davis could be a great fantasy option. Keep an eye out for Forster news, but if he is ruled out, feel free to use Davis.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 21 - 4:38 PM

Shane Long led Southampton to a 2-0 win over Burnley with a goal in the 37th minute.

Long started alongside Graziano Pelle this week but was just as effective and scored on a ball that Pelle completely missed. Southampton still have a chance at a top four finish but it's an extremely tight race with Manchester United having a three point lead and an extra game in hand. Burnley, on the other hand, are in the relegation zone and don't seem to have what it takes to stay up in the Premier League this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 21 - 1:29 PM

Fraser Forster’s season hangs in the balance after the Southampton goalkeeper was taken to hospital with suspected knee ligament damage.

Forster was stretchered off after 14 minutes in obvious discomfort after his studs slipped in the turf making a routine kick. Forster immediately signalled to the bench and following further tests it was decided the Saints stopper would need an MRI scan to determine the extent of the problem. Forster is leading the BPL this season with [13] clean sheets but this setback will keep the goalkeeper out for a significant period; his replacement 38 year-old Kelvin Davis came on for his first appearance of the season. Roy Hodgson will also be following with interest as the England coach considers his options - Forster was one of only two keepers selected for the upcoming England internationals – Rob Green could join Joe Hart if he is ruled out.
Source: Daily Echo
Mar 21 - 12:55 PM

Graziano Pelle was left out of Southampton's starting XI on Sunday in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Pelle has struggled mightily after an extremely hot start to the season and was left out of the starting XI as a result. Shane Long led the line and the Saints looked great against Chelsea. Pelle made an appearance off the bench late in the game but couldn't find the back of the net and could be left on the bench again next weekend. We would not recommend him in weekly leagues, but he is probably worth holding onto in draft leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 19 - 12:27 PM

Southampton have a healthy squad outside of the normal injuries to Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka.

Mayuka is out for the remainder of the season and Jay Rodriguez is still struggling to recover from his torn ACL. Rodriguez is expected to return in late March or early April, but he has suffered a number of setbacks this season so it's unknown if he'll be able to get fit in time. Everyone else is healthy for Southampton and there is a good chance we see the same starting lineup again this weekend after a good performance against Chelsea last time out.
Mar 19 - 12:22 PM

Fraser Forster was fantastic in Southampton's 1-1 draw against Chelsea this past weekend.

Forster made a number of fantastic saves to keep the Saints level and has a strong case for man of the match. The goalkeeper was brought to the Saints by Ronald Koeman this summer to replace the inconsistent Artur Boruc and the investment has been all worth it for the Saints. With Toby Alderweireld back in the side now, the Saints defense is up to full strength and Forster is a great option for the rest of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 18 - 11:00 PM

Southampton and Chelsea ended 1-1 at Stamford Bridge today despite a good game from both teams.

Chelsea will probably be the most disappointed team with the result since they were able to put a lot of pressure on the Saints today, but a 1-1 draw is good enough for them to remain league title favorites. The Blues pushed particularly hard at the end, after Mourinho made an attacking change by introducing Loic Remy for Nemanja Matic. Despite all the attacking firepower, they missed chance after chance and only scored once despite having 22 shots, include 7 on target. They are six points ahead of second place Manchester City now with 10 matches to go.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 15 - 11:28 AM

Toby Alderweireld is set to return against Chelsea this weekend.

Alderweired was on the bench last time Southampton played but is now fully fit and should earn a start for the struggling Southampton. The Saints have slowed down in recent weeks and the defenders' return should be a huge boost for them going forward. Alderweired will be a good barn-door pickup after this week as his price is bound to go down and Southampton have an extremely easy schedule after they're done with Chelsea on Sunday. Ronald Koeman could choose to bench Maya Yoshida or play five across the back, which makes Yoshida a risky option.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 13 - 2:35 PM

A Sadio Mane late goal gave Southampton three points over Crystal Palace.

Southampton were the better team of the day, attacking almost the entire match and creating a lot of chances. Their chances weren't world class, but they were certainly many, and Mane was able to convert with just a few minutes to go and give them the lead. This is the second time in a month that Mane has been able to score a game winning goal and he should be owned in almost all fantasy leagues. The win was an important one for Southampton as they've had a bit of bad luck lately. This results keeps them in the fight for fourth place and Ronald Koeman will surely be pleased.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 4:42 PM

Graziano Pelle could lose his starting job after a series of horrible performances.

Pelle has been absolutely horrific in recent weeks and just can't finish regardless of how good his chances have been. Ronald Koeman might choose to bench him in favor of Shane Long or another one of his winger/forward options. Regardless of whether he plays, we recommend not using Pelle in fantasy during this rough stretch.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:16 AM

Toby Alderweireld should be available for Southampton in week 28.

Alderweireld was out for seven weeks with a hamstring issue but is finally deemed fit and should be available for selection against Crystal Palace in midweek. It's a bit risky to use Alderweireld in fantasy due to the fact he might come off the bench since he hasn't played in such a long time, but he'll be a great choice starting next week.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 3 - 12:02 AM

Ryan Bertrand returned from his three-match ban to produce six fantasy points in the Yahoo! game.

Bertrand couldn't help Southampton win this week but he was decent in fantasy. Six points isn't something to write home about, but considering Southampton lost this one and Bertrand was just returning from a suspension, it's a solid return. Look for the left-back to return to his high-scoring days when Southampton face Crystal Palace at home in midweek. He should be a safe fantasy play going forward.
Mar 1 - 3:14 PM



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