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Graziano Pelle was sharp for Southampton today, scoring twice, but the Saints would allow Tottenham to erase two leads as the battle for fifth place ended in a 2-2 draw.

Coming into today, Pelle had scored just one league goal in 2015, but he broke out of his slump in convincing fashion. His first goal was pure determination. Sadio Mane raced into the final third of Spurs but was dispossessed. Ryan Mason took the ball to turn up the pitch but he slipped for a moment and Pelle pounced, slotting a low shot past Hugo Lloris. After Spurs had leveled, he scored from a header thanks to a lovely cross from Shane Long. Spurs would equalize once more shortly thereafter though and the two sides traded blows down the stretch but ultimately a draw was the result, and deservedly so.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 25 - 10:05 AM

Toby Alderweireld will be assessed after the Southampton defender was stretched off during the dying moments at the Britannia on Saturday with a serious looking shoulder injury.

Ronald Koeman confirmed post-match that Alderweireld had dislocated his shoulder which had been put back into place and "the early signs were positive." The defender is likely to require a trip to hospital for further tests and any serious problem at this stage of the season would surely end his campaign. Surprisingly Alderweireld was chosen ahead of James Ward-Prowse in midfield replacing the suspended Victor Wanyama as Koeman tinkered with his formation. However the gamble failed to pay-off as Southampton suffered their second defeat of the month - Mame Biram Diouf cancelled out Morgan Schneiderlin’s opener before Charlie Adam grabbed the winner with a little over 5 minutes remaining.
Source: Daily Echo
Apr 18 - 1:43 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin scored for Southampton but they couldn't get past Stoke City at the Britannia as they fell 2-1 to the home side.

With the loss, Southampton were effectively eliminated from contention for a Champions League place in the final standings. The lack of Champions League football for the Saints likely clinches the departure of goal-scorer Morgan Schneiderlin who has been linked with a big money move away from St. Mary's. Arsenal and Spurs have been linked most frequently with a suspicion that Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and others outside the Premier League could also register interest before the summer is out.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 18 - 12:33 PM

Victor Wanyama will be suspended for two matches after picking up his tenth booking of the season.

Ronald Koeman believes Wanyama was unlucky to get a yellow but the fact is that he was booked and will be suspended. That's a big loss for Southampton as they looked especially strong in the middle of the pitch today with Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin pulling the strings. The Saints are in a tight battle for a top six spot and Wanyama's suspension could prove costly here. Steven Davis will likely play alongside Schneiderlin next week, with someone else slotting in for him on the attacking side.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 11 - 12:54 PM

Grazianno Pelle broke his long scoring drought with a goal in Southampton's 2-0 win over Hull City.

The Saints went up through a James Ward-Prowse penalty early in the second half and Pelle netted his first club goal of the calendar year to guarantee them three points late. The result is not really a surprising one as Hull couldn't really create any good chances despite having many shots. They had 1.0 expected goals, but as you can see from the linked tweet below, they lacked the finishing touch to score from distance. Hull City are now in danger of relegation as the race to stay up is heating up quickly.
Apr 11 - 12:29 PM

Steven Davis is probable for GW32 after missing time with an ankle problem.

Davis missed the Everton clash with an ankle injury but has returned to training and will be available for selection this weekend. He has had a good season and should be inserted back into the starting lineup, but his fantasy value is questionable with Southampton's form declining. No one on the Saints can score right now, so Davis' assist potential is limited and he is not a known goal-scorer. Be careful if using him in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 10 - 12:19 PM

Filip Djuricic will miss gameweek 32 with an ankle injury.

Djuricic has been a good addition to Southampton's midfield this year but the youngster will miss time with an ankle problem. With Steven Davis returning, we will likely see Davis inserted into the starting lineup with Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic being the other two attacking midfielders in the lineup. There is also a chance Eljero Elia replaced Mane or Tadic, so we'd wait for the lineup to be announced before we slot any Southampton midfielders in our fantasy lineups.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 10 - 12:15 PM

Southampton's Steven Davis is a doubt for the clash against Everton this weekend.

Davis has a groin strain and is unlikely to feature against Everton. The injury is not expected to be serious and he could be back as soon as next week. James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic, and Eljero Elia are set to benefit from his absence, but it's not entirely clear who will start for the Saints.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 3 - 11:05 AM

Jay Rodriguez will miss another four to five weeks as he recovers from knee surgery.

Rodriguez has had multiple setbacks as he is recovering from a torn ACL and he won't be a fantasy option this season. Even if he returns with a few games left, he is very unlikely to get full playing time as his conditioning has to be extremely low after being out for almost a year. He can be a dark-horse type of pick next season if he can remain healthy during the summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 2 - 1:55 PM

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill confirmed post-match on Sunday that influential captain and Southampton midfielder Steven Davis was withdrawn during the win over Finland because of a thigh issue.

Davis became the second Southampton player to return from international duty with a problem following the withdrawal of Matt Targett [England under-21] although the extent of either injury is not yet known. However with the exception of long-term absentees [Jay Rodriguez, Fraser Forster & Emmanuel Mayuka] Ronald Koeman has a pretty healthy squad at his disposal and options in midfield are plentiful. If Davis does miss out this weekend [away Everton] then the Saints will need to make at least one enforced change from the side which beat Burnley with Victor Wanyama or James Ward-Prowse most likely to come into the eleven.
Mar 31 - 5:39 AM

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



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