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James Ward-Prowse hit the post in the in 70th minute but that was as close as either side got in a listless nil-nil draw at St. Mary's.

Dusan Tadic was again active as he looks to replace the creativity lost in midfield that was lost when Adam Lallana left for Liverpool this summer. Fellow Eredivisie alumni Graziano Pelle was less convincing as he managed to miss a couple of solid opportunities presented by Tadic. Ward-Prowse rattled the post but wasn't quite the force he was last weekend against Liverpool. A disappointing result for the Saints who will expect to win matches like this at home.
Aug 23 - 12:06 PM

Ryan Bertrand could be a wise addition to your Yahoo fantasy defence as Southampton face West Brom in Week 2.

A promising debut from Bertrand for Southampton at Anfield suggests the left-back is ready to come out of the shadows and nail down a permanent first-team spot for the first time in his career. The Saints have a cracking fixture with a potential clean sheet opportunity, so Bertrand is an absolute steal priced below £5million.
Aug 22 - 4:31 AM

Ramirez missed the first week of the season through a groin injury and is now expected to be out for at least one more.

The Uruguayan midfielder still doesn't know his role in new manager Ronald Koeman's gameplan so it's hard to make an accurate estimate for his fantasy upside this year. With that in mind, Southampton played well over the weekend and were dangerous in attack with James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic, and Steven Davis contributing to the attack, meaning Ramirez may very well be coming off the bench once again this season. Avoid until we see his role in Koeman's team.

Southampton entered the season a major question mark after losing so many key players over the summer but, if today was any indication, look to have plenty of reason to be optimistic as they gave Liverpool plenty of trouble today despite losing in the end 2-1.

One of the few regulars from last season, Nathaniel Clyne, ended up scoring the Saints only goal of the day, and it was a nice piece of work. He played a give-and-go to Dusan Tadic who backheeled the ball back to the sprinting Clyne and the fullback smashed it home. Despite conceding twice, the defense was generally organized as they were able to contain Liverpool other than the impossible to track Raheem Sterling. Graziano Pelle was rather quiet, but with his feet now wet in the PL, should improve going forward. The Saints have a plus matchup next week as they host West Brom in their home opener.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 17 - 10:51 AM

New Southampton signing Florin Gardos did not travel with the club due to a thigh injury.

The defender will certainly miss week one and could be out longer depending on his recovery time. While he is absent, Maya Yoshida will be the likely starter for the Saints alongside Jose Fonte. We don't recommend the Southampton defense this week as they're facing a lethal Liverpool attack that will continue being dangerous even without Luis Suarez.
Aug 15 - 7:51 PM

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is still undecided on whether to start Shane Long at Anfield on Sunday.

Long just joined the Saints a few days ago and is still getting accustomed to his new team. We believe Long will likely partner Graziano Pelle in attack one fully fit but there is a good chance he comes off the bench in week one. Avoid him in fantasy leagues this weekend but keep an eye on him if he comes off the bench. He can be a good barn door candidate.
Aug 15 - 10:56 AM

Morgan Schneiderlin may not feature in Southampton's week one match as there are continuous transfers rumors about him.

Schneiderlin has insisted that he and Southampton have a verbal agreement in place that will allow him to move to Tottenham. If that is indeed the case, he is not likely to take part in the Saints' match this weekend. Schneiderlin's fantasy value is relative low regardless of what team he plays for so we would recommend you look elsewhere for fantasy points.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 14 - 5:30 PM

Southampton have signed Romanian defender Florin Gardos as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.

Gardos has joined Southampton on a four-year deal. The 25 year old is an experienced defender who can provide an immediate replacement for Lovren. Southampton's squad has definitely lost an edge from last season but the new signings they've brought in should keep the club competitive for another top ten finish. Gardos possesses a lot of quality and could be a great fantasy choice if he's prized well in the Yahoo! game. Maya Yoshida is the one likely to lose his starting spot.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 4:45 PM

Shane Long has completed his second move of 2014 with news that the surprising switch from Hull City to Southampton has gone official.

Southampton certainly have a need in attack as Jay Rodriguez is injured (and reportedly wants to leave) and Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo have already left. The surprising part of this move is the price (£12million) reportedly paid for Long just months after his £5million move to the KC Stadium. The forward performed well for Steve Bruce but hardly well enough to more than double his price. With so many arrivals it will be fascinating to see how Southampton lines up in the early going and how opportunities are distributed in the flow of the attack.
Aug 14 - 12:10 PM

The Mirror are reporting that Southampton and Hull City have agreed on a transfer fee for striker Shane Long.

The transfer fee is reported to be £12m, which gives Hull City a £4.5m profit on the striker. Long will likely partner Graziano Pelle in attack as the duo will replace Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez. Once Rodriguez returns from injury, he will probably regain his starting spot over the lesser of Long and Pelle. Southampton went after Long after their number one choice, Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, rejected a move to Saint Mary's.

Southampton are reportedly in the final stages of wrapping up the signature of Romanian center back Floran Gardos to replace the departed Dejan Lovern.

The doomsayers have been lining up all summer to crush Southampton after the losses of high profile members of their surprisingly strong first team last season. They have responded with a variety of new acquisitions and the latest appears to be arriving from Steaua Bucharest. Whether the new names can replace the production of the better-known players they are replacing remains to be seen but the Saints are at least close to having a full squad assuming Gardos joins Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Saphir Taidir, Dusan Tadic, and Graziano Pelle. It will be interesting to see how so many new faces come together under a new manager in Ronald Koeman early in the season.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 11 - 1:04 PM

Southampton have continued to rebuild their squad with the purchase of England international Fraser Forster from Celtic.

Their work isn't entirely done yet with center back still a big need but Southampton have continued to rebuild their depleted squad today with the acquisition of highly rated Celtic and England keeper Fraser Forster. Rumors have incumbent #1 Artur Boruc headed out the door as Forster enters. Assuming Boruc leaves it will mean they have lost Boruc, Shaw, Lovern, Chambers, Lallana and Lambert - more than half of last season's starting eleven. Coming in so far are Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic Saphir Tadir, and Graziano Pelle. A solid center back could make that pretty close to a wash with a number of young players also maturing.
Aug 9 - 10:00 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin's future is once again in doubt as the midfielder has stated he's not "mentally or physically ready" to play.

Schneiderlin has been rumored to be going to Tottenham but new Southampton boss Ronald Koeman stated the midfielder is not for sale. The move is an interesting one here as Schneiderlin is likely trying to get himself out of Southampton. He has been given two days off to consider his future. If the summer so far has been an indicator, we can expect Schneiderlin to leave the Saints. His lack of goals and attacking ability limits his fantasy appeal and he isn't a great fantasy option regardless of what club he plays for.
Source: BBC
Aug 9 - 2:20 PM

Jose Fonte has signed a new deal at Southampton that will keep him at the club until 2017.

After all his friends left, Fonte decided to cash in at Southampton as one of the more experienced players the club currently has. Fonte was also named the captain for the forthcoming season. If the Saints can keep their defensive level from last year after losing Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw, Fonte could be a good fantasy choice, especially with the likely arrival of Fraser Forster in goal. Look for Saints to regress but don't be surprised if they are a mid-table team in the coming season.
Source: BBC
Aug 9 - 2:17 PM

Southampton are looking to finalize a deal for England goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Forster is reportedly on top of Southampton's list and he would provide an upgrade over Artur Boruc. Boruc was Southampton's number one goalkeeper last year and despite playing well for the majority of the season, he has proved to be a mistake-prone performer. Boruc has trouble earning the job two years ago and has historically been average. Forster would be a big step in Southampton's attempt to not be relegated.
Source: DailyEcho
Aug 7 - 7:45 PM


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